The 2018 Detroit New Works Festival is scheduled for April 28-29

The Detroit New Works Festival aims to showcase playwrights, promote new plays and musicals which focus on the subjects of equality and diversity, mental health, and/or social issues, and encourage community in the theatrical process.

Through the DNWF, Outvisible Theatre Company encourages local and non-local playwrights, composers, and lyricists to submit their work for the opportunity to be read and discussed at the festival and potentially go on to be produced as a part of a future season.

The festival will be held at Outvisible Theatre’s space inside of Arts Detroit in Allen Park. The festival will be free to the public, though a donation to the festival is recommended.

Weekend Schedule:


Ripped | 2:30pm
Woke | 4:45pm
Nettled | 7:30pm

The Growing Stone | 2pm
Gifted and Talented | 4:30pm

Talkbacks with the cast immediately to follow each reading.

Finalists for the 2018 Detroit New Works Festival announced!

Gifted and Talented
by Sonya Sobieski
New York, NY

Middle-class mom Shana is thrilled that her daughter tested into the most prestigious public school in the city… until she joins the PTA. Gifted and Talented is the behind-the-scenes struggle of a public school to survive shrinking government funding–as well as the large personalities of its increasingly indispensable volunteers.

by Kristian O’Hare
San Francisco, CA

Under the influence of nettle-infused cocktails, two men, celebrating their 10th anniversary, embark on a rousing journey through the city of San Francisco. From foraged haute cuisine to bathhouse poetry to hipster threesomes, these men must confront their true feelings about love and loyalty in a city (and within a culture) that bucks heteronormative culture, by celebrating alternatives to traditional love and commitment.

by Avery Sharpe
Decatur, GA

WOKE is a story that follows two young men who are best friends. Even though one is black and the other is white, they have always lived and loved each other like family. However, after the shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castille, they both arduously discover how to navigate their different world viewpoints with justice, patience, and love. Through family, romance, and their own friendship, they painstakingly and comically explore what it truly means to be woke.

The Growing Stone
by Peter Snoad
Jamaica Plain, MA

Matt Barnett harbors a dark family secret from his childhood. Returning home years later when his mother is dying, Matt seeks truth and healing – and finds a future he never expected. A play about love, pain, redemption, loyalty, aboriginal wisdom, and hope in the stars.

by Rachel Bublitz
Salt Lake City, UT

Lucy, a freshman in college, is torn between her excitement about the new people in her life and having to leave her old life and loves behind. As she struggles to find a balance between the new and the old, a sexual encounter leaves her confused and concerned that she may have been a victim of rape. The play moves back and forth through time and space as Lucy tries to piece together the unraveling interactions between herself and the two young men she’s torn between, illuminating the events behind her uncertainty and sparking questions regarding consent.

Playwright biographies

Rachel Bublitz

Rachel Bublitz is an award winning and internationally produced playwright. Her play “Of Serpents & Sea Spray” was commissioned and produced by San Francisco’s Custom Made Theatre and received a second production with This is Water Theatre. “Ripped” was a 2017 finalist for ATHE’s Excellence In Playwriting Award. “Let’s Fix Andy” is having a workshop production in the summer of 2018 with the Wyoming Theater Festival. Her ten­minute play “Really Adult” is a finalist for the Actors Theatre of Louisville’s 2017 Heideman Award. Rachel has also worked with Playwrights Foundation, San Francisco Playhouse, PlayGround, Dramatists Guild of America, Salt Lake Acting Company, and Plan­B Theatre. She has an MA in English and an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. When she isn’t writing, she’s chasing after her two viking like children and learning about weather in her new home of Salt Lake City. For more, visit

Kristian O’Hare

Kristian O’Hare earned his Ph.D. in English with an emphasis in playwriting at Western Michigan University in 2009. He received his Masters degree in English with an emphasis in playwriting from Boston University, where he worked with Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott.

His plays have been produced or developed by the Whole Art Theatre (Kalamazoo), Ruckus Theatre (Chicago), Ringwald Theatre (Detroit), The Dramatists Guild Footlights Series (San Francisco), Ivy Theatre Company (NYC), Great Plains Theatre Conference (Omaha), Sanguine Theatre Company (NYC), Headlands Center of the Arts (Sausalito), and Boston Playwrights’ Theatre. His plays have also been semifinalists at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference (2010 and 2012), Bay Area Playwrights Festival (2010), and Seven Devils Playwrights Conference (2013). Critically acclaimed scripts include “The Gay American” (Ruckus Theatre, Chicago) and “Like Poetry” (New York International Fringe Festival), which was called “a highly promising production…beautifully structured, with an impressive blend of poignancy and humor” by the New York Times.

