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.


GOLDEN LAND by John Adams, Richmon Heights MO

ALL SEWED UP by Marty Siegel, Bloomington IL

ANNABELLE’S LAST STAND by Todd Wineburner, Pontiac IL


HEARTBREAK CAFE by Sally Domet, Cincinnati OH

BREAD DOUGH RISING by Shawn Samuelson Henry, Grosse Pointe Park MI

THE TROUSSEAU by Pamela Devon Lovell, Bloomington IL

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