Playwrights’ Center announces 2017-18 season of free readings

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Damian Baldet and Maulik Pancholy in The Remains by Ken Urban, part of PlayLabs 2016. Pancholy will appear in the world premiere production of The Remains at Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C. in the spring of 2018. Photo by Paula Keller.

The public season at the Playwrights’ Center— the PlayLabs festival and the Ruth Easton New Play Series—features top local and national actors and incorporates design elements, giving audience members a unique way to experience new work and a chance to be part of the creative process. These readings are free to attend and take place at the Playwrights’ Center, located at 2301 E Franklin Avenue in Seward.

The 2017-18 season:

PLAYLABS (October 23-29):

Reservations for PlayLabs will open approximately a month before the festival.


Kira, John, and Harrison are all Twin Cities-based playwrights.

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See work by local playwright Harrison David Rivers March 6 and 7


Harrison David Rivers

The 2016-17 Ruth Easton New Play Series at the Playwrights’ Center continues March 6 and 7 at 7 p.m. with public readings of “The Sea & The Stars” by Twin Cities playwright Harrison David Rivers. The readings will take place at the Playwrights’ Center, 2301 E. Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis. The events are free, but reservations are recommended and can be made at

Playwright Harrison David Rivers moved to the Twin Cities in 2014 for a Many Voices Fellowship at the Playwrights’ Center, and in 2015 he was selected as a McKnight Fellow in Playwriting. He is now a Core Writer, a three-year program supporting professional playwrights through play development workshops and connections to theaters.

Rivers describes “The Sea & The Stars” as “a play about love, karaoke and the sea.” In the play, Simon, who is a lifeguard, meets Finn, who is terrified of water. Both are adrift, with broken hearts, returning to the tiny beach town of Jupiter and to families who need them.

David Mendizábal will direct, and the cast includes Jon-Michael Reese*, Eric Sharp*, Jasmine Hughes*, Christina Baldwin*, Austene Van* and Sasha Andreev* (*Member of Actors’ Equity Association).

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Free readings of “Eden Prairie, 1971” at Playwrights’ Center February 6 and 7


Mat Smart

Core Writer Mat Smart lives in New York now, but spent a handful of years in Minnesota as a Jerome Fellow and a McKnight Fellow in Playwriting at the Playwrights’ Center. Smart’s time in Minnesota inspired the new play he will be workshopping at the Playwrights’ Center in February, called “Eden Prairie, 1971.” Part of the Ruth Easton New Play Series, the play will have public readings on Monday, February 6 and Tuesday, February 7 at 7 p.m. at the Playwrights’ Center, 2301 E. Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis.

Reservations are recommended and can be made at

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