Past Performances

  • BFA and MFA Production

  • BFA Productions

    AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE

    The New School for Drama’s BFA Production Series

    May 1-3, 2014
    by Henrik Ibsen
    Adapted by Arthur Miller
    Directed by Mark Armstrong

    Dr. Thomas Stockmann discovers toxic contamination in the water at his town’s famous natural spring baths. He expects to be hailed as a hero, but the baths are the town’s main source of revenue. As the community fights to silence him, he learns that there are forces more powerful than truth.

    Set Design Sara C. Walsh
    Costume Design Katja Andreiev
    Lighting Design Carolyn Wong
    Sound Design M. Florian Staab
    Properties Joshua Yocom
    Production Stage Manager Ryan Parow*

    *Member of Actors Equity Association
    Photo by Scott Wynn.

    The New School for Drama Theater
    151 Bank Street, 3rd Floor, New York City

    Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m.
    Saturday matinee at 3 p.m.

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

    An Enemy of the People - Spring 2014

    The New School for College of Performing Arts
    School of Drama's BFA Production Series presents

    Polaroid Stories

    by Naomi Iizuka
    directed by Sherri Eden Barber


    October 15-17, 2015

    Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8:00 p.m.
    Saturday matinee at 3:00 p.m.


    Inspired in part by Ovid's Metamorphoses, as well as interviews with homeless youth, Polaroid Stories conveys a whirlwind of psychic disturbance, confusion and longing. Like their mythic counterparts, these modern-day mortals are engulfed by needs that burn and consume with language that mixes poetry and profanity, imbuing the play with lyricism and great theatrical force.

    Set Design - Clifton Chadick
    Costume Design - Stephanie Levin
    Lighting Design - Serena Wong
    Sound Design - Mark van Hare
    Properties - Chris Carter
    Production Stage Manager - Dale Smallwood*  

    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 www.ticketcentral.com.

    *Member of Actors’ Equity Association.
    Photo by Scott Wynn.

    Polaroid Stories

    MFA Production

    The New School for College of Performing Arts
    Happy End

    by Dorothy Lane and Bertolt Brecht
    lyrics by Bertolt Brecht
    music by Kurt Weill
    book and lyrics adapted by Michael Feingold
    directed by Lou Jacob
    music direction & conducted by Gary S. Fagin
    Leslie Stifelman, Creative Advisor


    October 1-3, 2015

    Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8:00 p.m.
    Saturday matinee at 3:00 p.m.

    Representatives of the Salvation Army and a group of speak-easy gangsters collide in Roaring Twenties Chicago in this comic melodrama with songs.

    Set Design  Doss Freel
    Costume Design  Seth Bodie
    Lighting Design  Jimmy Lawlor
    Sound Design  John Emmett O’Brien
    Properties  Chris Carter
    Production Stage Manager  Kevin Clutz*
    Assistant Stage Manager  Carolynn Richer* 

    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 www.ticketcentral.com.

    *Member of Actors’ Equity Association.  

    Happy End

  • Actors Showcase

  • Actor Showcase 2015

    The School of Drama proudly presents its annual Actor Showcase. This year’s showcase features 17 graduating MFA actors in a program directed by Peter Jay Fernandez and Liz Carlson.

    MONDAY, MAY 11
    PRESENTATIONS AT
    1:00 P.M., 4:00 P.M., AND 7:00 P.M.

    PLAYWRIGHTS HORIZONS
    Peter Jay Sharp Theater
    416 West 42nd Street
    New York City

    For reservations call 212.229.5859 X2629
    or email Hoytr@newschool.edu

    View the graduating actors’ headshots and résumés.

    Actor Showcase 2014

    The New School for Drama proudly presents its annual Actor Showcase. This year’s showcase features 24 graduating MFA actors in a program directed by Joe Grifasi.

    MONDAY, APRIL 28, 2014
    PRESENTATIONS AT
    1:00 P.M., 4:00 P.M., AND 7:00 P.M.

    PLAYWRIGHTS HORIZONS
    Peter Jay Sharp Theater
    416 West 42nd Street
    New York City

    For reservations call 212.229.5859 X2629
    or email Hoytr@newschool.edu

    View the graduating actors’ headshots and résumés.

