2018 Dublin

NEWvember Playwrights 2018 (L to R): David Beardsley, Matthew Kelly, Dagney Kerr, Neil Sharpson & Fiona Stout

NEWvember is a festival of rehearsed readings of new plays that takes place over three days in November. There is no fee for submissions and all plays are read blind of name or gender by our panel. The spirit of NEWvember is to provide a dynamic, interactive and comfortable place where writers can hear their plays read by professional actors and discuss their work and creative process. The first six festivals, co-produced with Tangent Theater Company, took place in the historic village of Tivoli (in upstate New York). In 2017, for the first time, NEWvember was held in Dublin, Ireland at Belvedere House in Dublin’s city centre. In 2018, NEWvember moves to The New Theatre’s Rehearsal Space in Temple Bar.

November 8-10, 2018
The New Theatre, 43 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland

AboutFACE Ireland are delighted to announce the plays chosen for NEWvember Dublin 2018!

The NEWvember Dublin 2018 plays are:

1) Deanna and Paul by Dagney Kerr

When a boy with a tight lid on his heart and a girl with a sensitive spirit and a strict no tipping policy, meet one rainy night, their lonely worlds collide in a small-town diner where magical things happen and one cup of coffee can change everything, in this sparkling romcom.
Thursday 8th November at 6.30pm in a double-bill

2) Split by Fiona Rose Stout

Modern romance in Dublin ain’t so easy, no matter what age you are – or what music you listen to. Even when you’re trying your hardest, heartbreak is so easy but life is short and there are sexy selfies. Relationships criss-cross and clash in this kaleidoscope drama of flirting, falling apart and finding love.
Thursday 8th November at 6.30pm in a double-bill

3) The Caspian Sea by Neil Sharpson

In the totalitarian, Neo-Luddite state of the Caspian Republic, artificial intelligence is outlawed. But the Republic is thrown into disarray when a murdered man is revealed to be an AI living there in secret. Somehow dead-end State Security agent Nikolai South is tasked with escorting the murdered AI’s beautiful widow when she comes to Caspian … and is forced to make a choice between his duty and his sense of right and wrong, in this powerful thriller.
Friday 9th November at 6.30pm

4) The Gods of the Ozarks by Matthew Kelly

Small-town doctor Jonah Hahn never intended to create a new religion in his tiny 19th century mountain community. But when people are dying all around of treatable illnesses and his wife is getting sicker, he may have to secretly overcome the ban on cutting corpses that holds back his medical understanding … until those bodies start resurrecting and a community goes wild, in this hilarious tale of ghosts and faith, promises and lies, and the war between science and religion (even after death …)
Saturday 10th November at 2.30pm

5) Holy and Unruly by David Beardsley

In 1593 amidst the war with the Spanish Armada, two of the world’s most powerful women, Queen Elizabeth I and the Irish pirate Grace O’Malley, are forced into a meeting to try to save the realm … and themselves. But can they make a deal when they’ve got plotting English lords and bloodthirsty Irish rebels around them, can you believe a Queen who is seeing visions, and can two women trust each other in the heat of battle – and at what cost?
Saturday 10th November at 6.30pm

NEWvember Dublin 2018 is supported by The New Theatre, FringeLAB, Dublin City Arts Office and the cell theatre in NYC.
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2017 Dublin

NEWvember is a festival of rehearsed readings of new plays that takes place over four days in November. There is no fee for submissions and all plays are read blind of name or gender by our panel. The spirit of NEWvember is to provide a dynamic, interactive and comfortable place where writers can hear their plays read by professional actors and discuss their work and creative process. The first six festivals, co-produced with Tangent Theater Company, took place in the historic village of Tivoli (in upstate New York). In 2017, for the first time, NEWvember will be held in Dublin, Ireland at Belvedere House in Dublin’s city centre.

November 16-19, 2017
Belvedere House, Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1, Ireland

AboutFACE Ireland are delighted to announce the plays chosen for NEWvember Dublin 2017!

NEWvember Dublin 2017 playwrights
NEWvember Dublin 2017 Playwrights: Jeanne Beckwith, Ronan Carr, Jim Connell-Moylan, Denis Dennehy, Fergal O’Byrne & Jennifer O’Grady

The NEWvember Dublin 2017 plays are:

1) The Barber of Moville by Ronan Carr, from Derry.

“It’s the day for Padge and Dommo to head off on their Italian holiday … only Padge has forgotten. He’s forgotten a lot of things recently. And why does Dommo keep talking about Dr. Death? In this sweetly moving comedy of Dublin barbers and Italian opera, we see the unseen ways love works.” Ronan is a writer, actor and director, whose work ranges from radio plays for RTE to his upcoming movie directorial debut. (Thurs. Nov. 16 @ 7pm in a double-header)

2) The Bull: Death of a Ladiez Man by Jim Connell-Moylan, from Dublin.

“In this razor-sharp satire of modern Irish relationships, a couple’s anniversary is invaded by a mysterious stranger. But then no-one in this South Dublin house is quite what they seem, in this hilarious and suspenseful short fable of identity, lust and dog kennels.” Jim is an actor and theatre-maker, who recently graduated from Trinity College. (Thurs. Nov. 16 @ 7pm in a double-header)

3) The Late Rosie Callaghan by Jeanne Beckwith, from Vermont.

