New Plays Festival 2022 | Part I – Telo
April 28–May 21, 2022
Columbia University School of the Arts presents an expanded festival of new plays written by Columbia MFA Playwriting Students. The esteemed faculty who have nurtured these students, including Tony©, Pulitzer, and Obie Award winners such as David Henry Hwang, Lynn Nottage, Charles Mee, and Rogelio Martinez invite you to experience these innovative new playwrights.
This is the first round of our New Plays Festival that runs through the summer presenting the work of the 2020, 2021, and 2022 Playwrights of Columbia’s MFA Theatre Program.
Organized by David Henry Hwang, Theatre.
The Singularity Play by Jay Stull, La Sosa Sisters by Paola Alexandra Soto, birthday birthday birthday by Johnny G. Lloyd, Blanche & Stella by A.A. Brenner, Telo by Julián Mesri, Tom by Daniel Irving Rattner, and How to Gild an Eagle by Zizi Majid.
birthday birthday birthday – May 5 – 7
Blanche & Stella
by A.A. Brenner
Directed by Colm Summers
Thursday, May 12 @ 2:30 pm
Saturday, May 14 @ 2:30 pm
Saturday, May 14 @ 8 pm
A modernized queer, Disabled new play inspired by Tennessee Williams’ A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE with no cis white men and one Gentleman Caller who is not a gentleman, BLANCHE & STELLA explores and reimagines the central complex female relationships at the heart of Williams’ play and canon. In this retelling, Blanche DuBois and Stella Kowalski are two only-children and childhood best friends (“sisters”) who end up living together after Blanche goes through a cataclysmic breakup and shows up unannounced on Stella’s doorstep in Washington, D.C. Now adults, the pair must navigate mismatched expectations and their own maladaptive coping mechanisms as they question what to do when the people they love aren’t quite who they appeared to be.
by Julián Mesri
Directed by Rebecca Martinez
Friday, May 13 @ 2:30pm
Friday, May 13 @ 8pm
Sunday, May 15 @ 2:30pm
An intrepid and revealing look at intimacy, revolution, and global identity, set within the paper-thin walls of a telo, a pay-by-the-hour sex hotel in the heart of Buenos Aires, three pairs of people across three eras of Argentine history find themselves torn between the personal and political in a perpetually changing and increasingly dangerous world. Repressed gay lovers in a tango bar, two sisters planning a terrorist attack, and a random hookup in the middle of an economic crisis are woven together in a narrative that crosses generations. Accompanied by a dynamic score that brings together tango, cumbia, and Latin rock, Telo connects the revolutions–big and small–of the past with what we face in the world today.
How to Gild an Eagle
by Zizi Majid
Directed by Jonathan Seinen
Friday, May 20 @ 2:30pm
Saturday, May 21 @ 2:30pm
Saturday, May 21 @ 8pm
Donna and Matt Walker face the impending foreclosure of their family store and inn when Lana Usman, an immigrant single mother, offers them a deal that gives them a chance to stay. How To Gild An Eagle is a play about what it takes to belong and what one must sacrifice to hang on to past legacies.