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2nd Street Theater chosen for ‘NewPlayFest’


2 nd Street Theater and Stage Right Productions, the nonprofit that operates 2 nd Street, are thrilled to announce that they have been chosen as one of five theaters in the United States to produce one of the winning plays in the American Association of Community Theatre’s 2016 NewPlayFest.

AACT NewPlayFest is a national new play festival that takes place over a two year period. Selected theatres produce the winning scripts in their local communities and AACT spreads the buzz with nation-wide promotion. The producing theaters will get to rank the winning plays and be part of the final decision as to which play will be assigned for a fully realized production during the 2015-2016 season. The producing theater will house the playwright during the process and provide a royalty of $25 to the playwright. The five plays chosen for production will then be published as an anthology through Dramatic Publishing Company.

Stage Right Productions and 2 nd Street Theater have been taking chances on new plays for several years. In 2007, 2 nd Street Theater presented the World Premiere of Garden Politics, a comedy by New York City playwright, Michael Slade. Since then, Stage Right Productions and 2 nd Street Theater have produced or co produced six World Premieres including the most recent sell out shows, Helen On Wheels by Cricket Daniel and Blemished, A Musical by Katelyn Alexander, both from Bend .

“Stage Right Productions has given 2nd Street Theater a whole, new life by introducing new playwrights and giving their words life on our stage. We are so grateful for the amazing support of our audiences, and we’re absolutely thrilled to become part of the AACT New PlayFest,” says Maralyn Thoma, Artistic Director and owner or 2 nd Street Theater

“Putting on a brand new play that no one is familiar with is a huge risk, but very exciting” says Stage Right Productions Managing Director, Sandy Klein, “but the Central Oregon Community has really been supportive of what we’re doing, and it is such an honor to be chosen for the AACT NewPlayFest!”

For more information on the AACT NewPlayFest, visit

For information on becoming a sponsor for the winning play production at 2 nd Street Theater contact Sandy Klein, Managing Director, 2 nd Street Theater at or call 541-598-5262.

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