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New Play Sounding Series

20 Years of New Voices, New Ideas, New Plays

Since its inception in 1994, SLAC's New Play Sounding Series (NPSS) has nurtured emerging and established playwrights alike in the development of their new work. The NPSS creates a constructive, low risk arena for artists to navigate the challenges that come with writing and developing new plays. Through the NPSS, SLAC has provided professional resources for the artistic development of more than 80 new plays. Recognizing the importance of not only reading and developing new scripts, but seeing them through to full production, SLAC has ensured that over 50 percent of the plays read in the NPSS have gone on to be fully produced as part of SLAC's regular season, published for the professional market, and/or moved on to other regional theatres in Utah and around the country. 

Not only does the NPSS provide support for playwrights and create additional working opportunities for local theatre artists, but it also affords our audiences the opportunity to witness plays in their earliest stages, giving access to the creative process of new play development. By engaging in the discussions following each reading, and providing constructive feedback on what they've just seen, our audiences plays a key role in shaping these new works while the playwrights gain a deeper understanding of how their work is reaching an audience.

SLAC has been fortunate to support and house two Playwrights in Residence, whose work is prominent in the NPSS. Supporting SLAC's mission to develop relationships with new playwrights, the NPSS offers a significant opportunity to foster ongoing and mutually nourishing collaboration with local and national playwrights. 

SLAC recognizes the importance of new voices, new ideas, and new stories on our stages. Through the NPSS, SLAC is able to assist playwrights in finding larger homes in the American theatre, evolve as a company dedicated to new work, engage with our audiences on a deeper and more creative level, and enhance Utah's reputation as an artistically rich place with a strong theatre community known for risk-taking and innovation.

SLAC thanks the Jarvis and Constance Doctorow Family Foundation and the Salt Lake County's Zoo, Arts, and Parks program whose support allows our growing audiences to attend the New Play Sounding Series at no cost.

The mission of the New Play Sounding Series

  • To develop relationships with emerging and established playwrights, both locally and nationally, and to foster ongoing and mutually nourishing correspondence.
  • To create a constructive, low risk arena in which to explore new creative voices and investigate works of interest in greater depth.
  • To involve the audience in the process of play creation, exploration and selection.
  • To provide additional working opportunities for local theatre artists.

NPSS History

*Indicates a play that went on to be fully produced at SLAC

2014/2015

2013/2014

2012/2013

2011/2012

2010/2011

2009/2010

2008/2009

  • SHE WAS MY BROTHER by Julie Jensen
  • MAMMOTH by Eric Roberson
  • SUNLIGHT by Sharr White
  • CHARM by Kathleen Cahill*

2007/2008

  • THE TOWERING DEAD by Mike Dorrell
  • THE RANT by Andrew Case
  • A SLIGHT DISCOMFORT by Jeff Metcalf*
  • CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE by Carter W. Lewis
  • 14 by John Cameron

2006/2007

  • THE RECEPTIONIST by Adam Bock
  • BUNBURY by Tom Jacobson
  • IN CORRECTIONS by Doris Baizley and Susan Raffanti
  • THE CANCER DIARIES by Jeff Metcalf*
    (Retitled A SLIGHT DISCOMFORT)

2005/2006

  • THE THUGS by Adam Bock 
    (Premiered at SoHo Rep in NYC in 2006, Obie Award winner)
  • SEXSTING by Doris Baizley and Susan Raffanti*
    (World Premiere at Salt Lake Acting Company, 2007; produced by Skylight Theatre, LA, 2013)
  • DARK YELLOW by Julia Jordan
    (Produced at Studio Dante, NYC, 2006)
  • THE O'CONNER GIRLS by Katie Forgette

2004/2005

  • THE LAND SOUTHWARD by Darcy Hogan
  • ROUNDUP by Kurt Proctor
  • ART FOR ART'S SAKE by Mike Dorrell
  • THE OVERWHELMING by J. T. Rogers*

2003/2004

  • TOUCH OF RAPTURE by Mary Fengar Gail
  • A CROOKED MAN by Richard Kalinoski
  • ROUNDING THIRD by Richard Dresser*
  • SWIMMING IN THE SHALLOWS by Adam Bock*

2002/2003

  • FRANKINCENSE by John Rafter Lee
  • LILY AND DASH by Mike Dorrell
  • MADAGASCAR by J.T. Rogers*
  • THE GOSHUTE PLAY by Julie Jensen

