UTNT (UT New Theatre): Pretend it's Pretend


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By Emma Watkins   
Directed by Jenny Lavery 

This is not a drill...

Playgrounds are designed to be dangerous enough for experimentation, yet safe enough to allow experiments to fail without serious injury. This play is a playground. When Arthur is asked to design a bulletproof playscape for his daughter’s old school, he confronts an unsettling reality: that the world does not operate by the same rules as playgrounds. At a time when dangers beyond the playground are overwhelmingly present, this is a story about the endurance of care. It is a play about learning, growing up, and grown-ups learning to play.

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March 1 at 7:30 p.m.    
March 2 at 2:00 p.m.   
March 3 at 7:30 p.m. 

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About the Playwright

Emma Watkins is a M.F.A. in Theatre candidate with a specialization in playwriting. Her plays include elizabeth is going into the ground (2023 Bay Area Playwrights Festival finalist, 2023 Princess Grace Award in Playwriting finalist, 2022 The Leah playwriting prize honorable mention) and The Norns of Athens Maine (2023 Playwrights’ Center Venturous Plays List). Her writing has been developed at PlayPenn, The Cohen New Works Festival and McCarter Theatre Center. B.A.- Princeton University; M.A.- Cardiff University. emmacwatkins.com

About the Director

Jenny Lavery (Director) is a director and educator. Credits include Merrily We Roll Along (The Public Theatre of San Antonio); ROE (ZACH Theatre) and In Sisters We Trust, or My F*cked Up American Girl Doll Play and Ride the Cyclone (Texas Theatre and Dance; 2022, 2023). Lavery holds an Executive Strategy for Non-Profit Management Certification from the University of Pennsylvania, is a Stage Directors and Choreographers Society Member, Artistic Director of Theatre en Bloc and a M.F.A. in Theatre candidate. Upcoming: Into the Woods, St. Edward’s University. B.F.A.- New York University; M.Ed.- University of Massachusetts.


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