2024 Playwrights Festival

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Each summer at the end of July, we present a three-day event showcasing readings of student work from the Playwright’s Lab. Normally, these eight readings are minimally staged at Mill Mountain Theatre for the general public and close to a dozen guest professional responders from all over the globe. As part of the festival, there will be a panel discussion when our guest respondents will introduce themselves, talk briefly about their own background, and then give a moderated response to the festival as a whole. Get acquainted with these plays and playwrights before they are famous and engage in a conversation about theatre with our students, faculty, and some established theatre professionals.

Friday, July 19
8 pm; The Greenhouse by J. Harvey Stone

Saturday, July 20
11 am; Astroturf by Kolin Lawler
2 pm; Lil’ Troopers by Richie Cannaday
4 pm; The Caregiver by Stephanie Goldman
8 pm; The Names Have Been Changed to Protect the [GUILTY] by Ami Trowell

Sunday, July 21
11 am; Hamlet’s Ghost by Emily Fleischhuer
2 pm; Freida by ArLynn Parker
4 pm; Nuptial Mass by Ben Abbott
8 pm; Festival Guest Respondent Panel

Seating is limited. To reserve tickets, email Gwyneth Strope at 

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2024 Playwrights Festival
  • 1 Market Square SE
  • Roanoke, VA 24011
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  • Mill Mountain Theatre
  • Free
  • Recurring every 3 days