Tonight – March 11 – is the opening of New Ideas Festival 2015. The 27th annual. Yes, Alumnae Theatre Company has been doing this THAT long. For those who’ve never heard of it before (difficult as that is to believe!), the concept is that the plays are all short (10 – 30 minutes running time each for plays in the weekly program; maximum 60 minutes for the Saturday readings), can be any genre or style, and they’re all world premieres. They have never been produced before. Anywhere. So, except for possible workshops, YOU will be the first audience to see these new works. Hence the name: New Ideas.
Each week of the Festival, which runs March 11 – 29 this year, there’s a different lineup of plays. Performances for the 4 plays in the weekly programs are Wed – Sat at 8pm, plus 2:30 matinees on Saturday and Sunday. Each Saturday at noon, there’s a staged reading of one of the longer plays, followed by a Talkback.
Ticket options: you can purchase a $40 Festival Pass , which admits one person to absolutely everything: all 3 weeks (that’s 12 different plays) and all 3 Saturday readings. Or you can just buy a ticket for a weekly program ($15 per week), and readings are PWYC.
Reservations* or advance online purchases are strongly recommended – New Ideas is staged in the 3rd floor Studio space at Alumnae Theatre, and the seating is limited. You can reserve by phone 416-364-4170 Box 1 or email firstname.lastname@example.org , and pay cash on arrival. Please note that the Box Office does not accept credit or debit cards. For online purchases, please go to https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=atc13
*no reservations taken or online tickets available for Saturday readings.
The lineup for Week One is:
Inheritance by Tabitha Keast, directed by Matthew Hines.
CAST: Nicole Belfer, Lavetta Griffin, Kenny Hayes, Kalman P. Nagy.
The Indigo Forest by Bridget Erin, directed by Sandra Banman.
CAST: Sarah Naomi Campbell, Adam Malcolm.
Lost Connection by Lindsay Finnie, directed by Zita Nyarady
CAST: Wendy Fox, Shannon Junkin, Alina Kouvchinova, Jada Rifkin.
Devices by Meredith Taylor-Parry, directed by Ingryd Pleitez
CAST: Kevin Kashani, Shalyn McFaul, John Marcucci.
The above 4 plays have 6 performances each (Wed – Sun). The reading below is one performance only.
SATURDAY March 14 READING (noon): Surrender Dorothy by Liz Best, directed by Eric Benson.
CAST: Bodene Corbitt, Susan Fischer, Andrea Lyons, Anne Shepherd, Colleen Simm.
Full lineup for all the weeks March 11 – 29 is at http://www.alumnaetheatre.com/new-ideas-festival.html
Happy opening night to the hard-working Artistic Producers of New Ideas: Pat McCarthy, Jennifer McKinley, and Carolyn Zapf!