New Play Festival

The cast of "Crush" with authors Stew and Yasmine Lever at center. (Photo by David Fertik)

January 31 - February 3
Arts Bank Theater

New plays are the lifeblood of the theater of the future, and the Ira Brind School of Theater Arts is committed to providing its students with a range of experiences creating and developing new plays. The authors of a new play and a new musical were in residence for two weeks in January to develop their work, giving student actors and dramaturgs the opportunity to experience first-hand the process by which new work is developed. This year, the Brind School received nearly 200 submissions for the festival, and Assistant Professor P. Seth Bauer and students in the School's Dramaturgy class reviewed the submissions and selected the finalists.

These developmental readings are private events open to invited guests and the University of the Arts community.

Crush
A new musical with book and lyrics by Yasmine Lever and music by Stew and Heidi Rodewald, "Crush" is a story of star-crossed lovers set against the backdrop of race riots in contemporary London.
February 1, 7 p.m.
February 2, 3 p.m.

A Frontier, As Told by the Frontier
A play by Jason Gray Platt, "A Frontier, As Told by the Frontier" is a dystopian fantasy about a group of four orphaned children and their caretaker, among the last bastion of a population torn by civil war, who inhabit an abandoned government-run theme park.
January 31, 7 p.m.
February 2, 7 p.m.

Philadelphia Young Playwrights
Philadelphia Young Playwrights present two one-act plays written by area high school students, directed and performed by students from the Brind School.
February 2, 12 p.m.

Self:Same
A reading of a new work by Irish playwright Ciara Ní Chuirc that will receive its premiere production later in February in a Brind School production directed by Brey Ann Barrett '13 (Directing, Playwriting & Production) as her senior project.
February 3, 1 p.m