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CATCO’s New Works Festival

January 30 @ 1:00 pm

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One event on February 6, 2021 12:00 am at 7:00 pm

One event on February 13, 2021 12:00 am at 7:00 pm

Following its long tradition of developing new works and involving theatre fans in the evolution of new plays, CATCO presents the New Works Festival Jan. 30 through Feb. 13, featuring readings of three new plays, one for young audiences and two for general audiences.

The three plays – George and the Hidden Dragon, Prima Donna and 20K Leagues Under the Sea ­– were selected from more than 70 submissions, said CATCO Artistic Director Leda Hoffmann, who will direct George and the Hidden Dragon. All three plays were written by Ohio-based playwrights.

“CATCO is investing in developing the plays of tomorrow by providing opportunities for playwrights to work on their projects in the early phases of development, while also presenting an exclusive opportunity for theatre fans to see and participate in the creation of a new work,” Hoffmann said. “Our goal with our festival is to assist plays in taking the next step toward full production, and to share the excitement of the new play process with our subscribers and theatre patrons.”

The New Works Festival plays are:

· George and the Hidden Dragon
By Ashley Cambers
Directed by Leda Hoffmann
Saturday, Jan. 30, 1 p.m.

When a war sends George and his sister, Ginny, to the countryside, they discover a world of mysterious relatives and secret passageways. Sometimes you have to battle a dragon to face your fears and stand up for yourself.

Recommended for ages 6 and up

· Prima Donna
By Chris Leyva
Directed by Laura Gordon
Saturday, Feb. 6, 7 p.m.

Opera star Irene Adler adventures across Europe, leaving intrigue in her wake. Inspired by a Sherlock Holmes story, A Scandal in Bohemia, Prima Donna explores the costs of revenge and deftly deconstructs the difference between a person and their persona.

Recommended for ages 15 and up

· 20K Leagues Under the Sea
adapted for our time
from the novel by Jules Verne
By Alexandria Rayford West, Carlos Washington and Matt Foss
Saturday, Feb. 13, 7 p.m.

A provocative and timely discussion of societal upheaval and social justice around the world, 20K Leagues Under the Sea transforms Jules Verne’s famous text with dynamic music, movement, and imagery.

Recommended for ages 13 and up

Each script will go through a one-week workshop process, followed by a public reading on Saturday. Performances will be followed by talkbacks, allowing audience members to provide feedback about the play. Like other CATCO productions this season, the readings will be presented virtually with actors reading from their own spaces and audiences watching from their own spaces.

New Works Festival tickets are available by purchasing CATCO’s 2020-2021 virtual season pass for $35 at www.catco.org/season-pass A pass with access to all three readings is $12; individual passes are $5 each. Tickets are available at www.catco.org/new-works-festival

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January 30
1:00 pm
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