New Ideas Festival 2014 opens tomorrow!

The 26th annual New Ideas Festival opens tomorrow for its 3-week run.  Tonight is the dress rehearsal for the Week One plays.   If you come this week (Wed March 12 – Sun March 16), you will see:

Be Careful, There’s a Baby in the House  (by Nicholas Sgouros, directed by Sean M. Speake).  While the lady of the house is away, a lady of the night comes to play!
Cast: Caroline Concordia, Andre de Carvalho, Sara Jackson.

Elsa and Marigold (by Marissa Spada, directed by Janet Kish).  Two bookish girls use a spell to create the perfect man.  Just one man.  And there are two girls…
Cast:  Julie Cohn, Arianna Leask, Meagan Tuck, plus cameo appearances by men in loincloths!

I’m Still Here (by Ramona Baillie, directed by Dahlia Katz).  A young reporter interviews a faded movie star desperate to remain relevant to today’s audiences.
Cast: Razie Brownstone, Adam Cresswell, Susan Q Wilson.

In a Time of War (by Anne MacMillan, directed by Brett Haynes).   While bombs fall on Glasgow during World War II, two young girls play at hunting spies.
Cast: Kit Boulter, Annelise Hawrylak, Jordi O’Dael, Reece Presley, Franz Robinow, Morna Wales.

The staged reading this week (at noon on Sat March 15) is Royal Seasons (by Norma Crawford, directed by Nina Kaye).  Anne Boleyn is romanced by King Henry VIII.
Cast: Evan Boutsov, Jill Carter, Lara Mrkoci, Kristoffer Pedlar.

Each evening (8pm) or matinee (Saturday and Sunday at 2:30) consists of 4 short plays, averaging around 20 minutes each.  You purchase one ticket ($15 for each week, or $40 for a Festival Pass)  and see ALL 4 PLAYS!  The staged readings at noon on Saturdays are approx. 60 minutes long, and followed by a Talkback.  Readings are PWYC (no reservations), but no extra charge if you have a Festival Pass.

Visit our website for more info, synopses bios, etc.  You can also purchase tickets or passes online for the weekly programs.  No online purchases or reservations for the staged readings, which are Pay-What-You-Can at the Box Office (cash only) unless you have a Festival Pass.  For breaking news, progress reports, anecdotal tidbits and photos, check out the Facebook event New Ideas Festival 2014 ( and follow us on Twitter @alumnaetheatre.  Search for #NIF2014.

New Ideas Festival runs March 12 – 30.  If you can’t make it this week, check back next week Wednesday: there’ll be a whole new lineup!


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