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Playwright Mona Mansour kicks off Dorset Theatre Festival’s 2017 New Play Reading series

Monday, June 12, 7 p.m.—DORSET—Dorset Theatre Festival continues its commitment to incubating new works for the American stage with the return of its New Play Reading series. Mona Mansour, playwright of “The Vagrant Trilogy” and winner of the 2014 Middle East America Playwright Award, will be the first playwright in residence.

A public reading of Mansour’s newest developing work will take place on Monday, June 12 at 7 p.m. The reading will be held in the Playhouse Café at the Dorset Playhouse, located at 104 Cheney Road, Dorset. General admission tickets start at $20 and may be purchased online at or by calling the box office at 802-867-2223 Ext. 2.

“In addition to producing contemporary hits and world premieres on our mainstage, Dorset Theatre Festival is proud to offer a robust annual New Play Reading series. In the past six years, we have hosted over 70 playwrights and developed over 90 new works, 18 of which have gone on to received full productions or further development at some of the most prestigious venues in the country. We’re thrilled to host Mona Mansour, one of the country’s leading Middle Eastern playwrights, and to continue redefining the landscape of regional theatre,” says Artistic Director Dina Janis.

Mansour will spend five days in residence developing a brand new in-progress work. She will be joined by director Scott Illingworth and actors Erin Anderson, Christy Escobar, Rafi Silver, Melisa Aker, and Andy Ingalls, who will present her play on June 12.

Dorset Theatre Festival’s New Play Reading Series will continue in August with readings from up-and-coming playwrights Lauren Yee (“King of the Yees”) on Aug. 8 and Paola Lazaro (“Tell Hector I Miss Him”) on Aug. 15. Both readings will take place at 7 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Dorset Theatre Festival


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