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New York Theatre Workshop

ON STAGE // DARTMOUTH DEPARTMENT OF THEATER

New York Theatre Workshop

NEW WORKS-IN-PROGRESS
 

Grab a ringside seat on what’s new in theater! Fresh from a May gala celebrating its 25-year partnership with Dartmouth, acclaimed New York Theatre Workshop presents six new works-in-progress by some of today’s most interesting playwrights and directors. You’ll see versions of plays that often go on to high-profile productions—like Anais Mitchell’s Hadestown, Denis O’Hare’s An Iliad and Mfoniso Udofia’s Her Portmanteau, all of which were workshopped at Dartmouth en route to New York premieres.

Supported by Select Equity, The Trust for Mutual Understanding and The Chileans.

 

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Little Women/Aunt Pat’s or Bust

Sat • Aug 5 • 4 pm • Warner Bentley Theater

written and performed by Erin Markey
directed by Elena Heyman

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Ain’t No Mo’

by Jordan Cooper
directed by Stevie Walker-Webb

Sat • Aug 5 • 7:30 pm • Warner Bentley Theater

An uproarious odyssey about the exodus of black Americans from of a country plagued with injustice. A kaleidoscope of scenes—one for each year of Obama’s presidency—lead us to the moments before, during and after this outrageous departure. The Brooklyn-based Cooper’s Black Boy Fly was voted ‘Best New Play’ by Broadwayworld.com, and he has had plays produced at The Fire This Time Festival, New York Theatre Workshop and 54 Below. Walker-Webb is a performing artist, director and cultural worker who is a current 2050 Fellow at New York Theatre Workshop and 2015 recipient of the Princess Grace Award for Theatre.

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An Unlikely Bunch of Characters

by Kathryn Grody, Bulelani Mabutyana and Xolisa Kapakanti

Sat • Aug 12 • 4 pm • Warner Bentley Theater

In a fracturing world, is it possible for a white American elder actor/writer, to connect in an authentic way with two young South African theater makers? That’s the question this play examines as it looks at the process of collaboration in making theater, friendships and family, inclusive of all the obstacles and challenges that come with crossing class, color, culture and country. Grody, Mabutyana and Kapakanti are, respectively, a veteran American actor/writer and two young theater-makers from Cape Town, South Africa.

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Kirk at the San Francisco Airport Hyatt

by Krista Knight
directed by Jess Chayes

Sat • Aug 12 • 7:30 pm • Warner Bentley Theater

Kristina’s handicapped father Kirk lives in the San Francisco Airport Hyatt with his Ethiopian nurse/girlfriend. He can’t afford to live in a hotel but he’s had a theory for the last 32 years that he is not going to live much longer. The catch is that he continues to. He lives every day, paralyzed and joyous, like he is going to die tomorrow. Now he’s running out of money. Knight’s plays have been produced at regional theaters and festivals across the nation, and her commissions include the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, Yaddo and McDowell.

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Dar He: The Lynching of Emmett Till

by and performed by Mike Wiley
directed by Lisa Rothe

Sat • Aug 19 • 4 pm • Warner Bentley Theater

North Carolina-based writer, actor, director and teaching artist Wiley inhabits the real-life characters of all races surrounding the case of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old black Chicago youth lynched in 1955 in the Mississippi Delta after supposedly coming on to a white woman. This riveting play chronicles the murder, trial and unbelievable confession of the men accused of Till’s lynching. Rothe has developed and directed over 100 new plays, among them Hold These Truths by Jeanne Sakata, developed at Dartmouth with NYTW and being produced around the country.

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This Exquisite Corpse

by Mia Chung
directed by TBD

Sat • Aug 19 • 7:30 pm • Warner Bentley Theater

A Korean woman moves from Korea to New Jersey with her GI husband and their son. The effort to build a life and make friends—as well as learn English—has literally split her into pieces and even alienated from her own tongue. Forming a surreal “chorus,” her body parts struggle to express themselves despite misinterpretation and cultural appropriation. Chung’s plays have been presented in the UK, South Korea and leading US theaters.

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Meet-the-Artists Brown Bag Lunch Presentations
Tue • Aug 1, 8 & 15 • 12 pm
Warner Bentley Theater • Free, no tickets required
Sit back, munch your lunch and hear from the accomplished, diverse directors, writers and other theater professionals involved in that week’s NYTW presentations, followed by time for questions.
For more info, call the Dartmouth Department of Theater at 603.646.3691.