This play series serves as a tool for playwrights and the continued
development of their scripts. It is a part of the MU new play development
process, which begins in the playwriting courses and comes to fruition
in full mainstage productions of new work.
In the playwriting courses, students develop raw material for their
plays, exploring characterization, plot/story, dramatic structure,
and elements of theatricality. At the Workshop, cold readings of
new work are given every Tuesday evening. The Mizzou New Play Series
then offers a rehearsed reading of the script, staged or concert-style.
If the play is successful at the workshop and the new play series,
it moves onto production on the MU subscription mainstage.
The Mizzou New Play Series performs in the
Spring Semester. The shows are rehearsed over the period of a week,
and quite often each evening is a different staged or concert reading
of a new full-length play or an evening of short plays. The plays
are performed in the Corner Playhouse. The Mizzou New Play Series is presented free and open to the public--this year's KCACTF National Playwriting Program Regional Finalists (*) and KCACTF top ranking scripts (**) are listed below as well.