A spring playwriting festival in its 20th season, New Visions, New Voices will present one performance each of a variety of full-length plays written by students graduating from the Division of Theatre. Directors include guest artists as well as faculty and students. Each performance will be followed by an audience discussion session with the playwright, director and actors. The festival is produced by SMU Associate Professor and Head of Theatre Studies Gretchen Smith.
The plays are as follows:
March 21, 8 p.m. - "Implications of a Mix CD"
Playwright: Carson McCain (BFA ’14)
Director: Lee Trull
It's about this girl, and these boys, and the feelings of love, and mix-CDs, and how things can exist before we ever have words to describe them."
Rated PG-13 for language and teenager-y situations.
March 22, 2 p.m. - "2020"
Playwright: Teddy Warren (BFA ’14)
Director: Katelyn Gough (BFA ’15)
Agatha Sykes, an accomplished congresswoman, seeks the presidency in the 2020 election and falls into scandal once she’s elected. A political dramedy.
Adult language and subject matter.
March 22, 8 p.m. - "La Lluvia"
Playwright: Kristen Kelso* (BFA ’14)
Director: Sara Romersberger
Dramaturg: David Lozano, Artistic Director, Cara Mia Theatre
La Lluvia follows the story of two lovers as they rediscover each other after tragedy. Along the way they discover la belleza, the limitations and the meaning of magic.
*Kristen is the recipient of an Engaged Learning grant from SMU
March 23, 2 p.m. - "How To Cook For One Person"
Playwright: Sarah Lacy Hamilton (BFA ’14)
Director: Jenna Hannum (BFA ’15)
In this heartwarming Southern comedy, a pastor’s wife struggles to redefine her life and her faith after the sudden death of her husband.
Good for all ages.
March 23, 7:30 p.m. - "Westman Holloway"
Playwright: Jacob Stewart (BFA ’14)
Director: Alia Tavakolian (BFA ’12, Davis St. Collective)
Westward, Ho! Westman is commissioned by Bigfoot to head west and enslave the people there. It's about the doom of destiny, American history, and sometimes, maybe love.
PG13 and historical.
March 28, 8 p.m. - "Mutations"
Playwright: Thomas Valentine Gelo* (BFA ’14)
Director: Jeffrey Schmidt (Theatre Three, Water Tower Theatre)
High school valedictorian August Camden, living in the shadow of a successful father, a burned-out brother, and a step-mother just ten years older than himself, discovers that the nuclear family has a half-life.
Adult situations and language.
*Thomas is a recipient of the Writers Guild of America-East mentorship and an Engaged Learning grant from SMU
March 29, 2 p.m. - "Chrysalis Blue"
Playwright: Claire Carson* (BFA ’14)
Director: Samantha Rios (BFA ’13)
A darkly poetic fairytale about three siblings that explores the limitations of love, causation, and new uses for chairs.
*Claire is a recipient of the Writers Guild of America-East mentorship grant and an Engaged Learning grant from SMU
March 29, 8 p.m. - "The Glass House"
Playwright: Joshua Stephen Gardner* (BFA ’14)
Director: Gretchen Smith (Division of Theatre)
The Glass family members fight for their lives and autonomy in the midst of delirium, disillusion, and vanity, as the world around them and the lives they've known shatter and dissolve.
*Stephen is a recipient of the Writers Guild of America-East mentorship grant.
March 30, 2 p.m. - "ALIENATION"
by Andrew Gonzales,
Directed by Ariana Howell.
This is a different kind of reading, working from Andrew's "technologically lost" script to re-invent the play through improvisation, rewriting, and group collaboration between playwright, director and actors.
March 30, 8 p.m. - "HISTRIONICA WITH BANJO"
by Brian Torrey Scott, originally staged in 1998 as part of New Visions, New Voices. Brian passed away in November 2013 due to cancer, but friends of his, including former alums and current students, are staging this play in tribute to him and to NVNV's 20-year history. Daniel Hart (BFA '99) will perform live music during the reading. Actors include Michael Federico, Cameron Cobb, Seth Magill (all BFA '98), Spencer Driggers (BFA '99), Janielle Kastner (BFA '13), and Katy Tye (BFA '15).
For more information call 214.768.2787.