    Actor Showcase 2013

    The New School for Drama proudly presents its annual Actor Showcase on Monday, April 29, 2013 at Playwrights Horizons, New York City. This year’s showcase features 35 graduating MFA actors in a 90-minute program directed by Joe Grifasi.

    Monday, April 29, 2013
    Presentations at 1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.

    Playwrights Horizons
    Peter jay Sharp Theater
    416 West 42nd Street
    New York City

    For Reservations call 212.229.5859 X2629 or email hoytr@newschool.edu.

    For More Information

    And to view the Graduating Actors' Headshots and Resumes, visit:
    www.newschool.edu/drama/graduating-actors/2013/

    Actor Showcase 2012

    The New School for Drama proudly presents its annual Actor Showcase. This year’s showcase features 24 graduating MFA actors in a 75-minute program directed by Joe Grifasi.

    MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2012
    PRESENTATIONS AT 1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.

    PLAYWRIGHTS HORIZONS
    PETER J. SHARP THEATER
    416 WEST 42ND STREET
    NEW YORK CITY

    FOR RESERVATIONS call 212.229.5859 X2629 or email hoytr@newschool.edu.

    VIEW THE GRADUATING ACTORS’ HEADSHOTS AND RÉSUMÉS.

  • First Look

  • First Look - Spring 2012

    Spring 2012 First Look

    THE NEW SCHOOL FOR DRAMA presents

    FIRST LOOK
    Workshop Performance Series

    Classic and modern works staged in a final rehearsal performance with minimal sets, lights, costumes, and props.

    February 23–25, 2012

    THE TROJAN WOMEN
    by Euripides
    adapted by Jean-Paul Sartre, translated by Ronald Duncan
    directed by Stephen Fried

    As the ruins of Troy smolder, its women, exhausted survivors of the Greek rampage, await their fate. Their lamentations and humiliation are the anguished business of this timeless masterpiece of pathos which, even today, thrusts audiences into the pain suffered by these innocent victims.

    SET DESIGN Lee Savage
    LIGHTING DESIGN Gina Scherr
    COSTUME DESIGN Rachel Dozier-Ezell
    SOUND DEIGN Toby Algya
    PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER Kate Haggerty*

    The New School for Drama Theater
    151 Bank Street, 3rd Floor
    New York City

    Performances Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Saturday matinee at 3 p.m.
    Free general admission.
    Seating is limited; reservations are recommended.

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

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association

    www.newschool.edu/drama

  • MFA Shakespeare

  • MFA Shakespeare 2015

    The New School for Drama Classics Studio presents

    A Midsummer Night's Dream

    by William Shakespeare

    Directed by Casey Biggs

    Assistant Directed and Choreography by Shannon Stowe


    February 19-21, 2015

    Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8:00 p.m.
    Saturday matinee at 3:00 p.m.


    Love is a Dream.

    And dreams are too real.

    In an enchanted wood, four lovers flee Athens, unaware that their romantic squabbles and parental difficulties will soon be overshadowed by magic. The king and queen of the fairies, Titania and Oberon, pit their wits and wills against one another, in the process turning all into libidinous lunatics while Titania herself falls in love with a buffoon turned ass. Throw in a group of simple rustics rehearsing a play and a mischievous fairy named Puck into the ensuing chaos, and this hilarious romp proves “the course of true love never did run smooth.”

    Set Design - Caleb Levengood
    Costume Design - Allison Crutchfield
    Lighting Design - Carolyn Wong
    Sound Design - Janie Bullard
    Properties - Joshua Yocom
    Production Stage Manager - Dale Smallwood*
    Assistant Stage Manager - Alyssa Carlucci

     

    The New School for 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 www.ticketcentral.com.

    *Member of Actors’ Equity Association.
    Photo by Scott Wynn.

    Shakespeare - Onstage - 2015

    MFA Shakespeare 2013

    Shakespeare - Spring 2013

    The New School for Drama Classics Studio Series

    As You Like It

    May 2-4
    Directed by Stephen Fried

    What’s a woman to do if she meets the guy of her dreams while fleeing for her life disguised as a man? Find out in Shakespeare’s comic tale of family rivalry, mistaken identity, self-discovery, and love.

