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Confluence New Play Festival

Written by 2023 Cohort
Apr 12 — Apr 14, 2024
3333 Washington

Join us for the fourth annual Confluence New Play Festival on April 12, 13 and 14 at the Festival rehearsal studio in Grand Center. Witness the beginnings of three new works written by the 2023 Confluence Regional Writers Cohort via staged readings each night. The full schedule is below.

The Confluence New Play Festival aims to propel unique Midwest voices into the national conversation and is the only new work program dedicated to Missouri and Illinois writers. Since creating the Confluence Regional Writers Project in 2018, 16 new works have been commissioned and workshopped; five have received a full production.

Single tickets and weekend passes for the 2024 Festival are now available.

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Festival Schedule

Friday, April 12 at 7 p.m.

Saving Grace by Charlie Meyers (St. Louis, MO)

Synopsis: Jordana is a young widow mourning her wife Grace, a funny, handy butch and the lifeblood of their friend group. She has retreated to a depression den, a Room of Broken Things, where she builds a digital version of Grace in a video game. She weaves through beautiful memories and dangerous, ancient truths on a journey through her pain. Directed by Ryan Hung and Dramaturgy by Robert Maesaka.


Saturday, April 13 at 7 p.m.

Hungry Ghosts of the American Spiral by Maiya Corral (Chicago, IL)

Synopsis: Juniper has returned home to investigate the mysterious circumstances of her Tia’s death, an act which unearths a flood of family secrets, lies, betrayals and heartbreak. hungry ghosts of the american spiral is a play about our interwoven stories, the dangers of colonial conditioning and falling in love. Directed by Adam Flores and Dramaturgy by Courtney Bailey.


Sunday, April 14 at 7 p.m.

The Black Paradox by Cameron S. Noel (Carbondale, IL)

Synopsis: After arriving late for a museum field trip, Shemar is trapped in an experimental hall known as The Black Paradox. With no other option, he must soldier through the exhibits to escape…and maybe learn a thing or two. Directed by Carl Overly Jr. and Dramaturgy by Chauncy Thomas.


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Festival Rehearsal Hall - 3333 Washington

3333 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MO, USA

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