Appalachian Playwrights Showcased At Annual Festival

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The "Humble Play: New Play Festival of Appalachian Ohio" returns for its eighth year Thursday, Oct. 17 through Saturday, Oct. 19.

All performances are being held at ARTS/West, located at 132 W. State St. in Athens, Ohio.

The mission of the Humble Play is to promote the art of play writing while introducing the process of new play development to an audience. This is achieved by inviting playwrights to submit their plays to a committee of judges.

The judges choose plays to be produced as staged readings for the general public as a once-a-year, three-day festival. All of the readings are produced by the Corporation for the Performing Arts.

This year's schedule includes:

Oct. 17, 7 p.m. – Romeo and Juliet: There Hasn’t Been a Rap Song Yet by Rheal Radwany (Athens)

Oct. 18, 7 p.m. – Her Summer Fling by Merri Biechler (Athens)

Oct. 19, 7 p.m. – Dignity by Celeste Parsons (Nelsonville)

All of the plays in this year’s festival have been past festival choices. A committee re-read the plays that were presented in past years and chose these three works, all from Athens County playwrights.  

A reading is defined as actors presenting words of a script, using scripts-in-hand. Each reading will be kept extremely simple so that the playwright's words can be the focus of the event. 

All readings will be followed by a moderated talk-back session where audience members are invited to discuss the plays.

All events are free and open to the public. Donations to the festival are encouraged.

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