For ten years, Theatre Kalamazoo given local playwrights the opportunity to develop and share new plays with the community.  This year's New Play Festival will be held February 15-16 at the Judy K. Jolliffe Theatre inside the Epic Center, downtown Kalamazoo, with a special festival kick-off performance at the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre’s Carver Center Studio on Friday, February 14.  The free events at the Judy K. Jolliffe Theatre will feature pieces by eight local playwrights, performed and directed as staged readings by local actors and directors. This year's festival will include works by Shelby Alexander, Rebecca Chan, Emma Fergusson, Bethany Gibson, Danielle Kropveld, Amber Palmer, Tucker Rafferty and Dawn Richberg.  Local playwright Art Nemitz is also featured this year and launches the 2020 festival with the opening night performance for the run of Romance Guaranteed at the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre’s Carver Center Studio on February 14 at 7:30 p.m.

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