Final Draft 2008

Come hear the new voices of tomorrow – TODAY!

FINAL DRAFT is a festival of new play readings by The New School for Drama’s MFA Playwriting Class of 2008. Each playwright will have one of their plays, professionally directed in a showcase reading. Full schedule and reservation information below; select a play title to read a sample from the play in Adobe PDF format.

MAY 12 – MAY 14, 2008

MONDAY, MAY 12

5:00 PM

THE KID (PDF)
by Andrew Rosendorf
directed by Stephen Willems

In 1933 Germany, the persecution of the Jews was manifested with boycotts of Jewish stores, rocks being thrown through windows, and the burning of synagogues – all designed to push Jews to leave Germany of their own free will.  Doron, a seven-year old mute child doesn’t understand what is going on around him and escapes in the silent films of Charlie Chaplin that he watches with his father.  As things begin to get worse for Doron and his family, he starts to manifest Mr. Chaplin in his own life and processes all that he sees as if he were in Chaplin’s film The Kid.  This innovative drama finds fresh humor and perspective on the tragedy that was the Holocaust by telling the story of Doron and his family through film clips, dialogue, silence, movement, and a live piano player who accompanies the action on stage as if the audience were watching a silent film in the early 30s.

7:30 PM

SAINT MARGARET AND THE DRAGON (PDF)
by Margaret McCloskey
directed by Mark Armstrong

Joe Keneally is a young pastor with a troubled past and a taste for change.  Frustrated by the rejection of his proposals to revamp his parish's outreach efforts, Joe focuses on Hyacinth, a young parishioner in pre-marriage counseling — until Hyacinth's husband-to-be threatens to reveal Joe's secret.  Walking the line between Church bureaucracy and his own conscience, Joe must choose between a greater good and individual good.

TUESDAY, MAY 13

5:00 PM

GOAT SONG (PDF)
by Charlotte Rahn-Lee
directed by David Dalton

Gretchen, a graduate student in philosophy, accompanies her willfully deaf biologist father to the Galapagos Islands. To her horror, she discovers that in the name of conservation an entire population of invasive, feral goats is about to be killed.  In her efforts to save the Galapagos goats, Gretchen attracts the romantic attentions of an Ecuadorian biology student, clashes with a New Zealander goat-eradication expert, and enlists the questionable support of two strangely powerful fishermen.  This drama explores concepts of “nativeness” and just who gets to decide what belongs – and what doesn’t.

7:30 PM

HERCULES AND THE HAUNTED WORLD (PDF)
by Nick Starr
directed by Diana Basmajian

1955, Los Angeles. The strongest man in the world struggles against an irresistible force: change.
  

WEDNESDAY, MAY 14

2:00 PM

FOR THE LOVE OF THE FATHER (PDF)
by Jennie Contuzzi
directed by Andreas C. Tselepos

On the futuristic world of Hypernia, society is divided into two classes.  Because of the way it rotates around the sun, the planet goes through extended periods of darkness and light.  The superior Brights, born during the time of light, rule over the Nightborns, born in the time of darkness.  The conflict between the two classes escalates as a prominent Nightborn leader is banished to The Depth.  Two friends, both Brights, find themselves on opposing sides of this conflict as one, Ryan, attempts to win the love of his father through a path of violence, and the other, Trig, finds strength on the path of peace.
  

5:00 PM

MURDER ON THE ARABIAN SEA (PDF)
by Apoorva Kale
directed by TBD

One year after Paddy Bahl, patriarch and tycoon, has died a sudden death, his friends and family gather on his yacht off the Bombay shoreline for a party in his honor.  His son, Apoo, recently returned from America, is convinced that Mr. Bahl was murdered and sets about gathering clues and pointing fingers – much to the irritation of all the guests.  So who murdered Mr. Bahl?  Was he even murdered?  And what makes Apoo so sure? MURDER ON THE ARABIAN SEA examines death and loss through the form of a gripping and suspenseful murder mystery.
  

7:30 PM

WHEN THE LEVEE BROKE (PDF)
by Janine V. Nabers
directed by Jay Cohen

Fifteen-year old Georgie Jean has spent her entire life picking cotton and dreaming of a way out of Greenville, Mississippi.  When word around town spreads that a storm from the Midwest is headed their way, Georgie seizes the opportunity of a lifetime when the Governor of the “Magnolia” State announces that he is hiring sharecroppers to build a levee that will withstand the floods of Illinois.  Determined to make something of her life once and for all, Georgie sets out for the river with hundreds of other poor blacks as they risk their lives for colored glory.  Inspired by actual events surrounding the Great Flood of 1927, WHEN THE LEVEE BROKE follows Georgie’s heroic journey into adulthood while examining America’s most catastrophic disaster in history.
  

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