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MI Playwrights Fest taps into state’s artistic ferment

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Organizers of the first ever Michigan Playwrights Festival say the state is enjoying an energized arts scene, driven in part by an influx of creatives to Detroit. Starting this week, young playwrights will have the chance to have new works read from the stage of Ann Arbor’s Yellow Barn. We talk with festival director Emilio Rodriguez.

The first ever Michigan Playwrights Festival gets underway tonight in Ann Arbor. The purpose is to connect with what organizers say is a surge in artistic activity in our state and to bolster the appeal of Michigan as a place for young playwrights.

Most of the festival will be devoted to staged readings of new works by Michigan playwrights. Tonight, there will be six 10-minute plays performed. It all takes place at Ann Arbor’s Yellow Barn on West Huron.

Current State learns more about the inaugural Michigan Playwrights Festival with director Emilio Rodriguez. He also serves as the Literary Manager of Theatre Nova in Ann Arbor, which runs and directs the festival.

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