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News Philly's PlayPenn Conference Nurtures Six New Works Starting July 9 PlayPenn, Philadelphia's professional new play development organization, will hold its third annual New Play Development Conference July 9-22, helping to refine six new works.
Sean Christopher Lewis, writer of Militant Language
Sean Christopher Lewis, writer of Militant Language

The conference at the Adrienne Theater at 2030 Sansom Street will feature two weeks of intensive work on six plays-in-progress by Andrew Case (The Rant), Russell Davis (The Day of the Picnic), Christina Ham (After Adam), Sean Christopher Lewis (Militant Language), Jennifer Maisel (There or Here) and Aaron Posner (My Name is Asher Lev).

The conference culminates in free, public staged readings July 19-21.

"I am very grateful to the nearly 70 readers, all professionals in every part of the Philadelphia professional theatre community, who were part of the evaluation process in selecting these plays," stated Paul Meshejian, artistic director of PlayPenn. "They have all expressed excitement in taking part in assessing what they believe will be the next important plays to be seen on stages in Philadelphia and across the country. PlayPenn is raising the flag of 'the new' in the interest of embracing, engaging and challenging audiences that we believe wait, with hunger, for what the next generations of writers have to offer."

The chosen playwrights bring their works-in-progress to Philadelphia for two weeks of intensive work with a professional director of their choice, dramaturgical assistance and professional actors from the Philadelphia theatre community.

Playwrights will rehearse for 29 hours with a team of artists devoted to the progress of their work, culminating in public staged readings. Conference writers were chosen from a field of over 150 playwright submissions. The six conference playwrights were culled from a group of 12 semi-finalists, also including Carson Kreitzer (Enchantment), Sean Cunningham (The People's Pimple), Lisa D'Amour (In The Thick), Gino Dilorio (Sandbox) and Philadelphia playwrights Seth Rozin (Black Gold) and Nicholas Wardigo (Chessboard Heroes).

PlayPenn's mission "is to support the development of the written word and those who use it to create new plays for the American theatre."

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