The inaugural South Carolina New Play Festival in Greenville, SC

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Catch award-winning playwright Kate Hamill’s “The Scarlett Letter” at the Gunter Theatre | Photo provided

The inaugural South Carolina New Play Festival takes the Greenville stage Fri., Aug., 12-Sun., Aug. 14.

The festival celebrates brand new plays + musicals from across the country (that haven’t been performed on Broadway before). You can catch stage readings, classes, and a closing cabaret by playwrights and actors, both renowned on Broadway and here in the Upstate, at five different Greenville theaters.

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The South Carolina new Play Festival | Graphic via the SC New Play Festival

Here’s what you can expect from this year’s festival:

The readings

There will be four stage readings — three plays + one musical. You can attend each reading for free, with seating available on a first come, first served basis. Become a VIP for $150+ to reserve a seat for each show, plus some other perks.

  • The Scarlet Letter” | Fri., Aug. 12 | 7 p.m. | Gunter Theater at the Peace Center | This new, modern adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1850 novel is written by Kate Hamill, The Wall Street Journal’s 2017 Playwright of the Year.
  • Dodi & Diana” | Sat., Aug. 13 | 2 p.m. | Warehouse Theatre, 37 Augusta St. | Kareem Fahmy’s story of a couple’s trip to Paris to commemorate the death of Princess Diana + Dodi Fayed was a finalist of the National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center.
  • From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler” | Sat., Aug. 13 | 8 p.m. | Greenville Theatre, 444 College St. | This new musical, adapted from one of the Top 100 Books for Children by the U.S. National Education Association in 200, is about two siblings who run away from home + hide in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
  • Dragonsoul Offline” | Sun., Aug. 14 | 2 p.m. | South Carolina Children’s Theatre, 153 Augusta St. | Samantha Miller’s story of a middle school boy’s life online + offline was selected as a winner of the ReImagine: New Plays in Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) grant.
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Playwrights of this year’s festival | Graphic via the SC New Play Festival

The classes

In addition to the readings, 15 student performers will have the opportunity to attend two masterclasses taught by Broadway veterans. Each class is $75.

  • Perfecting Your Audition | Sat., Aug. 13 | 10 a.m. | South Carolina Children’s Theatre, 153 Augusta St. | Festival founders and Broadway directors Shelley Butler and West Hyler, who have directed, developed, and premiered work at over 50 theaters in the US + abroad, will guide you in perfecting your audition scenes and songs with mock auditions + feedback.
  • Musical Theatre: Interpreting the Song | Sun., Aug. 14 | 12 p.m. | Join Broadway star Richard Blake, known for his performances in “Jersey Boys” and Broadway’s “Legally Blonde,” in exploring and understanding the aspects of musical theatre + get the chance to perform and receive feedback.

Bonus: Attend the free kickoff panel to discuss what makes a good play + the development process on Fri., Aug. 12 at 2 p.m. at Centre Stage.

The cabaret

To close out the festival, Tony-nominee Jarrod Spector (nominated for his performance in Beautiful: The Carole King Story + known for his 1,500+ performances as Frankie Valli in “Jersey Boys”) and Kelli Barrett (as seen in Apple TV’s “Dickinson” + Broadway’s “Wicked” and Off-Broadway’s “Rock of Ages”) will perform well-known Broadway songs and share the stories behind them in a live performance + interview-style show. Tickets are $75.

  • Inside Broadway” | Sun., Aug. 14 | 7 p.m. | Genevieve’s at the Peace Center | Join host West Hyler in talking with Jarrod Spector and Kelli Barrett about the stories behind “some of the greatest Broadway songs of all time” and hearing them performed live.
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Jarrod Spector + Kelli Barrett | Photo via the SC New Play Festival

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