15th Annual New Stages Festival

Six New Plays (Three Developmental Productions + Three Staged Readings)

ALL EVENTS ARE FREE: September 19 - October 7, 2018 in the Owen Theatre

The 16th annual New Stages festival of new plays includes three developmental productions in repertory and three staged readings. This season’s worl-premiere production of Graveyard Shift by Korde Arrington Tuttle emerged from New Stages. Founded in 2004, the New Stages Festival is a celebration of innovative new plays designed to give playwrights an opportunity to take risks and experiment. New Stages offers Chicago theatergoers a first look at dozens of plays, many of which have gone on to become successful full productions—including Noah Haidle’s Smokefall, Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Ruined and more.

For more information about the festival, please visit GoodmanTheatre.org/NewStagesFestival.


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New Stages Festival

  • Tanya Palmer, Curator
    Tanya Palmer, Curator

    Tanya Palmer (Festival Curator) is the Producer/Director of New Play Development at Goodman Theatre, where she curates and produces New Stages, the theater’s new play program. Since its inception in 2004, over 80 new plays have been developed at New Stages, many of which have gone on to full production at the Goodman and other theatres around the country. Of the 9 plays included in the Goodman’s 18/19 season, 5 were developed in New Stages. Palmer has also served as the production dramaturg on a number of plays including the world premieres of 2666 by Roberto Bolaño, adapted by Robert Falls and Seth Bockley, Smokefall by Noah Haidle, Carlyle by Thomas Bradshaw, The Happiest Song Plays Last by Quiara Hudes, The Long Red Road by Brett C. Leonard and the Pulitzer Prize–winning Ruined by Lynn Nottage. Prior to her arrival in Chicago, she served as the director of new play development at Actors Theatre of Louisville, where she led the reading and selection process for the Humana Festival of New American Plays. She is the co-editor, with Amy Wegener and Adrien-Alice Hansel, of four collections of Humana Festival plays, published by Smith & Kraus, as well as two collections of 10-minute plays published by Samuel French. Originally from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, she holds an MFA in playwriting from York University in Toronto. She lives in Evanston with her husband and two children.

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