Brown University Literary Arts Program and Brown University/Trinity Repertory Consortium present:
NEW PLAYS FESTIVAL
April 26-30, 2006
McCormack Family Theater, Brown University
Providence, RI — The work of three extraordinary playwrights once again finds voice in New Plays Festival 24.2, which opens at the McCormack Family Theatre at 8pm on Wednesday, April 26th. The plays are performed in repertory throughout the week. Each play is as unique as its writer. Sam Marks’ dark humor peoples a 1960’s Catskills comedy club with a dysfunctional duo (The Joke). An apparently innocent dinner party in middle-class suburbia gets dirty when unexpected visitors arrive in Andy Bragen’s Food Porn and teenage sex games grow up in Don’t Stop by Molly Rice. Working under the inimitable guidance of Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel the playwrights find truly original ways to envision the rules by which we construct our lives. Having served as a forum for the early work of playwrights like Nilo Cruz (2003 Pulitzer Prize for Drama), Sarah Ruhl (Pulitzer Finalist), and Shay Youngblood (Kennedy Center Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award 1993), the New Plays Festival in its 24th year continues to be instrumental in bringing the work of today’s most exceptional playwrights to the world stage starting right here in Providence!
Food Porn by Andy Bragen, directed by Geordie Broadwater
On a snowy night in Columbus, Ohio, aspiring gourmet Maggie Redd prepares the meal of her life, and everything goes wrong. Food Porn is a brutal comedy about war, doughnuts, and haute cuisine.
Don’t Stop by Molly Rice, directed by Brigitta Victorson
The spirit of Don Juan is ignited in the body of an adolescent girl. A robot programmed to seduce unleashes his powers on the audience. Men surrender, women dance for each other, and bodies crack wide open. Watch their shapes change as they pick their way through a twisted forest of desires.
The Joke by Sam Marks, directed by Annie Piper
Struggling to find fame in a Catskills comedy club in 1965, two comedians find that they are able to talk to each other solely through their jokes. As the jokes become darker and more personal, Doug and Ed must decide whether to stay together as a duo or learn to talk to each other in another way.
Wednesday, April 26th
Thursday, April 27th
8:00pm: Don’t Stop
Friday, April 28th
Saturday, April 29th
Saturday, April 29th
Sunday, April 30th
New Plays Summit, a colloquium of writers, directors, and producers of new works currently working in the industry, will follow the Saturday afternoon performance, starting at 3:30pm.
All performances are free and seating is first-come, first-served.
New Plays Festival 24 is organized and presented by the Brown University Literary Arts Program in conjunction with the Brown University / Trinity Repertory Consortium. The playwrights are second year MFA candidate students in playwriting at Brown University and develop their work under the direction of Pulitzer Prize winner and Seaver Professor of Playwriting Paula Vogel. Working with them are the students of acting and directing in the Brown/Trinity Consortium MFA program who study under the talented direction of Curt Columbus (Artistic Director, Trinity Rep), Amanda Dehnert (Acting Artistic Director 05-06 Season, Trinity Rep), Erin Cressida Wilson, and Stephen Berenson (Chair of the Consortium) among many others.