Now in its 6th season, the Headwaters New Play Festival is a weeklong workshop where two selected plays are developed with a team of professional theatre artists and receive public readings. Headwaters is the source of new plays of the West. We look for plays set in the current, historic, or mystic western United States; plays by playwrights originally from or living in the West; plays that deal with themes connected to the real or mythic West; and plays that re-imagine what “West” means.
Festival audiences get a front row seat into the adventurous process of bringing a play to life: untested material, instant feedback, engaging talk-backs, and you’ll even see our original Young Audience Outreach Tour before it hits the road. CRT’s 52nd season also features the Headwaters World Premiere General Store by Brian Watkins, a New Dramatist Resident Playwright.
About the Festival Weekend
The 2017 Headwaters New Play Festival is on August 25th from 10:00AM to 4:00PM and August 26th from 10:00AM to 12:30PM. Your ticket includes staged readings of two new plays yet to be selected, lunch on Friday, and the opening performance of CRT’s bi-lingual Young Audience Outreach Tour that will later travel around the southwest serving over 22,000 students!
To foster the development of new plays for CRT’s stages and beyond. Unleash vibrant new work into the world of theatre, because new voices and stories reflect back to us the shared anxieties and aspirations of our age.
To be considered for the Headwaters New Play Festival, a play must never have had a professional production and the playwright must be available to attend the workshop week (August 21-26, 2017). Since 2015’s festival, our goal has been to more accurately reflect the diversity of human experience by reserving one of our two slots for a female playwright. We will continue this at this season’s festival.
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“As a playwright, if I were to conjure my perfect new play development experience, it would look a lot like the experience I just thoroughly enjoyed at Creede Repertory Theatre. The high level of artistry at CRT in general, combined with the uniquely peaceful natural environment, made this the perfect place for me to spend time away from the demands and pressures of real life to work on Sisyphus, Wyoming. It was a tremendous gift to work with a director, cast, dramaturg, guest playwright, and stage manager, all with considerable talents and insights, all on board for the single purpose of supporting me in the development of this play. Wow. As much as I enjoyed the incredible experience of working on my script, the shows I got to see during my time at CRT provided significant artistic rejuvenation and excitement in and of themselves. I’ve never had a better experience working on a new play.”
– Greg Owens, author of “Sisyphus, Wyoming” – 2012 Headwaters Festival Selection
History of the Headwaters New Play Festival
GENERAL STORE* by Brian Watkins
LONE RIDERS by Carol Wright Krause
THE HISTORY ROOM* by Charlie Thurston
WISH KEY by Candyce Rusk
KIND OF RED* by John DiAntonio
GHOST LIGHT* by Nagle Jackson
LULLABY BAY* – Book and Lyrics by Jeff Carey and Music by Jessica Jackson
THE ACTRESS by Peter Quiller
SISYPHUS WYOMING by Greg Owens
BEHOLD! THE FIG LEAF APRON by Steven Cole Hughes
CONCESSIONS by Tosin Morohunfola
HARRY THE GREAT* by John DiAntonio
* Produced at Creede Repertory Theatre
In addition to the Creede Rep stage, Headwaters’ plays have been produced at the Lone Tree Arts Center in Denver, Karis House in St. Louis, Green Valley Theatre in Sacramento, the University of Colorado Boulder, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, and The Coterie Theatre in Kansas City.