THE NEW SCHOOL FOR DRAMA presents
The New School for Drama Playwrights Festival
8 days: March 30–April 2 & April 6-9, 2011
Six original plays presented in repertory highlight graduating playwrights, directors, and actors of 2011, with support from alumni guest directors and actors.
Select a play title to read a sample from the play in Adobe PDF format, and the director’s name to view their résumé.
by George Lopercio, directed by Mason Beggs
March 30, 7:00 p.m.; April 1, 9:30 p.m.; April 2, 3:00 p.m.
Estranged siblings Gaaron and Fran are forced together in order to sell their only inheritance: a century-old estate on the Mississippi River that they never even knew existed. A menacing stranger, a bloody dress and an antique diving suit collide to create a seemingly unsolvable mystery and ultimately prove that while blood is thicker than water, wood and bodies float on both.
OFF THE REALNESS
by Nick Gandiello, directed by Lucia A. Peters
March 30, 9:30 p.m.; March 31, 7:00 p.m.; April 2, 7:00 p.m.
When Addy, a white rapper from the suburbs, has a shot at a record deal, he tries to lure his estranged brother Ty back into the violent world of the gangster image and re-form their rap duo for an upcoming concert. But when Ty questions the violence in Addy's lyrics and life, Ty pushes Addy to reveal truths that challenge the brothers' identities, authenticity, and the nature of Hip Hop itself. With the mics checked and the crowd watching, Addy must decide how far he will go to prove he is ‘Real.’
by Judith Goudsmit, directed by Elizabeth Carlson
March 31, 9:30 p.m.; April 1, 7:00 p.m.; April 2, 9:30 p.m.
When Iris, a politician's wife, is left alone with the mourning seventeen-year-old Felix, she is overtaken by an uncontrollable passion. Her love and lust for the boy turn the entire household upside down and, until her husband returns, the carefully decorated walls around her start to crumble as she is forced to face the painful secret she has been trying to avoid.
by Josh Beerman, directed by Paul Takacs
April 6, 7:00 p.m.; April 8, 9:30 p.m.; April 9, 3:00 p.m.
At a crossroads in his life, Tim returns to his home town for his high school reunion. Secrets are revealed and lies uncovered as he decides which memories are genuine and which are polluted. adulteration explores the sometimes painful difference between truth and perception.
YOU DON'T KNOW JACK
by Dara Levendosky, directed by Katie McHugh
April 6, 9:30 p.m.; April 7, 7:00 p.m.; April 9, 7:00 p.m.
A college student's moral compass is turned upside down when she is asked to go before her advisor's tenure board and speak his praises when she is aware of the graphic and adulterous relationship between him and one of her best friends.
THIS IS MY GUN
by Dan Bernitt, directed by Tim Butterfield
April 7, 9:30 p.m.; April 8, 7:00 p.m.; April 9, 9:30 p.m.
In 1970, Matt, a recent addition to a gay squatter's commune in the East Village, inadvertently gets involved in a love triangle with Andrew and Lucian. When the Vietnam War draft summons Andrew, the three band together and devise a plan to prevent his induction. But when rash decisions are made, many questions go unresolved until fifteen years later when a new war begins to claim more lives.
SCENIC DESIGNER Alexis Distler
LIGHTING DESIGNER John Eckert
COSTUME DESIGNER Becky Lasky
SOUND DESIGNER Kristyn R. Smith
PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER Chris Clark*
ASSOCIATE STAGE MANAGER Kelly Ruth Cole*
COSTUME SHOP SUPERVISOR Rachel Dozier-Ezell
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Alex Gorman
PROPS COORDINATOR Michelle Davis
* Member of Actors’ Equity Association
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