New Voices 2012

Spring 2012 New Voices

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 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.

COSTUME DESIGN  Whitney Anne Adams
SOUND DESIGN  Eric Shimelonis 

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