Guare, Dietz, Bernhardt to Participate in New Play Festival at Florida Stage

News   Guare, Dietz, Bernhardt to Participate in New Play Festival at Florida Stage
John Guare, Steven Dietz and Tony Award winning-director Melvin Bernhardt will be among the participants in 1st Stage, Florida Stage's new festival for new plays, scheduled for March 4-6.

Guare will give the keynote speech. The new plays being read include City of Ghosts by Dietz, Up, Up, Down, Down by Barton Bishop, Mustardseed by Doug Cooney, The Count by Roger Hedden, End Days by Deborah Zoe Laufer and The Breach by Catherine Filloux, Tarell McCraney and Joe Sutton, about Hurricane Katrina.

The directors include Bernhardt, Liz Engelman, Greg Johnson, Desmond Gallant and Florida Stage Director of Education Susan Hyatt.

Guare is the writer of the plays The House of Blue Leaves, Six Degrees of Separation, Four Baboons Adoring the Sun, A Few Stout Individuals, Lydie Breeze, Marco Polo Sings a Solo, Landscape of the Body and Chaucer in Rome and the libretto of the musical Two Gentlemen of Verona, among other works.

Dietz's plays include Fiction, Lonely Planet, God’s Country, Private Eyes, The Nina Variations, Trust, Rocket Man, Halcyon Days, Ten November and Foolin’ Around With Infinity. Bernhardt won a Tony for directing Da and was nominated for Crimes of the Heart.

Florida Stage is located at 262 South Ocean Boulevard in Manalapan, FL. For tickets call (561) 585-3433 in Palm Beach County or (800) 514-3837 outside of it. For more information visit

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