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Telluride Playwright's Festival

Telluride Playwright's Festival (TPF) is a laboratory for playwrights, actors, and directors where dynamic, meaningful work is germinated and produced. Their mission is to help playwrights fulfill their vision in an intimate, communal setting of the Rocky Mountains.

Each summer, TPF select the near-finished works of two playwrights and then invites professional actors and directors to Telluride to work on the plays. After an intense week of working on the plays and bringing them to life on the stage, they showcase the productions to the public. By encouraging creative interaction with the viewing audience during and after live performances of a work in process, TPF assists the playwright in refining the quality of a final product. The plays TPF nourishes here go on to become bigger productions in bigger cities.

Public Events & Productions July 8, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Drop in and see how plays evolve at this open house during which participants will read the plays of other playwright's whose plays are not featured in the festival. Sheridan Opera House

July 8, all day: Join a discussion in the Sheridan Opera House Gallery Room themed "The Importance of New Plays."

July 9: The Telluride Institute will host a discussion about the universal language of Buddhism, and TPF actors will present readings of select Buddhist writings. Sheridan Opera House

July 12, 7:30 p.m.: A staged reading of the new play Dead and Buries by James McLindon at the Sheridan Opera House.

July 13, 7:30 p.m.: A staged reading of the new play Love Me Some Amnesia by James Still at the Sheridan Opera House.

July 15-18, 7:30 p.m.: The Telluride Playwright's Festival and Telluride Repertory Theater presents This Isn't What it Looks Like by Philip Gearson. This never-before-staged, work-in-progress play will be directed by William Missouri and show at the Palm Theater. Call 970.728.4539 for more information.