New Voices 2013

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.


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
Adam Frank
SOUND DESIGN  Toby Jaguar Algya, Phil Carluzzo

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

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