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 VOICES 2018: February 17-24 and April 21-28

    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 serious 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)

     

    Carnal
    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.
    Call Ticket Central at 212.279.4200 or visit ticketcentral.com.

    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.

     

     

    MIDDLETOWN: March 15-17

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


    MIDDLETOWN
    by Will Eno
    directed by Ethan Heard
    featuring Ezioma Asonye, Katharine Chin, Ryan Cooper, Chris Costa, Tori Ernst, Hyojin Park, Hallie Schwartz, Arnold Trevino, Rachael Tuton, Kat Dunn Watson, and Jinho Woo

    March 15-17, 2018
    Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8:00 p.m.
    Saturday matinee at 3:00 p.m.

    As a special friendship develops between longtime resident John Dodge and new arrival Mary Swanson, the lives of the other inhabitants of a small American town intersect in strange and poignant ways in a journey that takes them from the local library and hospital to the Milky Way.

    Set Design  Reid Thompson†
    Costume Design  Hunter Kaczorowski†
    Lighting Design  Solomon Weisbard†
    Sound Design  Kate Marvin†  
    Production Stage Manager  Carolynn Richer*
    Associate Stage Manager  Sofia Montgomery*

    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 Actors’ Equity Association.
    †Member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829.

    Our Country's Good: April 5-7

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

     

    OUR COUNTRY’S GOOD

    by Timberlake Wertenbaker

    directed by Geordie Broadwater

    featuring Terry Barnes, Covi Brannan, Amber Barrios, Christian Cortes, Adam Fisher, Kyle Gavin, Sofia Greogory, Gebriella Hailemariam, Jeff Kosharek, Bailey Macejak, and Sara Nelson.

     

    April 5-7, 2018

    Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8:00 p.m.

    Saturday matinee at 3:00 p.m.

     

    A modern reflection on the story of the convicts and guards of the first British penal colony in Australia putting on a play. Our Country's Good is a funny, inspiring, and uplifting tale about finding hope and humanity in the darkest of places. 

     

    Set Design  Edward T. Morris

    Costume Design  Izzy Fields

    Lighting Design  Gina Scherr

    Sound Design  Chad Raines 

    Production Stage Manager  Corinn Moreno*

    Assistant Stage Manager  Santos Xavier Collado

     

    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 Actors’ Equity Association.

    Member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829.

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