NEXT ACT! New Play Summit 6

Friday, October 20, 2017 to Monday, October 23, 2017

Get a chance to weigh in on the titles being considered for future seasons at theREP!

NEXT ACT! now in it’s sixth year, is an expansion of Capital Repertory Theatre’s commitment to the development of new work and directly reflects the theatre’s mission, “to create meaningful theatre generated from an authentic link to the community.”

Together, theREP and our management partner Proctors will host this fourth annual event with productions at both the GE Theatre at Proctors and on theREP’s iconic thrust stage.

This four-day summit will include events highlighting the process of new play development and afford an opportunity for playwrights, directors, actors and composers to share their ideas and passions for the craft of theatre with you, their audience. 


Showpony by Judith Leora
Sex and power politics run rampant when a Fortune 500 company acquires a small female-owned advertising agency with promises of equality, job security and new opportunities. When a group of savvy, intelligent female employees are asked to finesse a pitch for a pair of stilettos that will be presented by a team of men, the women get a big reality check – and pink slips. Who’s out and who’s in? Five women’s lives are about to change forever.
Friday, October 20 @theREP 
7:30 PM
Your Best One by Meridith Friedman
Eight years after they split up, a serious health threat brings ex-partners David and Richard back together. When Richard offers David a chance to receive the best care money can buy, it means they will be entangled in each other’s lives again – much to the delight of David’s father and son – but to the dismay of David’s sister, who can’t bear the idea of another heartbreak for her brother. As everybody gets into the action, will Richard leave or finally step up to become the mate and father he has never been before?
Saturday, October 21 @theREP
7:30 pm
The Marble Muse by Diane Baia Hale
Defying convention, Louisa Lander, a young American sculptress from Salem, MA, struggles to establish her career, until another Salem native, famed author Nathaniel Hawthorne, visits Rome and agrees to sit for her. As the married Hawthorne becomes captivated by his young muse, the ill-fated relationship falls under the jealous eyes of a rival sculptor. When the sensuous bust of Hawthorne is unveiled and becomes a sensation, not even the sunny skies of Italy can shield Louisa from the long-reaching shadows of Salem.
Based on the true story.
Sunday, October 22 @Proctors GE Theatre
5:00 PM
Red Maple:  A Love Story For Empty Nesters by David Bunce
When four long-time friends get together for a casual dinner, Robert uses the occasion to announce that since his recent near-fatal car accident, his life has taken a turn that shocks everyone around the table.  Things get shaken and stirred as the cocktails and confessions flow, building to a hilarious crescendo when an unexpected guest shows up begging the question, “Guess who’s coming to dinner?”
Playwright David Bunce will be familiar to many Capital Region theatre goers, as a favorite local actor and former member of the NYSTI acting company, now Professor of Theatre at Sage College’s TIS program (Theatre Institute at Sage).
Monday, October 23 @theREP
7:30 PM
Personal Responsibility Statement: Proctors prides itself on offering a diverse selection of arts entertainment. Not all productions may appeal to or be appropriate for every person or for all ages. Patrons are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the shows we offer in order to make informed decisions prior to purchasing tickets.