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Hyde Park Theatre's 2021 New Play Workshop:
Finalists Announced!

May 2, 2021 - Announcing finalists for Hyde Park Theatre’s 2021 New Play Workshop!

The winning play selected from among these finalists will get 15-20 hours of work with a director, dramaturg and actors. We don’t know yet if the workshop will take place online or in person, but we are committed to making it happen this summer, in some format, with a public reading.

The finalists are as follows:

The Scent of Peaches, Kathy Rose Center: Two fledgling lesbians in the Deep South in the 1950s whose biracial relationship ended tragically have a chance to rekindle their love sixty years later if they can reconcile the past. Inspired by a short story by Marian Jones.

Sooner or Later We're All History, Doug Gower: It’s not easy running a family business, and that’s no different in 1st Century Rome. Making the peninsula’s premiere fish sauce is tough. When the family Paterfamilias procures a new business partner in a peculiarly Roman way, forces are set loose that express themselves in both human and supernatural ways. Plus, everybody’s feet smell from having to march in vats crushing fish guts. Call it a “tragi-farcedy.”

The Pact, Max Langert: An aging parent tries to talk to his children about ways to impact the future of the planet, but they’re too caught up in their own trivial lives to pay attention until it’s too late.

Public Property, Laura Neill: Public Property: that's what a park technically is. But everyone who spends time at the park has their own individual story of that place, a belief that this land belongs to them. When part of Austin's Live Oak Meadow is closed down, what happens to all the overlapping stories that have been interrupted?

The Secret Lives of Gamers and Dead Astronauts, Briandaniel Oglesby: Five years ago, Corey’s astronaut sister died on an expedition to Mars. Now his brother Carl searches Antarctica for meteorites while his best friend Lexington tries to revolutionize Public Access Portland. Corey is stuck streaming games from his basement over Twitch when a mysterious stranger from another planet begins to play along.

The Lake Alphabet, Patrick Shaw: It's FINALLY summer vacation, and eleven year-old Demi's set to LIVE IT UP with her best friend at the lake when they discover her mean mom's gotten this letter--a mysterious letter written in a mysterious language from a mysterious person-- Wait! Hold up! Demi's got a father?! A father in GREECE?! Change of summer plans: Demi's going to Europe to search for her long lost dad, and, if she can find him, would that make her home in Ohio a less sad, achy place?

Questions? Contact Megan, megan@hydeparktheatre.org.


2020 Winner and Finalists
Running Bear, by Raul Garza, was selected for HPT's 2020 New Play Development Workshop from among these finalists:

  • The Howling Gallery, by Katie Bender
  • The Amphibians, by Dan Caffrey
  • Dominion, by Bill Frisbie
  • Model Home, by Doug Gower
  • Professors, by Laura Neill
  • Ralph Without, by Patrick Shaw
  • 2019 Winner and Finalists
    End of Shift, by Jenny Connell Davis, was selected for HPT's 2019 New Play Development Workshop from among these finalists:

    american (tele)visions, by Victor Cazares
    Dairy Queen, by Sarah Loucks
    Radio Ghosts by Greg Romero and Mike Vernusky
    Seneca, by Travis Tate

    2018 Winner and Finalists
    Egress, by Melissa Crespo and Sarah Saltwick was selected for HPT's 2018 New Play Development Workshop from among these finalists:

    Basement Demons and Trailer Saints, by Briandaniel Oglesby
    Door to Balloon, by Greg Romero
    Watchers, by Patrick Shaw
    Dinner, by Lisa B. Thompson

    2017 Winner and Finalists
    The Secretary, by Kyle John Schmidt was selected for HPT's 2017 New Play Development Workshop from among these finalists:

    The Tubes, by Samuel Damon
    Disquietude, by Aimee Gonzalez
    Small Steps, by Briandaniel Oglesby
    The Pleasure Trials, by Sarah Saltwick
    The Mamalogues, by Lisa B. Thompson

    Hyde Park Theatre is committed to developing new work from a diverse array of playwrights.

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    This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department, by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts, and by an award from The National Endowment for the Arts.

    HPT is also funded by grants from The Still Water Foundation and Tocker Foundation.

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