Steve Feffer

C. Lieurance

Dr.Steve Feffer is a professor of English at Western Michigan University, and is a founding organizer of Theatre Kalamazoo's New PlayFest. He and playwright Bethany Gibson, whose Dreamgirl will be performed twice during the two-day festival, join Cara Lieurance to expand on the events of the festival and the importance of showcasing Kalamazoo's playwrights.    ​

The free festival, now in its 10th year, is Saturday and Sunday, Feb 15 and 16 at the Judy K. Jolliffe Theatre in downtown Kalamazoo. Eight new 10-minute plays will be performed, under the direction of eight theatre organizations.

For a full schedule and more information, visit the New Playfest site.

Theatre Kalamazoo

Every play starts on paper and undergoes a sometimes arduous journey of transformation to reach the stage. For nine years, Theatre Kalamazoo's New PlayFest has taken a stand for local playwrights, offering talented writers a free public showcase for their work. Dr. Steve Feffer says the plays, most of which are around 10 minutes in length, are prepared by various regional theatre companies, who will share the stage at the Joliffe Theatre in the Epic Center on Friday, Feb 8 and Saturday, Feb 9. Feffer and Amber Palmer, a candidate for a master's degree in playwrighting from Western Michigan University, join Cara to preview the event.