New Works Festival

For Young Audiences


This 2022 New Works Festival for Young Audiences celebrates new plays written for young audiences. The two-week festival will give artists and audiences a look into the development process to see three different plays at various stages of development.



The Festival Pass allows you to attend the developmental production and both readings for one price. Passes are $25 for the general public and $15 for school-age and college students. Pass benefits include early access to the developmental production and limited capacity readings and free, unlimited exchanges between events.


by Blake Anthony Edwards

Performances: Dec 2 – Dec 10, 2022
Recommended for ages 5 & up

Sarah Stonely doesn’t believe she is necessarily good at anything in particular and feels like she doesn’t stand out. However, when she receives an alien invitation to the Great Galactic Games of Greatness, she must reckon with the notion of being “the Chosen One.” Why was she chosen? Why her, of all people? With her unwitting school principal by her side, she is whisked into outer space, and the games begin! Will the Earth be destroyed, or will Sarah figure out why she was chosen and, in the process, save our planet?


  • Patricia Wallace Winbush – Director
  • Blake Anthony Edwards –  Playwright
  • Jackie Benedict – Stage Manager
  • Leslie Wright – Assistant Stage Manager
  • Kelsey Gallagher – Lighting Designer
  • Dayton Willison – Costume and Props Designer
  • Jesse Charles – Sound Designer
  • Rowan Winterwood – Master Electrician
  • Augusta Kinzel – Costume Coordinator


  • Sermontee Brown – Governor
  • Summit J Starr – Principal
  • Talia Elliott – Sarah Stonely
  • Jillian Snow – Jess
  • Gabi Carrera Arreloa – Jaden
  • Noelle Akala Assani – Jericho
  • Judah Albert – Coach
  • Caitlyn Mawhinney – Zeeblezorp

The Worries of Wesley (Or: How I Learned to Stop Having Anxiety or Not Really, But I Am Trying) by Jessica Moss

Performance: Dec 11, 2022, 12 pm
Recommended for ages 5 & up

Wesley goes to school, has great friends, and has loving parents, but sometimes gets so overwhelmed sometimes. Wesley learns to listen to their body in conversation with a brain, a heart, and lungs. The Worries of Wesley is about living with anxiety in an anxiety-provoking world and how what happens inside our brains can affect our lives and the lives of others.

Artistic & Production Staff:

  • Alan Tyson – Director
  • Jessica Moss – Playwright
  • Kaitlyn Pfeifer – Stage Manager


  • Liam Cronin – Parent One/As Cast
  • Duncan McKennie – Parent Two/As Cast
  • Simone Dean – Wesley
  • Jude McGonigle – Cameron/As Cast
  • Hayden Rawlings – Parker/As Cast

The Day the Music Came Back by Alvaro Saar Rios

Performance: December 10, 2022, 12 pm
Recommended for ages 11 & up

Sometime in the future, a group of teens meets up to discuss something they know nothing about—music. It was banned before they were born. Around the time their parents were babies. So this generation has never heard music on a radio, on an iPod, or even at a concert. They live in a world where you can be arrested just for talking about music. If you are caught with a musical instrument or listening to music, you will be “extinguished”…right on the spot. But this group of teens decides the risk is worth it.

Artistic & Production Staff:

  • Leda Hoffmann – Director
  • Alavro Saar Rios – Playwright
  • Hannah Pohlman – Stage Manager


  • Morgan Jackson – A.M.F.M
  • Leah Pfefferle – BASS
  • Shawn Gier – DISCO
  • M’Ya Higgins – TREBLE
  • Calvin Freshour – G MINOR
  • Neo Gallegos Samuels – VUVUZELA
  • Cosette Payne – BEATS
  • Safia Regis – BOOMBOX