Company One Theatre is proud to be an Associate Member of the National New Play Network. Our summer 2015 production of COLOSSAL by Andrew Hinderaker is part of an NNPN Rolling World Premiere; partner theatres include The Olney Theatre, Mixed Blood Theatre, Southern Rep, and Dallas Theater Center.  Learn more about the NNPN and Rolling World Premieres, below:

The National New Play Network (NNPN) is the country’s alliance of non-profit professional theatres that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays.

Since its founding in 1998, NNPN has supported more than 150 productions nationwide through its innovative Continued Life of New Plays Fund, which supports the “Rolling World Premieres” for which NNPN has become most well-known.  Additional programs, such as its National Showcase of New Plays, commissions, playwright and producer residencies, developmental support, member-accessed travel banks, online information sessions, and its newest initiative, the New Play Exchange, allow its members to launch new work across the country and around the world, and have helped to cement the Network’s vitality within the regional theatre landscape and its place as an invaluable incubator of the future of American theatre.

NNPN strives to pioneer, implement and disseminate ideas and programs that revolutionize the way theatres collaborate to support new plays and playwrights.



NNPN’s flagship initiative, The Continued Life of New Plays Fund (CLNPF), supports three or more theatres (two of whom must be Core Members) that choose to mount the same new play within a 12-month period. The result is a Rolling World Premiere through which a playwright develops a new work with at least three different creative teams, for at least three, often very different communities of patrons. The playwright is a part of the process, and is encouraged to work on the script with each company during the rehearsal and run, making adjustments based on what is learned from each leg of the “roll.”

As of the end of 2013, NNPN’s CLNPF has championed the Rolling World Premieres of 41 new plays with nearly one million dollars.  With a minimum of three productions in a single year, these plays attain the momentum needed to join the repertoire of frequently-produced new American works: the 32 plays which have completed their Rolling World Premieres have received more than 175 subsequent productions, have received citations in their local markets, and have been nominated for Pulitzers, Steinberg/ATCA and Blackburn Awards.

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