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      Palm Beach Dramaworks Announces

      Fifth Annual New Year/New                          Dangerous Instruments                             Austin, is a former member of Ars Nova’s Play Group, and
                                                                                                           an affiliated writer with the Playwrights’ Center. She is a
                                                         By Gina Montet
      Plays Festival Jan. 6 To 8, 2023                   Saturday, Jan. 7 at 7 p.m.                        proud member of Chicago’s Gift Theatre Company and
                                                           Laura, a young single mother, would do anything for her   ScriptWorks in Central Texas, and an inaugural member
        Palm Beach Dramaworks (PBD) will ring in 2023 with   gifted son, Daniel. Scholarships to elite private schools are   of the Hyde Park Playwrights Group in Austin, where she
      one of its most popular events, the New Year/New Plays   the golden ticket for her little genius, but when Daniel’s   currently resides.
      Festival, which runs from Jan. 6 to 8 and features readings   brilliant mind becomes violent, she finds herself battling a     Michael Hollinger plays include Under the Skin, Opus,
      of five fascinating plays that are still in development. The   broken system. Laura must confront a mother’s darkest fears   Ghost-Writer, Red Herring, Incorruptible, An Empty Plate
      fifth annual festival marks the first time since 2020 that   as she desperately races to help her son before he becomes   in the Café Du Grand Boeuf, and the musical TouchTones
      the program will be presented live, onstage, in front of   the next horrifying headline.             (with composer Robert Maggio), all of which premiered at
      an audience at the Don & Ann Brown Theatre. Hosted by   Crossing Ebenezer Creek                      Philadelphia’s Arden Theatre Company and have variously
      The Dramaworkshop, the festival provides an invaluable   By Bill Cain                                been produced around the U.S., in New York City, and
      opportunity for playwrights to hear their words performed   Sunday, Jan. 8 at 3 p.m.                 abroad  (London,  Paris,  Tokyo, Athens,  Poland,  and
      by gifted professionals and to receive feedback from     Set in 1865 on the eve of President Lincoln’s assassination   Slovenia). Plays premiered elsewhere include Mr. Dickens’
      viewers. The goal of The Dramaworkshop in general, and   and in 1894 during the Pullman Strike in Chicago, the   Hat at Chicago’s Northlight Theatre, Hope and Gravity at
      the festival in particular, is to cultivate significant new work   play explores the ideas of legacy, accountability, and how   Pittsburgh’s City Theatre, Cyrano (translated and co-adapted
      for PBD’s mainstage and theatres across the country. Since   American history was written – and continues to repeat   with Aaron Posner) at Washington’s Folger Theatre, Sing
      the 2017/18 season, PBD has produced five world premieres   itself – through man’s obsession with money, power, and   the Body Electric at Philadelphia’s Theatre Exile, and the
      that  were  nurtured  in The  Dramaworkshop.  Carter W.   who controls the narrative.                musical A Wonderful Noise (written with Vance Lehmkuhl)
      Lewis’ The Science of Leaving Omaha, to be performed   The Playwrights                               at Creede Rep. Awards include an ATCA/Steinberg New
      this season, will be the sixth.                      Jenny Connell Davis plays include  Matinicus: A   Play Citation, two Edgerton Foundation New Play Awards,
        The plays chosen for the 2023 festival are The Messenger   Lighthouse Play, Anton Chekhov is a Tasty Snack, Goddess   an L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award, a Mid-Atlantic Emmy
      by Jenny Connell Davis (3 p.m., Friday, Jan. 6); The Virgin   of Mercy,  and  Scientific Method.  Her  work  has  been   Award, four Barrymore Awards, nominations for Lucille
      Queen Entertains Her Fool by Michael Hollinger (7 p.m.,   produced or developed at Chance Theater, the O’Neill, the   Lortel and John Gassner awards, and multiple fellowships
      Friday, Jan. 6);  The Islanders by Carey Crim (3 p.m.,   Playwrights’ Center, Icicle Creek Theatre Festival, ACT   from the Independence Foundation and Pennsylvania
      Saturday, Jan. 7); Dangerous Instruments by Gina Montet   Seattle, Asolo Repertory Theatre, New York Stage and   Council on the Arts. Michael is a professor of theatre at
      (7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 7); and Crossing Ebenezer Creek,   Film, The Gift Theatre, and Rivendell Theatre Ensemble,   Villanova University, artistic director of Villanova Theatre,
      previously known as Untitled Lincoln Play to Drama (in   among others. She currently has film  and TV projects   and a proud alumnus of New Dramatists.
      the) works’ audiences, by Bill Cain (3 p.m., Sunday, Jan.   in  development  with Amazon,  Iconoclast/Anonymous
      8). There will also be a Playwrights Forum at 1 p.m. on   Content, and Baobab Studios. Jenny has an MFA from UT   Palm Beach Dramaworks on page 11
      Saturday, Jan. 7, which is free with a ticket to any play.
        The Messenger was commissioned by Producing Artistic
      work a few years back when her play, As I See It, was  Experience Dentistry with a Woman’s Touch
      Director William Hayes, who was introduced to Davis’

      submitted to The Dramaworkshop and was subsequently
      part of the 2020 festival. The four other plays were first
      presented last season by PBD’s Drama (in the) works series,       Cosmetic & Comprehensive Restorative Dentistry
      which features readings of plays in process. The most
      promising readings are selected for the festival by Hayes               State of the Art & Same Day Restorations
      and The Dramaworkshop Manager Bruce Linser, who take
      audience feedback, among other factors, into account. All              Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen Sedation Available
      five plays continue to develop under the auspices of The
      Dramaworkshop leading up to the festival.
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      the past two years were quite effective, there is nothing             10887 N. Military Trail, Suite 6
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      org, or by calling the box office at (561) 514-4042, Ext. 2.
      Tickets are $20 per play, or $75 for all five plays by using
      the code FESTIVAL. Although tickets for the Playwrights
      Forum are free, reservations are required.
        The New Year/New Plays Festival is sponsored by the
      Maurer Family Foundation. Diane and Mark Perlberg are
      the executive producers, Marsha and Stephen Rabb are the
      producers, and Penny Bank and Sandra and Bernie Meyer
      are the associate producers.
      The Plays
      The Messenger
      By Jenny Connell Davis
      Friday, Jan. 6 at 3 p.m.
        Inspired by the life of Hungarian Holocaust survivor
      Georgia Gabor, this play in four monologues is a meditation
      on how our stories can protect or expose us, and on the
      connections between past, present, and future.
      The Virgin Queen Entertains Her Fool
      By Michael Hollinger
      Friday, Jan. 6 at 7 p.m.
        Adalia, Virgin Queen of the Realm and Mother of Us
      All, is dying, and must name her successor before it’s too
      late. But she’d rather spend her final hours enjoying the
      distractions of her Fool. Meanwhile, her niece and nephew
      have both assembled armies to storm the castle, each hoping
      to grab the crown as it falls. Clearly, the clock is ticking –
      what’s a woman to do?
      The Islanders
      By Carey Crim
      Saturday, Jan. 7 at 3 p.m.
        Anna lives a small and quiet life on Beaver Island,
      Mich.  She  has  few  friends  and  likes  it  that  way.  Her
      carefully controlled world is turned upside-down by the
      arrival of a charming but secretive new neighbor, Dutch.
      For different reasons, Dutch and Anna have each been
      thrown away by mainstream society. Can their connection
      survive the revelations that must inevitably come with
      true intimacy?
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