The 8th Annual Festival
Typically an on-campus residency event, the 2020 festival will involve remote performances of developing projects throughout the month of July. Dates, times, and remote performance platforms to be announced.
written by Nkenna Akunna ‘16
Three young women from across the African diaspora meet at a New England liberal arts college, forming a bond that will grow strong enough to conjure a deity and unearth centuries of institutional secrets. good god is their coming of age story.
House of Sticks
written by Maia Matsushita ‘13
Growing up homeschooled by a single mother in the back roads of New Hampshire, sixteen-year-old Iphis escapes the reality of her home life with the help of a vivid imagination. Then, when a social worker enters the secluded home, Iphis is forced to grapple with the stories she has been told about herself and fight to become the author of her own story.
written by Celeste Jennings ‘18
Wrinkled Intentions is a choreopoem set in the past and present as well as heaven and Earth. The story addresses the cycle of racism in the south and questions if future generations have a choice to break the cycle of hatred, ignorance, and violence.
written by Robert Leverett '16
directed by Liza Couser '17
At a luxury health facility in New Hampshire, a staff of doctors, scientists, and robots assist patients' transition to a meat-free lifestyle with the help of the Lone Star tick, a parasite whose bite causes the development of a meat allergy. Through spectacle, comedy, and a sci-fi spin, MEAT questions our ability to create lasting change in an uncertain time.
What We Need Are New Forms!
The Empathy Études
created by Olivia Gilliatt ‘08
In a time of social distancing, what is the spark in live theater that can continue? What, of the ephemera of shared human experience, is translatable in lieu of a story told around a campfire? Through a series of conversations, experiments, and experiential exercises, Études in Empathy will investigate how we can use the technology and various media available to us to get to the heart of character; the specific, nuanced lenses that allow us an intimate peak at each others' psyches, and how we can apply these kinds of cross-pollination and examination to the larger context of Performing Art. Above all, Art can increase our ability to relate to our fellow humans; it should be fun! An investigation into how to express ourselves in new ways and how to delve into each other's lived experiences.
written by Deborah Yarchun
The 2020 Neukom Institute Literary Arts Awards for Playwriting winner. Drive tells the story of truckers who lose their jobs to self-driving vehicles; an exploration into what the next stage of automation might mean in a country where individual identity is defined by one's work.