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The Colorado New Play Summit has been bringing playwrights and audiences together for over a decade to experience the evolution of fresh scripts into production-ready pieces. After workshopping their pieces for a week with professional actors, directors and dramaturgs, playwrights test the waters with the initial readings during the Launch Weekend. The following week is spent fine-tuning their pieces based on the feedback from theatre lovers and creatives alike before presenting revised versions on the Festival Weekend.

Recent Colorado New Play Summit readings that have gone on to be produced around the nation include: The Book of Will by Lauren Gunderson, The Legend of Georgia McBride by Matthew Lopez, FADE by Tanya Saracho, and The Whale by Samuel D. Hunter.

Colorado New Play Summit


Mark your calendars now for the 13th Annual Colorado New Play Summit: February 17 - 18 (Launch Weekend) and February 23 - 25, 2018 (Festival Weekend). Packages will go on sale this fall to the general public.

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"Raising the Bar at the Colorado New Play Summit: Denver Center’s annual new-play festival, now in its 12th year, shows writers in dialogue with the moment" | Read the American Theatre magazine feature ▸

"2017 Summit goes global while hitting close to home" | Read the summary on our News Center ▸

See and download photos from the 2017 Summit | Visit our Flickr ▸


2017 Summit Playwright Spotlights:

I think Last Night and the Night Before is a play about the tremendous, enduring component of love in our lives. It is a play about loss. It is a play about family. And it is a play about finding your singular voice as a woman coming into adulthood."
- Donnetta Lavinia Grays on the aftermath of trauma ▸
I am able to see the world from two points of view, because I have lived from two points of view. So I love it when leaders crash into one another. But it’s not so much personalities colliding that excites me as it is people behaving unlike how we know them to be."
- Rogelio Martinez on when world leaders collide ▸
The play is really less about fertility technology and more about the silos and the echo chambers that Americans in particular often find themselves in, and the defense mechanisms we adopt when we are forced to step outside our comfort zones and acknowledge that there are other people in the world who are not just like us."
- Eric Pfeffinger on the fertile comedy of a divided America ▸
Just as in the Weimar Republic in Berlin, in the United States in 2017, I think it will be increasingly important for individuals to look to their own conscience and be careful in their decisions."
- Robert Schenkkan on the dangers of denial ▸
I find that sport is always such a great analogy for how a country works and how two countries interact and that space where they rub up against each other and conflict in terms of strategy and styles and priorities."
- Lauren Yee lays it all on the free-throw line ▸

Colorado New Play Summit

The readings are only the start

We want as many stories as possible to make their way from the Summit to a fully-staged production. Over half of our readings have gone on to become world premieres on our stages, and many others have been produced by other companies nationwide. Supporting our playwrights doesn’t stop when the Summit ends – and you don’t have to take our word for it!

Want more success stories? Discover Our Past Readings

QUESTIONS? Contact Summit Coordinator, Grady Soapes - 303.446.4841 or gsoapes@dcpa.org

2017 Producing Partners:
Joy S. Burns, Terry & Noel Hefty, Karolynn Lestrud, Robert & Carole Slosky and Daniel L. Ritchie.

All 2017 readings sponsored by Sheri & Lee Archer in memory of Bob Davidson.

Contributing Partners: Jeremy & Susan Shamos

In its 37 seasons, the Theatre Company has produced more than 135 world premieres, read 160 new works and commissioned 24 playwrights. Learn more about how you can support our exciting commitment to new play development.