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New Visions 2017
The New School for Drama Directing Festival
September 30 – October 7 and November 11-18, 2017

The New School College of Performing Arts – School of Drama Directing Festival

Four plays in repertory highlight the work of this year’s graduating MFA directors and actors.

September 30th - October 7th

Blood Wedding (Bodas de Sangre)

  • by Federico García Lorca
  • Translated by Caridad Svich
  • Directed by Andrés López-Alicea
  • Featuring Jessica Bettencourt, Renée-Michele Brunet, Jonathan Crimeni, William Donovan, Jonghoon Han, Moire Kiyingi, Claire McClain, Alexandra Merritt Mathews, Miranda Powers, and Matthew Thomas Scott.

In a conservative society, a woman forces herself into a marriage of convenience, only to discover that her true passion lies with her past lover – a passion that drags her down like a river – bringing together a marriage between Love and Death.
September 30, 3:00 p.m.
October 4, 7:00 p.m.
October 5, 9:30 p.m.
October 6, 7:00 p.m.
October 7, 8:00 p.m.

September 30th - October 7th

MUTT: Let’s All Talk About Race

  • by Christopher Chen
  • Directed by Peter J. Kuo
  • Featuring Brett Bezad, Shaotian Cai, Rose Dolezal, Jillian Macklin, Katharine Chin and Zack Lusk.

It’s 2013, Obama has just been re-elected, and The Republican Party finally realizes it has a problem with race. In an attempt to win the 2016 presidential election, the GOP backs a candidate who is a mixture of every race on earth. A wild and surreal comedy that skewers all political parties to the point it becomes indiscernible of what is satire – and what is today’s frightening reality.
September 30, 8:00 p.m.
October 4, 9:30 p.m.
October 5, 7:00 p.m.
October 6, 9:30 p.m.
October 7, 3:00 p.m.

November 11th - 18th

The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds

  • by Paul Zindel
  • Directed by India Marie Paul
  • Featuring Renée-Michele Brunet, Claire McClain, Rose Dolezal, and Miranda Powers.

In Paul Zindel's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, we find an unfulfilled single mother raising two teenage daughters. When her youngest, Tillie, enters a science fair with atomic marigolds, we hope the family can overcome the ‘toxic world’ around them – and not get crushed beneath it.

November 11, 3:00 p.m.
November 15, 7:00 p.m.
November 16, 9:30 p.m.
November 17, 7:00 p.m.
November 18, 8:00 p.m.

November 11th - 18th

Spring’s Awakening

  • by Frank Wedekind
  • Translated by Eric Bentley
  • Directed by Nicky Maggio
  • Featuring Jessica Bettencourt, Brett Bezad, Shaotian Cai, Jonathan Crimeni, William Donovan, Jonghoon Han, Moire Kiyingi , Alexandra Merritt Matthews, Claire McClain, and Matthew Thomas Scott.

1891. Wilhelm, Germany. A group of children struggle against the ebb and flow of their sexual awakening. Led by their burgeoning curiosity out of the jaws of a restrictive society, the unfettered choices they make will lead them either to adulthood – or extinction.  

November 11, 8:00 p.m.
November 15, 9:30 p.m.
November 16, 7:00 p.m.
November 17, 9:30 p.m.
November 18, 3:00 p.m.

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Show Information

Dates September 30th - October 7th
November 11th - 18th
Ticket Price  Free
General Admission
Seating is limited
Reservations recommended
Company The New School for Drama
Location The New School for Drama Theater
151 Bank Street, 3rd Floor
New York City

Additional Information

Running Time TBA
Intermission No
Late Seating At the discretion of the House Manager
Wait List Policy For ALL Performances, the House Manager will take names for a waiting list in-person on the day of the show.  Waiting list begins ½ hour prior to schedule performance.

Production Information

Set Design Edward T. Morris†, Libby Stadstad†
Lighting Design Masha Tsimring†, Solomon Weisbard†
Costume Design Rachel Dozier-Ezell, Kristin Isola†
Sound Design Mark Van Hare, Janie Bullard†
Production Stage Manager Corinn Moreno*, Carolynn Richer*
Associate Stage Manager Emily DeNardo*, Arielle Goldstein*
  *Member of Actors’ Equity Association.
Member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829.
Photo by Scott Wynn.