Tennessee Rep launches Ingram New Works Festival

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Theatergoers can be ahead of the game when it comes to the next big play, thanks to the Tennessee Rep’s Ingram New Works Festival.

The festival, which runs from today through May 8, features readings from plays coming out of the new Ingram New Works lab, a collective of eight Tennessee playwrights in residence who have been working under the Rep’s support during the current season. The event will wrap up with a staged reading of David Auburn, a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright who also is the recipient of the Ingram New Works Fellowship.

The fellowship, lab and festival all are parts of the Martha R. Ingram New Works program.

Admission to the festival is free for 2009-2010 season subscribers, and $5 at the door for individual readings. A festival pass, which includes admission to all eight readings, is $25. All readings will take place at the Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton St. For more information, click here.

UPDATE: A special reading of "Smoke: A Ballad of the Night Riders," a new musical written and composed by Artist-In-Residence David Alford, will be read on Friday, May 7, at 4 p.m.