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January 23, 2014

New Works Festival

NEWBURYPORT, MA —The Firehouse Center for the Arts will be kicking off the New Year right with its 12th annual New Works Festival beginning Fri., January 24. The historic theater located on Market Square in downtown Newburyport, will be showcasing a total of nineteen new works as part of the highly anticipated annual festival in which New England playwrights are asked to submit plays that then judged by an independent panel of theater professionals in blind readings.

Presented over two weekends: January 24-25 and January 31-February 1, this long-standing annual festival has become a highly respected event throughout the theatrical community - and writers from all over New England participated this year. Tickets ($13.00 per evening or $38.00 for a four-day festival pass) are on sale now and may be purchased in person at the Box Office (Wed-Sun, 12:00-5:00 p.m.), by calling 978-462-7336 or online at

This year’s two-weekend line-up includes: (1) Full Length play, (1) One Act play, and (17) Shorts. The three winning plays which took top honors of all submitted works are: “From the Deep” written by Cassie Seinuk (Full Length), “Keep Abreast” written by Mary Beth Smith (One Act), and “Recalculating” by Steven Eimert (Short).

Always a popular event, theater-goers are encouraged to act quickly to secure their New Works Festival tickets to avoid disappointment. This year’s festival promises to continue the tradition of excellence in bringing quality new writing, acting and directing to the Firehouse Arakelian Theater and to lucky North Shore audiences.

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