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Theatre NOVA focuses on new plays and new playwrights and is dedicated to working with new and local playwrights to help them develop their craft and to offer brand new plays for audiences. We created the Michigan Playwrights Festival to nurture Michigan playwrights and to develop full-length plays for future seasons. Plays that were products of Michigan Playwrights Festivals that have received their world premieres at Theatre NOVA include Mazel Tov, John Lennon by David Wells (Wilde Award for Best New Script), Resisting by David Wells (Wilde Award for Best Original Production), Mrs. Fifty Bakes a Pie by Linda Ramsay Detherage, Clutter by Brian Cox (Wilde Award for Best New Script), Irrational by R. MacKenzie Lewis and David Wells (Wilde Award for Best New Script), Katherine by Kim Carney (Wilde Award Nomination for Best New Script), Spin (aka Swimming While Drowning) by Emilio Rodriguez, and Bird by Kristin Hanratty.

August 21-25, 2024


The Crown Forum by Craig Ester

Wednesday, August 21 at 8:00 pm

On the week before his high school graduation Littlejohn Wallace is struck with questions of family, faith, and loyalty as he steps into manhood. Directed by TBD.  


Emergency Protocol Camouflage by Erin Osgood

Thursday, August 22 at 8:00 pm

Set in 2190, a widowed mother (Natalie) struggles to raise her neurodivergent son in the new world as the government orders her late husband’s gene editing procedure to be performed on all individuals with disabilities with a goal for a happier, more productive society. Possible death and personality alterations does not deter the government, leaving Natalie struggling to protect her son. Directed by Emily Lange. 


Cora Lynn Beauty Can Change Your Life by Maureen Paraventi

Friday, August 23 at 8:00 pm

Two women assigned to be hotel roommates at a multi-level marketing company’s convention make an effort to connect with each other, despite their obvious differences. By the play’s end, both women have lost a great deal – but have also found common ground that will change their lives forever. Directed by Sarah Elisabeth Brown.


Shattered Pieces by Joël Doty

Saturday, August 24 at 2:00 pm

An artist on death row and her correctional officer, develop an unusual friendship through art, when they discover both their lives have been struck by mental health tragedies. Directed by Kez Settle.

Eclipsed: The Sun, The Moon, and Galdys Sweet by D. L. Patrick

Saturday, August 24 at 8:00 pm

This play is about a woman who thinks herself ordinary until she is thrust into an extraordinary situation that she must find the courage and resilience to overcome. Set in1920s Detroit, based on true events. Directed by Lynch Travis.


Swamp Creatures by Michael Alan Herman

Sunday, August 25 at 2:00 pm

Three estranged siblings reunite in the Amazon Jungle to hunt a mysterious creature that killed their father, but as they delve into the jungle’s secrets and their own familial trauma, their bloody quest for revenge transforms into a deeply personal journey of self-reflection and familial identity. Directed by Josie Eli Herman.

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