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Why Should Audiences Attend a Reading of a Play? The Alley’s All New Festival Has the Answer

The Alley Theatre’s All New Festival aims to highlight new theatrical works. The event, which runs Feb. 2-12, 2017, includes a combination of readings and workshop performances of five new theatrical works. Playwrights involved in the festival include Cyrpess native Robert Askins, Bekah Brunstetter, Christina Gorman, Rajiv Joseph and Kenneth Lin. Plus there’s a world premiere of Syncing Ink, […]

Alley Theatre Stage View - (Photo Courtesy: Bill Saltzstein/Empty Space Images)The Alley Theatre’s All New Festival aims to highlight new theatrical works. The event, which runs Feb. 2-12, 2017, includes a combination of readings and workshop performances of five new theatrical works.

Playwrights involved in the festival include Cyrpess native Robert Askins, Bekah Brunstetter, Christina Gorman, Rajiv Joseph and Kenneth Lin. Plus there’s a world premiere of Syncing Ink, a hip-hop production from playwright and performer NSangou Njikam.

Houston Matters producer Paige Phelps finds out why the Alley is highlighting brand new works — and why audiences should come to watch a staged reading of a play. She talks with playwrights Askins and Njikam along with the Alley’s Elizabeth Frankel.

(Above: Inside the renovated Alley Theatre. Photo Courtesy: Bill Saltzstein/Empty Space Images)

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