On Stage

  • The New School for Drama Directing Festival

    Five plays in repertory highlight the work of this year’s graduating directors and actors.

    October 2-18 and November 6-15, 2014

    Stupid Kids

    by John C. Russell
    directed by Nikki Przasnyski

    In rapid, highly stylized, music-video-like scenes, Stupid Kids follows four students at Joe McCarthy High School as they make their way from first through eighth period and beyond, struggling with the fears, frustrations, and longings peculiar to youth. Judy is the popular blonde cheerleader. Neechee and Kimberly are the resident outcasts. Will Jim become popular? Will Judy lose her virginity to Jim? Will Neechee and Kimberly confess they're gay? These familiar characters are deeply moving and provocative archetypes of adolescence, true to their source and astonishingly revelatory of the hearts and minds of contemporary youth.

    †Rights pending.

    October 2, 7:00 p.m.
    October 3, 9:30 p.m.
    October 4, 3:00 p.m.
    October 8, 7:00 p.m.
    October 9, 9:30 p.m.
    October 10, 7:00 p.m.
    October 11, 7:00 p.m.

    pool (no water)

    by Mark Ravenhill
    directed by Lito Triantafylidou

    A famous artist invites her old friends out to her luxurious home and new swimming pool. But a horrific accident puts an end to the reunion and their host into a coma. No one is sure who was first to take out a camera – and before too long her suffering is being claimed, exploited, delighted in, because it makes wonderful art. Hypnotic and razor-sharp, pool (no water) tears up the ideals of friendship and art, exposing a deep vein of envy. 

    October 2, 9:30 p.m.
    October 3, 7:00 p.m.
    October 4, 7:00 p.m.
    October 8, 9:30 p.m.
    October 9, 7:00 p.m.
    October 10, 9:30 p.m.
    October 11, 3:00 p.m.

    The Skriker

    by Caryl Churchill
    directed by Pitr Strait

    Two young women, one who is pregnant and one whose child has died, struggle to survive in modern London – a task made more difficult when they are haunted by the Skriker, an ancient and damaged spirit. The Skriker changes shape constantly in an attempt to lure them into a surreal landscape populated by figures from English folklore, to an underworld where nature turns cancerous, love turns parasitic, and all the words, beliefs and relationships we build our lives on can mutate beyond recognition.

    October 15, 7:00 p.m.
    October 16, 7:00 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
    October 17, 7:00 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
    October 18, 3:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.

    Yellow Moon

    by David Greig
    directed by Celine Rosenthal

    Lee is a cocky teenager who seems to attract trouble; Leila's a 17-year-old Muslim girl looking for a way to fit in. She spends her Friday nights lost in the blurry universe of glossy celebrity magazines, while Lee steals booze from the supermarket. They never meant to get mixed up in a murder, but after Billy Logan is killed, the teenagers are on the run and need a place to hide… Flowing from narration to poetry, from imagination to reality, from brutality to hope, Yellow Moon is a captivating journey of self-discovery with a dark heart.

    November 6, 7:00 p.m.
    November 7, 9:30 p.m.
    November 8, 3:00 p.m.
    November 12, 7:00 p.m.
    November 13, 9:30 p.m.
    November 14, 7:00 p.m.
    November 15, 7:00 p.m.


    by Maria Irene Fornes
    directed by Noa Egozi

    Mae and her foster brother and former lover, Lloyd, have been living together since childhood. Their relationship begins to shift when Mae starts to take reading lessons and invites Henry, a more educated man, into their house. As the three interact, they gain a new understanding of themselves and their world. This poignant story examines the nature of humans and animals – and the differences between the two. 

    November 6, 9:30 p.m.
    November 7, 7:00 p.m.
    November 8, 7:00 p.m.
    November 12, 9:30 p.m.
    November 13, 7:00 p.m.
    November 14, 9:30 p.m.
    November 15, 3:00 p.m.

    Set Design - Christopher Heilman, Carolyn Mraz, Amy C. Rubin
    Costume Design -  Asta Bennie Hostetter
    Lighting Design - Amith Chandrashaker, Jimmy Lawlor
    Sound Design - Emily Auciello, Colin Whitely, Or Zubalsky
    Properties - Joshua Yocom
    Production Stage Manager - Catherine Costanzo*, Dale Smallwood*
    Associate Stage Manager - Alyssa Carlucci, Nicole Marconi*

    *Member of Actors' Equity Association

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