The 24 Hour Theatre Project closed out the entire New Works Festival and left the audience in hysterics. The project takes the entire production process and smashes it into 24 hours.

On Saturday night, six playwrights drew the name of a director out of a hat, the directors drew a number of cast members and then they cast their play in the same manner. Six teams were assembled and the playwrights had 12 hours to write a 10 minute play and hand over their scripts to the directors.

The directors and actors then had 12 hours to read their script and put the show up on stage.

Everyone did such a fantastic job!


Week Two Recap

Posted: July 26, 2011 in At the festival

Well… the 14th Annual Hormel New Works Festival wrapped up on Sunday night. It has been an amazing two weeks here on the Phoenix Theatre campus. Here is the recap of the second and final week of the festival. The staged readings during the second week were…

Dinner on the Inside

The Penis Eulogy

The 24 Hour Theatre Project closed out the night and the entire festival… more to come on that later today!










Christian Krauspe shares his thoughts on the first table read of the New Works Festival at Phoenix Theatre.




Playwright Danny Cahill shares his thoughts on the first table read of his play The Penis Eulogy.

Week One Recap

Posted: July 19, 2011 in At the festival

We really hope that you were able to make it out to the First week of the New Works Festival. Week one was busy and exciting.

There were table reads and rehearsals along with the performances of

Tropical Heat


 ASU Centennial Project

VIPs were also invited to an exclusive party to meet and chat with the playwrights, actors and staff.

Week two will be just as exciting, tickets to The Penis Eulogy, Dinner on the Inside and The 24 Hour Theatre Project are still available.

We’re Going Live

Posted: July 15, 2011 in News


Can’t make the New Works Festival because

  • You’re going to be out of town
  • Don’t live in the Phoenix area
  • You’re on bed rest
Well, you’re in luck!
The Hormel New Works Festival will be live streaming online!
Here’s is how you can access the festival:
Visit during the scheduled staged readings, talk backs, ASU Centennial Project, the 2nd Draft Readings, and the 24-hour Theatre project.
Sign in to your Twitter account and ask questions by tweeting them along with the hashtag #newplay. Your questions will be answered in the talk back if they’re for the playwright/ actors and will be answered immediately by our team if they’re general questions.
You can also access the live feed through your Facebook page by clicking the livestream link on the Phoenix Theatre Facebook sidebar.
If you’re in the area and not on Dr’s orders to remain in your bed, then you should be at the New Works Festival in person. Tickets are still available by calling the box office at 602.254.2151!

Rich Orloff and Philip Dawkins share their thoughts after their plays went through the first table read of the festival.

You still have time to pick up your VIP Passes for the entire festival as the staged readings begin tomorrow.