YANKEE TAVERN by Steven Dietz
COLLAPSE by Allison Moore
SUNLIGHT by Sharr White
JERICHO by Jack Canfora

“The Smith Prize was a great shot in the arm for me. It served as a valuable affirmation from my peers that my work is both of a high quality and exploring important issues. ”

-Seth Rozin, 2007 Smith Prizewinner, Black Gold

“In an industry as competitive, as unstable, and as personal as theater, the acknowledgment from a national body of professional theaters that the Emerging Playwright Residency gives a young writer is invaluable.”

-Jennifer Fawcett, Playwright-in-Residence 2009

“I can't say enough about the impact the Continued Life Program had on my play. That elusive and desirable thing called 'buzz' that consecutive productions can create… very much became the case for Love Person. Three productions grew to six thanks to NNPN.”

-Aditi Brennan Kapil

“NNPN really acts as a new play grapevine. Because member theaters are in regular contact, they get to know each theater's mission and tastes and a recommendation from one member to another is much more meaningful. Those relationships have helped my work find a home. ”

-Allison Moore, Hazard County, Collapse

“I was and remain deeply honored and encouraged by the Smith Prize… I love that the prize is awarded to a script and not a production… I love that NNPN is working against premiere-itis.”

-Y York, 2008 Smith Prizewinner, ...And LA is Burning

“The National New Play Network is so vital and necessary - one of those really bright ideas - that one wonders why it took so long for theaters to get together and create it.”

-Yussef El Guindi, Jihad Jones and the Kalashnikov Babes



“In grad school I was writing politically, socially-derived works, not blockbusters. I saw very little future for my voice. Then NNPN invited me in... I am not only a better writer because of my association with them, but I am a better artist, and witnessing their generosity, a better person. ”

-Sean Christopher Lewis, Playwright-in-Residence 2008


“[CLNPF] secures for the playwright not simply a 'product' (the premiere) – but a process (the ongoing series of productions)... The model – giving several theatres a crack at a new work, giving a writer several chances at their revisions – is a godsend."

-Steven Dietz, Yankee Tavern


“[NNPN’s] professional network is as vital (and unique) as the artistic support -- I've not found any other group that offers both.”

-Eric Coble, For Better

"The generosity and vitality of this unique and much needed organization ultimately benefits playwrights, theatres, audiences and the culture."

-David Rambo, The Ice Breaker

NNPN Announces the 42nd Rolling World Premiere: LUCKY ME by Rob Caisley

WASHINGTON, DC - The NATIONAL NEW PLAY NETWORK (NNPN), the country’s alliance of non-profit theatres that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays, announces its 42nd Rolling World Premiere:  Robert Caisley’s Lucky Me will receive four productions through the Network’s Continued Life of New Plays Fund in the 2014/15 season.  Lucky Me will begin its Rolling World Premiere at Core Member New Jersey Repertory Company (Long Branch, NJ, August 2 – 31, 2014), followed by performances at Core Member Curious Theatre (Denver, CO, dates TBA), Core Member Riverside Theatre (Iowa City, IA, January 24 -February 15, 2015), and Associate Member 6th Street Playhouse (Santa Rosa, CA, January 30 – February 15, 2015).
Sara Fine’s having a bad week. Really bad! The light bulbs in her apartment keep burning out; there’s yet another leak in the roof; the aquarium is perpetually full of dead fish; the cat’s gone AWOL, again, and her blind, elderly father -- who chased off her last beau -- is immediately suspicious of Tom, their new neighbor, a TSA agent who just brought Sara home from the emergency room on New Year’s Eve with a fractured 5th meta-tarsal. As Tom’s attraction to Sara increases, he learns of a truly bizarre streak of bad luck that’s been haunting Sara for 22 years. Lucky Me is a very funny and whimsical comedy about love, aging, bad luck, and airport security. 
Robert Caisley is Associate Professor of Theatre & Film, and Head of the Dramatic Writing Program at the University of Idaho. He was named the 2011 Blaine Quarnstrom Visiting Playwright at the University of Southern Mississippi. His play Happy was an NNPN Rolling World Premiere in 2013/14 after being presented at the 2011 National New Play Network Annual Showcase of New Plays. His other plays include Kissing (New Theatre, Coral Gables, FL), The Lake (Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia), Good Clean Fun (Montana Actors Theatre, Missoula), The 22-Day Adagio (Mill Mountain Theatre, Roanoke, VA), Front (Sundance Playwright’s Lab), Kite’s Book (6th Street Playhouse, Santa Rosa, CA), Letters to an Alien (Mad Horse Theatre, Portland, ME), Santa Fe (StageWorks/Hudson, New York, Finalist for the Heideman Award) and Winter which received its World Premiere at New Theatre in January, 2012. His play Front will be published later this summer by Samuel French, Inc.

