ON STAGE // DARTMOUTH DEPARTMENT OF THEATER
New York Theatre Workshop
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. This year’s artists include a New York alt-cabaret star with a surreal tale; a veteran stage and screen actress teaming up with young South African theater-makers; playwrights from Texas and North Carolina telling important African American stories; and prolific young playwrights with compelling new work.
Supported by Select Equity, The Trust for Mutual Understanding and The Chileans.
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
Aunt Pat’s or Bust is a multi-platform performance project that follows the mind/life of 14-year-old Marjorie, whose parents have gone missing in an airplane crash. In their absence, Marjorie has figured out a way to support herself, her siblings and her legal guardian by working as an underage stripper at Aunt Pat's—a club that exists in an alternate dimension.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.BUY TICKETS
This Exquisite Corpse
by Mia Chung
directed by Ken Prestininzi
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.BUY TICKETS
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.