It figures that the town that is home to Oregon's premier professional theater company would also take a hand in the creation of new plays.
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival does commission its own new plays.
But the Ashland New Plays Festival is run by different people.
In fact, its overseer is brand new this year, in the person of rookie Artistic Director Kyle Haden.
Five days, one venue, four plays (and their playwrights), and a whole lot of music stands, because the plays are read rather than staged.