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New Works Festival

(The Festival formerly known as the Contemporary American Voices Festival)

 

Buy one or two readings at $10 apiece or purchase all three for just $24*!

*Please note the discounted price will not appear until after you have logged into your online account.

 

A HAPPY HOUR WILL PRECEDE EACH READING…ENJOY 1/2 PRICE DRINKS!

 

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE



FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

7 PM
STRINGS
By Angella Emurwon
Directed by Leah C. Gardiner
In a small village in Uganda, Maama has ruled her home with a firm hand for 20 years in her husband’s absence. But when she discovers his return is imminent, she and her two grown children must confront a whirlwind of love, loss, and regret. A richly satisfying family drama about the stories we tell ourselves in order to accept the life we’ve chosen.

 

 

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
5:30 PM
SHEEPDOG
By Kevin Artigue
Directed by Leah C. Gardiner
Amina, a black police officer, falls hard for her white partner Ryan—until he shoots a young black man in the line of duty. Sheepdog is a riveting drama that asks whether you can trust your heart if the story keeps changing and you don’t know who or what to believe.

 

 

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
8 PM
NIGHT WORKERS
By Torrey Townsend
Directed by Knud Adams
Set in an old bar-turned-Alcoholics Anonymous clubhouse in Brooklyn, Night Workers tells the story of a disparate group of people that cling to each other for hope. This raw, funny story details the heartbreak, joy, and transcendence they find on the road to recovery.

 

 

 

MEET THE PLAYWRIGHTS


Kevin ArtigueAngella EmurwonTorrey Townsend

Kevin Artigue (Sheepdog) writes plays, TV, and film. He was raised in Redlands, CA and lives in Brooklyn. His plays have been developed with Page 73, the Public Theater, South Coast Rep, the National New Play Network, New York Theater Workshop, Portland Center Stage, Golden Thread, Theatre of NOTE, the Playwrights Foundation, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Great Plains Theatre Conference, University of Iowa, and the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis. He’s formerly a member of Interstate 73 Writers Group and the Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group. MFA: Iowa Playwrights Workshop.

Angella Emurwon (Strings) is a writer, award-winning playwright, stage director, and screenwriter based in Tororo, Uganda. She has written three radio plays (Blackberry Girls!, 2009; The Cow Needs a Wife, 2010; and Sunflowers Behind a Dirty Fence, 2012), two of which have won BBC Audio Drama Awards. Her first full-length stage play, Strings, received a dramatic reading directed by Rogers Otieno at the 2014 Kampala International Theatre Festival. She is a Sundance Institute East Africa fellow, a member of the 2013 Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, and a Maisha Film Lab screenwriting and youth mentor.

Torrey Townsend’s  (Night Workers) most recent play The Workshop was produced by theater incubator SoftFocus, directed by Knud Adams, and starred Austin Pendleton. The play was received positively by critics. A New York Times “Critic’s Pick”, The Workshop is described as “an incisive and insightful tale of ambition and envy, inspiration and mediocrity.” Sarah Holdren of Vulture.com says the play’s “combustion of frustration and exhilaration makes for one hell of an evening of theater.” Torrey holds an MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University. Other works include A Night Out and Home Universe (Knud Adams, director).

 

This project is made possible in part by awards from:

Burry Fredrik
Foundation