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Apr 21 - 23 2022


All Day

2022 New Play Lab


William Inge Center for the Arts
1057 W. College Ave.
Independence, KS

The New Play Lab at the annual William Inge Theater Festival is a partnership between the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission and the William Inge Center for the Arts at Independence Community College.

Selected playwrights receive a professional public staged reading of their play, feedback from national theater artists regarding their submitted and selected script, exclusive playwriting masterclasses with master playwrights and full access to all private and public festival events.

This year, the festival is proud to honor the two-time Pulitzer Prize Winner Lynn Nottage with the Distinguished Achievement in American Theater Award.

The selected playwrights receive: 

  • A professional staged reading of their play with an audience
  • Feedback on their play facilitated by national theater professionals 
  • Exclusive playwriting masterclasses with master playwrights
  • Opportunities to meet with theater professionals from across the country
  • VIP passes to all festival events
  • A daily meal stipend

2022 New Play Lab Playwrights

PlaywrightPlay Title
John AdamsSome Specter
Barbara BlatnerAdvances in Communication
Rick DavisAmid Canyons and Mesas
Blaire M DezielHometown Glory
Jeff DunneOne’s Cup of Tea
Buddy FarmerJoey & Mare
Ron FasslerHaving Words
Franky D GonzalezThe Invention of Time
Diane HightowerHabitat
Julie LindenSymptoms and Their Interpretations
Charles RanumDischarged
Guillermo ReyesWhere’s the Party?
Arianna RoseTouch the Moon
Karen SaariGun Story
Fernando SegalBird of a Feather
Taylor Sklenar500/501
Celeste WalkerThe Red Blood of War
Jonathon WardLiterary Glory
Robert WeibezahlArtifact

2022 William Inge Festival Schedule

Thursday, April 21Friday, April 22Saturday, April 23
9am–5pm Workshops / New Play Lab9am–5pm Workshops / New Play Lab9am–5pm Workshops / Conversation with Lynn Nottage
7pm Mercutio Loves Romeo Love Juliet Loves12:30pm Scenes at the Inge House12pm Picnic Lunch at Riverside Park 
7pm SWEAT7pm 39th Inge Fest Tribute: Celebrating Lynn Nottage 
9pm Moonglow Closing Night Party
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