The inaugural North Haven Playwriting Festival will take place Friday through Sunday, May 13, 14 and 15 at Waterman’s Community Center, Main Street. Performances will be Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.; and Sunday at 1 p.m.

The fest will stage eight original scripts written by year-round and summer community members and their families. The 17 actors range from middle schoolers to adults and include Waterman executive director Christie Hallowell.

“When I started advertising for original scripts, I really didn’t know what to expect. Would anybody submit scripts? Would anybody want to act? I couldn’t have been more pleasantly surprised with the response,” said Courtney Naliboff, the festival’s director and the island’s school’s music and drama teacher.

Naliboff got the idea for the festival last fall and asked to have scripts submitted by late February. She said she was pleased with the result — nine submissions, of which eight were chosen.

“We only took one of Jacqueline’s pieces,” she said; summer resident Jacqueline Beauregard had submitted two.

The resulting lineup features “Hard Cider” by Terry Goodhue; “Morning Meeting” by Kenneth and Catherine Corson; “Into the Water” by Catherine Corson; “Man’s Best Friend” by Jenni Goodell; “Anna Eliot” by Jacqueline Beauregard; “The Move” by eight-year-old Katherine White; “Hell in a Nutshell” by 17-year-old Craig Waterman; and “The Lobster and the Crab” by Craig Comstock.

“The privilege of rehearsing new works, in many cases under the auspices of the playwright, is unique. We are very lucky to have such a talented community,” said Naliboff.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to