UTNT (UT New Theatre) (2017)


Curated by Liz Engelman and Steven Dietz 

March 2-12, 2017 
B. Iden Payne Theatre

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 2017 UTNT (UT New Theatre) plays include:


By Kimbery Belflower
​Directed by Adam Sussman
March 3, 7 at 7:30 p.m. and March 11 at 2:00 p.m.

In 1832, the Brontë sisters create a savage imaginary world that predates their classic novels, while in 2015, three teenage girls become obsessed with the internet horror figure, Slender Man. Fantasy eclipses reality and betrayals lead to violence.

Gondal contains mature themes, including depictions of violence and self-harm. The running times is approximately ninety minutes. There is no intermission.

View the Gondal playbill.

Slumber Party

By Elizabeth Doss
Co-Directed by Cara Phipps and Elizabeth Doss
March 9, 11 at 7:30 p.m. and March 5 at 2:00 p.m.

Three teen girls coerce one another into a suicide pact to end their meaningless existence. On a mountainside in New Mexico, wonder transcends their tragedy as they find new life by leaving the world behind.

Slumber Party contains mature themes and language. The running time is approximately one hour.

View the Slumber Party playbill.

The Bigot

By William Glick
Directed by Hannah Wolf
March 4, 8 at 7:30 p.m. and March 12 at 2:00 p.m.

When Simon Levinson accuses his father of bigotry, he must confront a series of larger challenges, including the polarization of American politics and how to make his boyfriend love him. Taking place over the course of the Obama years, the play explores what we gain and lose when society progresses and asks us to answer the question, "Who is the true bigot?"

The Bigot contains mature themes and is not recommended for a young audience. The play portrays acts of racism and bigotry, as well as mature sexual content. The running time is approximately two hours and includes one intermission.

 View the The Bigot playbill.

Galactic Orphans

By Megan Tabaque
​Directed by Graham Schmidt
March 2, 5 and 10 at 7:30 p.m.

With no parents, not enough Doritos and a little too much vodka in their Sprite, Ri and Ted reunite a year after graduating high school for an all-night Archangel 3 video gaming marathon. But Ted's little sister, Cory, won't let "Guy's Night" happen without a fight. In 24 hours, Ri, Cory and Ted work together to save the war-torn Archangel galaxy but may not be able to save each other. 

Galactic Orphans contains mature themes and language. The running time is approximately 90 minutes. There is no intermission.

View the Galactic Orphans playbill.

All UTNT (UT New Theatre) titles, dates and venues are subject to change.


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