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Confluence New Play Festival

Apr 14 — Apr 16, 2023
3333 Washington

Join us for the third annual Confluence New Play Festival on April 14, 15 and 16 at the Festival rehearsal studio in Grand Center. Witness the beginnings of three new works written by the 2022 Confluence Regional Writers Cohort via staged readings each evening. In addition to the new works commissioned by the Festival, there will be a MFA student reading in partnership with Southern Illinois University-Carbondale on Sunday afternoon. 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 the creation of the Confluence Regional Writers Project in 2018, 13 new works have been commissioned and workshopped; five have gone on to receive a full production.

Single tickets and weekend passes for the 2023 Festival are now available.

Festival Schedule

Friday, April 14 at 7 p.m.

The Life You Gave Me by Novid Parsi (St. Louis, MO)

Synopsis: A son tries to save his mother. She has other ideas, however. So do two mysterious strangers who watch the play—and ask the son to tell the story again and again until he gets it right, whatever right might be. Directed by Adam Flores, Dramaturgy by Robert Maesaka.


Saturday, April 15 at 7 p.m.

Dogs by Hanna Kime (Chicago, IL)

Synopsis: On a Fourth of July sometime in the future, five women take the stage to compete in the annual Hot Dog Eating Contest, each one hoping to make history, to conquer nature and to shatter our perception of what the human body is capable of. DOGS is a dizzying and high-intensity exploration of capitalism, competition, and consumption that poses the question: how long can we keep all this up? Directed & Dramaturgy by Nancy Bell.


Sunday, April 16 at 7 p.m.

Titania & Oberon’s Road Trip by e.k. doolin (Edwardsville, IL)

Synopsis: The fairies Titania and Oberon are at a point in their eternal relationship where things are no longer working, and each of them thinks they know how to fix it, even though they are both hiding some major truths from each other. This is a play in deep conversation with Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream that focuses on love, relationships, the open road and, of course, fairies.
Directed by Miranda Jagels Félix Dramaturgy by Susie Lawrence.


Additional SIUC Reading (Free) 

Sunday, April 16 at 2:00 p.m.  

Murphy’s Law of Pretenders by Pearl Moore (SIUC – MFA Playwriting Candidate)

Synopsis: Murphy, Gia, Sophie, and Riley who were once BFFs go to their school reunion and get sucked into their childhood dress-up chest. Chaos ensues. Directed by Segun Ojewuyi.


2022 Playwrights


Festival Rehearsal Hall - 3333 Washington

3333 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MO, USA

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