NHTP Intelligent Theatre Festival 2015
The third annual Intelligent Theatre Festival features community play readings and discussions. This year’s readings will be held at the Portsmouth Museum of Art in their new space at 909 Islington Street!
June 12, 7 pm – The Square, by Amy Merrill
June 13, 7 pm – Dinner at Eight, by Kaufman & Ferber
General Admission $10
The Square is a new script by Boston playwright Amy Merrill, about the difficulties of veterans adjusting to civilian life after serving time in Iraq and Afghanistan. An Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music, Ms. Merrill teaches a course on war writing. Her first play, The TV War, was about a Vietnam vet and Agent Orange. It was produced in the Boston area at the same time as the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial was being dedicated in Washington. The Square includes some of the same themes as her earlier play – the challenge of transitioning home and the effects of war on marriage – but also focuses on an event the veteran witnessed at Nisour Square just before he returned home. Directed by CJ Lewis, The Square’s cast will include Jonathan Rockwood Hoar, artistic director of Veterans in Performing Arts. NOTE: For updated news about Nisour Square, read the latest New York Times article.
Saturday, June 13 – Dinner at Eight is a classic comedy of manners by George Kaufman and Edna Ferber. Best known by the movie adaptation featuring Jean Harlow, John and Lionel Barrymore, and Marie Dressler, Dinner at Eight will feature a large cast of community members bringing the misadventures of 1930’s New York socialites to life.
NHTP’s Intelligent Theatre Festival was created in 2013 with the mission to engage artists and audiences in a collaborative conversation about the art of playwriting and theatre, showcase the works of local and contemporary playwrights that NHTP is unable to present in a fully realized production, offer community members and professional artists the opportunity to work and learn together, and to promote theatre presentations in alternative spaces.
Previously featured ITF readings in 2015: