An extraordinary opportunity to experience new plays and musicals in their early stages of development, the Festival has launched many new works onto TheatreWorks’ mainstage and on to productions across America.
Broadway’s Tony Award-winning Memphis debuted in The Festival, as did recent off-Broadway musicals Ernest Shackleton Loves Me, and Marie and Rosetta. Many off-Broadway plays began as Festival hits, including Rajiv Joseph’s Describe the Night (2018 Obie Award, Best Play) and Bill Cain’s Equivocation (Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award). Many others became TheatreWorks hits, such as Jane Austen’s Emma and The Four Immigrants, and the 50th season features Festival favorites Pride and Prejudice and They Promised Her the Moon.
For two glorious weeks in August, audiences applaud, debate, and help shape new shows for America’s future, while sharing fine wines with their authors in the starlit courtyard of the Lucie Stern Theatre.