Geva's annual Festival of New Theatre is a good opportunity for Rochester theater lovers to get a peek behind the playwright's and actor's processes, and have a first look at new works — and maybe even contribute to a play's development. Running through Sunday, November 5, FONT 2017 will host play readings, playwright discussions, a young writers showcase, and a writing challenge.
FONT 2017 starts Wednesday, October 25, (7 p.m.) with a reading of Dorothy Fortenberry's "The Lotus Paradox," about a children's book author facing new questions about her family and art. Other readings include a young writers showcase on Saturday, October 28, and Sunday, October 29, (3 p.m.) of six plays written by Rochester writers ages 13 to 18; "Alexandria," written by Jeffrey W. Jones and directed by Jean Gordon Ryon, on Wednesday, November 1 (7 p.m.); and "The Dust People," written by Catherine Treischmann, on Sunday, November 5 (7 p.m.).
Geva Literary Director Jenni Werner will host "The Author's Voice" conversations with Gabriel Jason Dean — whose "Heartland" will be onstage at Geva in March — on Thursday, October 26 (7 p.m.), and with Catherine Treischmann on Saturday, November 4 (7 p.m.). And on Saturday, October 28 (7 p.m.), several playwrights will present the results of a "Rochester Suffrage Bake-Off": a challenge to write something new within three days inspired by the 100th anniversary of Women's Suffrage in New York State. FONT 2017 has been dedicated to Dee Kamp, a long-time Geva volunteer.
The Festival of New Theatre takes place on the Fielding Stage at Geva Theatre Center (75 Woodbury Boulevard). Admission is free, but reservations are required. 232-4382; gevatheatre.org.