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New York New Works Theatre Festival

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New York New Works Theatre Festival is an annual occurrence where the Broadway community comes together for an elimination-by-audience competition. Audience members see plays and musicals written by up-and-coming writers. At the end of each night the audience votes privately. The playwrights with the most votes will make it to the next round, which will get them one step closer to winning the competition.

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This year we went to see In Her Own Way written by Alexandra Palmer. Palmer not only wrote the play, but also starred in it. She based it on her own personal family struggles. She was brought up by a single mother so she wanted to write a play that people with similar experiences could relate to. “Family gives you the best material” says Palmer, who was inspired by her sister. Audience members couldn’t stop laughing at the funny and witty lines. This one act play has moved on to the semi-final portion of the festival and is definitely a must-see!

Which one of these writers' dreams of Broadway will become a reality? You’ll have to attend and see for yourself!

 

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Melissa Kalloo

Melissa Kalloo is a television personality and Fashion Reporter/ journalist for over two years and has interviewed some of the top celebrities in the entertainment industry. She has covered many red carpets, New York Fashion Week, food events, movie premieres and many more. She’s had the pleasure of interviewing Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Dr. Oz, Ice-T, Coco, William Shatner and the list goes on. Over the years, Melissa has competed in many pageants such as the Miss American Princess when she was 5 years old, the Miss New York USA, along with NY Perfect Miss pageant. She believes there should be a good balance in life; she didn’t want to be any other television host, she wanted more. She lives by the motto, “It’s important to believe in yourself, even when others might not see your dreams and following your heart because anything is possible. No one can tell you otherwise!”

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