Something New

Festival spotlights local playwrights
The 10th year of the New Play Festival

New works by eight local playwrights will be performed at the Theatre Kalamazoo New Play Festival Feb 15-16 at the Judy K. Jolliffe Theatre inside the Epic Center, 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall.

This is the 10th year of the New Play Festival, which provides a platform for playwrights from Kalamazoo County to develop and share their work with the community. Featured playwrights this year are Shelby Alexander, Rebecca Chan, Emma Fergusson, Bethany Gibson, Danielle Kropveld, Amber Palmer, Tucker Rafferty and Dawn Richberg. In addition, the opening night of Romance Guaranteed by local playwright Art Nemitz will launch the festival with a performance at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Civic Theatre’s Carver Center.

The festival schedule includes performances of consecutive plays at 2, 4 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15 and 2 p.m. Feb. 16. In addition, a playwriting workshop led by Dr. Steve Feffer is offered at 10 a.m. Feb. 15 at the Jolliffe Theatre. The community is invited to participate and participants should bring a five-minute scene to share and register in advance by emailing All Feb. 15 and 16 events are free.

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