New Visions 2015

  • The New School for College of Performing Arts - School of Drama
    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

    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.