New, award-winning plays to be presented as part of playwrights’ retreat

By Ann Pittman
Special to The PREVIEW
The HBMG Foundation is presenting two new award-winning plays at the Pagosa Lakes Clubhouse and bringing the National Winter Playwrights Retreat (NWPR) to Pagosa Springs.
The foundation will be presenting “Memoirs of a Forgotten Man,” by award-winning playwright D.W. Gregory, whose works have included a Pulitzer nomination.
Heidi Kraay’s new work, “How to Hide Your Monster,” will also be performed. Kraay, an Idaho native, has been published and produced regionally and in New York City.
Performances will be Jan. 28 and 29.
The staged readings will begin at 7 p.m., followed by discussion with the playwrights, actors, director, dramaturg and community members. The readings are free and open to the public, who are encouraged to attend and participate in the feedback session.
Now in its fourth year, the NWPR welcomes playwrights to week-long retreats in Creede, Colo., in the January and February months. Leading into this season, 85 NWPR alumni participated in a new play contest resulting in the NWPR Winter Workshop: the workshopping and staged readings of two brand new scripts.
Prior to the readings in Pagosa Springs, local and national actors, including Creede’s Annie Butler, Logan Ernsthall and Ann Pittman Zarate, will be rehearsing and performing the two winning plays in Creede, with direction and dramaturgy provided by Jeni Mahoney and Manuel Zarate.
HBMG Foundation set out to use the serenity and creative energy of the Rocky Mountain winters to encourage writers and provide a retreat setting conducive to new play development.
“Stories define America. They illustrate our past and help define our future. Writers create the words that inspire us to change the world, turn dreams into reality and find meaning in everyday life. They help preserve us all,” said Manuel Zarate, executive director of HBMG Foundation.
“Really, it’s more a movement than just a retreat,” said NWPR 2017 playwright Tom Coash.
For this year’s retreats, HBMG Foundation expands from Creede into the greater Wolf Creek area of southern Colorado in a new program called Playwright Sponsored NWPR. Pagosa Springs Playwright Sarah Lawrence, who attended NWPR in Creede in 2017, will sponsor this retreat welcoming playwrights and guest actors from across the nation to the Wolf Creek area Jan. 28-Feb. 3.
Attend “Memoirs of a Forgotten Man” and “How To Hide Your Monster” at the Pagosa Lakes Clubhouse, located at 230 Port Ave. For more information, call Lawrence at (469) 236-0017.
For more details, visit hbmgfoundation.org.
About HBMG Foundation
The NWPR is a program of the HBMG Foundation, a 501(c)(3) corporation established in 2004 and located in Austin, Texas.
HBMG Foundation programs seek to nurture, develop and provide professional benefit to emerging artists and innovators, and give the community a first look at the future of the arts, technology and business, and their economic impact.

This story was posted on January 11, 2018.