    SCENIC DESIGN  Anshuman Bhatia
    LIGHTING DESIGN 
    Niklas Anderson
    COSTUME DESIGN  Moria Sine Clinton
    SOUND DESIGN  Toby Algya
    FIGHT DIRECTION Thomas Schall
    PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER Kate Haggerty*

     

    The Tragedy of Macbeth

    May 9–11, 2013
    Directed by Casey Biggs

    Ruthless ambition and passion fuel one of Shakespeare’s darkest and most powerful tragedies. Foretold by three witches, Macbeth’s ascension to Scotland’s throne comes at a bloody cost.

    SCENIC DESIGN  Anshuman Bhatia
    LIGHTING DESIGN 
    Niklas Anderson
    COSTUME DESIGN  Allison Crutchfield
    SOUND DESIGN  David M. Corsello
    FIGHT DIRECTION Thomas Schall
    PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER Dale Smallwood*

    *Member of Actors Equity Association

    The New School for Drama Theater
    151 Bank Street, 3rd Floor
    New York City

    Performances are Thursday through Saturday
    at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday at 3:00 p.m.

    Free general admission.
    Reservations are recommended; call Ticket Central at 212.279.4200
    or visit www.ticketcentral.com.

  • New Voices

  • New Voices 2015

    The New School for Drama Playwrights Festival

    March 5–22 & April 16-25, 2015

    Five plays in repertory highlight Drama’s graduating playwrights, directors, and actors of 2015.

    Select the play title to read an excerpt from the play in Adobe PDF format, and the director’s name to view his or her résumé.

    Little Man

    by Bekah Brunstetter (MFA Playwriting ’07)

    directed by Celine Rosenthal

    Howie has spent the last decade trying to forget the traumas of high school. But when an invitation to his ten year reunion arrives, he hops on a plane home to discover just what happened to the jocks, the prom queens, and the social outcasts – and whether anyone cares that he's a millionaire now. This heartbreaking comedy takes us on a hilariously awkward and unexpectedly moving journey in which no one can completely abandon who they used to be.

    Performance Dates

    • March 5, 7:00 p.m.
    • March 6, 9:30 p.m.
    • March 7, 3:00 p.m.
    • March 11, 7:00 p.m.
    • March 12, 9:30 p.m.
    • March 13, 7:00 p.m.
    • March 14, 7:00 p.m.

    No Way Home

    by Allan Staples

    directed by Lyto Triantafyllidou

    In the days following the death of their mother, Coley and Ann struggle with issues of intimacy – physical and emotional – in this poignant new comedy.

    Performance Dates

    • March 5, 9:30 p.m.
    • March 6, 7:00 p.m.
    • March 7, 7:00 p.m.
    • March 11, 9:30 p.m.
    • March 12, 7:00 p.m.
    • March 13, 9:30 p.m.
    • March 14, 3:00 p.m.

    An Inferno

    by Sylvia Khoury

    directed by Noa Egozi

    When terrorists strike a five-star hotel, four American guests seek a way out. In this dark comedy, Luke and his friends struggle to understand their mortality as they move from room to room – and encounter stranger and stranger hotel characters.

    Performance Dates

    • March 18, 7:00 p.m.
    • March 19, 7:00 p.m. 
    • March 20, 7:00 p.m. 
    • March 21, 3:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
    • March 22, 3:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.

    Temporal

    by Britton Buttrill

    directed by Nikki Przasnyski

    It’s the height of the early 2000s hardcore rock scene: Monica, a sixteen-year-old with epilepsy, chooses to violently embrace her seizures along with Trey, her online-fling-turned-real-life-romance – all while dealing with her rock star brother’s crippling alcohol addiction.  Will Monica find freedom amidst the chaos, or will she be ruined by her penchant for self-destruction?

    Performance Dates

    • April 16, 7:00 p.m.
    • April 17, 9:30 p.m.
    • April 18, 3:00 p.m.
    • April 22, 7:00 p.m.
    • April 23, 9:30 p.m.
    • April 24, 7:00 p.m.
    • April 25, 7:00 p.m.

    The Chalice

    by Emily Claire Schmitt

    directed by Pitr Strait

    When Alex's estranged father dies, he leaves behind a chalice of sacred wine consecrated by the man known as “Hitler's Pope.” As disagreements over their father's intentions threaten to destroy an already tenuous relationship with his deeply religious sister, Alex is forced to face the corruption not only within the Church he abandoned, but within himself. 

