Next Act!

Next Act! Is an expansion of Capital Repertory Theatre’s (theREP) 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.” At the same time, the weekend-long summit is designed to complement the Upper Hudson Valley’s rich diverse populations, and has been doing that for the past 9-years!

Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, the 9th Annual Next Act! New Play Summit will be digital! More details to come but mark your calendars for Dates are July 13 – 16.

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 multiple new full-length plays are given readings.

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 all 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).

Among a variety of additional events are:
theREP’s New Voices: Young Playwright Contest Reading, that features readings of six or more ten-minute plays by Capital Region Playwrights aged 13-19.

The NextGen Reading, an event that includes two or more short (15-30minute plays) by writers aged 19-25. theREP works in collaboration with UAlbany and their Fresh Acts Festival for this event.

The First 15: Be a Literary Manager, a popular event where the audience acts as literary manager to assess a submission using the same criteria theREP’s actual reading committee uses.

A Synopsis Clinic, hosted by Dramatist Guild Member, Aoise Stratford, this clinic aims to provide playwrights with the most effective way to write a synopsis of their play so that Literary Manager, Artistic Directors and Agents WANT to read the play.

Stage2Screen, an event curate with two Capital Region Film Companies, Poorductions and Frosted Lens, Stage2Screen shows how some plays progress – or have another life – by becoming screenplays.

Thank you for your interest in theREP’s Next Act! New Play Summit! 

Please note that the submission process for the 2020 Summit – and the 2020 NextGen Event – is closed, and the 2021 submission process will not open until (or around) December 2020.

*If you are looking for theREP’s Young Playwright Contest please visit our School Page HERE

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.

2020 Next Act! New Play Summit Full-Length Readings
A Distinct Society
by Kareem Fahmy (TBC)

The 2020 New Voices: Young Playwright Contest Winners
Grace Bombard (Loudonville Christian School), An Artist’s Hand
Jeremiah Choudhury (Loudonville Christian School), Just a Normal Friday
Megan Dellenbaugh (Bethlehem Central High School), Almost a Fairytale
Clare Reilly & Regan Roberts (Guilderland High School), The Deadly Dinner Party
Maya TerryStein (Shaker High School), Our New Colossus
Jasmin VanDyke & Jonathan Jordan (Coxsackie-Athens High School), A Series of Unfortunate Ideas

The 2020 NextGen Reading
Titles TBA

The 2020 First 15
Titles TBA

Past Summit Playwrights
Playwright’s Whose Plays Received World Premieres at theREP
Suzanne Bradbeer (two time winner, The God Game and Naked Influence)
Sherry Kramer (How Water Behaves)
Steve Peterson (Paris Time)
Bob Morris (Assisted Loving)
David Bunce (Red Maple)
Meridith Friedman (Your Best One)
Tira Plamquist (The Way North – In Progress)

Monday, July 13, 2020
New Voices: Young Playwright Contest Reading at 7PM

Tuesday, July 14, 2020
NextGen: SLAM! Reading at 7PM

Wednesday, July 15, 2020
A Distinct Society by Kareem Fahmy at 7PM

Thursday, July 16, 2020
First 15 Event at 7PM

Coming soon!

Coming soon!

In cooperation with Actor’s Equity Association, all readings in the 2020 Next Act! New Play Summit are part of a fundraiser for theREP’s new work development. No fee is required for viewing, but a donation of $25 is recommended to help the theatre continue to develop scripts and produce the world premiere works that have appeared on theREP’s stage over the past 10 years.


(Pictured: AEA Actor, Joshua Redfield and local actress Emily Curro.)