New Play Festival & Catchin’ The Babies

City Circle is proud to present our biennial celebration of emerging voices in theater.
This year, the New Play Festival will be a one-night-only event, on Saturday, September 20 at 7:00 at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. Buy tickets for the New Play Festival here.

That same weekend, we’re bringing Catchin’ The Babies, by Sue Gilbert, to the CCPA stage, for two performances: Thursday, September 18 at 7:30 and Saturday, September 20 at 2:00. Buy tickets for Catchin’ The Babies here.
Tickets for these shows are $12.  Buy tickets for both, and save with the New Play Festival Package, $20.

2014’s New Play Festival features eight short plays by Iowa playwrights.  They present a wide variety of tones, styles and subject matter.
Some contain adult themes and language.  Each has its own director and cast, which are listed here. The New Play festival is “uber-directed” and produced by Liz Tracey. The selected plays are:

Boy In A Cage by Catherine Shook  – Hot In The Kitchen by Chris Okiishi – Lovely, Wonderful Thoughts by Elizabeth Breed – on the possibilities of endings by Jennifer Fawcett – Shoving It In The Alleyway by Elijah Jones – The Concentrated Masses by Duane Larson – They Grow Up So Fast by Duane Larson – Wednesday Night Witness by Amy White

The New Play Festival is sponsored this year by Heuer Publishing.  Heuer is providing monetary prizes to the writers of the plays judged to be the best of the Fest.  Additionally, the playwrights will have the opportunity to have their plays published by Heuer.  Awards will be announced the night of the festival.

Catchin’ the Babies is a glimpse into early pioneer life, as seen through the eyes of Annie MacFarlane, a half-Cherokee, half-Irish midwife. Written and performed by Sue Gilbert, one of Annie’s descendants, the play grew out of previous City Circle New Play Festivals. In February 2007, Catchin’ the Babies competed in the Iowa Association of American Community Theatres Festival and won Best Play, Best Female Actor, and Best Set Design (Michael Blake).  It is directed by John Harper.