    Performance Dates

    • April 16, 9:30 p.m.
    • April 17, 7:00 p.m.
    • April 18, 7:00 p.m.
    • April 22, 9:30 p.m.
    • April 23, 7:00 p.m.
    • April 24, 9:30 p.m.
    • April 25, 3:00 p.m.

    Set Design - Christopher Heilman, Meredith Ries
    Costume Design - Hunter Kaczorowski, KJ Kim
    Lighting Design - Kate Ashton
    Sound Design - Emily Auciello, Beth Lake, Or Zubalsky
    Properties - Joshua Yocom
    Production Stage Managers - Kevin Clutz*, Nicole Marconi*, Dale Smallwood*
    Associate Stage Manager - Carolynn Richer*

     

    The New School for 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 www.ticketcentral.com

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

    *Member of Actors’ Equity Association.

    Photo by Shannon Stowe.

    For more information, to read excerpts from the plays, and to view graduating actors’ headshots and résumés, visit our Graduating Actors page.

    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?

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    The New School for 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 www.ticketcentral.com.

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

    New Voices 2013

    New Visions

    The New School for Drama Playwrights Festival
    February 28–March 8, March 14-22 & April 4-12, 2013
    Five original plays in repertory, highlighting Drama's graduating playwrights, directors, and actors of 2013.

    Select the play title to read an excerpt from the play in Adobe PDF format, and the director’s name to view their résumé.

    Some Dark Places of the Earth

    by Claire Kiechel
    directed by Brad Raimondo

    In an ex-pat community in Brussels, ten-year-old Bee imagines herself inside the nightly newscasts of her radio journalist father. When her mother begins an affair with the diplomat next door, Bee recruits the man’s son to help realize her fantasies. As their make-believe escalates, a new reality threatens the fragile world the two families have constructed.

    February 28, 7:00 p.m.
    March 1, 9:30 p.m.
    March 2, 7:00 p.m.
    March 5, 9:30 p.m.
    March 6, 7:00 p.m.
    March 7, 9:30 p.m.
    March 8, 7:00 p.m.

    Exit Carolyn

    by Jennie Berman Eng (’07)
    directed by Whitney Gail Aronson

    After the death of their mutual best friend, Julie and Lorna find being roommates has become intolerable. Seeking solace, Julie finds a kindred spirit in her dead friend's brother, Matt. When Lorna discovers they’ve become romantically involved, she retaliates by filling the empty bedroom with a bizarre new roommate, Avery. Lorna soon finds, though, that Avery's presence pushes her friendship with Julie to the edge. Can it survive?

    February 28, 9:30 p.m.
    March 1, 7:00 p.m.
    March 2, 9:30 p.m.
    March 5, 7:00 p.m.
    March 6, 9:30 p.m.
    March 7, 7:00 p.m.
    March 8, 9:30 p.m.

    A Modern Feeling

    by Jason Kim
    directed by Kai-Hsiang Tu

    Devastated by the dismal sales of his first book, Will seeks distraction in the world of online hookups, where he meets Cameron, the unexpected love of his life. But when Cameron grows distant after taking a new job at a sleek but sleazy start-up, Will must contend with his own destructive impulses. The story of two men struggling to find meaning and direction, A MODERN FEELING asks why we so often reject love when it is right within our grasp.

    March 14, 7:00 p.m.
    March 15, 7:00 p.m.
    March 16, 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
    March 20, 7:00 p.m.
    March 21, 7:00 p.m.
    March 22, 7:00 p.m.

    The Spider & The Wasp

    by Alice Pencavel
    directed by Christie Marie Clark

    Adria and Liv’s relationship is crumbling—and the decision to move in together only adds further strain. When Liv gets in a debilitating bike accident, the two are forced to reassess the nature of their relationship, bringing to surface secrets, ethical differences, and painful truths.

    April 4, 7:00 p.m.
    April 5, 9:30 p.m.
    April 6, 7:00 p.m.
    April 9, 9:30 p.m.
    April 10, 7:00 p.m.
    April 11, 9:30 p.m.
    April 12, 7:00 p.m.

