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Centre Stage hosts 10th annual New Play Festival

Centre Stage presents the 10th annual New Play Festival.
Centre Stage presents the 10th annual New Play Festival.Centre Stage

Tonight marks the opening of the tenth annual New Play Festival at Greenville's Centre Stage.

Along with staged readings of four new plays, this year's festival features multi-award-winning playwright-in-residence Mark Medoff. Two of Medoff's most famous plays are Children of a Lesser God and When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder, but he also wrote the screenplay for the early Chuck Norris movie, Good Guys Wear Black.

Here's the schedule of readings:

Wed. October 3 - Goodnight, Sunshine by Terence Patrick Hughes

Thurs. October 4 - The Retirement Plan by Robin Pond

Fri. October 5 - The Iris Incident by Amy Lanasa

Sat. October 6 - The Same Life Over by Mark Medoff

All performances are at 7 pm and are free to the public.

On Saturday, October 6 at 12:30, Mr. Medoff will lead a workshop for the playwrights, actors, directors and anyone interested in attending. Light refreshments will be served beforehand starting at 12 noon and the public is invited to participate in this workshop as well. A $10 donation for the workshop is suggested at the door.

Medoff's big breakthrough and most famous work was 1980’s Children of a Lesser God, which won him the Tony, Drama Desk, and Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Play. Medoff was back on Broadway again with the staging of his play Prymate in 2005.

Medoff's screen credits include adaptations of his plays Red Ryder and Children of a Lesser God, for which he was nominated for an Oscar, BAFTA, and Writers Guild of America Award, Clara's Heart (for which he cast, and subsequently "discovered", Neil Patrick Harris), and City of Joy. In 2000, he produced and directed the documentary Who Fly on Angels’ Wings, about a mobile pediatric unit traveling through the under-served regions of southern New Mexico, and the following year he directed the feature film Children on Their Birthdays, based on the short story by Truman Capote.

All performances are held at Centre Stage in downtown Greenville. Call the box office at 233-6733 for more information.

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