Countdown to PlayFest 2018

See Tomorrow’s Great Plays – in Durango, Colorado Today: Durango PlayFest 2018

Nationally Recognized Theatre Artists

The first annual Durango PlayFest kicks off August 6th when professional theatre artists gather for a week to develop and workshop three new plays before showcasing them in front of the community.

Playwriting Festival Audiences Experience the Creative Process

Durango PlayFest will be an incubator for known actors, directors and playwrights as well as regional artists to develop new work.  Audiences will have a window into their creative process and interact with them during panels, artists talks, parties and post show talkbacks.

Actors Dan Lauria, Wendie Malick and Mike Farrell to Appear

Durango PlayFest grew from the passion of a dedicated committee of local community members and Dan Lauria (“The Wonder Years”) and Wendie Malick (“Just Shoot Me!” and “Hot in Cleveland”).  Lauria and Malick will play the lead roles in Pulitzer Finalist playwright Lee Blessing’s play A Body of Water. Mike Farrell (“M*A*S*H”) will be playing the lead in playwright Stephen Nathan’s The Dizziness of Freedom.

Theatre Arts Festival at a Glance

This summer playwriting festival culminates with exciting staged readings of original stories and an up-close-and-personal journey into the art of storytelling. Each of the plays will have a script-in-hand staged reading scheduled on Friday, August 10, and Saturday, August 11 at The Durango Arts Center, 802 East 2nd Avenue, and Durango’s historic Henry Strater Theatre at 699 Main Avenue. Talkback sessions, workshops and other events throughout the week offer an unparalleled opportunity to participate in this wildly-creative Colorado Arts Festival.

For more information on how you can plug into this thrilling pioneer effort, please visit our Schedule of Events page.

Tickets: $25 | Festival Party: $35 | Buy 3 play tickets and receive a free Festival Party Pass!


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2018 PlayFest Events

Meet Our Actors


Erteszek Family Foundation – Richard and Mary Lyn Ballantine – Terry Bacon and Debra Parmenter

James Foster – Alice and Eric Foultz – Devon and Jonathan Wayne

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