The New School for Drama Playwrights Festival
Seven original plays in repertory, highlighting Drama’s graduating playwrights, directors, and actors.
April 8– 24, 2010
Select a play title to read a sample from the play in Adobe PDF format, and the director’s name to view their résumé.
DOGS AT THEIR MASTER'S TABLE, OR THE PANOPTICON
by Victor Lesniewski, directed by John Hurley
April 8 7:00 p.m.; April 10 9:00 p.m.; April 22 7:00 p.m.
When a unique blend of citizens and prisoners of war find themselves jailed together, they begin to forge new relationships and explore how far they can stretch the rules of their confines. Opposite them, a prison attendant struggling to write a eulogy for his estranged father risks his own life in seeking answers from a prisoner who was his father's friend. Although the prisoners are told they are to be "reconditioned" and returned to society, the uncertainty of their future forces them to find hope in the bare essentials of human connection.
STRANGER IN MY BODY
by Garlia Cornelia Jones, directed by Mason Beggs
April 8 9:00 p.m.; April 10 7:00 p.m.; April 22 9:00 p.m.
Struggling with her own religion and sexuality, Jacqueline, a black woman, must negotiate her relationship with Abia, a bi-racial, male-identified female, as he decides whether or not to begin the process of physically becoming a man.
by Angela Hanks, directed by Lucia A. Peters
April 9 7:00 p.m.; April 10 1:00 p.m.; April 23 7:00 p.m.
Big Tex, a fifty-two foot tall cowboy, looms above the State Fair of Texas announcing events and greeting passers-by with a friendly "Howdy". Willie James, a school bus driver, has always admired Big Tex and when the opportunity arises for him to become the voice behind the man, he plans to rise to the challenge.
ST. LOUIS THREW A PARTY AND THE WHOLE WORLD CAME
by E.J.C. Calvert, directed by Barrett Hileman
April 9 9:00 p.m.; April 10 3:00 p.m.; April 23 9:00 p.m.
William Lemp, a successful beer manufacturer, plans to entrust his thriving business to his children upon his retirement. Before he can complete the transition, an unexpected death sends the Lemps spiraling into tragedy until the entire once-prominent family becomes mired in rumor, scandal, and death death death.
by Jessica Hinds, directed by Sarah Volage Bellin
April 15 7:00 p.m.; April 16 9:00 p.m.; April 24 1:00 p.m.
When Layla is reunited with her step-father, she is hurtled backwards through 24 years of terror caused by his unexplained disappearances during her youth. RUPERT'S DROP is an exploration of abandonment and loneliness, and the ambiguous pull of self-destruction as we attempt to heal and connect.
A PLAY IN FIREWORKS
by Danielle Staubitz, directed by Elizabeth Carlson
April 15 9:00 p.m.; April 17 9:00 p.m.; April 24 3:00 p.m.
Always obsessively trying to pinpoint the exact moments her life is going wrong, Abe has made a habit of pushing people away. Now, trapped in the pyrotechnics of her failed relationships, she returns from a year hiding in Europe haunted by an ancient story of war-torn Athens and forced by guilt and regret to confront the loved ones she left behind.
by Rachel White ('09), directed by Joan Kane
April 16 7:00 p.m.; April 17 7:00 p.m.; April 24 7:00 p.m.
Edith is a young math genius trapped in a tiny and crumbling mining town. Forced to care for her ailing father and wildly rebellious sister, Edith has sadly accepted this life as the only she’ll ever know. This fact has put her in danger of becoming permanently cold and withdrawn – until she meets the loner and drifter, Charlie. Charlie sees beneath Edith’s icy exterior, and recognizes her raw talent and dormant ambition, and she is equally drawn in by him. But when Charlie tries to convince Edith to run away with him, Edith must choose between her beloved family and a true chance at freedom.
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