2017-09-07 / Arts & Entertainment News

Gulfshore Playhouse puts new works in the spotlight

SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLY

Gulfshore Playhouse’s fifth annual New Works Festival brings together playwrights, actors and directors from across the country for a program that culminates in a series of staged readings for the public Sept. 7-10 at The Norris Center. Each staged reading concludes with a Q&A session with the playwright. This year’s new works are:

¦ “Tycho’s Fool” by Ross Peter Nelson – The greatest astronomer of the 16th century is dead, and there are whispers he was poisoned. An intergalactic cabaret harnesses the electrons of a 40-year-old TV show to reenact the past and solve the mystery. The reading of “Tycho’s Fool” is set for 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept 7.

¦ “Hungarian Rhapsody” by Susan Cinoman – A farmer’s wife in rural Budapest receives an unexpected visit from a mysterious gypsy who changes her perspective on love, normalcy and passion. The reading is at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8.

¦ “Buried Under a Blackbird Sky” by Stephen Spotswood – Eve Beecher, a premiere forensic anthropologist, returns to her hometown for an assignment at a church. Thrown back into the world she escaped, she’s forced to deal with the past she ran away from, including an abusive home life and her one-time love, Samantha, the church minister. The reading is at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9.

¦ “Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Elusive Ear” by David MacGregor – The notorious and as-yet undiscovered genius Vincent van Gogh presents the master-sleuth Sherlock Holmes with a most unusual case. Aided by his partner Dr. Watson and his paramour Irene Adler, the trio embarks on a rousing adventure. The reading is at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10.

The New Works Festival plays were selected by a corps of volunteer readers from a pool of 150 blind submissions.

The event allows playwrights to transition from writing, to adding actors and an audience, to understanding how the play works in a performance setting.

The festival is one of the best ways Gulfshore Playhouse can contribute to the national landscape by fostering the growth of up-and-coming playwrights, says Kristen Coury, company founder and producing artistic director.

“It is especially exciting when a play emerges from the festival that we feel is a great fit for our audience and our theater,” Ms. Coury says. “Miss Keller Has No Second Book,” a finalist from last year’s festival, is in the lineup for the company’s 2017-18 season, she adds.

For tickets to the New Works Festival readings and for details about the full upcoming season of professional theater by Gulfshore Playhouse, call the box office at 866-811-4111 or visit www.gulfshoreplayhouse.org. ¦

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