Gulfshore Playhouse: New Works Festival Sept. 7 – 18

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Gulfshore Playhouse announces winners for its upcoming New Works Festival. Returning after a two-year pause due to the pandemic, Gulfshore Playhouse is thrilled to bring the New Works Festival back – and it’s even bigger and better.
The Annual New Works Festival will take place at Gulfshore Playhouse from Sept. 7 through Sept. 18. The festival will include developmental workshops for the winning plays and will culminate with staged readings.
Following a months-long anonymous process, three winners were chosen by the theater’s artistic team. As part of the New Works Festival, these three playwrights will receive a week-long workshop culminating in a staged reading before an audience. The three winners are:

“Compromised” by Mike Bencivenga
In Compromised, a celebrated journalist and his wife invite a young couple to their home to help them recover their missing car. The encounter reveals unpleasant, hidden truths that threaten to destroy both relationships. The play is about how we can be crippled by the bad choices we make and the secrets we’re forced to keep. In addition it dramatizes the ongoing health struggles of the first responders and journalists who covered the 9/11 attacks in New York. Compromised was a runner-up for the 2020 Eugene O’Neill prize for drama and was named Best Play of 2020 by Playwrights-First in NYC.

“A Danger to Yourself and Others” by Colette Mazunik
When Eddie, anxious and in debt, tries to rob a gas station, he instead falls for the station clerk, bungles a burglary, gets caught with a weapon, evades hospitalization, flees from the police, and has his library card revoked—but hey, at least he meets the woman of his dreams! “A Danger to Yourself and Others” is a farcical look at what it’s like navigating life with anxiety, never knowing if the gnawing feeling in your gut is your intuition or your irrational fear.

“James of Nazareth” by Lisa Dellagiarino Feriend
A retelling of the Jesus story from the point of view of his younger brother, James, who is left trying to hold the family together and keep everyone out of trouble while Jesus is off preaching radical civil disobedience and a new world order.
In addition to the three winners, Gulfshore Playhouse will also workshop two new plays that it has interest in specifically developing for future production. These two plays have been selected for development by the artistic team at Gulfshore Playhouse and will receive a full two-week workshop. These two plays are “The Refugees” by Brent Askari and “Remember: The Story of Abe Price” by Jeffrey Binder.
Performances will take place Sept. 15 – 18 at The Norris Center in Naples. Each staged reading will be followed by an audience Q&A with the playwright. Single tickets and festival packages are on sale online at or call 239-261-PLAY.


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