    Aperture

    by phillip y. gerson
    directed by K.L. Cullom

    Being the admirable portrait photographer that he is, Ben has agreed, on Christmas Eve, to squeeze in one last session for Emily and her siblings, Sam and Hannah. Emily wants to give their mother a photo album for Christmas—a suggestion from the nursing home staff where she will soon be living. Inside the studio, with the help of the camera lens, we are able visit moments from the past and turning points in the ongoing debate over what’s best for Mom. Ultimately, with Sam in New York on the cusp of fatherhood and Hannah pursuing musicianship elsewhere, it is Emily that must choose between the life of a caretaker and the career she’s always wanted.

    April 4, 9:30 p.m.
    April 5, 7:00 p.m.
    April 6, 9:30 p.m.
    April 9, 7:00 p.m.
    April 10, 9:30 p.m.
    April 11, 7:00 p.m.
    April 12, 9:30 p.m.

    SCENIC DESIGN Clifton Chadick
    LIGHTING DESIGN
    Adam Frank
    COSTUME DESIGN Caitlin Cisek
    SOUND DESIGN Toby Jaguar Algya, Phil Carluzzo
    PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER Chris Clark*
    ASSOCIATE STAGE MANAGER Julie Watson*

    *Member of Actors Equity Association

    The New School for Drama Theater
    151 Bank Street, 3rd Floor
    New York City

    Free general admission
    Reservations are recommended
    Call Ticket Central at 212.279.4200
    or visit www.ticketcentral.com.

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

    For more information, to read excerpts from the plays, and view graduating actors’ headshots and résumés, visit www.newschool.edu/drama.

    Photo by Kyle Lemaire.

    New Voices 2012

    Spring 2012 New Voices

    NEW VOICES 2012
    The New School for Drama Playwrights Festival

    March 28–31 & April 4-7, 2012

    Five original plays in repertory, highlighting Drama’s graduating playwrights, directors, and actors of 2012.

    Select the play title to read an excerpt from the play in Adobe PDF format, and the director’s name to view their résumé.

    IN THY BOUNTY by Jessica S. Cohen, directed by Alexandra Kuechler-Caffall
    March 28, 7:00 p.m.; March 30, 9:30 p.m.; March 31, 3:00 p.m.

    At the dawn of the real estate bubble in the Clinton-era Midwest, Maggie is fifteen and on the cusp of womanhood, and her plans to study in Germany have been thwarted by her father, Jay. He has his own vision for the family: financial success and a new home through an illegal land deal with a neighbor, Kyle, with whom, unbeknownst to Jay, Maggie has begun a secret affair. With their hopes completely at odds, Maggie and Jay test the bonds of their family and the well-defined roles they have held as they each fight for their own desires. In these circumstances when only one can win, can the American dream of family survive?

    A KID LIKE JAKE by Daniel Pearle, directed by Elizabeth Carlson (‘10)
    March 28, 9:30 p.m.; March 29, 7:00 p.m.; March 31, 7:00 p.m.

    On the eve of the admissions cycle for Manhattan’s most elite private schools, Alex and Greg have high hopes for their son Jake — a precocious four-year-old who happens to prefer Cinderella to GI Joe.  But as the process continues, Jake’s behavior becomes erratic and perplexing, and other adults in his life start to wonder whether his penchant for dress-up might be cause for concern.  The story of a husband and wife struggling to do right by their son, A Kid Like Jake is a study of intimacy and parenthood and the fantasies that accompany both.

    GUIDANCE by Becca Schlossberg, directed by Melissa Crespo
    March 29, 9:30 p.m.; March 30, 7:00 p.m.; March 31, 9:30 p.m.

    After a violent fight with his father, eighteen year-old Tracey starts an epic drive South to Savannah, determined to lay roots for a new life.  But to his surprise, his little sister, Cameran, is also along for the ride.   In the lonely landscape of highways and playgrounds, Tracey finds himself torn between the new life that lies ahead and the old life he is trying to flee. In this modern day coming of age story, a young man discovers the limits of freedom as he tests the bonds of love.

    ATALANTA K.O. by D.L. Siegel, directed by Gamaliel Valle
    April 4, 7:00 p.m.; April 5, 9:30 p.m.; April 7, 7:00 p.m.

