Ashland New Plays Festival (October 21-25, 2015, Ashland, OR) – International playwright festival that will culminate in the reading of 4 new plays. Seeking full-length dramas or comedies (2 acts, total 90-120 minutes running time) that are previously unproduced. Cast is limited to 8 actors. No adaptations, translations, musicals, or children’s plays. Selected playwrights will participate in 12 hours of rehearsal culminating in 2 public readings. Performers and technicians are a mix from the community, semi-professional, and professional theatres in Ashland. Playwrights receive lodging and $500 stipend. One submission per playwright. Submissions may be made online or by postal mail; see website for complete guidelines and application form. FEE: $15 . Ashland New Plays Festival, PO Box 3314, Ashland, OR 97520, T: (541) 488-7995, [email protected], . Deadline: December 15, 2014
Joyce Carol Oates: The American Dream to me is very metaphorical. I think of it in historical terms, going back to the Puritans. To the Puritans who came from England, America was a land of complete newness. And they were going to establish God’s colony in the wilderness. And so the dream of the America was a religious dream, basically. America is a very religious nation. Not a mono-religious nation because there are many different strands of belief, but there’s something about this nation that inspires people, or perhaps draws people, who are strongly idealistic. And even though they may be multimillionaires, ultimately, and they may be capitalists and very pragmatic and materialist in their methods, yet they seem to be stimulated by idealism. And they seem to carry with them these seeds of religion.