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Children’s Theatre Company Launches Plays for New Audiences

The rebranding of the business formerly called Plays for Young Audiences reflects CTC’s multigenerational productions.

MINNEAPOLIS: Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) has announced the rebranding of its playscript licensing division, previously called Plays for Young Audiences. The newly named Plays for New Audiences (PNA) will feature a catalog of more than 300 plays and musicals, including work from over 70 playwrights. The move is meant to reflect the multigenerational work produced by CTC and licensed by PNA.

“As the nation’s leading theatre for multigenerational audiences, we know how critical it is to the future of the industry to make theatre-going a part of every family’s life,” said CTC artistic director Peter C. Brosius in a statement. “We know that those young people who experience the power of theatre are much more likely to make the arts a part of their adult lives than those who do not have this opportunity. To that end, we have curated a collection of plays from leading playwrights around this country and across the globe. It includes plays that we have commissioned and produced, as well as works from other theatres and playwrights that we greatly admire. We are highly selective in what we choose for the PNA catalog, because we want audiences to be truly inspired, moved, delighted, and transformed.”

The catalog is designed for multigenerational audiences, with titles that reach young, new family audiences for regional, educational, and amateur producers. Included will be popular titles such as The Hobbit by Greg Banks; Akeelah and the Bee by Cheryl L. West; A Christmas Carol by Barbara Field; Dragons Love Tacos by Ernie Nolan; and Go, Dog, Go! by Steven Dietz and Allison Gregory. Additional playwrights featured in the catalog include Jerome Hairston, Barry Kornhauser, and Larissa FastHorse, who was recently named as part of the 2020 MacArthur Fellows class, colloquially known as the “genius grant.”

PNA also has 127 plays and musicals available with streaming and virtual performance options. Complete catalog information can be found on the new Plays for New Audiences website.

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