THE 9th ANNUAL


“The NEWvember festival is an exciting week of new plays created by the highest caliber collaborators. AboutFACE is 100% class, and if you’re lucky enough to participate, get ready for a fun, professional, beautifully organized and received experience in a strong, supportive community of theatre artists.”

– Emily Bohannon
Looking at the Sun (NEW’19 – Development Spotlight)

“The AboutFACE reading was a fantastic experience.”

– Nicholas Makin
I Poured the Tea (NEW’19)

“NEWvember was one of the best playwriting experiences I’ve had. I received invaluable feedback that helped my play grow significantly!”

– Emily Brauer Rogers
The Paper Hangers (NEW’19)

“The 2018 NEWvember Festival was one of the most gratifying experiences I’ve had as a playwright.”

– David Beardsley
Holy and Unruly (NEW’18)

“I have had the privilege of participating in many developmental readings of my work, and my experience with AboutFACE Ireland was, hands down, among the best.”

– Matthew Kelly
The Gods of the Ozarks (NEW’18)

“NEWvember was a fantastic experience, and it was such a delight to hear my work interpreted by such a talented ensemble of actors.”

– Neil Sharpson
The Caspian Sea (NEW’18)

“To me this event is a leading light for the theatre sector.”

– Fergal O’Byrne
Extremophiles (NEW’17)

“Last year’s NEWvember festival was as exciting and involving and happy an experience as any I’ve had in theatre, and I’ve had a few.”

– Jeanne Beckwith
The Late Rosie Callaghan (NEW’17)

NEWvember is a festival of rehearsed readings of new plays that takes place over one weekend at venues across Dublin, produced by AboutFACE Ireland. There is no fee for submissions and all plays are read blind of name or gender by our panel. The spirit of NEWvember is to provide a dynamic, interactive and comfortable place where writers can hear their plays read by professional actors, and discuss their work and creative process with the audience.

2019 marked NEWvember’s third year in Dublin after 5 years in New York. AboutFACE co-created and co-produced NEWvember at the Carpenter Shop Theatre in the village of Tivoli in upstate New York, with our partners Tangent Theatre, from 2011 to 2015. During this time, NEWvember was highly successful – drawing large audiences, including breaking the box office record for the venue on successive nights; and finding massive interest from writers – by its fifth year, submissions reached nearly 500 plays a year and rehearsed readings of new work by over 30 playwrights had been presented, while several plays developed at the festival have gone on to Off-Broadway and regional American productions.NEWvember then moved to Dublin, Ireland, where the festival was held in 2017 at Belvedere House, in 2018 at The New Theatre and in 2019 at Smock Alley and The Civic.

From NEWvember, many plays have gone on to further success, including recently:

  • The Gods of the Ozarks by Matthew Cole Kelly was given its world premiere by AboutFACE in 2019 at The Civic in Dublin, and is set for a transfer to Smock Alley Theatre this June
  • Extremophiles by Fergal O’Byrne has since been awarded the prestigious Eamon Keane Playwriting Award at the 2018 Listowel Writers’ Week and is set for its world premiere production in Denmark in 2020
  • Deanna and Paul by Dagney Kerr and The Paper Hangers by Emily Brauer Rogers will be produced together at Stages Theatre in California in March 2020
  • Charlotte’s Letters by Jennifer O’Grady has won the Henley Rose Award
  • The Barber of Moville by Ronan Carr has gone on to full production including a 10-venue Irish tour
  • Playwrights featured at past NEWvembers:
    Melisa Annis, Will Arbery, David Beardsley, Jeanne Beckwith, Jessica Bedford, Emily Bohannon, Hal Borden, John Cariani, Ronan Carr, Shawna Casey, Samantha Charlip, Jim Connell-Moylan, Denis Dennehy, Michael DeVito, Elias Diamond, Ned Dougherty, Fengar Gael, Joanna Garner, Josepha Gutelius, Steven Haworth, Karen Howes, Matthew Kelly, Meghan Kennedy, Dagney Kerr, James McLindon, Nicholas Makin, Aleks Merilo, Jessica Moss, Fergal O’Byrne, Jennifer O’Grady, Dan O’Neil, Kristen Palmer, Peter Papadopoulos, Aidan Parkinson, Jacob Perkins, Craig Pospisil, Shannon Reed, Fiona Rose Stout, Emily Brauer Rogers, Jan Rosenberg, Jennifer Skura, Caitlin Saylor Stephens, Seamus Scanlon, Neil Sharpson, Ryan Sprague, Aaron Weissman, Rachel White.

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    Click below for more information on previous NEWVember festivals.

