UTNT (UT New Theatre) (2012)

"Bacha Bazi (Boy Play)", directed by Gabriel Jason Dean; Photo: Unknown
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Curated by Steven Dietz and Katie Bender

Established in 2007, UTNT (UT New Theatre) presents newly developed works from graduate playwrights of Texas Theatre and Dance and Michener Center for Writers. This showcase exists as an incubator for new work, with many plays continuing on to be professionally produced across the country.

The 2012 UTNT (UT New Theatre) plays are:

Bacha Bazi (Boy Play)

Written and directed by Gabriel Jason Dean
Oscar G. Brockett Theatre
February 16, 22, 24, 25 at 8:00 p.m.
Fabruary 19 at 2:00 p.m.

The eve of Obama's election finds Aaron, a documentary filmmaker from Texas, in Northern Afghanistan. He's there to shoot a film about the poppy trade, but changes his mind when he encounters bacha bazi (boy play), an ancient Afghan tradition where young boys dance in women's clothing and are sold for sex to the highest bidder. Both fascinated and offended by the practice, Aaron meets Hafiz, a young dancer and his investigative journalism turns personal.

Alternating between Dari and English, dance and language, fear and desire, Bacha Bazi (Boy Play) brings a critical lens to American altruism and explores the often fatal consequences of intercultural misunderstanding. At its core, it asks, "What are the consequences of good intentions?"

Bacha Bazi (Boy Play)has mature content, including adult situation and language.

The Chronicles of Bad Ass Women

By Holli Gipson
Directed by Daria Davis
Oscar G. Brockett
February 17, 18, 23 at 8:00 p.m.
February 25, 26 at 2:00 p.m.

The Chronicles of Bad Ass Womenis a collection of outlawed histories retold through the legends of four women: Sally Skull, Etta Place, Bonnie Parker and Janis Joplin. Gipson's story unearths these women's legacies, their disappointments, their mistakes and their desires, giving voice to the forgotten and reshaping the past.

The Chronicles of Bad Ass Women contains adult language.

River City

By Diana Grisanti
Directed by Lydia Nelson and Rudy Ramirez
Lab Theatre
February 16, 22, 24, 25 at 8:00 p.m.
February 19 at 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Shaken by her father's death, Mary sets off to uncover three generations' worth of family secrets buried in the West End of Louisville, Kentucky. River City starts Mary's journey, which spans four decades, and investigates race, memory, and the ghosts that haunt one American city.

Static

By Tom Horan
Directed by Courtney Sale
Lab Theatre
February 17, 18, 23 at 8:00 p.m.
February 25 at 5:00 p.m.
February 26 at 2:00 p.m.

Since Emma was a little girl she heard the ghost stories told about her neighbors Walter and Millie Burke - how the couple filled their home with strange things, which drove them mad. Years have passed and Emma finds herself the owner of this house that has sat abandoned for years. She discovers, among jars of buttons and tubs of forks, a box full of cassette tapes filled with secrets of Walter and Millie.