Oxy Celebrates 10th Anniversary of New Play Festival Feb. 21-24
The Occidental College Theater Department will feature staged readings and workshop presentations of six student-authored productions during its annual New Play Festival, scheduled for Feb. 21-24 at the college’s Keck Theater.
The productions are professionally directed with student casts supplemented by a small number of professional actors. Admission is free.
This year is the 10th year of the festival under the direction of Laural Meade '88, adjunct assistant professor. The Festival’s guest directors are some of the theater community’s most well respected talents, drawn from across the country.
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The festival is being produced by Meade and Courtney Dusenberry ’09. Funding is provided by the Culley Fund, ASP grants and Omar’s Cookie Jar.
The schedule is as follows:
Thursday, Feb. 21
“No Heroes” by Grayson DeJesus ’08; directed by Joe Fria – This work is a finely crafted, full-length drama that examines the lives of a family of brothers (some dreamers and some living a dream) who deal with growing up and out of their Bronx roots. The play opens as Donny enters his apartment with his hands covered in blood. A strangely theatrical "dark night of the soul" ensues as he encounters his family, his failed career as an athlete, old flames, and new crimes.
Friday, Feb. 22
“The Thing About Midnight” by Molly Mermelstein ’08; directed by Jessica Hanna – The play is a beautiful meditation on the idea that what we perceive is often not what is real. Based on the actual death of a close friend, this piece smoothly moves between the present and the past as it examines friendship, honesty, the folly of love and the pain and potential of learning the truth.
“Side-Swiped" by Cassidy North-Reist ’09; directed by Adrian Alex Cruz – North-Reist takes her inspiration from the headlines with this play about the real-life kidnapping of a middle-class wife at the hands of one of her husband's mistreated employees. Focusing on the aftershocks of this event on the family's two daughters, the work takes a dramatic look at the long-term effects of consumer culture with wit, style and compassion for all sides.
Saturday, Feb. 23
“Chaplin’s” by Karen Baugh ’08; directed by Nancy Keystone – This new play explores the harrowing true story of Charlie Chaplin's second wife as she confronts the true nature of her marriage. Written with humor, insight and a keen sense of suspense, this piece evokes the aura of the master comedian without ever bringing him on stage. Instead, his young wife and wizened butler battle for his affections and loyalty in a tense game of cat and mouse.
“The Thing About Midnight” by Molly Mermelstein
10th Anniversary Performance Event
(followed by a special reception with alums and festival artists)
“Ye Olde Goode Dirtye Dirtye Playe Festivale” by Soren Bowie ’04, Joe Chandler ’01, Angela Berliner ’02, Jeff Kauffmann ’01 , Angela Kang ’98, and Erik Patterson ’00
Oxy's infamous New Play Festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a special performance event Ye Olde Goode Dirtye Dirtye Playe Festivale! Written and directed by New Play Festival alumni, this irreverent celebratory collection of super short new playlettes will act as a curtain raiser to “Powerhouse.”
"Powerhouse" by Hannah McDowell ’08; directed by Michael Sargent – This piece is a hysterical farce written in the great tradition of Orton and Durang: randy titillations, huge egos, boozy interlopers, skeletons in closets. Inspired by the true story of a midwestern family that begins a strange relationship with Manuel Noriega by requesting one of his hats, this play follows an absurdly funny passel of characters as they discover who really pulls the strings in their household.
Sunday, Feb. 24
“Thine Angel Eyes” by Conor Anderson ’11; directed by Corey Madden – Coming to the theater with an impressive background in poetry and creative writing, the playwright has envisioned a weird world where soothsayers shape-shift, landladies become mothers, and angels disappear.
“Side-Swiped” by Cassidy North-Reist ’09
“Powerhouse” by Hannah McDowell ’08