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Tickets Now Available for The Cohen New Works Festival

The Cohen New Works Festival presented by the University Co-op is proud to announce programming for the 2013 Festival, March 25 – 29. This highly anticipated Festival, produced by The University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance, comprises more than 35 theater, music, dance, installations, multimedia, and site-specific new works by emerging artists from the university and Austin communities.

With an emphasis on original work, an infrastructure supported and led by students, and free admission to the public, the biennial Festival is the largest collegiate event of its kind in the nation. Performances, exhibits and guest artist panels run throughout each day at sites in and around the F. Loren Winship Drama Building on The University of Texas campus.

The 2013 Online Ticket Reservation System opens to the public Tuesday, March 19 at 5:00 p.m. Admission is free for all events. Reserve yours today! 


A Large Spectacle Multi-Medium Performance, March 25-28 at Anna Hiss Gymnasium

Colossal is an epic theatrical event. Featuring a twenty-person ensemble, dancing, and a drum corps, Colossal centers on a University of Texas football player, struggling to move forward in the wake of a catastrophic spinal injury. In hopes of honoring three different communities (football, dance and the disabled community) Colossal is both a celebration and critical examination of our nation’s most popular form of theater – football.

Six men lined up wearing football pads and helmets
Colossal by project leads William Davis and Andrew Hinderaker
Photo: Josh Rasmussen

Almost Invincible
An Enthralling Site-Specific Work, March 25-28 at the University of Texas Tower

A musical theatre collaboration piece, Almost Invincible is a live-action graphic novel about a hero and villain in a small American city. Animated video projection will be used to bring this graphic novel to life through scenic elements and comic cell art.

The Women of Juarez
An Alternative Form of Untold Stories, March 25-28 at the B. Iden Payne Theatre

Before the war on drugs took precedence in our border country of Mexico, Ciudad Juarez had a bigger problem. Told through an ensemble of Latina women, The Women of Juarez explores the ways in which the stories of the women of Juarez – the missing and the lost; the murdered and the ones left behind – are honored and told in unconventional and untraditional ways.

Women with arms in air
The Women of Juarez by project leads Isaac Gomez and Bianca Sulaica
Photo: Josh Rasmussen

An Interactive Installation Project, March 25-29 at the Winship Drama Building Studio 2.138

LΛMBDΛ is an installation accompanied with a physically electric performance, blurring the lines between theater and science. An investigation of astronomical phenomena involving light, project lead Ryan Andrus shares “LΛMBDΛ will try to expand our perception of what light is and what it can tell us about the history, current state, and future of our universe.”

Faculty Producer of the Cohen New Works Festival presented by the University Co-op Kirk Lynn says, “The Festival acts as a snapshot of where the American Theater is at in the mind of the student body, and we think where the American Theater itself will be in the next ten years.”

For more information on the Cohen New Works Festival, including the schedule of events, please visit

Tuesday, March 19, 2013