New Voices 2018

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

    The New School College of Performing Arts – School of Drama Playwrights Festival
    February 17-24 and April 21-28, 2018

    Four new plays in repertory highlight Drama’s graduating MFA playwrights, directors, and actors of 2018.

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

    Proceed to Highlighted Route
    by Erica Mann
    directed by India Marie Paul
    Thesis Advisors, Christopher Shinn, Hannah Bos
    featuring Brett Bezad, Shaotian Cai, Rose Dolezal, William Donovan, and Claire McClain

    Annabelle Powell has always dreaded Christmas with her parents. Luckily, she has the perfect buffer — her good-natured fiancé, Jack. Regardless, her defenses are no match for what she finds when she arrives at her family home: the unveiling of a conversational AI of her brother, Milo, who was killed in an accident six months earlier. An absurd tragedy that explores grief in the modern age.

    Proceed To Highlighted Route Sample (PDF)

    February 17, 3:00 p.m.

    February 21, 7:00 p.m.

    February 22, 9:30 p.m.

    February 23, 7:00 p.m.
    February 24, 8:00 p.m.

    Read more from Erica: Ditmas Park

    In this modern riff on the Gothic, student-loan beleaguered "orphan" Emily Snowe finds herself homeless after her NYC apartment building is deemed “not up to code.” A chance run-in with the mysterious and charming Edward proves fortuitous, as he just happens to have a room available in his Victorian house in Ditmas Park. A whirlwind romance ensues, and Emily allows herself to be swept up, undeterred by her friend Charlotte's concern that Edward might be a closet psycho. Or the strange tenant Anne, who resides in the attic. Or the mysterious Nun, who stalks around the backyard at night. Only when Emily comes into an unexpected inheritance and Edward suddenly wants to commit does she begin to question how “chance” their meeting was, after all....

    Ditmas Park Sample (PDF)

    Ah Sweeter Lyme
    by Karina Billini
    directed by Andrés López-Alicea
    Thesis Advisors, Christopher Shinn, Martyna Majok
    featuring Jonathan Crimeni, Moire Kiyingi, Jillian Macklin, Miranda Powers, and Matthew Thomas Scott.

    Trinidadian-American community leader Keami La Croix has made a name for herself in Crown Heights’ West Indian community as the "Black Robin Hood." But when she decides to create a campaign to reform the violence-stricken yet very popular Brooklyn J’ouvert — the pre-dawn celebration that originated from slaves impersonating their masters’ masquerade balls — she is met with strong resistance from the black community that once loved her. Ah Sweeter Lyme is a poetic and gritty examination of cultural identity, gentrification, and the extent to which we will go to preserve where we come from.

    Ah Sweeter Lyme Sample (PDF)

    February 17, 8:00 p.m.

    February 21, 9:30 p.m.

    February 22, 7:00 p.m.

    February 23, 9:30 p.m.
    February 24, 3:00 p.m.

    Read more from Karina: 2144 South St

    It is the year 1998. Hurricane Georges has devastated the Dominican Republic, and Dominican immigrant Dr. Leo Domenech has finally opened his first “fancy Manhattan” medical office in Washington Heights. However, when he fails to build a clientele, Leo turns to drastic measures to make "American Dream money" at the expense of his license, the Hurricane Georges victims, and his loving family.

    2144 South St Sample (PDF)

    No Baby
    by Blake Bishton
    directed by Peter J. Kuo
    Thesis Advisor,
    Christopher Shinn
    featuring Jessica Bettencourt, Brett Bezad, Rose Dolezal, Alexandra Merritt Mathews, and Matthew Thomas Scott

    Karen and Britney don't know one another, and they never will. However, they find themselves on parallel journeys when they both become pregnant. While Britney helplessly watches her options for legal abortion vanish from her world, a late-stage miscarriage threatens to destabilize Karen beyond the point of recovery.

    No Baby Sample (PDF)

    April 21, 3:00 p.m.

    April 25, 7:00 p.m.

    April 26, 9:30 p.m.

    April 27, 7:00 p.m.
    April 28, 8:00 p.m.

    Read more from Blake: Extremadura

    Hernán Cortés and Francisco Pizarro, two of the most infamous Spanish conquistadors, were once just boys — cousins, in fact — living in the impoverished state of Extremadura. As the lives of these two unfold, they will upend empires and pillage continents, indelibly marking the world with the corrosive effects of their unbridled ambition.

    Extremadura Sample (PDF)

    by Nikhil Mahapatra
    directed by Nicky Maggio
    Thesis Advisors,
    Christopher Shinn, Lisa D’Amour
    featuring William Donovan, and Claire McClain.

    Tom and Dan like each other. Dan wants a fairy-tale romance. So does Tom. Dan fantasizes about a destination wedding. Tom fantasizes about Dan abusing him in a hotel room. In a place where fantasy and reality must collide, and the line between sex and violence is all but erased, these men must make a stand for how they want to experience love — and pain.

    Carnal Sample (PDF)

    April 21, 8:00 p.m.

    April 25, 9:30 p.m.

    April 26, 7:00 p.m.

    April 27, 9:30 p.m.
    April 28, 3:00 p.m.

    Read more from Nikhil: American Hunger

    Teenagers. Gentrification. Food. Against the backdrop of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, two competing immigrant family restaurants struggle to make ends meet amid threatening gentrification and older wounds. Meanwhile, a new generation grows among them, with their sights set on achieving a new American Dream that potentially endangers everything their families have sacrificed for.

    American Hunger Sample (PDF)

    Set Design Maiko Chii, Portia Elmer

    Costume Design Grier Coleman, Rachel Dozier-Ezell

    Lighting Design Alejandro Fajardo, Jennifer Fok

    Sound Design Kenneth Goodwin, Sinan Refik Zafar

    Production Stage Manager Emily Denardo*, DeeDee Katchen*
    Assistant Stage Manager
    Jonathan Castanien, Joanne Pan

    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.