The new play-driven Florida Stage just held its fifth annual 1st Stage New Works Festival last weekend, and artistic director Louis Tyrrell isn't letting any dust gather on three of the seven scripts that were read to a cumulative crowd of more than 1,000 adventuresome theater fans.
Among the most buzzed-about works, each for different reasons, were Christopher Demos-Brown's Captiva, Carter W. Lewis' The Americans Across the Streetand Israel Horovitz's Beverley, now retitled Fighting Over Beverley, which featured Tony Award winner Frances Sternhagen as the title object of two seventysomething men's affections.
The world premieres of Demos-Brown's and Lewis' plays and the southeastern premiere of Horovitz's will be part of the company's 25th anniversary 2011-2012 season at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach. Also in the lineup are the National New Play Network "rolling" world premiere of Stephen Sachs' comedy Bakersfield Mist, a still-unrevealed new musical, and a summer musical that will either be brand-new or a remounting of a past musical hit. Audiences will get to vote on a new show or a new production of Backwards in High Heels, Beyond the Rainbow, Cagney or Dream a Little Dream.
Bakersfield Mist kicks things off Oct. 19-Nov. 20, followed by Captiva Dec. 7-Jan. 8, Fighting Over Beverley Jan. 18-Feb. 19, the new musical March 21-April 22, The Americans Across the Street May 9-June 10 and the summer musical June 20-Sept. 2.
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(Photo of Carter W. Lewis, Louis Tyrrell and Israel Horovitz courtesy of Florida Stage.)