NNPN's flagship program, the Continued Life of New Plays Fund supports three or more theatres which choose to mount the same new play within a twelve-month period. The result is a Rolling World Premiere through which the playwright develops a new work with multiple creative teams, for multiple communities of patrons, ensuring the resulting play is of the highest possible quality. And with a minimum of three productions in a single year, the play attains the momentum it needs to join the repertoire of frequently-produced new American works. NNPN provides grants of $7,000 to the first three participating theatres in each Rolling World Premiere; to date, NNPN has championed the continued life of 41 new plays in over 100 productions, with nearly one million dollars in grants. 
The New Jersey Repertory Company was founded in 1997. Its mission is to develop and produce new plays and to make a lasting contribution to the American stage. Since it opened its doors 15 years ago, the theatre has produced 62 world premieres and has presented over 350 developmental readings of new works.
Curious Theatre Company was founded by a group of artists who met 16 years ago while mounting Tony Kushner’s Angels in America (produced by Hunger Artists) in the 19th-century church the theatre still calls home, a few blocks south of the Denver Art Museum and State Capitol.  Known for bringing provocative new shows to Denver, Curious has received many awards over the years, including the 2011 Denver Post Ovation Award for Best Year by a Theatre Company, 5280 Magazine 2011 Top of the Town Editor’s Choice for Best Theatre Company, and Westword’s Reader’s Choice for Best Theatre in 2012.  Under the artistic leadership of Producing Artistic Director Chip Walton, Curious produces up to five mainstage shows per season, the award-winning Curious New Voices education program, the fun and innovative Denver Stories (honoring area luminaries) and myriad of events and interactions that extend and enrich the experience of our audiences.
Now in its 33rd season, Iowa City’s Riverside Theatre is one of only three professional, Equity affiliated theatre companies in Iowa. Its year-round programming includes an indoor season of mostly contemporary works, an outdoor summer season of classic works, and education and outreach programs for all ages. A proud Core Member of NNPN since 2011, the theatre’s long-time commitment to developing new work has resulted in over 20 premieres of original scripts.
In 2004, a new partnership reunited the Santa Rosa Players and Actors Theatre under one board of directors. Together they renovated the 107-year-old Del Monte cannery into the 6th Street Playhouse, which houses a 185-seat mainstage (The G. K. Hardt Theatre) and a 99-seat black box theatre (The Studio Theatre). 6th Street Playhouse is a performing arts organization that produces live theatre and provides education programs of the highest quality that engage, delight, and inspire the diverse communities of the North Bay region.  6th Street Playhouse is the central hub of the Sonoma County arts scene. It is known throughout the region for its high level of artistry, its professionalism, its inclusive educational opportunities and the bravery of its approach to work both new and old.  In its 2011-2012 Season, under the new direction of Artistic Director, Craig Miller, and Managing Director, Michael Fontaine, the 6th Street Playhouse was named “Best Theatre Troupe” and “2012 Theatre of the Year” by the North Bay Bohemian and BroadwayWorld.com San Francisco.