    Atalanta is a fearsome and strikingly beautiful amateur boxer, hungry for a professional career. Abandoned at birth, Atalanta trusts no one save her faithful trainer. But when she goes head-to-head with “The Boar of Bushwick” in a highly publicized fight, Atalanta attracts the attention of her long-absent father — who will stop at nothing to get her back. How does a woman whose life depends on her fearlessness contend with the one person in the world who makes her feel vulnerable? Inspired by an ancient Greek myth, Atalanta K.O.is the story of one woman’s struggle to overcome her tragic past and be the heroine she was destined to be.

    NEVERLAND INDUSTRIES by Daniel Welser Carroll, directed by Jeremy Duncan Pape
    April 4, 9:30 p.m.; April 5, 7:00 p.m.; April 7, 9:30 p.m.

    Retiring CEO Barry “Little Bill” Williams inexplicably thrusts one of his firm’s junior copywriters, Michael Davies, into the spotlight during a company retreat on Martha’s Vineyard. Careers and reputations are secretly at stake at this casually decadent business summit, and all of that hidden information is ritualistically passed from the vengeful CEO into dangerous hands that tremble from ambition. What follows is a psychological battle of wits between two similar men at vastly different points in their lives set to a fantastical backdrop of corporate greed and the white-collar evil that occurs in plain sight.

    SCENIC DESIGN  Andrew Boyce
    LIGHTING DESIGN  Natalie Robin 
    COSTUME DESIGN  Whitney Anne Adams
    SOUND DESIGN  Eric Shimelonis 
    PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER  Chris Clark*

    *Member of Actors Equity Association

    The New School for Drama Theater
    151 Bank Street, 3rd Floor
    New York City

    Free general admission
    Reservations are recommended
    Call Ticket Central at 212.279.4200
    or visit www.ticketcentral.com.

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

  • New Visions

  • New Visions 2015

    The New School for College of Performing Arts
    New Visions
    MFA Directing Festival

    Three plays highlight the work of this year’s graduating MFA directors and actors.


    November 3-7
    Failure: A Love Story

    by Philip Dawkins
    directed by Margaret Grace Hee

    By the end of 1928, all three Fail sisters will be dead – expiring in reverse order, youngest to oldest, from blunt object to the head, disappearance, and finally consumption. Tuneful songs, and a whimsical chorus follow the story of Nelly, Jenny June, and Gerty as they live out their lives above the family clock repair shop near the Chicago River, before their time unexpectedly runs out. A magical, musical fable where, in the end, the power of love is far greater than any individual's successes or failures.

    November 17-21
    Or,

    by Liz Duffy Adams
    directed by Kristin J. Heckler

    Aphra Behn: poet, spy, and soon to be the first professional female playwright. Sprung from debtors' prison after a disastrous overseas mission, Aphra is desperate to get out of the spy trade. She has a shot at a production, if she can only finish her play by morning despite interruptions from sudden new love, actress Nell Gwynne; complicated royal love, King Charles II; and very dodgy ex-love, double-agent William Scott – who may be in on a plot to murder the king. Can Aphra resist Nell's charms, save Charles' life, win William a pardon, and launch her career, all in one night?

    December 8-12
    Tango Palace

    by Maria Irene Fornes
    directed by Stevie Walker-Webb

    An exploration of the bounds and bonds of an ambiguously intimate relationship. Isidore is a clown: a flamboyant horror, bewigged, lipsticked, half-man/half-woman; Leopold is an earnest youth, dressed in a business suit. Mind games, object lessons, and tender encounters that erupt into outbursts of escalating violence set the tone, as these two eccentrics go from strangers to partners – so agonizingly enmeshed that their separation could mean their destruction.  

    Set Design  Brian Dudkiewicz, David Goldstein, Mitch Ost
    Costume Design  Grier Coleman, Rachel Dozier-Ezell, Hunter S. Kaczorowski
    Lighting Design  Nick Solyom
    Sound Design  Emily Auciello
    Properties  Chris Carter
    Production Stage Manager  Kevin Clutz*, Nicole Marconi*, Anita Shastri*
    Associate Stage Manager  Emily DeNardo*, Will Rucker*
        

    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 www.ticketcentral.com.

    *Member of Actors’ Equity Association.
    Photo by Scott Wynn.