    Past NEWvembers

    2019

    November 1-3

    Smock Alley Theatre Dublin 2, Ireland
    The Civic Theatre Studio Tallaght, Ireland

    Plays & Playwrights

    Bloodshed, Screaming and Monsters Aidan Parkinson
    I Poured the Tea Nicholas Makin
    Looking at the Sun (Development Spotlight) Emily Bohannon
    Telemachus Unbound: A New American Myth Ned Dougherty
    The Paper Hangers Emily Brauer Rogers

    Company

    Stage Manager Faith Boucher
    Actor Alan Buckley
    Actor Carla Burke
    Actor Gerry Cannon
    Actor Tim Casey
    Actor Megan Day
    Actor Patrick de Montfort
    Actor Conor Duffy
    Actor Kit Geraghty
    Actor Stephen Gorman
    Company Member, Designer Charlie Kranz
    Actor Laurence Lowry
    Actor Paula McGlinchey
    Actor Ciarán McGlynn
    Actor, Company Member Tara McKeever
    Actor Seán McManus
    Actor Declan Mills
    Actor Lizzy Morrissey
    Actor Caoimhe Mulcahy
    Actor Michael Mullen
    Actor, Director, Producer, Artistic Director Anna Nugent
    Actor, Director, Producer, Artistic Director Paul Nugent
    Actor Gerry O’Brien
    Actor Maureen O’Connell
    Actor Matthew O’Donnell
    Actor Eoin O’Sullivan
    Actor Caitriona Pattison
    Musician Paddy Quigley
    Actor Fiona Rose Stout
    Company Member Noni Stapleton
    NEWvember Dramaturg Krystal Sweedman
    Actor Mark Tankersley
    Actor, Director Yvonne Ussher
    Actor, Director Kathleen Warner Yeates
    Director Eric Weitz

    2018

    November 8-10

    The New Theatre
    Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland

    Plays & Playwrights

    Deanna and Paul Dagney Kerr
    Holy and Unruly David Beardsley
    Split Fiona Rose Stout
    The Caspian Sea Neil Sharpson
    The Gods of the Ozarks Matthew Kelly

    Company

    Actor Michelle Audrey
    Actor Ian Blackmore
    Actor Carla Burke
    Actor Shane Connolly
    Actor Megan Day
    Actor Patrick William de Montfort
    Actor Andy Gallagher
    Actor Steve Hartland
    Actor, Company Member, Director Charlie Kranz
    Actor Laurence Lowry
    Actor Megan McDonnell
    Actor Ciarán McGlynn
    Actor, Company Member Tara McKeever
    Actor Tad Morari
    Actor, Director, Producer, Artistic Director Anna Nugent
    Actor, Director, Producer, Artistic Director Paul Nugent
    Actor Maureen O’Connell
    Actor Aaron O’Neill
    Actor Brian Robinson
    Actor David Ryan
    Actor Laoisa Sexton
    Actor, Company Member Noni Stapleton
    NEWvember Dramaturg Krystal Sweedman
    Actor Mark Tankersley
    Actor Fiana Toibin
    Actor Yvonne Ussher
    Actor Tana Walsh
    Actor, Director Kathleen Warner Yeates
    Actor Helena White
    Actor Joe Wright

    2017

    November 16-19

    Belvedere House
    Dublin, Ireland

    Plays & Playwrights

    The Barber of Moville Ronan Carr
    The Bull: Death of a Ladiez Man Jim Connell-Moylan
    Charlotte’s Letters Jennifer O’Grady
    Extremophiles Fergal O’Byrne
    Festival Denis Dennehy
    The Late Rosie Callaghan Jeanne Beckwith

    Company

    Actor Michelle Audrey
    Actor Jonathan Byrne
    Actor Lynette Callaghan
    Actor Hilary Cotter
    Actor Megan Day
    Front of House Cillian Flood
    Actor Tana French
    Actor Maria Guiver
    Actor, Director Liam Hallahan
    Actor John Hogan
    Actor Barry Kelleghan
    Actor, Company Member, Director Charlie Kranz
    Actor Laurence Lowry
    Actor Ciarán McGlynn
    Actor, Company Member Tara McKeever
    Actor Tad Morari
    Actor Lizzy Morrissey
    Actor, Director, Producer, Artistic Director Anna Nugent
    Guest Liaison Hugh Nugent
    Actor, Director, Producer, Artistic Director Paul Nugent
    Actor Gerry O’Brien
    Actor Maureen O’Connell
    Actor Brian Robinson
    Actor David Ryan
    Actor Laoisa Sexton
    Actor, Company Member Noni Stapleton
    Actor Mark Tankersley
    Front of House Niamh Tennyson
    Actor Fiana Toibin
    Actor Kathleen Warner Yeates

    2015

    November 5-8

    Carpenter Shop Theater
    Tivoli, NY

    Plays & Playwrights

    The Mongoose Will Arbery
    The Orange Garden Joanna Garner
    The Other Genius Steven Haworth
    Last Flight of the Mercenary Karen Howes
    LOVE, LOVE: Last Stand at Helm’s Deep Peter Papadopoulos
    The Third Rail Jacob Perkins

