The annual event will take place Sept. 14-25 during the run of Connecticut company's mainstage production of The Learned Ladies of Park Avenue (which plays through Oct. 2).
The company for the developing works includes Becky Ann Baker (Assassins, "Freaks and Geeks"), Glynis Bell (Jewtopia, Amadeus), Emily Bergl (Fiction, The Rivals), Kim Director ("Blair Witch 2"), Jill Eikenberry ("LA Law"), David Fendig, Holter Graham ("Hairspray"), David Greenspan (Hairspray, The Learned Ladies of Park Avenue), Joe Haj, Frank Harts (A Raisin in the Sun), Jayne Houdyshell (Well, True Love), Marin Ireland (Sabina, Manuscript), Ron Cephas Jones (Richard III, Jesus Hopped the A-Train), Jordan Mahome, Logan Marshall-Green (Swimming in the Shallows,"The O.C."), Sherri Parker Lee, Austin Lysy, Jim Parsons, Mary Beth Peil (Nine, "Dawson's Creek"), Larry Pine (The Designated Mourner, "Vanya on 42nd Street"), Anne Ramsay ("Six Feet Under," "The L Word"), Elizabeth Rich (Rebecca Gilman's Dollhouse), Anika Noni Rose (Caroline, or Change), John Rothman (The Argument, Rodney's Wife), Michael Tucker ("LA Law"), Matthew Stadelman (Hot 'n' Throbbing, Stone Cold Dead Serious), Nilaja Sun and Arie Thompson.
The schedule of "Brand:NEW 2005" is as follows:
This year's festival also features an "Open Rehearsal" of last year's "Brand: NEW" show Floyd and Clea Under The Western Sky, Sept. 25 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.