With barely enough time to even frame their diplomas, four 2013 alumni are jumping headfirst into the waters of professional theater this summer. Inaugurating a collaboration with the Naked Angels, each newly minted New School for Drama playwright will present a first public reading of one of their works during a bi-monthly program, “Summer Mondays.” A spin off of the company’s “1st Mondays,” these performances give new playwrights the opportunity to connect with industry professionals, as well as hear their plays performed live.
“It’s a mutually beneficial partnership,” said Liz Carlson, artistic director of Naked Angels, which began a long-term collaboration with the university earlier this year. “The New School for Drama provides a wealth of future talent, and offers a fantastic flavor of intellectual and artistic quality that are inherent characteristics of our organization.” Likewise, the Naked Angels will give New School students and recent grads the crucial opportunity to access the working world.
Directors from Naked Angles will meet with the playwrights prior to their public reading, and handpicked actors (professionals and volunteers from the New York City theater community) will rehearse three hours prior to the public performance.
The New School’s connection to Naked Angels isn’t limited to the four “Summer Mondays” performances, either. Starting this fall, Naked Radio, a monthly podcast series featuring short plays, interviews, and theater news, will resume production, this time using New School facilities and talent. “We’re really looking forward to getting drama students involved in the process,” said Carlson. Be sure to check out the series here.
“Summer Mondays” performances are free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with a requested date. See below for the list of this summer’s readings. All plays are performed at The New School for Drama Theater at 151 Bank Street, Room 206.
Monday, June 17 at 3:00 p.m.
A Box In The Mountains
by Alice Pencavel
Monday, June 24 at 3:00 p.m.
by Jason Kim
Monday, July 1 at 3:00 p.m.
Fast Forward the Fire Lilies and Now Press Play
by Phillip Gerson
Monday, July 8 at 3:00 p.m.
St. Vitus’ Dance
by Claire Kiechel