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This Season's Flock: Ashland New Plays Festival

Ashland New Plays Festival

It figures that the town that is home to Oregon's premier professional theater company would also take a hand in the creation of new plays.

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival does commission its own new plays. 

But the Ashland New Plays Festival is run by different people. 

In fact, its overseer is brand new this year, in the person of rookie Artistic Director Kyle Haden. 

Five days, one venue, four plays (and their playwrights), and a whole lot of music stands, because the plays are read rather than staged. 

That's the gist of the festival. 

Kyle Haden fills in the rest.  

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.