Avery Sharpe

Avery Sharpe is an actor and recently a playwright based in Atlanta, GA. After studying Theatre and Spanish at Kennesaw State University, he has spent the last three years performing regularly as a stage, TV/film, and voiceover artist in Atlanta. However, in October of 2017 he decided to try his hand as a writer, which has brought him a few early successes such a being featured in a variety of New Play Festivals and Competitions including this one in Detroit. Recently, he has been named the winner of the 2018 Essential Theatre Playwriting Contest Award, which will culminate in the world premiere production of Woke in Atlanta in Summer 2018. While Woke marks his debut as a playwright, it likely will not be his last venture within the world of authorship. He has discovered a passion for creating stories that echo the beautiful complexity of humanity, which is why he is excited to continue to pursue playwriting in the future.

Peter Snoad

My work as a playwright draws on my experience of two cultures: the U.K., where I was born and raised, and the U.S., where I have lived since 1977 (I’m a dual citizen.) My plays have been staged throughout the U.S., and in Canada, the U.K., Australia and Singapore. Honors include: The Stanley Drama Award and the Arthur W. Stone New Play Award; nominations for Best New Play (Small Stage) by the Independent Reviewers of New England and 2015 Best New Work by ArtsImpulse; and playwriting fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. I have twice won the New Play Festival of Centre Stage–South Carolina. From 2013-2015, I was Visiting Playwright at Hibernian Hall, a multicultural performing arts and culture center in Roxbury, MA, that produced four of my full-length plays. I’m a proud member of The Dramatists Guild of America.

Sonya Sobieski

Recently wrote her first play for middle-school performers! (Morning Announcements, licensed by Stage Partners) Her full-length comedy, Perils of Human Discourse, premiered at Buffalo, NY’s Alleyway Theatre in 2016 and was a finalist for Centenary Stage Company’s Susan Glaspell Award. She is an affiliated artist with NYC’s Obie Award-winning New Georges, who commissioned and premiered Commedia dell Smartass, subsequently produced by Serious Play! in Northampton, MA. In development: Love Hate Potion No. 9 (semifinalist, 2016 Inkslinger Playwriting Competition) and The Unfortunate Squirrel (a musical). Her writing has been published in The Brooklyn Rail, as well as Smith & Kraus’s The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2013 and The Best Women’s Stage Monologues 2016. Sonya works as the New Play Advocate for New Georges and has taught playwriting and dramaturgy at Hunter College and the New York University School of Professional Studies.

Creative team biographies

Mycah Artis

Director, Ripped

Mycah Artis is a director focused on new work development and original devised theater creation. She co-founded Serotonin Syndrome Productions, a devised theater company, and has presented work in Detroit, Lansing, Pittsburgh, Galway and Edinburgh. Mycah holds a BA in English Literature from Michigan State University and MA in Practical Drama & Theatre from the National University of Ireland, Galway. She currently works with multiple theater companies in the Detroit area as a director, performer, stage manager and puppeteer.

Scott Anthony Joy

Director, The Growing Stone

A Sterling Heights native, Scott is happy to be back in his home state after living and working as an actor in New York City. Credits include: Constellations (Outvisible Theatre Company), South Pacific (Paper Mill Playhouse, St. Louis Muny), The Goat or who is Sylvia (St. Louis Actors’ Studio), The Jungle Book (Stages St. Louis), Big River (8th Wonder Productions), Macbeth (St. Louis Rep), Saturday Night Fever(Royal Caribbean), amongst others. He holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from the Webster Conservatory of Theatre Arts. Member of Actors Equity Association. Scott frequently performs concerts with his music partner Jeremy St. Martin.

Casaundra Freeman

Director, Woke

Bio coming soon.

Robert Schorr

Director, Nettled

Robert Schorr is a graduate of the Actors Studio Drama School where he received his MFA in Acting.  Originally from California, he has a B.A. in Cinema from CSU San Francisco and is an alumnus of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.  Robert made his Michigan debut in the Open Book production of Good People and appears this summer in the Penny Seats production of The Renaissance Man.  While in New York he appeared in productions of The Wild Duck, Three Sisters, Six Degrees of Separation, and The Laramie Project.  Robert made his feature film debut in Heroes Don’t Come Home, available on Amazon Prime.  He has also appeared in the original web-series Into Girl as Alice’s Dad and Ringer$ as Franklyn.  He also appeared as Macy in the SVA short film, Gloaming Almost Invisible.  Robert is the father of three wonderful children.

