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p>We”re very excited to announce that Australian playwrights Vanessa Bates and Declan Greene have been selected to showcase their work in Washington as part of PlayWriting Australia”s new exchange program with the in the US.

The National New Play Network – NNPN – is an alliance of non-profit American theatres that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays. is an industry event presenting readings of high quality new plays to a gathering of artistic directors, literary managers, agents, publishers and independent producers from around the States. This year”s event is hosted by Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington DC in November and will present six new American plays as well as Vanessa Bates” Every Second and Declan Greene”s Moth.

These are two standout plays: Every Second was developed and presented at PlayWriting Australia”s in Melbourne this year directed by Susie Dee; and Moth was commissioned by Arena Theatre Company and has had successful seasons at Malthouse Theatre, the Sydney Opera House and a regional tour throughout Victoria, winning the Australian Writer”s Guild AWGIE for best new work in the Theatre For Young Audiences category in 2011.

We have been developing this opportunity with the NNPN over the past two years as part of our international market development initiative. In February this year, the NNPN”s Executive Director Jason Loewith attended our National Play Festival in Melbourne to get acquainted with Australian plays and playwrights. You can read more about Jason, NNPN and the Australian/American exchange in this fantastic interview here.

With support from Arts NSW, both playwrights will attend the four-day Showcase in the US to meet with producers and artists, see new play readings and be a part of the conversation, including an Australian/American Playwright Smackdown and a welcome reception hosted by the Australian Embassy.

“NNPN can’t wait to introduce American theaters to these extraordinary Australian voices. Vanessa and Declan traverse familiar terrain in wholly unexpected ways, which is why this exchange with PlayWriting Australia will bear so much fruit for both of our playwriting communities.”
Jason Loewith, Executive Director NNPN

Understandably, the playwrights are pretty excited too:

“This is an incredible opportunity – I couldn”t be more excited to present my work in the US, and am
crazy-grateful to PlayWriting Australia and the National New Play Network for the chance”

Declan Greene

“I am thrilled and terrified in equal measure. It’s a wonderful opportunity for someone who is both an Australian playwright and a West Wing fan.”
Vanessa Bates

Keep an eye on the PWA blog for more updates on the NNPN National Showcase of New Plays as well as details of the American playwrights participating in the exchange.

More info

Playwright Notes: Every Second at the National Play Festival 2012

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