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Drama’s New Voices Playwrights Festival

The New School for Drama
will continue its tradition of presenting the freshest writing talent at this year’s New Voices Playwrights Festival, running from February 28–March 8, March 14-22, and April 4-12, 2013. The festival will feature five original plays by this year’s graduating MFA’s playwrights in productions featuring Drama’s actors and directors, as well as a new work by alum, Jennie Berman Eng (’07).

This year’s lineup includes:

  • Some Dark Places on Earth
    by Claire Kiechel, directed by Brad Raimondo
  • Exit Carolyn
    by Jennie Berman Eng (Drama ’07), directed by Whitney Gail Aronson
  • A Modern Feeling
    by Jason Kim, directed by Kai-Hsiang Tu
  • The Spider & The Wasp
    by Alice Pencavel, directed by Christie Marie Clark
  • Aperture
    by phillip y. gerson, directed by K.L. Cullom

All performances will be at The New School for Drama, 151 Bank Street, 3rd Floor. Admission is free; but reservations are strongly recommended by calling Ticket Central at 212.279.4200 or visiting

The festival is advised by The Play Company’s founding producer Kate Leowald, who is renowned for her support of new work and new actors, and bringing them to the stage. Recent playwriting graduates include Princess Grace Award recipient Matthew Paul Olmos, Bekah Brunstetter (OOH RAH!, The Atlantic), Janine Nabers (Annie Bosh is Missing , Naked Angels ), Gabe McKinley (CQ/CX, The Atlantic), and Daniel Pearle, whose 2012 New Voices production, A Kid Like Jake, will play at Lincoln Center’s LCT3 later this season.

For more information, to view the full performance schedule, and to read excerpts from the plays and see the graduating actors’ headshots and résumés, visit

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