UTNT (UT New Theatre) (2014)

"Annie Jump and the Library of Heaven" (2014), directed by Natalie Novacek; Photo: David CavazosCurated by Steven Dietz and Gia Marotta

Lab Theatre
February 27th - March 9th, 2014

Established in 2007, UTNT (UT New Theatre) is an annual showcase of newly developed works for the American stage from playwrights of the Texas Theatre and Dance M.F.A. Playwriting program 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. View the UTNT (UT New Theatre) 2014 playbill.

The 2014 UTNT (UT New Theatre) plays included:

Annie Jump and the Library of Heaven

Written by Reina Hardy
Directed by Natalie Novacek
February, March 1, 7 at 8:00 p.m.
March 9 at 5:00 p.m.

Annie Jump is a 13-year-old science genius whose alien-obsessed father is the laughingstock of Strawberry, Kansas. One night in August, a meteor falls, and Annie meets Althea, an intergalactic supercomputer that manifests itself in the form of a mean girl with really nice hair. Althea's here to help Annie take humanity from the earth t the stars, but being the Chosen One isn't all glory. What is Althea hiding? And what will Annie have to sacrifice to fulfill her destiny?

Advance Man

Written by Abe Koogler
Directed by Will Davis
February 28, March 6, 8 at 8:00 p.m.
March 2 at 5:00 p.m.

Bear Creek is a small town. So when rumor spreads of an impending visit from the President himself, everyone gets very excited. There's just one problem - no one knows when he's coming, or why. And who's that mysterious man in a dark suit, asking all those questions? A dark comedy about the way we live now.

Advance Man contains mature content.

'ratio

Visual Narrative by William Anderson
Text Narrative by David Turkel
Directed by Jess Hutchinson
March 1 at 11:00 a.m.
March 8 at 2:00 p.m.

In the weeks following Hamlet's death, Horatio navigates a harrowing regime change at Elsinore under the rule of bloody-minded prince Fortinbras.

A collaboration of playwright David Turkel and designer William Anderson, 'ratio is an art-script that intertwines visual and textual narratives. Equal "authors" to the work, Anderson and Turkel have developed the work over the course of a year, workshopping 'ratio with Dan Rothenberg, Artistic Director of Pig Iron Theatre Company (Philadelphia, PA) and now with UTNT (UT New Theatre) director Jess Hutchinson.

Still Now

Written by Katie Bender
Directed by Rudy Ramirez
Choreography by Abel Coelho
March 2, 9 at 2:00 p.m.

After witnessing the fall of the twin towers, Annie heads to Japan to study Butoh, looking for a dance form that expresses the destruction she can't comprehend. Ten years later, Annie is diagnosed with stage four cancer and returns to Butoh to prepare for her final dance. Still Now confronts us with the accelerated motion of a woman learning and losing her body, accompanied by the doctors, teachers, friends and lovers that become her partners in movement, to ask the question: what can our bodies teach us that our minds cannot fathom?

Or, "The One with the Dogs"

Written by Briandaniel Oglesby
Directed by Jeremy Lee Cudd
March 1 at 2:00 p.m.
March 8 at 11:00 a.m.

In a crappy house surrounded by a dead walnut orchard, brothers Boomer and Dirt struggle with each other, with themselves, and with their dog-breeding business. As their prized pregnant pooch swells, they seem on the way to strike it big. Their dreams are disrupted when Boomer brings home Marisol, who should be a one-night stand, and Dirt finds a boy who will never grow up.

Or, "The One with the Dogs"contains mature content.