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Scripts, Actors, And Audiences Converge In Ashland

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Ashland New Plays Festival

"Let's go watch people read scripts out loud," may not be everyone's idea of a good time, but it packs in the crowds in Ashland. 

Especially for the Ashland New Plays Festival, which returns with four new plays this week (October 18-22). 

Audiences get to hear new works, and their authors get to hear the works out loud, with audience reactions. 

Beth Kander is this year's host playwright.  She plays a return visit with ANPF artistic director (and actor) Kyle Haden and associate artistic director (and play director) Jackie Apodaca.  
 

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and marked his tenth anniversary as the full-time host of the Jefferson Exchange at the end of 2019. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for 35 years, working in both television and radio.
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