Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Gulfshore Playhouse announces finalists

Gulfshore Playhouse has announced the finalists for its fifth annual New Works Festival, which brings together playwrights, actors and directors from across the country for a multi-day event culminating in a series of staged readings. This year’s finalists include:

– “Tycho’s Fool” by Ross Peter Nelson, Thursday, Sept. 7
– “Hungarian Rhapsody” by Susan
Cinoman, Friday, Sept. 8
– “Buried Under a Blackbird Sky”
by Stephen Spotswood, Saturday,
Sept. 9
– “Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Elusive Ear” by David
MacGregor, Sunday, Sept. 10

Each staged reading will conclude with a Q&A session with the playwright.

“It is especially exciting when a play emerges from the festival that we feel is a great fit for our audience and our theatre, like “Miss Keller Has No Second Book,” a finalist from last year’s festival that we will produce as part of our 2017-18 season.”

The festival will also include readings of Deb Hiett’s “Miss Keller Has No Second Book” Thursday, Sept. 14 and Saturday, Sept. 16. Gulfshore Playhouse favorites Amy Van Nostrand and Maureen Silliman will be directed by Los Angeles-based Emilie Beck, who also serves as the Literary Manager at the Boston Court Performing Arts Center in Pasadena.

Play readings will be held at the Norris Center at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday. Readings are $15 each, with discounts for multiple shows. Visit or call the box office at 866-811-4111 to purchase tickets.

Plans are currently underway for Gulfshore Playhouse’s new 56,000-squarefoot complex at Goodlette-Frank Road and First Avenue South on the northern end of The Shoppes at Naples Square that will include two theaters and an education wing to support programming for children, adults and families.

For more information about Gulfshore Playhouse or its new facility, visit or call 239-261-PLAY (7529).

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