2017-09-07 / Arts & Entertainment News

Gulfshore Playhouse puts new works in the spotlight


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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