20th Annual New Works Festival
JUNE 1 - 17
To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the New Works Festival, we are offering an expanded series of nine staged readings over three weekends in prime time! Showcasing some of the newest and most exciting voices and visions in contemporary theater, the winning plays are selected from almost 850 annual submissions from around the globe.
Adult: $5 per reading
Box office opens 30 minutes before showtime
Get a festival pass to all 9 shows for only $20, in honor of the 20th Anniversary. That's more than a 50% savings off the regular ticket price!
What to Know
These plays contains adult content and language. If you have any concerns about content or age-appropriateness, please call the Box Office at 214-953-1055.
PARKING-Ample well-lit parking lot
As long as you have clothes on, you can watch one of our shows.
WEEKEND #1 - JUNE 1-3
CATHERINE OR THE GIRL FROM T-MOBILE
by KDT Artistic Company Member Jenny Ledel
Friday, June 1 at 8pm - *Playwright in attendance*
Fresh out of community college, and on break from her job at T-Mobile, Cathy heads to the big apple to stay with a family friend. With few to zero friends at home and poor self-confidence, Cathy meets new peers in New York and struggles to do what it takes to be a good friend and survive the city with the ease and fun a young person is supposed to have.
LIPSTICK by Alice Stanley
*WINNER -2018 KDT/UT MFA SLOT*
Saturday, June 2 at 8pm - *Playwright in attendance*
LIPSTICK is a love letter of a play to the queer community, in the shape of a silly, sweet farce. High levels of hijinks ensue when Anna attempts to determine if her dinner with Kelly is actually a date - with "help" and hindrance from a cavalcade of uninvited visitors (and the appearance of a dildo or two... or twelve).
THINGS THAT ARE ROUND by Callie Kimball
Sunday, June 3 at 2pm
Tetherly, a dentist specializing in existential terror, and Nina, an opera singer who just might be the worst babysitter ever, square off in a strange ballet of truth or dare. But is this a game anyone can even win? Thelma and Louise meets Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? on steroids.
WEEKEND #2 - JUNE 8 - 10
CHANNEL by John Jiler
Friday, June 8 at 8pm - *Playwright in attendance*
A volatile white actor and an erudite black doctor come together, in an explosive way, over the illness of a child….and provoke deep questions about the power and limits of medicine and art.
WHAT WE WERE by Blake Hackler
*WINNER 2018 DFW SLOT*
Saturday, June 9 at 8pm - *Playwright in attendance*
WHAT WE WERE is set in East Texas over a span of two decades, tracing the lives of three sisters: Nell, Tessa, and Carlin, whose adult lives have been impacted by a childhood of abuse. Weaving scenes from the past and present, this story is a meditation on responsibility, on what we do to cope, and on the very difficult work of healing.
RASTUS AND HATTIE by Lisa Langford
*NNPN Cross-Pollination Project*
with InterAct Theatre (Philadelphia) & Cleveland Public Theater
Sunday, June 10 at 2pm - *Playwright in Attendance*
Needra and Marlene enjoy a perfect post-racial friendship until two problematic Black robots make them confront their ideas about race.
WEEKEND #3 - JUNE 15 - 17
WELCOME TO MATTESON! by Inda Craig-Galván,
Friday, June 15 @ 8pm
directed by National Directors Fellow Laley Lippard
A suburban couple hosts a welcome-to-the-neighborhood dinner party for their new neighbors — a couple recently (forcibly) relocated from Chicago's roughest housing project — and it's anything but welcoming. A dark intra-racial comedy about reverse gentrification and how we deal with the "other” when the other looks just like us.
GASPER by Zayd Dohrn
Saturday, June 16 @ 8pm
Sarah's a gasper. Her boyfriend Benny's a breather. Her mom's a drunk, her sister's dead, and Sarah is slowly suffocating. A play about loss, love, and erotic asphyxiation.
REYKJAVÍK by Steve Yockey
Sunday, June 17 @ 2pm - *Playwright in attendance*
In the city of Reykjavík, we eavesdrop on the intertwined lives of lovers, hospitality workers, partygoers, and even a really handsome bird or two. This frank exploration of honesty in relationships offers a glimpse into a cold, dark, magical, and sometimes violent world where everyone still hopes to find joy beneath the glow of the Northern Lights.
This festival is supported in part by the
LMDA BLY CREATIVE CAPACITY GRANT