About the Festival – Theatre NOVA focuses on new plays and new playwrights and is dedicated to working with new and local playwrights to help them develop their craft and to offer brand new plays for audiences. We created the Michigan Playwrights Festival to nurture Michigan playwrights and to develop full-length plays for future seasons. One of our recently produced scripts, Clutter, by Michigan playwright Brian Cox, was given a staged reading at a previous MPF festival. Clutter was lauded by audiences and critics and earned two Wilde Award awards, including Best New Script. In the previous year, Irrational by R. MacKenzie Lewis and David Wells received a full production after appearing in Theatre NOVA’s first Michigan Playwrights Festival and also received a Wilde award for Best New Script. Other plays that began as staged readings at Theatre NOVA and have gone on to full productions are Katherine by Kim Carney, Spin by Emilio Rodriguez, and Bird by Kristin Hanratty. Resisting by David Wells and Mrs. Fifty Bakes a Pie by Linda Ramsay-Detherage also benefited from readings at a Michigan Playwrights Festival and had their world premieres in our most recent Theatre NOVA season.
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