New Voices 2017

  • The New School College of Performing Arts – School of Drama Playwrights Festival

    March 18-25 & April 15-22, 2017

    Four plays in repertory highlight Drama’s graduating MFA playwrights, directors, and actors of 2017.

    Select the play title below each description to read an excerpt from the play in Adobe PDF format, and the director’s name to view his or her website. To view the graduating actors’ headshots and résumés, visit Graduating Actors.


    by Alexander Kveton
    directed by Lana Russell

    Thesis Advisor, Julian Sheppard

    On the cusp of graduating, a prep school senior boy falls in love with a freshman girl, but because the school is so entrenched in a salacious tradition, what begins as love ends in tragedy.

    Salute Sample (PDF)

    March 18, 3:00 p.m.
    March 22, 7:00 p.m.
    March 23, 9:30 p.m.
    March 24, 7:00 p.m.
    March 25, 8:00 p.m.

    reluctant to burn

    by korde arrington tuttle
    directed by Kate Eminger

    Thesis Advisor, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

    Eddie and AJ have both erected walls. After moving in together, the need to protect themselves is intensified when their newfound lack of space -- and its effect on their sex life -- becomes unbearable. As a result of visiting Eddie’s once-estranged father at a vintage bowling alley in North Carolina, the couple are forced to confront their relationship to their bodies, and their parents’ bodies. What they find allows them to profoundly connect in ways they never could have anticipated. 

    reluctant to burn Sample (PDF)

    March 18, 8:00 p.m.
    March 22, 9:30 p.m.
    March 23, 7:00 p.m.
    March 24, 9:30 p.m.
    March 25, 3:00 p.m.

    graveyard shift

    by korde arrington tuttle
    directed by Daniella Caggiano 

    Thesis Advisor, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

    When Janelle relocates to Texas for the opportunity of a lifetime, she and her partner, Kane, are reminded that the consequences of being in the wrong place at the wrong time can be horrific. For three Waller County police officers, how might those same consequences manifest themselves along racialized and gendered lines? Loosely inspired by the legacy of Sandra Bland, graveyard shift is a love story about collision, opposing ideologies, interests, truth, and how the characters in this play make sense of them —or don't. 

    graveyard shift Sample (PDF)

    April 15, 3:00 p.m.
    April 19, 7:00 p.m.
    April 20, 9:30 p.m.
    April 21, 7:00 p.m.
    April 22, 8:00 p.m.

    The Intern of Two Start Ups

    by Alexander Kveton
    directed by Alice Cash

    Thesis Advisor, Julian Sheppard

    An intern talks her way into an interview at a startup to escape a job she originally acquired because she lied about her gender, only to discover that her current employer is a co-owner – and her biggest competition is her own male alter-ego.

    The Intern of Two Start Ups Sample (PDF)

    April 15, 8:00 p.m.
    April 19, 9:30 p.m.
    April 20, 7:00 p.m.
    April 21, 9:30 p.m.
    April 22, 3:00 p.m.

    Set Design  Bill Clarke, Alexander WoodwardCostume Design  Rachel Dozier-Ezell, Sydney Gallas, Nicole Slaven, Alexae Visel
    Lighting Design  Gina Scherr, Carolyn Wong
    Sound Design  Brendan Aanes, Emily Auciello
    Properties  Chris Carter
    Production Stage Manager  Emily DeNardo*, Corinn Moreno*, Carolynn Richer*, Will Rucker*

    School of Drama Theater

    151 Bank Street, 3rd Floor New York City


    Free general admission. Seating is limited; reservations are recommended.

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


    *Member of Actors’ Equity Association. Member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829.
    Photo by Shannon Stowe.