TheatreWorks Silicon Valley is showcasing potential hits in the making at its 17th annual New Works Festival.
Continuing through Aug. 19 with top Bay Area actors, it features staged readings of four musicals and plays plus other events.
A highlight is Paul Gordon’s musical adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice,” which opened to a nearly full house Aug. 11.
Directed by Robert Kelley and accompanied by musical director William Liberatore on piano, the actors read from scripts on a bare bones stage.
Festival director Giovanna Sardelli said this crew had assembled only five days earlier, yet it went smoothly.
Also on tap are two plays, “They Promised Her the Moon” by Laurel Ollstein and “Born in East Berlin” by Rogelio Martinez; another musical, “Once Upon a Rhyme” by Ronvé O’Daniel; and other events.
Everything takes place at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. For tickets and details, call (650) 463-1960 or visit www.theatreworks.org.