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Monday, July 8, 2024 at 7:30 PM EDT


Step into the world of creativity and innovation as local playwrights present their work each night for the chance to see their masterpiece brought to life on our stage the following season. As the lights rise, you'll witness the birth of a brand new play, each one bursting with unique characters, captivating storylines, and thought-provoking themes. From comedy to drama, romance to mystery, every night promises a fresh and exciting theatrical experience. Join us as these talented playwrights pour their hearts and souls into their creations, all for the chance to leave their mark on the world of theatre. And who knows? You might just witness the birth of the next Broadway sensation right here at The Players. So grab your ticket, take your seat, and prepare to be amazed as the magic of live theatre unfolds before your eyes. Welcome to the New Play Festival - where every night, a new play is born!

$10 per play reading

New Play Festival Subscribtions are available by calling the box office at (941) 365-2494.

$24 for 3 play readings/ $35 for all 5 play readings.


Written by Douglas Gearhart/Directed by Tim Spradlin

It's Christmas time in southern Florida. Dominic Duluth lives alone and chats with his dead dog. His son Jedi has not been home for seven years and is now in big trouble at the park just down the street from Sonny. An angry plumber (and father of a young girl) is holding Jedi for the police after roughing him up a bit. A distracted police officer named Maureen arrives on the scene to try to sort it all out in time to take her final exam. Merry Christmas everyone!


Written by Bill Bozzone/Directed by Alan Gillespie

It begins as a battle of wills. JACK McGRAF, a resident at an adult care facility, refuses to forgive himself for the mistakes of his past. Disastrous marriage, botched career, failed fatherhood. Enter YUMEE FISHKIN, an administrator temporarily working among the facility’s population, a well-meaning woman unfortunately over her head. JACK sees this woman as someone who can be easily manipulated, but YUMEE, as she states late in the play, is someone “known to get my way through polite persistence.” It's during a blind date off-site that YUMEE meets JUNIOR BRUNETTI, a boastful police officer out to impress. But BRUNETTI, like the others present here, hides behind a façade which he’s eventually forced to drop. JACK, who’s been expecting his wife to arrive and take him home, is eventually visited by JOYCE McGRAF. SHE’S a strong woman, caring and generous, and while Jack refuses to see the hopelessness of their reuniting, JOYCE pushes ahead with life with the force of a Florida hurricane.


Written by Hannah Mitchell/Directed by Alisha Tyler-Lohr

“In the heart of Las Vegas, the “Happy Endings Wedding Chapel” is a tacky, yet charming place run by Kathy and her equally tacky yet charming family. Enter Andreas, a delightfully witty lawyer from England, who arrives at the chapel to gather evidence for a peculiar case. Despite his profession, Andreas is a hopeless romantic who believes in love wholeheartedly. Despite her profession… Kathy hates love. Jaded by past experiences and surrounded by the constant flow of fleeting romances, she has grown to despise the concept of love. As the week goes by an unlikely friendship blossom. Through their humorous and heartfelt conversations, they explore deep topics such as love, divorce, death, luck, and coffee. "Happy Endings Wedding Chapel" is a comedic and touching exploration of love's complexities, the unexpected bonds we form, and the hope that can be found even in the most unlikely of places.”

THURSDAY, JULY 11 LIFE CORP. A 20-minute sci-fi courtroom drama

Written by Jenna Jane/Directed by Alexa Perez

A 20-minute sci-fi courtroom drama. After years of struggling with infertility, Monica Duncan was able to conceive with a bionic womb. But now she can’t pay her debt on the device. The corporation that manufactures the bionic womb has come to collect, claiming full custody of Monica’s daughter. This play explores the implications of body modification, what it means to be a parent, and the inevitable trap of sacrificing oneself to a corporation.

Content warnings: Infertility, profanity, brief sexual reference.

FRIDAY, JULY 12 MAN 2 MAN A Human Race Play in Two Acts

Written by Mimi Ayers/Directed by Ariel Blue

In MAN 2 MAN the stories of two African American men, a half-cropping father in the early 1900s and his son returning home after fighting in World War II, are intertwined to reveal their shared experiences confronting Jim Crow America.


1130 Theatre
3501 S. Tamiami Trail Suite 1130
Sarasota FL 34239


This is a festival seating performance - the seats are on a first come, first serve basis when you arrive at the theatre.

Doors open 1/2 hour prior to start of performance.