    Company

    Director Melisa Annis
    Actor Brendan Burke
    Actor Tom Byrn
    House Manager Tracy Carney
    Actor Summer Corrie
    Actor Ben Fundis
    Actor Meghann Garmany
    Actor Sam Hoeksema
    Actor Jacob Horstmeier
    House Manager Erica Kane
    Assistant Stage Manager Jesse Lessner
    Actor, Director Amy Lemon Olson
    House Manager Suzy Morris
    Actor, Producer Paul Nugent
    Actor, Director, Producer Anna Nugent
    Actor Brenny Rabine
    Actor Audrey Rapoport
    Producer, Producing Director Tangent Theatre Company Andrea Rhodes
    Actor, Director, Producer, Artistic Director Tangent Theatre Company Michael Rhodes
    Assistant Stage Manager Lyndsay Robbins
    Actor Amie Tedesco
    House Manager Toby Teiger
    Stage Manager Andrea VanSwearingen
    Actor Steven Austin Young

    2014

    November 6-9

    Carpenter Shop Theater
    Tivoli, NY

    Plays & Playwrights

    Strong Force Shawna Casey
    Futurama Samantha Charlip
    Next to Him Jessica Moss
    Do Not Leave Unattended Jan Rosenberg
    The Soldier’s Daughter Ryan Sprague
    Two Men Missing in the Hudson River Caitlin Saylor Stephens

    Company

    Actor Rosalind Ashford
    House Manager Tracy Carney
    House Manager Angela Cole
    Actor Summer Corrie
    Actor Ben Fundis
    Actor Sam Hoeksema
    Actor Jacob Horstmeier
    Actor Kelsey Landon
    Director Amy Lemon Olson
    Actor John Charles McLaughlin
    Actor Teresa Meza
    Actor, Director, Producer Anna Nugent
    Actor, Director, Producer Paul Nugent
    Actor Brenny Rabine
    Actor Jared Reinmuth
    Producer, Producing Director Tangent Theatre Company Andrea Rhodes
    Actor, Director, Producer, Artistic Director Tangent Theatre Company Michael Rhodes
    Actor Amie Tedesco
    Stage Manager Andrea VanSwearingen
    Actor Steven Austin Young

    2013

    November 7-10

    Carpenter Shop Theater
    Tivoli, NY

    Plays & Playwrights

    Keep Calm & Carry On Melisa Annis
    Reveille Jessica Bedford
    A Position of Relative Importance Hal Borden
    The Park Bench Hero Elias Diamond
    Westward Mutations Kristen Palmer
    Drag the Past Shannon Reed
    The Long Wet Grass Seamus Scanlon
    Brutal Selfish Rattlesnake Aaron Weissman

    Company

    Actor Rosalind Ashford
    Actor Brendan Burke
    Actor Summer Corrie
    Stage Manager Emily Crescitelli
    Actor Ben Fundis
    Actor Jacob Horstmeier
    Actor Conor McIntyre
    Actor Teresa Meza
    Actor, Director, Producer Paul Nugent
    Actor, Director, Producer Anna Nugent
    Director Amy Olson
    Actor Ann Osmond
    Actor Brenny Rabine
    Actor Audrey Rapoport
    Producer, Producing Director Tangent Theatre Company Andrea Rhodes
    Actor, Director, Producer, Artistic Director Tangent Theatre Company Michael Rhodes
    Technical Director Vin Roca
    Actor Tim Ruddy
    Actor Amie Tedesco
    Actor Steven Austin Young

    2012

    November 8-11

    Carpenter Shop Theater
    Tivoli, NY

    Plays & Playwrights

    Love/Sick John Cariani
    The Prediction Michael DeVito
    Comes a Faery James McLindon
    The Widow of Tom’s Hill Aleks Merilo
    How the Dog Runs Dan O’Neil
    Green River Rachel White

    Company

    Actor, Director Brendan Burke
    Actor Jacob Horstmeier
    Actor Laurence Lowry
    Actor, Director, Producer Paul Nugent
    Actor, Director, Producer Anna Nugent
    Actor Amy Olson
    Producer, Producing Director Tangent Theatre Company Andrea Rhodes
    Actor, Director, Producer, Artistic Director Tangent Theatre Company Michael Rhodes
    Technical Director Vin Roca
    Actor Cara Search
    Actor Jennifer Skura
    Actor Amie Tedesco
    Actor Jill Van Note
    Actor Steven Austin Young

    2011

    November 10-13

    Carpenter Shop Theater
    Tivoli, NY

    Plays & Playwrights

    The Cat Vandal Fengar Gael
    One Hand Josepha Gutelius
    A Bright Wind Over a Bent World Meghan Kennedy
    Dissonance Craig Pospisil
    Pirate Jennifer Skura
    Broken Wing Rachel White

    Company

    Actor Stefanie E. Frame
    Actor Gabe McKinley
    Actor, Director, Producer Anna Nugent
    Actor, Director, Producer Paul Nugent
    Actor Ann Osmond
    Actor Audrey Rapoport
    Actor Jared Reinmuth
    Producer, Producing Director Tangent Theatre Company Andrea Rhodes
    Actor, Director, Producer, Artistic Director Tangent Theatre Company Michael Rhodes
    Technical Director Vin Roca
    Actor, Director Greg Skura
    Actor Jennifer Skura
    Actor, Director Steven Austin Young

    For more information on previous festivals visit our website NEWvemberFestival.com.