Stagedoor to open ‘Dramafest’

Maltby Jr., Whitty will judge budding playwrights

Well-known theater camp Stagedoor Manor will christen a 250-seat theater with “Dramafest,” a collection of works by budding scribes that will be judged by legiters including Richard Maltby Jr. (“Ain’t Misbehavin'”) and Jeff Whitty (“Avenue Q”).

Summer event will take place in the Berkshires camp’s new, still-unnamed venue, an in-the-round theater space recently converted from a spa.

“Dramafest” teams young participants from Stephen Sondheim’s Young Playwrights Inc. with Stagedoor alums Jonathan Marc Sherman (“Women and Wallace”) and Eric Nightengale (director of the 78th Street Theater Lab) to create a show. First night of the fest is skedded for July 4.

List of high-profile Stagedoor alums includes Natalie Portman, Robert Downey Jr. and Mandy Moore.

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