New Plays from the Heartland

2017 FESTIVAL New Plays from the Heartland Slider_edited-3The Mike Dobbins Memorial New Plays from the Heartland


Three new winning one-act plays from 9 Midwest states, presented as staged readings for three performances.  Nationally known playwright Philip Dawkins from Chicago will be our guest playwright, conducting a workshop with the winning playwrights, delivering a free forum to the community, and attending the opening of the festival. Made possible by the Town of Normal Harmon Arts Grant and sponsored by Paul and Sandra Harmon.

Do the powerful always prevail?

Our three one-act plays explore this question in unique ways.

winning new plays presented on stage:


GOLDEN LAND by John Adams, Richmon Heights MO

A chance meeting in New York in 1904 illustrates that the apple seldom falls far from the tree. The age-old conflict between the disenfranchised and the privileged plays out on a tenement stoop on a hot summer day.

ALL SEWED UP by Marty Seigel, Bloomington IL

Owners of a small-town business and the town manager go head to head against a high-powered corporation. The lingering smoke from an old flame can’t mask a critical flaw that will bring one side down.

ANNABELLE’S LAST STAND by Todd Wineburner, Pontiac IL

A house is not just bricks and mortar; it’s dreams and memories too. And that’s worth fighting for, as a sheriff who is reluctant to exercise his authority soon learns.

Thursday, July 13: Open Forum on Playwriting at 7:30 pm

July 14, 15 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, July 16 at 2:00 pm – 2017

About the NPH Project

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.

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 readings (costumes, lighting, props, blocking) on July 14, 15 and 16.  On July 13, our guest playwright Philip Dawkins offers a forum for playwrights with tips for writing successful plays. On July 14, our guest playwright conducts a master class with the winning playwrights.

Information about the competition here.

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

Funded in part by the Town of Normal Harmon Arts Grant