2001/2002

  • ANCIENT LIGHTS by Shelagh Stephenson
  • WAIT! by Julie Jensen*
    (Retitled from NO SMALL ACTORS, had its world premiere at The Salt Lake Acting Company, April 8, 2003.)
  • 10 TEN-MINUTE PLAYS BY SLAC PLAYWRIGHTS GROUP

2000/2001

  • SEEING THE ELEPHANT by J. T. Rogers*
    (Received its world premiere at The Salt Lake Acting Company, April 2, 2002)
  • NO SMALL ACTORS by Julie Jensen
    (SLAC commissioned play, week-long workshop November of 2000 culminating in reading of first draft)
  • CABBIES, COWBOYS AND THE TREE OF THE WEEPING VIRGIN by Jeff Metcalf*
    (Received its world premiere at The Salt Lake Acting Company, January 22, 2002. A book containing all of the commissioned pieces was published by SLAC and given as a gift to audience members.)

1999/2000

  • ABSENCE by Wendy Hammond
    (Previous draft entitled THE HOLE premiered at Purple Rose Theatre in Michigan, in 1999)
  • RED HERRING by Michael Hollinger
    (world premiere, Philadelphia Theatre Company, March 2000.)
  • CHEAT by Julie Jensen
    (world premiere at Women’s Project in New York in October of 2002.)
  • A LOSS OF APPETITE by David Kranes*

1998/1999

  • BASH, IPHIGENIA IN OREM, MEDEA REDUX by Neil Labute
    (Produced Off-Broadway in 1999 with Calista Flockhart)
  • WINDING SHEET by Eric Samuelsen
  • THE LIVELY LAD by Quincy Long
    (Workshop production, A.S.K. Common Ground Festival, L.A., 1999)
  • OUTRAGE by Nate Briggs

1997/1998

  • TWO-HEADED by Julie Jensen*
    (Salt Lake Acting Company, world premiere,2000; workshop production, A.S.K. Common Ground Festival, L.A., 1999, Produced by The Women’s Project in New York, in 2000.)
  • UNDER WESTERN SKIES by Al Brown
    (T.C.G / N.E.A. Playwright in Residence at SLAC, 1998)
  • BOB AND MAY ARE GETTING MARRIED by Carl Sanders
    (Produced in Seattle in 2000 at One World Theatre, published by Rain City Press under the title THE PERFECT STRANGER)
  • DRIFT by Jon Tuttle
    (produced by Trustus Theatre, North Carolina, 1998)

1996/1997

  • RENO BANGS by Al Brown
  • TINY ISLAND by Michael Hollinger
    (produced by Arden Theatre, Philadelphia, 1998)
  • A BIRCH IN WINTER by Aaron Shaheen
  • MOTHER COLLEGE by Richard Kalinoski

1995/1996

  • VICTOR AND THE VIRGIN by Thomas G. Dunn
  • MOLLY’S DELICIOUS by Craig Wright
    (produced by Philadelphia Festival of New Plays 1997; Arden Theatre, Philadelphia 1997, Published by Dramatic Publishing)
  • ROSE COLORED GLASS by Susan Bigelow-Marsh
    (produced by Jewish Repertory Theatre, 1997)
  • ONE LAST DANCE by Al Brown*
    (produced by Salt Lake Acting Company, 1997)
  • PAPARAZZI! by Gib Johnson
  • THE BIG SLAM by Bill Corbett
    (produced by Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Washington D.C., 1997; A Contemporary Theatre, Seattle, 1997, Published by Dramatist Play Service)

1994/1995

  • WINTER OF THE DEER by David Kranes*
    (world premiere by Salt Lake Acting Company 1996)
  • THE LOST VEGAS SERIES by Julie Jensen
    (produced by Zebra Crossing Theatre, Chicago 1997, winning the Jefferson Award; and in London 1998)
  • DADDY’S GONE HOME TO MOTHER IN HEAVEN by Gary Stewart
  • NAPOLEON’S CHINA by Ann Haskell, Sherry Kramer and Rebecca Newton*
    (produced by Salt Lake Acting Company 1996)
  • VOIR DIRE by Joe Sutton
    (produced by Seattle Repertory Theatre, 1996)
  • THE BIG NUMBERS by Craig Wright
  • INCORRUPTIBLE by Michael Hollinger*
    (produced by Salt Lake Acting Company, 1996; Arden Theatre, Philadelphia, 1996; Artist’s Repertory Theatre, Portland, Oregon 1998)

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