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Lenfest Center for the Arts
615 W. 129 Street


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May 12 2024


8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Formats (virtual, in person, hybrid)


New Plays Festival: Scrubland

by Stephen Bush

Saturday, May 11 @ 8 pm
Sunday, May 12 @ 3:30 pm
Sunday, May 12 @ 8 pm

Scrubland follows several generations living, working, and dying in Shadeburne, Nevada. Just outside the glamour and fantasy of Las Vegas, Shadeburne is home to a Department of Energy site that goes from testing nuclear weapons to languishing as a tourist trap museum. Scrubland considers what it means to construct national history at the cost of personal history.

When advance registration for a performance has closed, tickets are often still available at the door. A standby list will be started in-person at the box office beginning one hour before the performance.

About the Playwright

Stephen Bush writes about smart people doing stupid things. His plays explore historicity, faith, and Americana. Reared near the rolling oil fields of Bakersfield, CA, Stephen is a graduate of Bakersfield College and the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television.

About the New Plays Festival
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 James Ijames, Rebecca Taichman, Sarah DeLappe, Steve Martin, Will Eno, Karey Kirkpatrick and David Henry Hwang invite you to experience these innovative new playwrights.

Organized by Leslie Ayvazian, Theatre.