Drama

On Stage

  • 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.

  • NEW VISIONS DIRECTORS FESTIVAL: September 30-October 7 and November 11-18, 2017

    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
    directed by Andrés López-Alicea

    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.

    • September 30, 3:00 p.m.
    • October 4, 7:00 p.m.
    • October 5, 9:30 p.m.
    • October 6, 7:00 p.m.
    • October 7, 8:00 p.m.

    MUTT: Let's All Talk About Race

    by Christopher Chen
    directed by 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.

    • September 30, 8:00 p.m.
    • October 4, 9:30 p.m.
    • October 5, 7:00 p.m.
    • October 6, 9:30 p.m.
    • October 7, 3:00 p.m.

    The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds

    by Paul Zindel
    directed by 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. 

    • November 11, 3:00 p.m.
    • November 15, 7:00 p.m.
    • November 16, 9:30 p.m.
    • November 17, 7:00 p.m.
    • November 18, 8:00 p.m.

    Spring's Awakening

    by Frank Wedekind
    translated by Eric Bentley
    directed by Nicky Maggio

    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.

    • November 11, 8:00 p.m.
    • November 15, 9:30 p.m.
    • November 16, 7:00 p.m.
    • November 17, 9:30 p.m.
    • November 18, 3:00 p.m.

    Set Design  Edward Morris, Libby Stadstad

    Costume Design  Rachel Dozier-Ezell, Kristin Isola

    Lighting Design  Masha Tsimring, Solomon Weisbard

    Sound Design  Mark Van Hare

    Production Stage Manager  Corinn Moreno*, Carolynn Richer*
    Associate Stage Manager 
    Emily DeNardo*, Arielle Goldstein*

    School of Drama Theater

    151 Bank Street, 3rd Floor New York City

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

    Call Ticket Central at 212.279.4200 or visit ticketcentral.com

    *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.

    BFA MAINSTAGE, HOUSE OF DESIRES: October 19-21, 2017

    The New School College of Performing Arts – School of Drama BFA Production Series presents

    HOUSE OF DESIRES
    by Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz
    translated by Catherine Boyle
    directed by Melody Brooks

    October 19-21, 2017
    Thursday, 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
    visit ticketcentral.com.

    †Member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829.

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