The Players Centre announces 2020 New Players New Play Festival finalists

The Players Centre for Performing Arts is happy to announce the five finalists in the 2020 Players New Play Festival. This year the festival, running from June 29 through July 3, 2020 at 7:30pm, will be virtual for the first time ever due to COVID-19.

The Players New Play Festival invites local playwrights to submit their brand new, never-before-performed plays. Five plays are chosen then performed in readers-style theater. This year through Zoom, actors under the leadership of a local director will engage in a talk-back following the show to give the playwright some constructive criticism. Jeffery Kin, Managing Artistic Director and Interim CEO of The Players Centre, and Sandra Musicante will once again facilitate the festival and lead discussions.

The following shows are this year’s finalists:

The Manager by Douglas Gearhart

Medium Well Done by Jim Moss

Next Wife by Kathryn Powell

Echo Nevada by Anna Brennan

The Rabbit Test by Walton Beacham

Tickets will be $10 each, these can be purchased over the phone at 941.365.2494 or through our website If you are looking to witness multiple readings take advantage of these deals by giving the Box Office a call – three nights for $24 or all five shows for just $35 plus handling fee. Be aware, due to the digital nature of this year’s Play Reading Festival, all purchases must be made by noon the day of that reading. This will allow The Players to send out the Zoom link for that play. If you would like to take advantage of the bundled prices, make sure this is done when you initially purchase. This year there is an option to watch recorded readings for a cheaper price if the time does not allow you to attend. Please call the box office with more information on this option.

Amanda Heisey

Amanda Heisey

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