The South Carolina New Play Festival has announced it will take over downtown Greenville August 12-14, 2022, with readings of new plays and musicals at the Peace Center, Greenville Theatre, Warehouse Theater and South Carolina Children’s Theatre, and a closing night cabaret at Genevieve’s with Broadway celebrities Jarrod Spector and Kelli Barrett.
All readings will be free with open seating on a first-come, first-served basis. Reserved seats are available for festival patrons and VIPs. To reserve a spot, register for a class, or learn more about the South Carolina New Play Festival, visit www.southcarolinanewplayfestival.org.
The festival will feature readings of two new plays, a new musical and a new play for children, as well as professional training courses for actors and singers and the closing cabaret. The readings will feature well-known Broadway actors, as well as beloved artists from the local community, and will be directed by established and experienced directors with a national profile. It is a destination event for theatergoers and a unique opportunity for audiences in the Southeast to meet the artists and shape the future of American theater.
The South Carolina New Play Festival is led by Executive and Artistic Director West Hyler (Paramour of Cirque du Soleil on Broadway), the former Artistic Director Producer of the New York Musical Festival (NYMF), where he oversaw the production of 30 short stories musicals over three weeks in Times Square. He shares artistic responsibilities with Artistic Director Shelley Butler (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical in Tokyo, Japan), who has led the premieres of more than two dozen new plays, including the world premiere production of A Doll’s House, TONY nominee. , Second part of Lucas Hnath. Together, West and Shelley have seven Broadway credits between them.
The festival’s closing cabaret event will be a combination of a cabaret-style performance paired with an Inside the Actor’s Studio-style interview with Broadway celebrities Jarrod Spector and Kelli Barrett. Performers will tell stories from work on Broadway productions like Les Miserables, Jersey Boys, Beautiful, The Cher Show, Rock of Ages, and more, then give the audience the chance to hear songs from some of those shows performed in direct. Spector was nominated for a Tony and an Outer Critics Circle Award for his performance as Barry Mann in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. He made his Broadway debut as Gavroche in the original production of Les Misérables and played a record 1,500 performances as Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys on Broadway as well as the role of Sonny Bono in The Cher Show. Barrett is a stage and film actor with credits in Apple TV’s Dickinson, Marvel’s The Punisher, and the Paramount + Younger series. She also starred in the original Off-Broadway cast of Rock of Ages and the original Broadway cast of Baby It’s You!, Zhivago, and Gettin’ the Band Back Together.
The festival board includes Nancy Bennett, Mark Blonstein, Chip Egan, Tami McNew, Shannon Roberts, David Sims and Susie White. The managing director is Morgan Blaich-Patterson.