“Rosie Callaghan has passed away, and it seems it’s making everyone a little crazy: Jimmy is stealing mail trucks, cop Red Dolan is hiding secrets, and FBI librarian Jenny needs to find a box in the Guntersons’ basement. Maybe a wake at Rosie’s old house will sort everything out, in this heartfelt comedy of lost chances and new hope set in Boston.” Jeanne is a playwright and theatre professor, whose work has been performed across the US and Off-Broadway. (Fri. Nov. 17 @ 7pm)

4) Extremophiles by Fergal O’Byrne, from Dublin.

“In this claustrophobic drama of isolation, sacrifice and miracles, three members of an International Survey team struggle with being stranded at Halley Base in the Antarctic. How will they cope … especially since they may be humanity’s last survivors?” Fergal is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter and short story author, currently based in Copenhagen. (Sat. Nov 18 @ 3pm)

5) Charlotte’s Letters by Jennifer O’Grady, from New York.

“Through the investigative work of a mother and daughter team, the secret story of Charlotte Brontë’s schooling in Belgium and a forbidden romance are revealed in this enthralling and powerful multi-layered mystery.” Jennifer is an award-winning playwright and poet, whose work has been published in, among others, The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2017 and Harper’s Magazine. (Sat. Nov. 18 @ 7pm)

6) Festival by Denis Dennehy, from Dublin.

“In this bold comedy told in rich poetic language, Aeneas Mackles must try and win the love of cute thing Lea Gubbins, while seeing off the divilment of Aunt Marge and old flame Maggie Molyneaux, and defending his farm from the land-grabbing bank, amidst the madness of the agricultural show, the Festival.” Denis’s work ranges from plays for RTE Radio in the 1970’s to a recent text/music piece performed by Crash Ensemble. (Sun. Nov. 19 @ 3pm)

NEWvember Dublin 2017 is supported by Dublin City Arts Office and Belvedere House.
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2011 Company

Stefanie E. Frame


Stefanie E. Frame is thrilled to be in Tivoli working with tangent Theatre and AboutFACE Ireland. Past work includes originating the role of Victoria in the Off-Broadway premiere of Extinction (Cherry Lane Theatre); Maria in Twelfth Night (Lake George Theatre Lab); Jinx in Love Sick (FringeNYC). Outside of theatre, Stefanie has worked extensively in the realm of independent films, with some of the highlights being They’re Out of the Business (IFC Films), Happy Hour (Gigantic Pictures), Babyland (Sundance 2011), and You Don’t Know Me (Audience Choice Award, NYC Downtown Short Film Festival). On TV, she narrated the PBS documentary Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives and appeared in the SpikeTV miniseries The Kill Point.



Gabe McKinley


An actor, comedian and award winning playwright. As an actor, Gabe has performed at most of New York’s smallest and dirtiest theaters As a comedian he has performed everywhere from Carnegie Hall to the Upright Citizens Brigade. Some of his plays include The Kitchen Sink Play, Extinction and the upcoming CQ/CX.




Anna Nugent

Actor, NEWvember co-Producer, Director

Anna is so excited to be part of the talented NEWvember family! Anna began working with Tangent with their first pub-reading at Dennehy’s in NYC, since then she has appeared in over a dozen Tangent readings from NYC to the Hudson Valley. Anna also appeared in their production of Doubt as Sister James and co-produces with Tangent and her husband Paul on the web series Northern Blue (part of the Anna Nugent TV Cop campaign). Anna is a freelance actor, founder member/Co-Artistic Director of AboutFACE Theatre Company in Dublin, Ireland and owner/director of Story Haven, creativity workshops for kids. She is a member of LPTW & AEA and works with INKubator at Art House, the Playwrights Gallery and ESPA – all helping playwrights to develop new work. Thanks to Andrea & Michael for sharing their vision and their home and to Paul, for doing what he loves. AnnaNugent.com



Paul Nugent

Actor, Creator/co-Producer NEWvember, Director

Co-Artistic Director of AboutFACE Ireland, for whom he has performed in All in the Timing, Tape, Boy Gets Girl, The Laramie Project, The Glory of Living and a reading of Almost, Maine. Tangent: readings of The Lonesome West, Closer, Proof and Snakebit. New York: The Field (Irish Repertory Theatre), Arrah-na-Pogue (Storm Theatre), Ladies & Gents (Irish Arts Center), Venus Observed(Boomerang), Sherry Maybe (Primary Stages Detention Series), The Jungle Fun Room (FringeNYC), Blood Guilty (1stIrish Festival). Regional:The Beauty Queen of Leenane, The Miracle Worker. Ireland: also The Little Mermaid, Never the Sinner, Hamlet, Aoife & Isabel. TV: “Custer’s Last Stand-Up” (BBC). Training: Gaiety School of Acting, Dublin. Thanks to everyone for their help making NEWvember happen! This one’s for Alan. www.paulnugent.net



