August 23, 2018 | 7pm
Location TBA

FESTIVAL DIRECTOR Charlyne Blatcher Martin
PRODUCED BY Mike Werckle

The 2018 Rockford New Play Festival will present a staged reading of six new ten-minute plays on August 23th in Rockford, Illinois.

In its fourth year, the purpose of the Rockford New Play Festival is to give established and aspiring playwrights from the Rockford Area the opportunity to have their work presented professionally to the public alongside the work of national and international playwrights. 

This year's Theme is 'A DREAM EXPLODES!'

In 1951, Langston Hughes wrote the poem "Harlem" which explores several possibilities of what might happen when a dream is left unfulfilled, including the famous closing line: "...does it explode?" Given today's social and political uncertainty, we invite playwrights to explore what happens when "A Dream Explodes!”

For the full text of Langston Hughes' poem, click here.



This year's submission deadline was April 20th, 2018. Thanks to everyone who submitted-- we received 130 new plays! Check back in May when we will announce the official selections.


The 2018 Rockford New Play Festival is made possible by a generous grant from the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois.  

The mission of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois is to serve as a catalyst for giving in order to attract, preserve, and grow an endowment for the current and future needs of the people of Northern Illinois. Since its founding in 1953, CFNIL has granted more than $65 million for charitable purposes in the region.


Festival Director: Charlyne Blatcher Martin
Festival Producer & Staged Reading Director: Mike Werckle
Festival Coordinator: Rachel León

Rockford New Play Festival
Founders: Nathan Alan Davis, Sharon Nesbit-Davis, Mike Werckle

The Rockford New Play Festival is in its fourth year.
Learn more about the 2017 RNPF...

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