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The United States of Playwriting

Presented at the National Play Festival 2013

For the first time, we invite two bright new American playwrights to showcase their new work as part of our exchange with the National New Play Network in the US.

These are bold, engrossing and imaginative new works from America. We are delighted to host the NNPN’s playwrights in Perth and Sydney and to bring together dynamic artists as we continue to explore the most exciting global playwriting cultures.  Through our exchange, two Australian playwrights, Declan Greene and Vanessa Bates, attended readings of their work at the NNPN’s National Showcase of New Plays in Washington in November 2012 following the NNPN’s Executive Director Jason Loewith attendance at the National Play Festival 2012 in Melbourne.


Date/Time:  Saturday 23 February, 4.00pmWho is Wonder Woman and where did she come from? Meet the first-ever female comic book hero and her creator. READ MORE Date/Time: Sunday 24 February, 11.00amA single mother and her son try to jump-start their relationship across the breakfast table. READ MORE


The American playwrights will travel to Perth for the event as well as an additional reading and forum in Sydney, Finding the Words, in partnership with the National Institute of Dramatic Arts. Both events are presented with the support of the US Embassy in Australia.

Sydney Event: Finding the Words  
NIDA Play Reading and Forum
6.30pm Monday 18 February
Venue: NIDA Parade Theatres, Kensington NSW
Free admission.
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About the NNPN:

The National New Play Network (NNPN) is an alliance of non-profit professional theatres in the United States that champions the development, production and continued life of new plays for the American theatre. Collaborative initiatives include the Playwright-in-Residence program, multi-theatre commissions and the Continued Life of New Plays Fund, which has supported 34 “Rolling World Premieres” of new plays with over USD$500,000 in grants since 2003.

The National Showcase of New Plays is a travelling new-play festival that presents the country’s best unproduced plays in staged reading format to an intimate gathering of theater professionals. With artistic leadership from most of our 26 Core Member and 13 Associate Member Theaters in attendance, the Showcase creates a unique, invaluable opportunity for production-ready scripts to be heard by the people most willing to produce them. In addition to artistic and managing directors, we invite a group of 100 playwrights, literary managers, playwright agents, and other colleagues from around the country to network with us on behalf of the plays and playwrights we present. The vast majority of the scripts read at the Showcase go on to professional productions within and outside the Network.

Presented with the support of the National New Play Network and the US Embassy in Australia