Ann Osmond


Ann Osmond is an actor and singer who has performed in NY, CA, on national tours and abroad. She originated the role of Carlyle in “The Stonewater Rapture”, by Pulitzer and Tony award-winning playwright Doug Wright (Fringe First award winner, Edinburgh Festival Fringe). Other favorites include the title role in “Tamara” (Los Angeles) and Jessica in “Lust and Pity” at the West Bank Cafe. Recent film credits include Cindy in “Peace, Love and is Misunderstanding” (dir. Bruce Beresford, starring Jane Fonda), a 2012 release. Tangent pub readings include Dinner With Friends, Speed the Plow, Proof and Closer. Ann performs as a jazz cabaret duo with pianist Dennis Yerry. www.annosmond.com



Audrey Rapoport


Audrey was recently seen locally in VOICETheatre’s production of “Hay Fever” as Judith Bliss (directed by Shauna Kanter). In addition to numerous plays in LA, San Francisco, and NYC, she’s performed with The Groundlings, Acme Comedy Theatre, and at the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival. Her film and TV roles range from a saucy bartender to a 1960s White House employee, with several stops in between. Audrey is the recipient of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Natalie Schaefer Award; and several DRAMA-LOGUE and LA WEEKLY Drama Awards. She currently teaches acting and comedy improvisation at School of Visual Arts in NYC. Mark your calendars: January 27th, 28th, 29th, 2012 – “Audrey Rapoport’s Funny Stories” will be performed at the Kleinert James Gallery in Woodstock, NY. She’s in that, too!



Jared Reinmuth


Jared is thrilled to be a part of the NEWvember Festival. Recent New York credits include the HADLEY Players production of The Devil and Elijah Muhammad, Andrea Fulton’s One Drop andThe Pardoner’s Tale for UP Theater Company. He took part in the People’s Theatre Project Spring Reading Festival premiering three new plays: Paula Gilovich’’s Le Roy, Le Roy, Le Roy; 24 Hours at Tiempo by Carlos J. Serrano and The Lords of Wye by Joshua Vink. His adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ Le Comte de Monte Cristo was recently presented at The Players Club. Jared is eternally grateful for the love of his life, Saluda.



Andrea Rhodes

Producer NEWvember, Producing Director Tangent Theatre Company

Andrea Rhodes (Producer) is one of the co-founders of Tangent. She produced Doubt, The Zoo Story, wanderers, Subway Series, Down in the Depths, Quick & Dirty, Waiting for Godot, Tangent’s pub-readings in New York and the Hudson Valley, The Local (short film) and Northern Blue (TV short). She manages advertising projects through her consulting work, Gig Marketing, and is a member of New York Women in Film & Television.



Micheal Rhodes

Actor, Director, Producer NEWvember, Artistic Director Tangent Theatre Company

Michael Rhodes is Tangent’s artistic director. Acting credits with Tangent include Waiting for Godot, Quick & Dirty, The Local, The Attractive Women on the Train, wanderers, The Zoo Story and as Father Flynn in Doubt. Other plays: The Burglar of Suburbia, Goose and TomTom and Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women (American, Off Broadway premieres). He recently appeared in Half Moon Theatre Company’s Circle Mirror Transformation in Poughkeepsie and their10 Minute Play Festival in Millbrook. Numerous pub readings include The Zoo Story, Sight Unseen, The Lonesome West, Lobby Hero, Art, Dinner with Friends, American Buffalo and Proof, to name a few. He has written the plays wanderers, American Success Story, The Local, Down in the Depths, RSVP and A Short Distance Correctly for theAtrainplays, which appeared in their “Best Of” series. He co-founded Tangent in 2000.



Vin Roca

Technical Director

Vin Roca (Technical Director) is a graduate of SUNY Purchase College where he received his MFA in scenic design. He lived in Los Angeles for ten years where he pursued both a technical career in theatre and acting. He moved back to Dutchess County, New York six years ago and has worked for Signet Staging as Principle Lighting Director. He has been fortunate to light such notables as Former President Bill Clinton, Former President George W. Bush, Former Vice President Al Gore, Jane Goodall and Monica Mancini, just to name a few. Currently he is the Technical Director at The Richard B. Fisher Center For The Performing Arts at Bard College.



Jennifer Skura

Actor, Playwright

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Greg Skura

Actor, Director

Greg Skura recently directed and co-produced the site-specific world premiere of Barry Gifford’s Hotel Room Trilogy at the Roger Smith Hotel in NYC. Part of tangent since 2003, prior work includes directing the first cast of Edward Albee’s The Zoo Story and reading “James” in The Burglar of Suburbia at The Black Swan. With tangent NYC: performing in Waiting for Godot, Subway Series and Michael Rhodes’ The Local (stage and film versions); directing tangent’s award-winning production of David Riedy’s Quick & Dirty. Greg can currently be seen in Rockstar Games’ “L.A. NOIRE” and in the AdoptUsKids national TV campaign. He resides in Manhattan with his wife Jennifer, whose play Pirate is being read here on Sunday at 2pm. www.gregskura.com, www.openchannelcreations.com



Steven Austin Young

Actor, Director