    Failure: A Love Story

    New Visions 2013

    New Visions

    NEW VISIONS 2013
    151 Bank Street, New York, NY 10014
    THE NEW SCHOOL FOR DRAMA

    NEW VISIONS Directing Festival
    October 10-19 and October 31-November 9, 2013

    Four plays performed in repertory highlight the work of this year's graduating directors and actors.

    Blue Window
    by Craig Lucas
    directed by Kai-Hsiang Tu ('13)

    Before, during, and after a Manhattan dinner party, the guests are revealed with touching comic irony as a cross-section of modern day humanity. The colorful cast includes a narcissistic actor, a parachute instructor, an aspiring songwriter, a secretary, and a lesbian couple.

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

    Eurydice
    by Sarah Ruhl
    directed by Stephanie C. Cunningham

    Playwright Sarah Ruhl re-imagines the classic myth of Orpheus through the eyes of its heroine, Eurydice. Dying too young on her wedding day, she must journey to the underworld, where she reunites with her father and struggles to remember her lost love. All of her efforts to retrieve her humanity are frustrated by a “chorus of stones” and the Lord of the Underworld who has ominous plans for her. On the surface world, Orpheus strives to find the one perfect note that can reunite him with his love so that they may continue life together and never look back…

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

    In the Hand of Dreams
    written and directed by Suzanne Karpinski

    In the Hand of Dreams follows the story of the love between a peaceful warrior, Toki, and Kit, a fox spirit. When a jealous sorcerer places a curse on Toki, Kit must enter the dreamworld of the gods to try and save him - but will she succeed? Adapted from ancient Japanese folktales translated by Y.T. Ozaki, In the Hand of Dreams is a fantastical tale of a love that knows no boundaries and the lengths one will go to keep it, told in a spectacle of poetry and sound, movement and music.

    October 31, 7:00 p.m.
    November 1, 9:30 p.m.
    November 2, 3:00 p.m.
    November 6, 7:00 p.m.
    November 7, 9:30 p.m.
    November 8, 7:00 p.m.
    November 9, 7:00 p.m.
     

    Red Light Winter
    by Adam Rapp
    directed by Kristin Skye Hoffmann

    Red Light Winter follows two old college buddies who escape their lives in Manhattan for the Netherlands and all the debauchery such a place has to offer. They soon find themselves thrown into a bizarre love triangle with a beautiful and mysterious prostitute. The romance they find in Europe is eventually overshadowed by the truth they discover at home. Written with humor and an unflinching poetic beauty, Red Light Winter is a play of sexual intrigue that examines the human impulse for self-destruction and the misguided ways we seek to fill the empty spaces inside us.

    October 31, 9:30 p.m.
    November 1, 7:00 p.m.
    November 2, 7:00 p.m.
    November 6, 9:30 p.m.
    November 7, 7:00 p.m.
    November 8, 9:30 p.m.
    November 9, 3:00 p.m.

     

    Set Design  Brittany Vasta
    Costume Design  Tristan Raines
    Lighting Design  Graham Kindred
    Sound Design  Beth Lake, Ien DeNiro
    Properties  Joshua Yocom
    Production Stage Manager  Dale Smallwood*
    Associate Stage Manager  Julie Watson*

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association

    Free General Admission. Seating is limited; reservations are recommended.
    The New School for Drama Theater 151 Bank Street, 3rd Floor, New York City

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

    www.newschool.edu/drama

    New Visions 2012

    New Visions

    NEW VISIONS 2012
    151 Bank Street, New York, NY 10014
    THE NEW SCHOOL FOR DRAMA

    NEW VISIONS Directing Festival
    October 4-12, October 18-26, and November 1-9

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

    Clean
    by Edwin Sanchez
    directed by Christie Marie Clark

    Growing up in the Bronx, young Gustavito desperately seeks love and affection to ease his pain: his father, Kiko, beats him; his half-brother, Junior, bullies him; and his mother, Esperanza, has abandoned the family. Looking for something to believe in, Gustavito turns to the church to find peace where he meets the Father, a young priest struggling with his own relationship with God. When the Father befriends the boy, the solace takes an unusual turn and what develops are relationships no one can quite define – and some cannot endure. Will the sins of fathers be washed clean in this impossible love story?

