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Derrick Baskin, Miguel Cervantes, Grace McLean, More Join South Carolina New Play Festival Lineup


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Derrick Baskin, Miguel Cervantes, Grace McLean, More Join South Carolina New Play Festival Lineup

Running August 10–13, the SCNPF takes place in a variety of venues in Greenville.


Derrick Baskin, Miguel Cervantes, and Grace McLean

The South Carolina New Play Festival has announced casting for its upcoming summer festival.

This year's productions include A Black-billed Cuckoo by Mat Smart, KWEEN by Vichet Chum, The Essential Alice by Michael Friedman and Annie Weisman, and Catching the Moon, The Story of A Young Girl’s Baseball Dream by Nichole Jackson and Tyrone Robinson. Running August 10–13, the SCNPF takes place in a variety of venues in Greenville, South Carolina, where free readings and a special cabaret performance will staged.

On August 10, the festival will open with The Game by Rhett Guter, directed by West Hyler at 7 PM at CentreStage. August 11 will include a panel on The Post-COVID Transformation of American Theatre at 2 PM at the Greenville One Center, which will also be available as a live stream. That evening, A Black-billed Cuckoo by Mat Smart, directed by Shelley Butler, will play the Greenville Theatre at 7 PM. The company will include Jo Garcia-Reger as Sadie, Kelly McAndrew as Ruth, Jennifer Naimo as Tessa, Samuel Stricklen as Ed, and Mimi Wyche as Marge.

August 12 will begin with KWEEN by Vichet Chum, directed by Pirronne Yousefzadeh at the Warehouse Theatre at 2 PM. The reading will star Deryck Hak as Sophat, Kelseigh Redmon as Britney, Charlene Hong White as Dahvy, and Eryn Woo as Soma, with additional roles yet to be announced. That evening, Michael Friedman and Annie Weisman’s new Alice in Wonderland musical The Essential Alice will be staged, directed by Des McAnuff at the Gunter Theatre at the Peace Center at 7 PM. The company will include Derrick Baskin as Cheshire Cat/Violet, Kim Blanck as the Lorina/Duchess/Tigerlilly, Nick Blaemire as the White Rabbit/Mad Hatter, Lyndsey Cole as Mouse/Cook/Rosebud/Dormouse, Drew Gehling as Dodgson/Mock Turtle, Grace McLean as the Queen of Hearts, Mauricio Perez as King/Gryphon, and Molly Wareham as Alice.

August 13 will feature Catching the Moon, The Story of Young Girl’s Baseball Dream by Nichole Jackson and Tyrone Robinson as directed by Clark Nesbitt at South Carolina Children’s Theater at 3 PM. The production will star Jamaica Brewster as Marcenia Lyle, Niecy Blues as Mama and the Moon, Isaiah Hogue as Harold, Wesley Hudson as Clarence, Evan Harris as Gabby Street, and Kenneth Washington as Papa.

The festival will conclude that evening with an evening of cabaret featuring Miguel Cervantes at the Westin Poinsett Ballroom. Visit SouthCarolinaNewPlayFestival.org.





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