New Playwrights Festival 2017

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  • Virgin Islands playwrights are getting a chance to feature their original drama and comedy plays at theater’s third annual festival.

    Pistarckle Theater will present the plays of three new playwrights at its 2017 New Playwrights Festival on Saturday, May 20 at 7:00pm. Earlier this year, Pistarckle issued a call for new never-produced or staged plays resulting in 9 entries that were reviewed by the Festival committee. Three were selected among the entries.

    Nicola Emerich, Founder/Artistic Producer, said “Pistarckle Theater’s goal for the New Playwrights Festival is to provide an opportunity for up and coming playwrights to present their original work on a professional community stage. We are thrilled that as a result of finding these great talents, over the years, two of the Festival’s plays have been added to our regular theater season. Catch and Keep is an original play that was featured last year at our Festival and it will be opening this week at Pistarckle.”

    Two Catch & Keep performances remain: Friday and Saturday, May12 and 13 – 8 p.m.

    The 2017 plays to be presented on May 20 are Matthew Hamilton-Kraft’s Alternative Facts, Stacey A. Bryan’s Bone is for Dog: Meat is for Man, and Dr. Gillian Royes’ How to be an Immigrant. Stacey A. Bryan was also featured in the 2015 Festival and her play, Sad Mangoes, was included in Pistarckle’s 2016 theater season.
    Frank Bartolucci is directing the plays and each playwright is getting involved with casting and technical support.

    To purchase the family-friendly-priced tickets ($15.00), call Pistarckle Theater at (340) 775-7877 or visit

    The Pistarckle Theater 2017 New Playwrights Festival is sponsored by the Prior Family Fund, Vento Charitable Trust and Virgin Islands Council on the Arts, and Discover Fund Management, LLLP.

    The play chosen from the 2016 New Playwrights Festival – Catch & Keep – (a comedy), has two more performances on Friday, May 12 and Saturday, May 13. For more details on this play, and to purchase tickets, visit

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