New Voices 2014

  • The New School for Drama Playwrights Festival

    March 13–22 & April 10-19, 2014

    Four original plays in repertory, highlighting Drama's graduating playwrights, directors, and actors of 2014. Select the play title to read an excerpt from the play in Adobe PDF format, and the director’s name to view their résumé.

    The Ladder

    by Matt Herzfeld, directed by Paul Takacs ('11)

    "Hello, my name is Jill and I'm calling today from Tate University to ask for your help in supporting students like me."

    Tensions flare between the student workers over the course of one night at Tate University's annual Phonathon, where jealousies, crushes, and financial worries all collide into a hurricane of undergraduate angst. Into this maelstrom of a “hot-mess” comes Jill, a transfer student trying to find her place in school and life. As Jill's first phone call approaches, will she be able to put on her mandatory “Tate smile?” This dark satire on the state of higher education asks us: when do we compromise our morals – and does the all-mighty liberal arts degree hasten our (inevitable) descent?

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    Performance Dates

    • March 13, 7:00 p.m.
    • March 14, 9:30 p.m.
    • March 15, 3:00 p.m.
    • March 19, 7:00 p.m.
    • March 20, 9:30 p.m.
    • March 21, 7:00 p.m.
    • March 22, 7:00 p.m.

    Standard Aptitude

    by Sam Byron, directed by Suzanne Karpinski

    Four years after he was caught and publically ostracized for taking the SATs for other students at his high school, Zach tries to rekindle his sense of hope when his childhood friend, Becca, returns from college wanting to make amends.

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    Performance Dates

    • March 13, 9:30 p.m.
    • March 14, 7:00 p.m.
    • March 15, 7:00 p.m.
    • March 19, 9:30 p.m.
    • March 20, 7:00 p.m.
    • March 21, 9:30 p.m.
    • March 22, 3:00 p.m.

    The House Itself Does Not Burn

    by Molly Haas-Hooven, directed by Stephanie C. Cunningham

    In the desolate landscape of a North Dakota boomtown, where oil flows and space is limited, residents and roughnecks struggle to live, love and break even.

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    Performance Dates

    • April 10, 7:00 p.m.
    • April 11, 9:30 p.m.
    • April 12, 3:00 p.m.
    • April 16, 7:00 p.m.
    • April 17, 9:30 p.m.
    • April 18, 7:00 p.m.
    • April 19, 7:00 p.m.

    the old forever new things

    by Dan Kitrosser, directed by Kristin Skye Hoffmann

    When a traffic-cop accidentally spills a cup of coffee on a grad-student’s laptop, their disparate New York lives are twisted together in this comedy of manners, magic and missed connections.

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    Performance Dates

    • April 10, 9:30 p.m.
    • April 11, 7:00 p.m.
    • April 12, 7:00 p.m.
    • April 16, 9:30 p.m.
    • April 17, 7:00 p.m.
    • April 18, 9:30 p.m.
    • April 19, 3:00 p.m.

    Set Design  Anshu Bhatia
    Costume Design  Caitlin Cisek
    Lighting Design  Dante Olivia Smith
    Sound Design  Beth Lake, Colin Whitely
    Properties  Joshua Yocom
    Production Stage Manager  Dale Smallwood*
    Associate Stage Managers Kevin Clutz*, Julie Watson*

    *Member of Actors' Equity Association.

    NEW VOICES is generously supported by the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust.

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