First Draft Live Play Readings

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Event Type
Reading or Workshop
January 11-April 19, 2022

2017 St NW
Washington, DC 20006
United States

We believe new plays have an important place in the American theatre tradition and are passionate to keep them economically viable and a vibrant part of the audience experience. That’s why we created our New Play Development Series| FIRST DRAFT. The Series offers theater artists a place to gain insight from the audience perspective and nurture work in its nascent stages amongst a supportive community of fellow artists. True to its name, FIRST DRAFT culminates in the presentation of a “play-in-progress” - often an unfinished first draft - allowing for that milestone moment in a play’s journey when it is heard for the first time by playwright and audience alike.

For more than a dozen seasons, THE ROSE THEATRE COs New Play Development Series | FIRST DRAFT has been lucky to work with some of the most vibrant playwrights in the country. We've debuted over 45 new plays with more than half receiving full productions on DC stages, Broadway and around the globe.