Since 2007, the Northern Arizona Playwriting Showcase (NAPS), under the direction of Ann Cummins and Linda Sutera, has delighted Flagstaff theater-goers with annual staged readings of original 10-minute plays. Beginning as a small, local endeavor with the modest goal of giving regional writers a chance to submit their work to a playwriting competition, the prize for which was getting to see their work performed before a live audience, the Showcase has grown into a top-notch production that features an astonishing array of work ranging from deeply touching dramas to belly-laugh-inducing comedies, submitted by authors both regional and national. Chosen by varying panels of outstanding writers, actors, and directors from Flagstaff, the plays consistently demonstrate excellence in the 10-minute play format, a dramatic genre known for its high level of difficulty.
While the main mission of the Showcase is to highlight original writing for the stage, Cummins and Sutera have invited and encouraged participation over the years from legions of actors, directors, stage managers, costumers, sound and lighting engineers, and anyone else who wants to be involved, whether they are seasoned dramatists or absolute beginners.
Cummins and Sutera, through NAPS, they have created an active, vibrant, collaborative space for the words of authors to come alive on the stage.
Their energy, commitment and vision have built NAPS into a living, breathing, and thriving demonstration of what community theater is all about.