New Plays from the Heartland

The Mike Dobbins Memorial New Plays from the Heartland


Directed by MaKenna Lockhart

 Staged Readings: Friday and Saturday, July 12 & 13 at 7:30 PM; Sunday, July 14 at 2 PM

Open Forum to the Community with Brett Neveu: Thursday, July 11 at 7:30 PM

Three Brand New Winning One-Act Plays from the Midwest:

Timing is everything! There are very few do-overs in life, so sometimes we live with regret over missed opportunities, poor choices, and spoken or unspoken words. But once in a while we’re lucky, and all the cards fall into place.

DOWN TO THE WIRE by Kevin Drzakowski, Menomonie WI

What if you have nothing left to lose – literally? Phil is no undercover agent, but his expert timing at the game of poker may save the day.

CAST: Jordyn – Jennifer Maloy, Phil – Zachariah Williams, Dimitri – Dave Lemmon, Red Angel -Sharon Russell

EXPAT-ATIONS by Alyssa Cokinis, Roselle IL

An incident at a night club in China causes a rift in a budding friendship. Bad as it was, it’s not so much that the incident happened; it’s the nature of the response. A few seconds of thought might have changed what can never be taken back.

CAST: Man – Guy Gudeman, Woman – Brianna Golden, Friend – Vicky Snyder

COME RAIN OR COME SHINE by Arnold Johnston & Deborah Ann Percy, Kalamazoo MI

Some things are just meant to be no matter what obstacles present themselves. However, Dorothy and Frank learn it can take years for the timing to be just right.

CAST: Frank – John Fischer, Dorothy – Kristi Zimmerman

About New Plays from the Heartland: Three new winning one-act plays from 9 Midwest states are presented as staged readings for three performances.  Nationally known playwright Brett Neveu is our guest, conducting a workshop with the winning playwrights, delivering a free forum to the community, and attending the opening of the festival. Made possible by Sponsors Paul and Sandra Harmon.

About the NPH Project

The History of the New Plays from the Heartland

The Mike Dobbins Memorial New Plays from the Heartland (NPH) provides Midwestern playwrights a chance to share their original plays with residents of Central Illinois. Heartland Theatre Company solicits new, never-produced one-act plays from writers in nine Midwestern States: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. Previous Winners

Play submissions are judged for excellence by a panel of judges who review all of the submitted plays to choose the top six entries. The six finalists are then sent without identification to a final judge, an experienced playwright with national prominence, who chooses the final three plays for a staged reading at our theatre.

The three winning plays are presented as fully staged enhanced readings (costumes, lighting, props, movement) on July 12, 13 and 14.  On July 11, our guest playwright Brett Neveu offers a forum for playwrights with tips for writing successful plays. On July 12, our guest playwright conducts a master class with the winning playwrights.

Details and Information about the competition here.

Heartland Theatre Company is dedicated to providing playwrights a forum for recognition in our theatre and our community.