Drama

On Stage

  • Each year MFA and BFA students have opportunities to perform, direct and write for stage. Performances happen in studio presentation, at the School of Drama Theater and around campus. Presentations include Creative Cafe work, the New Works Project with partners Naked Angels theater company & The 24 Hour Company, the Issues Project Lab with Naked Angels and course presentations for Process in Practice, Adaptations for Stage, Classical Adaptations, Collaboration Laboratories, Directing classes and Creative Technologies classes. Below you will find information about the public MainStage presentations for the current school semester. For archive information please see Past Performances.

  • TWELFTH NIGHT: February 16-18

    The New School College of Performing Arts – School of Drama MFA Classics Studio Series presents

    Twelfth Night

    by William Shakespeare
    directed by Alexandru Mihail

    February 16-18, 2017
    Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8:00 p.m.
    Saturday matinee at 3:00 p.m.

    Viola and Sebastian, twins separated by a shipwreck, experience loss and love on the shore of Illyria. Disguised as Cesario, page to the lovesick Duke Orsino, Viola searches for her lost brother, while the countess Olivia mourns the loss of her own. When the countess meets the handsome young page, desire replaces grief — along with a case of mistaken identity. With the magic foolery of the jester Feste; the raucous antics of courtiers Sir Toby, Maria, and Sir Andrew; and the madness of the high-strung puritan Malvolio, Shakespeare creates a bittersweet tale of laughter and longing, dark humor, and above all, maddening, harrowing love.

    School of Drama Theater

    151 Bank Street, 3rd floor, New York City

    Free general admission.
    Seating is limited; reservations are recommended.

    To make reservations, call Ticket Central at 212.279.4200 or visit ticketcentral.com.

    THE KING STAG: March 2-4

    The New School College of Performing Arts – School of Drama BFA Production Series presents

    The King Stag

    in a new adaptation
    by Shelley Berc and Andrei Belgrader
    from the original play by Carlo Gozzi
    directed by Alex Correia

    March 2-4, 2017
    Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8:00 p.m.
    Saturday matinee at 3:00 p.m.

    A powerful wizard, a good king, an evil prime minister, heartsick lovers, and zany servants all frolic in this commedia fairy tale. In the kingdom of Serendip, deep in the forest of Roncislappe, deceit, magic, murder, betrayal, and loyalty all share the stage in the pursuit of true love.

    School of Drama Theater

    151 Bank Street, 3rd floor, New York City

    Free general admission.
    Seating is limited; reservations are recommended.

    To make reservations, call Ticket Central at 212.279.4200 or visit ticketcentral.com.

    The King Stag

    MONSTROSITY: May 4-6

    The New School College of Performing Arts – School of Drama BFA Production Series presents

    Monstrosity

    by Lucy Thurber
    directed by Sherri Eden Barber

    May 4-6, 2017
    Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8:00 p.m.
    Saturday matinee at 3:00 p.m.

    A dark, epic tale of singing teenage fascists, magic, war, and love. A disturbing retelling of the hero's tale with a girl as the hero – and an unheroic ending.

    School of Drama Theater

    151 Bank Street, 3rd Floor, New York City

    Free general admission. 
    Seating is limited; reservations are recommended.
    To make reservations
    , call Ticket Central at 212.279.4200 or visit ticketcentral.com

    NEW VOICES PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL: March 18-April 22

    The New School College of Performing Arts – School of Drama Playwrights Festival

    March 18-25 & April 15-22, 2017

    Four plays in repertory highlight Drama’s graduating MFA playwrights, directors, and actors of 2017.

    Select the play title below each description to read an excerpt from the play in Adobe PDF format, and the director’s name to view his or her website. To view the graduating actors’ headshots and résumés, visit Graduating Actors.

    Salute

    by Alexander Kveton
    directed by Lana Russell

    Thesis Advisor, Julian Sheppard

    On the cusp of graduating, a prep school senior boy falls in love with a freshman girl, but because the school is so entrenched in a salacious tradition, what begins as love ends in tragedy.

    Salute Sample (PDF)

    March 18, 3:00 p.m.
    March 22, 7:00 p.m.
    March 23, 9:30 p.m.
    March 24, 7:00 p.m.
    March 25, 8:00 p.m.

    reluctant to burn

    by korde arrington tuttle
    directed by Kate Eminger

    Thesis Advisor, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

    Eddie and AJ have both erected walls. After moving in together, the need to protect themselves is intensified when their newfound lack of space -- and its effect on their sex life -- becomes unbearable. As a result of visiting Eddie’s once-estranged father at a vintage bowling alley in North Carolina, the couple are forced to confront their relationship to their bodies, and their parents’ bodies. What they find allows them to profoundly connect in ways they never could have anticipated.

    reluctant to burn Sample (PDF)

    March 18, 8:00 p.m.
    March 22, 9:30 p.m.
    March 23, 7:00 p.m.
    March 24, 9:30 p.m.
    March 25, 3:00 p.m.

    graveyard shift

    by korde arrington tuttle
    directed by Daniella Caggiano

    Thesis Advisor, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

    When Janelle relocates to Texas for the opportunity of a lifetime, she and her partner, Kane, are reminded that the consequences of being in the wrong place at the wrong time can be horrific. For three Waller County police officers, how might those same consequences manifest themselves along racialized and gendered lines? Loosely inspired by the legacy of Sandra Bland, graveyard shift is a love story about collision, opposing ideologies, interests, truth, and how the characters in this play make sense of them —or don't.

    graveyard shift Sample (PDF)

    April 15, 3:00 p.m.
    April 19, 7:00 p.m.
    April 20, 9:30 p.m.
    April 21, 7:00 p.m.
    April 22, 8:00 p.m.

    The Intern of Two Start Ups

    by Alexander Kveton
    directed by Alice Cash

    Thesis Advisor, Julian Sheppard

    An intern talks her way into an interview at a startup to escape a job she originally acquired because she lied about her gender, only to discover that her current employer is a co-owner – and her biggest competition is her own male alter-ego.

    The Intern of Two Start Ups Sample (PDF)

    April 15, 8:00 p.m.
    April 19, 9:30 p.m.
    April 20, 7:00 p.m.
    April 21, 9:30 p.m.
    April 22, 3:00 p.m.

    Set Design Bill Clarke, Alexander WoodwardCostume Design Rachel Dozier-Ezell, Sydney Gallas, Nicole Slaven, Alexae Visel
    Lighting Design Gina Scherr, Carolyn Wong
    Sound Design Brendan Aanes, Emily Auciello
    Properties Chris Carter
    Production Stage Manager Emily DeNardo*, Corinn Moreno*, Carolynn Richer*, Will Rucker*

    School of Drama Theater

    151 Bank Street, 3rd Floor New York City

    Free general admission. Seating is limited; reservations are recommended.

    Call Ticket Central at 212.279.4200 or visit ticketcentral.com

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

    *Member of Actors’ Equity Association. Member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829.
    Photo by Shannon Stowe.

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