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PANNDORA'S BOX Lucky 13th Annual New Works Festival ~



We are busily reading all your beautiful plays. You'll hear from us in September when we announce the five plays selected to be read over our 3-day Festival.

We will return to the GARAGE THEATRE the first weekend in November to read 5 selected plays, each cast with experienced actors with experienced directors. Each play will be critiqued by a professional theatre reviewer, and will be video taped for the playwright. 

Your plays will be read and considered and might even be produced. Scroll down for comments from our playwrights.

For the last 8 years, our productions have come from PANNDORA'S BOX

GLOVE STORY by Ken Pisani (2019), JUPITER MOON  by  Bob Valine (2018), IN KINGS & FOOLS by  Kevin Daly (2017)SWEET TEXAS RECKONING  by Traci Godfrey (2016)MEDUSA UNDONE  by Bella Poynton (2015)FRAGILE THING CRACKS by Ben Jolivet (2014)CATCHING THE BUTCHER by Adam Seidel (2013), and HOOK UPS by Alexandra Petri (2012).

What the playwrights have to say ~

I was thrilled to be among Panndora’s Box Festival of New Works winners - to hear my characters come to life in a staged reading by three extraordinary actors, beautifully staged and directed. And then I found myself doubly blessed when “Glove Story” was chosen for a full production. Panndora's production team has been thoughtful, professional, diligent, and inclusive of me throughout the creative process. They cast extraordinary actors and were true to every moment of the text, however big or small, and found moments I didn’t know were there. Together, they birthed this baby and got it on its feet and out in the world in a way that exceeded my expectations. Their commitment, creativity, and endless positive energy from first table read to Opening Night (and beyond!) was humbling. Ken Pisani, author of this year's GLOVE STORY

Are you ready for a magical journey? The talented, wonderfully thoughtful and supportive artists of Panndora Productions will take you on such a journey as your play comes to life before an audience in love with the new and unknown. From the first read-through via FaceTime to the discussions with the director and actors after the performance, I experienced JUPITER MOON in a way I never had before-as living theater, as a mysterious creative process, as something more than I could have ever imagined when I wrote the play. That was the great gift for me--the wonderful process where the words I've written, the actors, and the audience create together something new, fragile, precious--the performance of a play. After that, I saw playwriting as something totally different, and even more challenging and exciting-as a magical journey into a new experience, a new world, together. Bob Valine, JUPITER MOON (2018)

Working with Panndora was one of the best experiences of my professional career.  They provide dramaturgical support, a skilled director, and talented actors for a rehearsed reading where they really focus on the story the playwright's trying to tell. They commit themselves to getting the writers everything they need to truly develop their play.  The best part: the Panndorians are committed to producing at least one of the plays from the festival-- it's truly a special opportunityKevin Daly, IN KINGS & FOOLS (2017)

As a playwright, it is extremely rare to be able to watch one's work with a blank slate and objective eye. It is almost impossible to be able to simply sit and enjoy the work on the stage without judgment, conscious or otherwise. However, when I attended Panndora's Box production of my play Sweet Texas Reckoning last weekend that is exactly what I was able to do. I could not be more proud of this production and am forever indebted to the amazing team at Panndora's Box for giving me this extraordinary gift. Tracey Godfrey,  SWEET TEXAS RECKONING (2016)

The Panndora's Box team loves new plays and new playwrights! They treated my play like a beautiful piece of art. I felt respected and valued during the entire process. The team kept me informed, and involved-- and-- I found the perfect ending for my play during the development process! Working with Panndora's Box was one of the best artistic experiences I've ever had. All emerging playwrights should submit their work. Bella Poynton, MEDUSA UNDONE (2015)

The best thing about Panndora Productions, and everyone involved in Fragile Thing Cracks, was their devotion to the project; how much they cared about taking care of the script. Being about as far away as I could be during rehearsals, I never once worried; they cared so much about the play and doing it well. And when I arrived, they treated me like family and my play like gold. It was a fantastic experience, and I'd work with Sonja and Karen and company again in a heartbeat. I envy this year's writers! Ben Jolivet, FRAGILE THING CRACKS (2014)


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