The Phoenix Theatre Company announces selections for the 2020 Festival of New American Theatre.
In celebration of our 100th anniversary, The Phoenix Theatre Company is focusing on local playwrights, new voices and previous collaborators and have contributed to the festival’s history and the future of new development at The Phoenix Theatre Company.
The Festival is pleased to announce the following titles and artists as part of the next 100 years of creating the future of theatre.
yOU caN'T sAY tHAT
February 28 and 29, 2020
By William Missouri Downs and Lucy Wright
You Can’t Say That is a comedy about the labels we attach to each other and how we act as if those labels capture the sum total of who we are. The story centers around Chris, a white newly hired adjunct professor in a diverse English department, who is assigned Dorothy, a transwoman as his TA. Chris attempts to act ‘woke,” but his ultra-conservative childhood haunts him. The University’s poorly produced diversity and inclusion training webinar “You Can’t Say That” only complicates things. This quick-moving comedy features a diverse cast and is filled with ridiculous webinars and student-written absurdist plays-within-the-play.
The Relief Society
March 6 and March 7, 2020
By Angelica Howland
Sister Ashley Brandon has a faithful husband, a fulfilling career she loves and a prestigious calling in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Then in one, out of control moment, everything changes, and Ash is forced to rethink her life and her relationship to everyone and everything in it.
The Mysterious Disappearance
March 7 and 8, 2020
By Kirt Shineman
December 1975, after Christmas, and Agatha Christie must finish her autobiography and the final novel before the new year. Yet, Agatha is fixated on an event in her past when Nancy Neele stole her husband. With Mary Westmacott’s help they contemplate what it would be like to kill Nancy. When Nancy turns up dead, Agatha and Mary investigate. Even though Agatha considered murdering Nancy, did she really do it, or is her reality disappearing?
The composer and lyricist cabaret
March 8 and 14, 2020
The Composer/Lyricist Cabaret will feature new works by Preston Max Allen and Jessica Kahkoska.
The Truth About Winnie Ruth Judd
March 14 and 15, 2020
By Cathy Dresbach and Ben Tyler
As the old song says, “It’s a sin to tell a lie.” For many the name, Winnie Ruth Judd is synonymous with one of the most notorious, bizarre homicide cases in Arizona history. If her name rings a bell, you may think you know this story, but this is the truth about what can happen when love is taken lightly.
This is the future of theatre.
Thank you to the artists and patrons who made the 2019 Festival of New American Theatre such a wonderful success! For our 100th anniversary season, the Festival is celebrating the playwrights of Phoenix and will not be taking submissions. Please check back January 1st 2020 for an updated submission date for the 2021 festival. In celebration of the 100th anniversary we would like to thank all of the playwrights/composers and lyricists that contributed to the history of our festival.
Alan J. Prewitt
Beverly Smith Dawson
Brock Norman Brock
Chris Shaw Swanson
David Don Miller
David Van Asselt
Debra Rich Gettleman
John F. Levin
Mario El Caponi Mendoza
Robin Rice Lichtig
Sally Jo Bannow