Mountain Valley Playhouse will be presenting a staged reading of two new plays during their Night of New Plays production this weekend. The program will take place at the FUMC Fellowship Campus. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.

The Night of New Plays will allow two local writers to workshop new plays in front of an audience before submitting the plays to publishers. Both plays are one act and at the end of the performance Mountain Valley Playhouse will open the floor for discussion and constructive critiques. Night of New Plays will have two shows. There will be a performance on Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 9 at 2 p.m.

J.D. Miller is the playwright of “Where Are We Going.” It is a comedy about two families and their spring vacation.

Miller is the author of 12 published novels and wanted to break away from his usual format as a way to challenge his writing skills. Timothy C. Phillips is the playwright of “Wanted: Witnesses!” “Wanted: Witnesses!” is a comedy about a group of people who witness an incident and have to give statements to the police.

Phillips has published 8 detective novels and is also a first time playwright. For both writers and the cast, the rehearsal process has been “amazing,” said Phillips. Both parties agreed that this has been a collaborative process that ultimately enriched both plays.

The Night of New Plays will be a unique experience for audience members to see two plays that have never been performed in front of an audience and allow for an open discussion with the playwrights and cast about their works. Night of New Plays will be a great chance for people to experience a fun night of local theatre.

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