UTNT (UT New Theatre)

The University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance presents UTNT (UT New Theatre). UTNT is an annual showcase of new plays from third-year playwrights in the M.F.A. Playwriting Program.

The Department of Theatre and Dance and Michener Center for Writers have been heralded nationally as incubators for new work (American Theatre). Notable alumni of these programs include Lisa D’ Amour (2011 Pulitzer Prize Finalist, Detroit), Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig (2011 Wasserstein Award Recipient, The World of Extreme Happiness), George Brant (2008 Keene Prize for Literature, Elephant’s Graveyard) and Kirk Lynn (2011 USA Fellow in Theatre Arts). UTNT curator and Department of Theatre and Dance Professor Steven Dietz shares, “Tomorrow's plays are at UTNT today. UTNT is known as the launching pad to award-winning and widely produced new work for the American stage.”

The 2017-2018 UTNT (UT New Theatre) plays under consideration are as follow:

Loverboy by Drew Paryzer
Directed by Jess Shoemaker

Loverboy finally returns home. His Mom is now running an Airbnb out of his childhood bedroom. Loverboy's youth is gone, but there are still many things to be raised within the walls of this strangely powerful room.

MotherWitch by Travis Tate
Directed by Alice Stanley

Nights before Darla's 21st birthday, she is told of The Belleford women's great power that she will inherit. Darla's girlfriend is a tad angry with her. Oh, and the family cat, Winston has started talking. While studying her induction into the family coven, Sherry, Darla's grandmother, falls sick. Darla must negotiate her family's legacy, her power, and the love of her life...all before she's able to drink.

Milton, MI by Paz Pardo
Directed by Adam L. Sussman

Leah's got writer's block, Amber's got ambition, Jake's got it all. Leah and Jake were once up-and-coming, hot-shot poets. Now Leah's working admin as Jake's career skyrockets, and slugs are eating the foundation of their house. When fresh-faced Amber shows up, it's only a matter of time before things get sticky. A play about threesomes, poetry and the failure to communicate.


Gondal by Kimberly Belflower
Slumber Party by Elizabeth Doss
The Bigot by William Glick
Galactic Orphans by Megan Tabaque


The Silent Woman by Lydia Blaisdell
The Orange Garden by Joanna Garner
381 Bleecker by Gia Marotta
Girls in Cars Underwater by Tegan McLeod


Karlstad by Patrick Shaw
Hold Me Well by Eva Suter
Good Day by Diana Lynn Small
Lyla School by Brian Kettler


Annie Jump and the Library of Heaven by Reina Hardy
Advance Man by Abe Koogler
'ratio Visual Narrative by William Anderson and Text Narrative by David Turkel
Still Now by Katie Bender
Or, "The One with the Dogs" by Briandaniel Oglesby


Dream of Perfect Sleep by Kevin Kautzman
70 Secrets of Marmalade Kittens by Gabrielle Reisman
The Kingdom by Andrew Hinderaker
A Perfect Robot by Sarah Saltwick


Bacha Bazi (Boy Play) by Gabriel Jason Dean
The Chronicles of Bad Ass Women by Holli Gipson
River City by Diana Grisanti
Static by Tom Horan


Yours by Meghan Kennedy
Rivers of January by Ben Snyder


White Tie Ball by Martin Zimmerman
Blue Point by Kyle John Schmidt
The Tides of Aberdeen by Erin Phillips 


Lidless by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig
Portrait by Jenny Connell


The Chev by Robert Sanchez
Split by Erica Saleh
Why Koreans Don't Hug by Soo-Jin Lee