Hartford Stage presents new plays by Crimes of the Heart scribe Beth Henley, American Voices Playwright in Residence Jorge Ignacio Cortinas, actress Patricia Wettig and more for its "Brand:NEW Fall Festival of New Works," Sept. 15-26. The annual event will take place during the run of Connecticut company's mainstage production of The Learned Ladies of Park Avenue (which plays Sept. 1-Oct. 2).
The schedule of "Brand:NEW 2005" is as follows:
Sept. 24 at 8:00 PM - Cradle of Man - a dark comedy by Melanie Marnich (The Sparrow Project), directed by Michael John Garces This year's festival also features an "Open Rehearsal" of last year's "Brand: NEW" show Floyd and Clea Under The Western Sky, Sept. 24 at 4 PM. The work — featuring music by Jonathan Kreisberg with a book and lyrics by David Cale — made its world premiere at Chicago's Goodman Theatre and will be presented at Hartford's mainstage, Oct. 13-Nov. 13 under director Michael Wilson. And a "Playwrights Panel" with participants Elizabeth Egloff, Jorge Ignacio Cortinas, Kate Fodor, Michael Elyanow, Melanie Marnich, Robert O'Hara and moderator Jeremy B. Cohen will take place Sept. 25 at 11 AM.
Festival Passes are on sale now for the "Brand:NEW" readings ($30 for Hartford Stage Subscribers and $40 for Non-subscribers) by calling (860) 527-5151. For more information, visit www.hartfordstage.org.