New Play Festival 2018

January 5, 2018 | Posted in New Play Festival, New Play Festival Author, Updates | By


This year’s Tennessee Stage New Play Festival presents a fully staged World Premiere presentation of The Senator’s Wife by North Carolina playwright C. Robert Jones; a staged reading of Under De–Tox by Don Kapa; and table readings of Amazing Graces by Lea McMahan, Indian Giver by Michael Reiman, and Swimming Upstream by Rich Rubin. Dates for the New Play Festival begin with table readings in early February and the final performances concluding in late March.

Kickoff Party!

Sunday, January 21 from 5-7pm at Modern Studio
109 W Anderson Ave., Knoxville, TN 37917

Join us for a FREE kickoff event for the New Play Festival! Complimentary refreshments, meet-&-greet with the actors, directors and playwrights, plus a showcase of short scenes from the Festival’s selection of new plays.

Table Readings

Free admission. Each reading will include a discussion session afterwards with the cast, director and audience and, when possible, the playwright.

Swimming Upstream by Rich Rubin
A love story, complicated by science and political ramifications – who says politics makes strange bedfellows?
Saturday, 2/3       10:00 am Bearden Branch Library
Monday, 2/12        6:00 pm Fountain City Library
Sunday, 2/25        2:00 pm Lawson McGhee Library

Amazing Graces by Lea McMahan
A weekend getaway for five women – cousins and friends – in Gatlinburg, TN, with barely enough food but plenty of wine goes off the deep end when two armed gunmen crash the party.
Saturday, 2/3        2:00 pm Fountain City Library
Saturday, 2/17      2:00 pm Bearden Branch Library
Saturday, 2/24     2:30 Lawson McGhee Library

Indian Giver by Michael Reiman
A wry dramedy about an organ donor whose own failing body drives him to do the unthinkable – sue to get his donated organ back!
Saturday, 2/10      2:00 pm Bearden Branch Library
Saturday, 2/17      2:00 pm Fountain City Library
Saturday, 2/24     12:30 pm Lawson McGhee Library

Staged Reading

Free admission and the reading will also be followed by a discussion session with the actors, audience, director and playwrights.

De-Tox by Don Kapa
A comedy in which a motley assortment of humanity is thrown together overnight in a de-tox center that is one step away from the drunk tank. A halfway house of sorts becomes home to a most unusual family. What could possibly go wrong?
Saturday, March 17 at 2:00 PM at Theatre Knoxville Downtown

World Premiere Production: The Senator’s Wife

by C. Robert Jones
When politics and family meet, they can both come out a little the worse for wear. The widow of a prominent Democratic US Senator is being wooed by a current Republican senator in this battle for the heart of a lady – and oh by the way – for control of the Senate. A romantic comedy – with songs!
March 9–25 at Theatre Knoxville Downtown
Thursday thru Saturday at 8pm & Sunday matinees at 3pm

For tickets and more information, please contact the Tennessee Stage Company at (865) 546-4280.

Sponsored in part by a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission.


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New Play Festival 2014 Interview with Playwright Harrison Young

February 11, 2014 | Posted in New Play Festival Author | By

We had a great turnout for the first table reading of Harrison Young’s “A Cocaine Comedy”. Here’s a little bit about Harrison, in his own words:

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