Events are being planned now for the 2018 William Inge Theater Festival, May 9-12, 2018, with playwright Honoree Carlyle Brown!

Patrons can expect:

* a Tribute to the ground-breaking plays of Carlyle Brown
* a full-length production of a play by Carlyle Brown
* an exploration of the career and works of William Inge
* readings of contemporary plays at the New Play Lab
* and numerous workshops, master classes, and social events with theater professionals nationwide.

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The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission is a partner with the Inge Theater Festival New Play Lab.

The William Inge Center for the Arts programs are supported, in part, by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

See below the 2017 William Inge Theater Festival schedule, honoring Beth Henley, to get a feel for what happens at the one-of-a-kind Inge Festival in Independence, Kansas.

2017 Festival Sked for Pub FINAL 4-13-17.xlsx

What the media has to say about the Inge Festival: 

American Theatre magazine, April 21, 2015. "Donald Marguiles, Brooklyn Boy, Feted in William Inge's Hometown"

American Theatre magazine, April 28, 2016. "Inge Festival Brings the Theatre World to Independence"

PBS News Hour, June 12, 2006. "William Inge Theater Festival Honors Playwrights"

New York Times, Aug. 5, 2009. "Out of Kansas, Into the World; A Trove of Inge Plays."

New York Times, April 22, 1998. "Frank Rich Journal; Kansas Night Music"

New York Times, April 24, 1996. "Hospitality Takes Center Stage at a Town's Festival for its Native-Son Playwright"

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