New Plays Festival 2022 | Part I

April 28–May 21, 2022

 

Columbia University School of the Arts presents an expanded festival of new plays written by Columbia MFA Playwriting Students. The esteemed faculty who have nurtured these students, including Tony©, Pulitzer, and Obie Award winners such as David Henry Hwang, Lynn Nottage, Charles Mee, and Rogelio Martinez invite you to experience these innovative new playwrights.

 

This is the first round of our New Plays Festival that runs through the summer presenting the work of the 2020, 2021, and 2022 Playwrights of Columbia's MFA Theatre Program.

 

Organized by David Henry Hwang, Theatre. 

 

Featuring
The Singularity Play by Jay Stull, La Sosa Sisters by Paola Alexandra Soto, birthday birthday birthday by Johnny G. Lloyd, Blanche & Stella by A.A. Brenner, Telo by Julián Mesri, and How to Gild an Eagle by Zizi Majid.

Festival Schedule

The Singularity Play

 

by Jay Stull
Directed by Jay Stull
Thursday, April 28 @ 3:30 pm
Saturday, April 30 @ 2:30 pm
Saturday, April 30 @ 8 pm

 

In an unused room at the Google offices in Manhattan, a theater troupe has gathered to rehearse and develop a new play written by a cutting edge artificial intelligence named "Denise."

La Sosa Sisters

 

by Paola Alexandra Soto

Directed by Michelle Bossy

Friday, April 29 @ 8 pm

Sunday, May 1 @ 2:30 pm

Sunday, May 1 @ 8 pm

 

After their Mami passes away, Manita and Rosita deal with it in very different ways. Manita feels haunted by their mother, while Rosita seems to be living her best life. Until Mami’s younger sister, Miri, with her fresh new Green Card arrives in NYC ready to start a new life while still tightly hanging on to the past. In the midst of burying their Mami, Rosita and Manita have to deal with the family secrets that they dig up. La Sosa Sisters deals with what it means to belong to a family that is separated by space and time.

birthday birthday birthday

 

by Johnny G. Lloyd

Directed by William Steinberger

Thursday, May 5 @ 2:30 pm

Saturday, May 7 @ 2:30 pm

Saturday, May 7 @ 8 pm

 

Marissa and Clark are best friends who share a birthday. Marissa and Clark are best friends who share a birthday party. And Marissa and Clark plan on sharing that birthday party for the rest of their lives - and then some. If only the future doesn’t get in their way. A multi-decade meditation on race, class, and time, birthday birthday birthday is about who we choose and how we change - and if we get any say in the matter.

Blanche & Stella

 

by A.A. Brenner

Directed by Colm Summers

Thursday, May 12 @ 2:30 pm

Saturday, May 14 @ 2:30 pm

Saturday, May 14 @ 8 pm

 

A modernized queer, Disabled new play inspired by Tennessee Williams' A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE with no cis white men and one Gentleman Caller who is not a gentleman, BLANCHE & STELLA explores and reimagines the central complex female relationships at the heart of Williams' play and canon. In this retelling, Blanche DuBois and Stella Kowalski are two only-children and childhood best friends ("sisters") who end up living together after Blanche goes through a cataclysmic breakup and shows up unannounced on Stella's doorstep in Washington, D.C. Now adults, the pair must navigate mismatched expectations and their own maladaptive coping mechanisms as they question what to do when the people they love aren't quite who they appeared to be.

Telo

 

by Julián Mesri

Directed by Rebecca Martinez

Friday, May 13 @ 2:30pm

Friday, May 13 @ 8pm

Sunday, May 15 @ 2:30pm

 

An intrepid and revealing look at intimacy, revolution, and global identity, set within the paper-thin walls of a telo, a pay-by-the-hour sex hotel in the heart of Buenos Aires, three pairs of people across three eras of Argentine history find themselves torn between the personal and political in a perpetually changing and increasingly dangerous world. Repressed gay lovers in a tango bar, two sisters planning a terrorist attack, and a random hookup in the middle of an economic crisis are woven together in a narrative that crosses generations. Accompanied by a dynamic score that brings together tango, cumbia, and Latin rock, Telo connects the revolutions--big and small--of the past with what we face in the world today.

How to Gild an Eagle

 

by Zizi Majid

Directed by Jonathan Seinen

Friday, May 20 @ 2:30pm

Saturday, May 21 @ 2:30pm

Saturday, May 21 @ 8pm

 

Donna and Matt Walker face the impending foreclosure of their family store and inn when Lana Usman, an immigrant single mother, offers them a deal that gives them a chance to stay. How To Gild An Eagle is a play about what it takes to belong and what one must sacrifice to hang on to past legacies.