UTNT (UT New Theatre) (2010)

Featuring works by M.F.A. in Playwriting Candidates
Curated by Steven Dietz and Holli Gipson

Presenting the following plays:

White Tie Ball

By Martin Zimmerman
Directed by Steve Moulds
Lab Theatre
February 12, 13 at 8:00 p.m.
February 13, 14 at 2:00 p.m.

Born to a mestiza mother who illegally immigrated from Mexico and a white father from the United States, Edward looks just like his mother and Beto just like his father. And despite the two of them being raised by their mother in an impoverished Latino neighborhood in Tuscon, Arizona, Edward works his way through law school to become an Arizona County Attorney. Beto, however, falls in with a Latino gang and is convicted of armed robbery at age 19.

At the start of the play, Beto has recently been paroled from prison, Edward has recently been elected to office, and the bond between the two brothers is the strongest it has been in years, largely due to Edward's tireless efforts to help re-build Beto's life. But when Alberto Jimenez, one of Beto's former friends from his gang, kills an on-duty Latina police officer as she breaks into his home without identifying herself, Edward has to prosecute the case. The decisions Edward faces about what charges to pursue put both his career and his relationship with his brother in jeopardy.

Blue Point

By Kyle John Schmidt
Directed by Charles Otte
Lab Theatre
February 19, 20 at 8:00 p.m.
February 20, 21 at 2:00 p.m.

When two teenage boys abandon the simplicity of sleepovers, Little League, and paper routes, they enter a parentless world of alienation and self-destruction. As their lives fall apart, the boys hold desperately to one another acting out fantasies of domination and humiliations over their schoolmates, a meth addict and each other. Blue Point is a story of secrets held tight, violence let loose, and teenage terror reigning free in Middle America.

The Tides of Aberdeen

By Erin Phillips
Directed by Courtney Sale
Lab Theatre
February 26, 27 at 8:00 p.m.
February 27, 28 at 2:00 p.m.

Set in the dreary northwest town of Aberdeen, two kids endeavor to break the world record for holding their breath underwater. When a drifter resurfaces in town, the kids' plans and lives transform. The Tides of Aberdeen is a mysterious story dealing with the rise and fall of small town perceptions and dreams.