THE 9th ANNUAL

November 5th-8th 2020

*All readings are live streamed and listed time is Irish Time.

NEWvember 2020 writers:
Cohen Ambrose, John Patrick Bray, Conor Patrick Carroll, Kieran McGowan & James McLindon.


2020 Program


Playwrights
Roundtable

A panel discussion with this year’s NEWvember playwrights, discussing their writing life, the process of creating a play and what playwrights need, in conversation with dramaturg Krystal Sweedman and AboutFACE Co-Artistic Director Paul Nugent.

Thurs. 5th Nov. 7pm

(free event)

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Tracks
by John Bray

It’s 1998, upstate New York, and five young misfits seek sanctuary from the world at their makeshift boat dock on the wrong side of the tracks, but danger and disaster is never far away in this magical tale of the crossover between myth and reality. In association with New York’s Tangent Theatre.

Fri. 6th Nov. 7pm 

+ post-show Q&A with the writer

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Strange Time
by Kieran McGowan

A TV executive pitches his new sci-fi movie to a scientist (and his old flame); meanwhile two astronauts ready themselves for their return to Earth, in this mind-bending story of space, time and the place of love in a big universe.

Sat. 7th Nov. 3pm

+ post-show Q&A with the writer

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Haste Ye Back
by Conor Patrick Carroll

Life in a Scottish island village is shaken up (particularly for the local tramp) when a Syrian refugee and her new baby move into a war-widow’s bungalow, a house still haunted by the ghosts of the past, in this heartwarming and powerful tale of loss and love.

Sat. 7th Nov. 7pm

+ post-show Q&A with the writer

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Hitch
by James McLindon

When a middle-aged nerd picks up a hitch-hiker, he gets much more than he bargains for in a feisty, rock-throwing, norm-challenging teen girl, in this hilarious and moving road-trip tale about prejudices, broken families and new connections.

Sun. 8th Nov. 3pm

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Beachfront
by Cohen Ambrose

On the weather-beaten coast of Clare, a cartographer searches for her long-lost sister, amidst the pressures of family, new love and property development, in this thought-provoking story of the clash between old and new Ireland.

Sun. 8th Nov. 7pm

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AboutFACE are very grateful to be supported for NEWvember 2020 by Dublin City Arts Office and FRINGE LAB at Dublin Fringe Festival.




About The Festival

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.

Past Playwrights Say

“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 2021 Submissions will open in Spring 2021


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.