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
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
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 A.I. 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 morefrom Erica:
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....
Park Sample (PDF)
Ah Sweeter Lyme
by Karina Billini
directed by Andrés López-Alicea
Thesis Advisors, Christopher
Shinn, Martyna Majok
Crimeni, Moire Kiyingi, Jillian Macklin, Miranda Powers, and Matthew Thomas Scott.
community leader Keami La Croix has made a name for herself in Crown
Heights’ West Indies 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.
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: Untitled_Billini
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.
Untitled_Billini Sample (PDF)
by Blake Bishton
directed by Peter J. Kuo
Thesis Advisor, Christopher
Bettencourt, Brett Bezad, Rose Dolezal, Alexandra Merritt Mathews, and Matthew
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.
by Nikhil Mahapatra
directed by Nicky Maggio
Thesis Advisors, Christopher
Shinn, Lisa D’Amour
featuring Renée-Michele Brunet, William Donovan, Jillian Macklin, and
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.
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: Untitled_Mahapatra
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.
Untitled_Mahapatra 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
Manager Emily Denardo*, DeeDee Katchen*
Manager Jonathan Castanien, Joanne Pan
School of Drama
Theater 151 Bank Street, 3rd floor, New York City
admission. Seating is limited; reservations are recommended.
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.
For more information, to read excerpts from the plays, and
to view the graduating actors’ headshots and résumés, visit newschool.edu/drama.