Festival of New American Plays
by Austin Playhouse

May. 05 - May. 07, 2017

Austin Playhouse is thrilled to announce the three winning plays chosen to be performed during its inaugural 2017 Festival of New American Plays from May 5 – 7, 2017. 


Each of the three playwrights will receive a $500 prize along with a staged reading that features professional Austin Playhouse directors and performers including Babs George, Huck Huckaby, Jess Hughes, Samuel Knowlton, Stephen Mercantel, Andrea Osborn Ginder, Tom Parker, Lara Toner Haddock, and Laura Walberg.


Low Hanging Stars

Directed by Cyndi Williams

This intimate new play by Austinite Sarah Saltwick uses a supernatural twist to reveal the devastating cracks in a mother-daughter relationship. Young starlet Gillian Rhodes has been taken to a small town in Massachusetts where her mother spent a summer as a young girl. Ostensibly to take time off from a hectic schedule, the real reason for Gillian's isolation is exposed through a chance encounter with the ghost of a troubled young man.


Capital Crime!

Directed by Lara Toner Haddock

In 1906, model and actress Evelyn Nesbit's husband killed her wealthy benefactor, launching a tabloid sensation. The event was branded the "Show Girl Murder" and Evelyn became known as "The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing." This whimsical, rock and roll inspired play takes on the aftermath of the murder when a movie company produces a film about the event. Connecting the exploitation of Nesbit to contemporary exploitation of young women, Carson Kreitzer’s Capital Crime! is an original, irreverent, and very fun look at the dark side of America's obsession with youth.



Directed by Ben Wolfe

During World War II women aviators supported the war effort by flying training missions and taking on the dangerous job of flying planes in need of repairs or on their way to the junkyard. After the war, these women were often grounded as jobs were reclaimed by men. Flying introduces us to Susan, a former WASP now working to keep her husband's airfield and repair shop operational until her husband, Bob, returns home. When a former colleague of Bob's arrives at the airfield looking for work, it exposes all the vulnerabilities of Susan's current position and the hypocrisy from her past. Sheila Cowley’s beautiful new play looks at the contributions of women to the war effort and the difficulties of getting back to "normal" life.


In its first year, the festival received over 700 plays from playwrights across the country from which 10 finalists were selected for special recognition.


2017 Finalists


A to Z by Monica Raymond

Atacama by Augusto Federico Amador

at the very bottom of a body of water by Benjamin Benne

Capital Crime! by Carson Kreitzer

fish by Pat Pfeiffer

Flying by Sheila Cowley

Low Hanging Stars by Sarah Saltwick

On Pine Knoll Street by Mark Cornell

The Captives by Barbara Blumenthal-Ehrlich

Tumbleweed by Marcus Scott


Festival of New American Plays
by various
Austin Playhouse

May 05 - May 07, 2017
Austin Playhouse
6001 Airport Boulevard
Austin, TX, 78752

Low Hanging Stars by local playwright Sarah Saltwick

    Friday, May 5 at 8 pm 

Capital Crime! by Carson Kreitzer

    Saturday, May 6 at 8 pm

Flying by Sheila Cowley

    Sunday, May 7 at 7 pm.

Austin Playhouse at ACC Highland Campus

6001 Airport Blvd., Austin, TX 78752



TICKETS: Sliding Scale up to $20

BOX OFFICE: Call 512.476.0084 or email boxoffice@austinplayhouse.com