New Voices 2016

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

    March 16 – April 23, 2016

    Three new plays highlight Drama’s graduating MFA playwrights, directors, and actors of 2016.

    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.

    March 16-19 
    I Broke a Plate

    by Zach Weed
    directed by Kristin J Heckler

    Stephen Karam, Mentor

    Harry broke a plate — and now everything of importance in his life has started to crumble. Everything. Shades of Kafka and the Book of Job color this darkly comic world, where the smallest twist of fate can lead to catastrophe.
    I Broke a Plate Sample (PDF)


    April 6-9
    Chained Woman 

    by Lorne Svarc
    directed by Noa Egozi (’15)

    Laura Maria Censabella, Mentor

    Sarah Kandelshein is an ultra-Orthodox Jewish woman. When her abusive husband refuses to grant her a religious divorce, she must choose between her freedom and her faith — that is, until a “gangster” rabbi offers his services to help “change her husband’s mind.”
    Chained Woman Sample (PDF)


    April 20-23

    by Reese Thompson
    directed by Margaret Grace Hee

    Christopher Shinn, Mentor

    Three disadvantaged siblings escape from a white supremacist cult and are adopted by a well-to-do interracial gay couple – all while trying to avoid the wrath of a vengeful Prophet. Set in a world where the “white tears” are real, Cracker is a white identity play that attempts to answer the question: Who the hell are you?
    Cracker Sample (PDF)

    Set Design  Doss Freel, Patrick Rizzotti, Mariana Sanchez
    Costume Design  Rachel Dozier-Ezell, Alice Tavener
    Lighting Design  Dante Smith, Oliver Wason
    Sound Design  Emily Auciello
    Properties  Chris Carter, Alberto Ruiz     
    Production Stage Manager  Nicole Marconi*, Carolynn Richer*, Dale Smallwood*
    Associate Stage Manager  Corinn Moreno*, Will Rucker*

    School of Drama Theater

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    Wednesday through Saturday at 8:00 p.m.
    Saturday matinee at 3:00 p.m.

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

    *Member of Actors’ Equity Association.
    Photo by Shannon Stowe.