    October 4, 7:00 p.m.
    October 5, 9:30 p.m.
    October 6, 7:00 p.m.
    October 9, 9:30 p.m.
    October 10, 7:00 p.m.
    October 11, 9:30 p.m.
    October 12, 7:00 p.m.
     

    Five Flights
    by Adam Bock
    directed by K. L. Cullom

    Siblings Ed and Adele inherit an enormous aviary that their late father built for his deceased wife, whose soul he believed, had transformed into the body of a wren – and now the grown children are faced with the dilemma of what to do with the crumbling structure. Folded into this debate are issues of religious conviction, fear of commitment, the way Russian ballet resembles a hockey game, and the courtship of Ed by Tom, a gay professional hockey player.

    October 4, 9:30 p.m.
    October 5, 7:00 p.m.
    October 6, 9:30 p.m.
    October 9, 7:00 p.m.
    October 10, 9:30 p.m.
    October 11, 7:00 p.m.
    October 12, 9:30 p.m.
     

    The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
    by William Shakespeare
    adapted & directed by Brad Raimondo

    Prince Hamlet is adrift upon a sea of troubles: The King, his father, has been killed, his mother has married his uncle and that same uncle has seized the throne. Urged to vengeance by his father’s ghost, betrayed by his lover and spied upon by childhood friends, Hamlet struggles to regain control of his own destiny. And all the while the clouds of war gather on the horizon. This new streamlined adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy presents a young man wracked with grief, filled with rage and paralyzed by questions not only about the truth behind his father’s murder but about the very nature of life and death itself.

    October 18, 7:00 p.m.
    October 19, 7:00 p.m.
    October 20, 3:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
    October 24, 7:00 p.m.
    October 25, 7:00 p.m.
    October 26, 7:00 p.m.
     

    Fen
    by Caryl Churchill
    directed by Kai-Hsiang Tu

    Fen exposes the harsh struggles of the women and landworkers of England’s Fen Country, as it delves into their private lives and dreams. At the center of the play is Val, who wants more than anything to escape from the life she and her family have known for generations. She decides to escape the Fens to start a new life with another man, leaving her husband and two daughters. However, she soon finds herself struggling with the emotional implications of following her desires and in the tragic position of having to choose between her children and her lover – neither of which she wants to live without.

     

    Thursday, November 29, 7:00 p.m.
    Friday, November 30, 9:30 p.m.
    Saturday, December 1, 7:00 p.m.
    Tuesday, December 4, 9:30 p.m.
    Wednesday, December 5, 7:00 p.m.
    Thursday, December 6, 9:30 p.m.
    Friday, December 7, 7:00 p.m.

     

    Intimate Apparel
    by Lynn Nottage
    directed by Whitney Gail Aronson

    The time is 1905, New York City: Esther, a black seamstress, lives in a rooming house for women and sews intimate apparel for clients who range from wealthy white 5th Avenue socialites to tenderloin district prostitutes. One by one, the other denizens of the boarding house marry and move away, but Esther remains. By way of a mutual acquaintance, she begins to receive beautiful letters from a lonesome Caribbean man who is working on the Panama Canal. Meanwhile, Esther finds herself attracted to an Orthodox Jewish shopkeeper from the Lower East Side. What will she do for love? Esther's actions will change her and the people close to her–forever.

     

    Thursday, November 29, 9:30 p.m.
    Friday, November 30, 7:00 p.m.
    Saturday, December 1, 9:30 p.m.
    Tuesday, December 4, 7:00 p.m.
    Wednesday, December 5, 9:30 p.m.
    Thursday, December 6, 7:00 p.m.
    Friday, December 7, 9:30 p.m.

     

    Set designs by Jason Simms, Kacie Hultgren
    Costume designs by Whitney Anne Adams
    Lighting designs by Josh Bradford
    Sound designs by Jane Shaw, Phil Carluzzo
    Production stage manager, Chris Clark*
    Associate stage manager, Julie Watson*

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association

    Free General Admission. Seating is limited; reservations are recommended.
    The New School for Drama Theater 151 Bank Street, 3rd Floor, New York City

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

    For more information and to view the graduating actors’ headshots and résumés, and the directors’ résumés, visit www.newschool.edu/drama

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