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Wisconsin Wrights New Play Festival

May 16-18, 2024 | 7:30pm

Three plays in three nights.

Written by Wisconsin playwrights.

The goal of Forward Theater Company and Wisconsin Wrights is to support and develop new theatrical work, via a biennial new play festival that features up to three works by Wisconsin playwrights. After a submission and selection process, selected playwrights communicate with professional directors, dramaturgs, and actors to develop their plays, culminating in public readings at the festival. Each night is dedicated to a single play.

Edgewood College
The Stream
1000 Edgewood College Drive, Madison

No advance tickets –
$15 suggested donation at the door

About the show


Performance Dates:
May 16-18, 2024
Performances begin at 7:30pm

Age Recommendations:
Not for children under 17


Edgewood campus parking lots will be open. There is also street parking nearby, but pay attention to street signs for restrictions. There are a few accessible slots right outside the Stream. Additional accessible parking is marked “Visitor and Accessible Parking” on the campus map.

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The Plays

Thursday, May 16

Directed by Erica Berman

Synopsis: In this dark comedy, the Cawdor family unites following the death of the family’s estranged patriarch. As they prepare for the funeral, their father’s outlandish burial demands force the family to examine their father’s abuse and their respective demons and to decide what kind of family they want to be moving forward.

Friday, May 17

Directed by Jake Penner

Synopsis: Millennial couple Bao, a software architect, and Zinnia, a medical resident, turn to YouTube influencing to navigate a tricky financial situation. But are videos of their headless chicken, Frank, “eggsactly” all they’re cracked up to be?

Saturday, May 18

Directed by Orion Risk

Synopsis: Lucie Sharpe’s dreams came true when she was granted permission to attend lectures at Harvard Medical School, so when the opportunity is snatched away, she’ll do anything to get it back. Medical student Elijah Campbell keeps the world at arm’s length; as a trans-masculine person in 1850, solitude is safety. But when his life collides with Lucie’s schemes, he’s confronted with the terrifying possibility of intimacy. A queer historical dramedy about love, purpose, and medicine.

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Nov 2-19, 2023
The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk
Jan 25–Feb 11, 2024
What the Constitution Means to Me
April 4–21, 2024