Each year MFA and BFA students have opportunities to perform, direct and write for stage. Performances happen in studio presentation, at the School of Drama Theater and around campus.
Presentations include Creative Cafe work, the New Works Project with partners Naked Angels theater company & The 24 Hour Company, the Issues Project Lab with Naked Angels and course presentations for Process in Practice, Adaptations for Stage, Classical Adaptations, Collaboration Laboratories, Directing classes and Creative Technologies classes.
Below you will find information about the public MainStage presentations for the current school semester. For archive information please see Past Performances.
The New School College of Performing Arts – School of
Drama Directors Festival
September 30-October 7 and November 11-18, 2017
Four plays in repertory highlight the work of this year's graduating MFA directors and actors.
Blood Wedding (Bodas de Sangre)
by Federico García Lorca
translated by Caridad Svich
Featuring Jessica Bettencourt, Renée-Michele Brunet, Jonathan Crimeni, William Donovan, Jonghoon Han, Moire Kiyingi, Claire McClain, Alexandra Merritt Mathews, Miranda Powers, and Matthew Thomas Scott
In a conservative society, a woman forces herself into a marriage of convenience, only to discover that her true passion lies with her past lover. Her passion drags her down like a river — bringing a marriage between Love and Death.
MUTT: Let's All Talk About Race
by Christopher Chen
Peter J. Kuo
featuring Brett Bezad, Shaotian Cai, Rose Dolezal, and Jillian Macklin.
It’s 2013, Obama has just been re-elected, and the Republican Party finally realizes it has a problem with race. In an attempt to win the 2016 presidential election, the GOP backs a candidate who is a mixture of every race on earth. A wild and surreal comedy that skewers all political
parties to the point it becomes unclear what is satire — and what is today’s frightening reality.
The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds
by Paul Zindel
India Marie Paul
featuring Renée-Michele Brunet, Claire McClain, Rose Dolezal, and Miranda Powers
In Paul Zindel's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, we find an unfulfilled single mother raising two teenage daughters. When her younger daughter, Tillie, enters a science fair with atomic marigolds, we hope the family can overcome the "toxic world" around them — and
not get crushed beneath it.
by Frank Wedekind
translated by Eric Bentley
featuring Jessica Bettencourt, Brett Bezad, Shaotian Cai, Jonathan Crimeni, William Donovan, Jonghoon Han, Moire Kiyingi, Claire McClain, Alexandra Merritt Matthews, and Matthew Thomas Scott
1891. Wilhelm, Germany. A group of children struggle against the ebb and flow of their sexual awakening. As they are led by their burgeoning curiosity out of the jaws of a restrictive society, the unfettered choices they make will lead them either to adulthood — or extinction.
Set Design Edward Morris†, Libby Stadstad†
Costume Design Rachel Dozier-Ezell, Kristin Isola†
Lighting Design Masha Tsimring†, Solomon Weisbard†
Sound Design Mark Van Hare
Manager Corinn Moreno*, Carolynn Richer*Associate Stage
Manager Emily DeNardo*, Arielle Goldstein*
School of Drama Theater
151 Bank Street, 3rd Floor New York City
admission. Seating is limited; reservations are recommended.
Call Ticket Central at 212.279.4200 or visit
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association. †Member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829.
Photo by Guerilla Photography.
For more information and to view the graduating actors’ headshots and résumés, visit newschool.edu/drama.
The New School College of Performing Arts – School of Drama BFA Production Series presents
HOUSE OF DESIRESby Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz
translated by Catherine Boyle
directed by Melody Brooks
October 19-21, 2017Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday matinee at 3:00 p.m.
Thwarted lovers, mistaken identity, cross-dressing, inept swordplay — sound familiar? But this delirious farce was written by a sly feminine hand … in the 17th century!
Featuring: Michelle Cage, Aditya Lal Chadha, Tomas Correa, Christian Cortes, Jodie Cortez, Joey Dardano, Emma Ecklund, Adam Fisher, Lena Kutcher, Jesse Meckl, Calvin Rezen, Alex Roller, and Selena Thurmond
Set Design -- Meganne George Costume Design -- Peter Fogel
Lighting Design -- Paul Hackenmueller†
Sound Design -- Teresa Lotz
Production Stage Manager -- Carolina Arboleda
Assistant Stage Manager -- Joanne Pan
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
†Member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829.