Intelligent Theatre Festival 2017

From Mar 31, 2017 to Apr 02, 2017

New Hampshire Theatre Project 2016-17 Season

2017 Intelligent Theatre Festival

March 31-April 2, 2017
Friday & Saturday @ 7 pm, Sundays @ 2 pm
General Admission $10 (includes reading & discussion)
To reserve tickets, call 603-431-6644 ext. 5 or

Emilie Spaulding, author of Red Clay Girl

The NHTP Intelligent Theatre Festival was created in 2013 to engage artists and audiences in a collaborative conversation about the art of playwriting and theatre; to showcase scripts that NHTP is unable to present in a fully realized production; and to offer community members and professional artists the opportunity to work and learn together.  Featured are scripts by local and regional playwrights, as well as both classical and contemporary scripts about provocative issues and archetypal motifs.  This year’s theme is Matters of Importance as each script focuses on social, political and cultural issues that prompt difficult conversations both personally and in community.

Friday, March 31 - 7 pm
The New Abnormal by Josh Goldberg, Ella McGrail, Colleen Spear & Natalie Viebrock
Directed by Crystal Gould
Written during the NHTP Teen Playwriting Intensive, The New Abnormal illuminates the multiple pressures affecting today’s young men and women. 

Throw Away People by Mary Ellen Hedrick
4th Place Runner Up in 30 Pages in 30 Days Playwriting Competition
Directed by Kate Kirkwood
Throw Away People focuses on the devastating consequences of heroin addiction for both individuals and the community.

Saturday, April 1 - 7 pm
An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen, translation by Arthur Miller
Directed by Genevieve Aichele
Written in 1882, Ibsen’s controversial script addresses challenges that are still highly relevant today, including environmental issues versus economic interests, professional responsibilities, the role of the press in determining public policy, and the moral dilemmas and tensions involved in whistle blowing.

Sunday, April 2 - 2 pm
Other Desert Cities by Jon Robin Baitz
Directed by CJ Lewis
A finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Other Desert Cities centers around a family with differing political views and a long-hidden secret about to be revealed in the daughter’s soon-to-be-published book of memoirs.  Cast includes Genevieve Aichele, Adam LaFramboise, Colleen Madden, Peter Motson and Kathleen Somssich.

NHTP’s fifth annual Intelligent Theatre Festival will be coordinated this year by Kathleen Somssich, Kate Kirkwood, aand Karen Jacoby.

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