ON STAGE // DARTMOUTH DEPARTMENT OF THEATER PRESENTS
New York Theatre Workshop
Grab a ringside seat on what’s new in theater! Celebrating its 25th season in residency at Dartmouth, acclaimed New York Theatre Workshop brings six new works-in-progress by some of today’s most interesting playwrights and directors, presented by top New York professionals. You’ll see versions of plays that often go on to high-profile productions—like Anaïs Mitchell’s folk opera Hadestown, presented at Dartmouth in 2014 and now playing in New York.
They, Themselves and Schmerm
written and performed by Becca Blackwell
directed by Elena Heyman
Part standup comedy, part solo theater show and part love letter to their former selves, They, Themself and Schmerm is an homage to all the things that make up Becca—from early abuse and love affairs, to bathroom blunders and circus performer antics, to a complicated relationship with mom. Winner of a 2015 Doris Duke Impact Artist Award, Blackwell is a NYC-based trans actor, performer and writer who works collaboratively with playwrights and directors (including Young Jean Lee) to expend our sense of personhood and the body through performance. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll wonder which bathroom to use.
by Mfoniso Udofia
directed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar
From Udofia's The Ufot Cycle—a sweeping, nine-part saga chronicling the triumphs and losses of the tenacious matriarch of a Nigerian family—comes Her Portmanteau. Decades after a life-changing decision, matriarch Abasiama’s family is reunited. As Nigerian traditions clash with the realities of American life, Abasiama and her daughters must confront complex familial legacies that span time, geography, language and culture. Directed by Ed Iskandar, this workshop presentation precedes the world premiere production of Her Portmanteau at NYTW in association with The Playwrights Realm in the spring of 2017. A first-generation Nigerian-American storyteller and educator, Udofia’s plays have been produced in New York, the Bay Area and beyond, and she has been commissioned by Oregon Shakespeare Festival to translate Shakespeare's Othello into contemporary English. Winner of a Drama Desk Special Award for the “visionary directorial excellence,” Iskander directed the NYTW presentation of Stuck Elevator at Dartmouth in August 2015.
Frequently Unanswered Questions
written and performed by Daphne Rubin-Vega
directed by Aaron Mark
"As far back as I can remember, I've always felt strange. Strange is normal." Acclaimed actress Daphne Rubin-Vega's The Frequently Unanswered Questions, or FUQs, is an autobiographical laugh riot memoir about death and identity with original songs! From her move to the United States from Panama at age 3, to her coming of age in the West Village, to her early careers as a member of a girl group and a Latino comedy troupe, to the loss of her mother, both her brothers, and her Jewish stepfather, FUQs is the accumulation of experiences that have tested DRV's mettle. Mark is a New York-based playwright and director whose plays Another Medea and Squeamish have been presented in previous NYTW Dartmouth residencies.
by Clare Barron
directed by Ken Rus Schmoll
You’re never too old to learn ballet. Or at least that’s what Jeanine hopes when she starts taking adult ballet classes from a tough and dirty ex-ballerina. A play about bodies, sex, bad hygiene and the attempt to reclaim big dreams (ending with a 20-minute dance sequence). A playwright and actor, Barron’s plays have won an Obie Award and Drama Desk nomination and have been named to the New York Times and Time Out Critics’ Picks; and her Dance Nation recently co-won the inaugural Relentless Award established in honor of Philip Seymour Hoffman.
by Alan Lucien Øyen and Andrew Wale
Øyen and his company winter guests further explore their own responses to America, begun eight years ago in their play America—Visions of Love. From the outside, having learned early from America’s self-mythologizing narrative on films and television, and still squinting from the other side of a vast ocean, winter guests juxtapose their own pre-conceptions, and misconceptions, with the subjective truths of characters they’ve met in person, inside America. Øyen’s work as writer, director and choreographer has been highly acclaimed in his home country of Norway and abroad. Artist in Residence with the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, he and winter guests are given the space and to make groundbreaking theater and dance, and Øyen is also commissioned to create work for companies in Norway and abroad.
Here Are Our Monsters
by A. Rey Pamatmat
directed by May Adrales
Rupesh wants to marry Joey. Ilsa wants security for her impending quadri-cultural, tri-racial daughter. Philippa just wants to buy a condo. And Joey wants to know how "acceptance" can make him feel more confused and not less. One week after the Supreme Court's 2015 decision on same-sex marriage, a “no” answer to a proposal unleashes everyone's anxieties and makes them wonder if they should lock those monsters up again. Pamatmat’s plays have been produced and workshop at off-Broadway and regional theater.
tue AUG 2, 9 & 16 • 12 pm • Warner Bentley Theater • FreeBring your lunch and hear brief talks by the directors and writers of that week’s upcoming NYTW presentations in an informal, welcoming setting. Q&A to follow.