Next Act!

Next Act! is an expansion of Capital Repertory Theatre’s (theREP) commitment to the development of new work. At the same time, the weekend long summit is designed to complement the Upper Hudson Valley’s rich diverse populations. NEXT ACT! 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.” Click here for details on the submission process.

Friday June 7th at theREP
7-8pm Stage to Screen (BROKEN LILIES a film by Paige Zubel)

Saturday June 8th at Proctors
1pm – First 15: Be a Literary Manager in the Orchestra Room in the Addy
4pm – Young Adult Event in the Orchestra Room in the Addy
7pm – Second Look Reading in the GE Theatre

Sunday June 9th at theREP
1pm – New Voices: Young Playwright Contest (Top 10) Event
3:30pm – Synopsis Clinic – Writing a short and effective synopsis of ones play is a must for playwrights around the globe!
Get tips from Dramatist Guild Member, Professor of Playwriting at Cornell University, and Professional Playwright Aoise Stratford!
5pm – Reading of full script

Monday June 10th at theREP
5-6:30pm Donor Reception
7pm – Reading of full script

Event Descriptions:

From Stage to Film- Frosted Lens and Poorductions and NEXT ACT! combine! Come to a screening of BROKEN LILLIES by Paige Zubel, as well as the short 10-minute stage play it started out as, IN FULL BLOOM, when it was read in the 2017 Summit.

First 15: Be a Literary Manager- Do you have what it takes to be a literary manager? Find out as you hear ten minutes of five submissions read aloud and then YOU have to vote yes or no to the question all literary managers must answer: do you want to read the full script?

Young Adult Playwright Event- Listen as we spotlight three short new plays written by young adults! This new event is the second designed specifically for young aspiring playwrights looking to hone their skills – and hearing ones play aloud, and how it resonates with an audience, is a very important part of the process!

Second Look- This popular event is a way for theREP – and audiences – to get a second look at a play we’ve experienced before. While it didn’t quite make it into the top 2 the year it was originally submitted, we just can’t get it out of our mind…THE LUCKIEST PEOPLE by Meridith Freidman.

New Voices: Young Playwright Contest- Come hear the top 10 scripts from SOPA’s Young Playwright Contest! This contest, for local playwrights ends with the Top 5 receiving a full production on theREP’s stage this summer – come and vote for your top 5!

Synopsis Clinic- Writing a short and effective synopsis of ones play is a must for playwrights around the globe! Get tips from Dramatist Guild Member, Professor of Playwriting at Cornell University, and Professional Playwright Aoise Stratford!

2 Full Script Readings- Hear the full scripts of the top two plays submitted (out of 400+) read aloud, provide your feedback for the playwrights, and be a part of the selection process for which one of these two plays might be provided a world premiere production at theREP.

Next Act! Submission Process
The submission process for the Next Act! New Play Summit begins early in the year. 

theREP looks for scripts that use theatre to address injustices, inequities, and cultural collisions, providing a voice for the unheard on stage, in the workplace, the Capital Region and beyond. Scripts that engage art and social justice. Submission documents must be void of playwright’s name and contact information. Two plays will be selected from this submission process. to have readings (with an eye towards a potential future production) during the annual summit.

Next Act! New Play Summit
The Next Act! New Play Summit, a joint venture between Capital Repertory Theatre and Proctors, is an annual showcase of new plays designed to shed light on new play development. 

The summit brings playwrights, directors, actors and audience members together for a series of workshops and readings where no less than four new full-length plays are given readings. Among a variety of additional events is theREP’s New Voices Event that includes readings of five short plays by young playwrights.

The Summit was founded on the goal to find a play that theREP wants to produce – furthering the theatre’s commitment to the development of new work. To date, theREP has selected one play to produce as a World Premiere from every single Next Act! New Play Summit. The public is invited to attend and provide feedback during these events.

Officially formed in the fall of 2012, the Next Act! New Play Summit is made possible by a generous legacy gift from Samson O.A. Ulmann – a professor of English at Union College (from 1957-92).

Production
Playwrights selected for readings during the Next Act! New Play Summit have the opportunity to develop their script during the Summit. The results of the Summit could lead to a potential future production at theREP. Past summit scripts developed into World Premiere productions include Paris Time, Assisted Loving, Naked Influence, and How Water Behaves and The God Game

AEA members names as follows L-R: Christopher Invar, Lisa Bol, Peter Rini, Robert LuPone and Tony Pallone