New Works Now 4.0


A Festival of FREE Staged Play Readings
January 6-8, 2017

Portugal by Elizabeth Heffron
Friday January 6, 7:30 PM

Running Time: 2 hours including one 15 minute intermission.
Advisory: 14 & up for adult language & mature themes.

testDescribed by the playwright as “a work of fiction triggered by a series of actual events,” Portugal explores the fallout (both literal and metaphorical) of mankind’s nuclear adventures through the lens of a young couple living near the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in rural Washington State. With sharp wit and finely sculpted characters, Heffron tells a powerful tale of desperation, destruction, and redemption.

She Exits, Laughing by Marisa Smith
Saturday, January 7, 7:30 PM

Running Time: 90 minutes, no intermission.
Age Advisory: 12 & up for adult language & mature themes.

marisaAlma is getting older. She’s fine. Or so she says. Her daughter has some doubts, and more than a few neuroses of her own. Northern Stage favorite Marisa Smith is back with a hilarious and deeply perceptive story of aging gracefully (or sometimes not so gracefully) and how we try to care for one another in the face of the inevitable. Smith brings to bear her signature brand of humor and acuteness of language to leave us laughing and crying all at once.

Piece Of by Tasha Gordon-Solmon
Sunday, January 8, 2:00 PM

Running Time: 80 minutes, no intermission.
Age Advisory: 12 & up for adult language & mature themes.

tashaAvery is a talented young girl who enjoys art, especially when it involves glue and Barbie shoes. Her parents see the promise of greatness in her, and try to encourage her to embrace her destiny. An inventive, imaginative look at being a child in the age of memes, internet fame, and uber-liberal helicopter parents.


Join us for our second annual Thirsty Theater! Part of Northern Stage’s popular New Works Now Festival, this pop-up mini-festival features two short plays by local playwrights performed by Northern Stage actors at area restaurants. Directed by Amanda Rafuse, these hilarious new plays will leave you thirsty for more!
  • Saturday January 7, 6:00 pm Runway Lounge by Elisabeth Gordon at Tip Top Café
  • Saturday January 7, 10:00 pm — Polar Bear Swim by Marisa Smith at Filling Station

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