Sarah Hawkins Moan

Director, Gifted and Talented

Sarah Hawkins Moan, a native of Indiana, has been working as an actress, director, and educator across the country for the last ten years.  Sarah received her MFA from Wayne State University and BA from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN.  She has directed at Open Book Theatre, Warren Civic Theatre, Wabash Area Community Theatre, Wabash County Summer Youth Theatre, Wagon Wheel Theatre, Motor City Youth Theatre and Matrix Theatre Company, most recently winning the Tipping Point Theatre Sandbox Play Festival Directorship through BoxFest Detroit.  As an actress, Sarah has performed with Tipping Point Theatre, Planet Ant, Matrix Theatre, and Open Book TheatreRegionally, Sarah has worked with the Commonweal Theatre Company (Lanesboro, MN), CLIMB Theatre (St. Paul, MN), and Creede Repertory Theatre (Creede, CO). Sarah is a certified teacher in the Michael Chekhov technique and teaches at Eastern Michigan University and Henry Ford College.

Congratulations also to the other five semifinalists

by Emily Zemba
Brooklyn, NY

When a killer speech goes horribly awry, Darlene and her team must do all they can to fish her congressional campaign out of the toilet. Meanwhile, a young girl is dealing with a new home and new economic reality by planting potatoes in her neighbor’s yard. Clockwork is a comedy about losing, loss, and how to endure a real shit storm.

Happy Thanksgiving
by Tim Boland
Brossard, Quebec

Annual Thanksgiving family gatherings are normally fraught with enough anxiety for this diverse and highly-opinionated family, but after the long and contentious presidential campaign of 2016, this post-election turkey get-together threatens to be an epic disaster in the making.

by Jayne Deely
Astoria, NY

Dempsey is on the precipice of her first ‘real-world’ job; the only thing standing her way is the psych eval, which, of course, she sabotages brilliantly. Right on cue for the general trajectory of her life. She’s ready to cut and run, with her best friend and confidante Tully, who is dead, but never fails to show up with Dempsey needs her. For some reason beyond her understanding, the job isn’t quite done with her, and she finds herself in the grips of people who are determined to help her, despite her best efforts. But everyone comes to the table with their own story, and even the best of intentions can end in disaster.

The Encore
by Collette Cullen
Dearborn, MI

It’s not over until the story is told! In the course of a week, we come to know Doula and Giselle and the narrative arc of the lives of these life long friends.These two endearing elders will have you wet yourself with laughter (just like they do) with their witty musings on life and death.

Jane Burgoyne
by Robert Moulthrop
New York, NY

In the final hours of Jane Burgoyne’s relocation from her home to an assisted living facility, she confronts the past and her relationships with her daughter and grand-daughter. As Jane’s material life is dismantled around her, she begins to move toward an independent, clear-eyed decision about what it is that she truly wants and desires, and what kind of person she might be when everything else — the past, expectations, regret — is removed.

Our 2017 Detroit New Works Festival Winner!

Unsportsmanlike Conduct

by Jeff Stolzer | New York, New York

After spending a drunken night with NFL quarterback Noah Woodward, cocktail waitress Kaylie Robbins rebuffs his sexual advances the following morning and discovers that his romantic pillow talk was manipulative and insincere. Upset by his deceit and lies, she leaves. But they will meet again – first in her attorney’s conference room and then in a court of law – after she accuses him of date rape.

Meet the playwright

Jjeffstolzereff Stolzer’s full-length plays include SURVIVORS (Arts Club of Washington National Playwriting Award; O’Neill Playwrights Conference semifinalist; Princess Grace Award semifinalist), UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT (Woodward/Newman Drama Award finalist; Last Frontier Theater Conference; Blank Theatre Living Room Series); STORAGE LOCKER (IATI Theater Mainstage; Pickering Award for Playwriting Excellence third prize); and PARALYZED (Ohio State-Newark New Play Contest third prize; O’Neill Playwrights Conference semifinalist; McLaren Memorial Comedy Playwriting Competition semi-finalist).

His short plays have been produced at festivals in New York City and around the country. EMERGENCY ROOM, a darkly comedic one-act about our dysfunctional health care system, received the Upstage Playwright Award from Houston’s Upstage Theatre.

Jeff was a writer for ABC’s WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE and Fox’s SPORTS GENIUSES. He was also the sole writer of more than 400 episodes for the syndicated radio program LITTLE KNOWN LEGENDS OF SPORTS.

BA, Brown University. MFA, University of Southern California. Member: Dramatists Guild of America; Writers Guild of America, East; and PEN America.

Calling sponsors and patrons of the arts!

The Detroit New Works Festival is a huge undertaking which would not be possible without your generous support! We offer the DNWF free of charge in an effort to allow greater access to theatre and because we believe the development of new plays and musicals is integral which is not possible without feedback from an audience.

We are currently seeking donations which are tax-deductible as allowed under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS tax code.

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