Northern Stage's annual festival of original work New Works Now takes place this month, with all readings streaming live and free to the public. This year's lineup features two works with close connections to the Department of Theater:
January 16 at 7:30 pm: Drive by Deborah Yarchun, winner of the 2020 Dartmouth College Neukom Institute Literary Arts Award for Playwriting. A community of truckers in a small town in Iowa are forced to shift gears when they lose their jobs to self-driving vehicles. When Gloria becomes the only trucker in town still employed, resentments surface and tensions escalate. Set in a time not far down the road, Drive explores our collective fears for the future and what happens when individuals who are fiercely defined by their work are forced to reevaluate what drives them.
January 23 at 7:30 pm: Enough by Celeste Jennings '18. How do you define yourself if you don't know your history? In this piece, a family discovers beauty and strength in things not remembered. They realize that some things are meant to be forgotten, and that the relics of resilience occupy their veins and teach them that what they have has always been enough. A brand new work by Celeste Jennings' 18, whose previous work Citrus was originally performed at Dartmouth before receiving a professional premiere at Northern Stage in 2020. Jennings was also a VoxFest 2020 participating playwright.
Visit the Northern Stage website to reserve a spot for one of these free online performances.