Festival History

Festival History

AFF has accomplished so much in the past 12 years. Here is a sample of what we have done to nurture new play development and host award-winning playwrights to develop new works in Aspen:

In 2011, we brought out Tony-nominated actor and playwright John Cariani to workshop his play Love Sick before it went to New York’s Public Theatre. AFF is credited for development on the inside cover.

In 2012, we hosted award-winning playwright Michael Hollinger, presenting his play OPUS and workshopping Hope & Gravity, which has since been produced at regional theaters across the country. AFF is also credited for its development.

In 2013, the award-winning playwright John Kolvenbach was in residence at AFF to workshop Bank Job. Again, AFF is credited for development.

In 2016, AFF presented the world premiere of Sharr White’s Stupid Kid, which was first read at AFF and after at Steppenwolf Theatre Company prior to AFF’s full production in Aspen. Sharr was also in residence at AFF to workshop The True, which premiered Off-Broadway in the fall of 2018, starring Edie Falco. AFF is credited for development of both plays.

In 2018, we hosted Tony-nominated Broadway playwright Lucas Hnath and presented his Tony-nominated play A Doll’s House Part 2 along with his Obie Award-winning The Christians, which played at The Aspen Chapel.

In 2019, we presented AFF’s first commissioned play by a female playwright, Penelope Skinner. Angry Alan won the top award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (The Mother of All Fringe Festivals) and ran at London’s SoHo Theatre. NBC/Universal is currently developing Angry Alan into a television series.

FallFest 2020 featured our first Tony Award-winning playwright, Simon Stephens, and JuneFest 2021 continues the tradition of commissioning new works for premier with Hour Twenty, The Lighthouse Fantasie, Phoenix Rising, and the film She Left Home For A While (commissioned for FallFest 2020).

Add to this the numerous incredible dance companies that have performed with us as well as the actors, performers, theater techs and students we have nurtured and championed over the years.

At Aspen Fringe Festival, we believe in the power of the arts to touch people’s lives and inspire compassion and understanding around the issues divisive and challenging issues. We believe that art can change the world.