By Philadelphia Artists' Collective (other events)

2 Dates Through Jun 12, 2023

Honorary Producers Gayle & David Smith

To celebrate the vitality of classical themes in new work, PAC is excited to announce our THIRD annual New Ventures Play Festival! Playwrights were invited to submit new works of no more than 10 minutes, inspired by the classics and based on a theme. Our theme for the 2023 festival is The Evolution of Human Rights.

A panel of readers read, discussed, and judged all submissions, and chose 5 finalists whose work will be presented in two evenings of world-premiere staged readings in June 2023.


The Venus Problem: Playwright Ang(ela) Bey / Director Vanessa Ogbuehi

Vee/Venus - Kishia Nixon

Bro - Aaron Bell 

Reaux - Anna Lieberman

Peter  - Adam Howard

The Hottentot Venus/SD  - Wendi Smith


Ubu Impeached: Playwright Michael Maiello / Director Kevaughn Harvey

Ubu - Peter Schmitz

Ma Ubu - Megan Bellwoar

Prosecutor - J Hernandez

Supreme Judge - Katrina Hall


Those Pitying Saints: Playwright Anne Valentino / Director Damon Bonetti

Elosia/Ellie - Madeleine Garcia

Statue/Jusice 1 - Michael Toner

Staue/Justice 2 - David Ingram


Anne Then Some: Playwright Allison Fradkin / Director: Mikaela Boone

Corie - Jacinta Yelland 

Vernie - Adaeze Nwoko


The Company of Spiders: Playwright Matthew Park / Director Kevaughn Harvey

Prudence Muffet - Brittany Onukwugha

Thomas Muffet - J Paul Nicholas

Margaret Bates  - Kimie Muroya


Festival Stage Manager: Hunter Smith


Please Note: Though proof of vaccination is currently not required for all Philadelphia Artists' Collective performances, MASKING IS.

We will be following CDC guidelines - in the event of there being a higher risk, in accordance with the Audience COVID-19 Policy for Philadelphia Regional Theatres, our policy will change to all patrons showing an ID and proof of vaccination in one of the following accepted forms: physical card, photocopy, electronic copy, or photo on a mobile device. In addition, patrons must be masked at all times while indoors.

Thank you for your understanding as we work to keep you and our artists safe!

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