Curated by Steven Dietz and Hannah Wolf
Oscar G. Brockett Theatre
April 14-24, 2016
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.
The 2016 UTNT (UT New Theatre) plays are:
The Silent Woman
By Lydia Blaisdell | Directed by KJ Sanchez
April 16, 21 at 7:30 p.m. and April 24 at 2:00 p.m.
The strange, true tale of a painter living with an effigy of his ex-lover in 1919 Europe. Because the doll cannot dress herself, the painter enlists a young maid to help him, resulting in an intricate, erotic game of pretend. The Silent Woman is the winner of the 2015 Kentucky Women's Playwriting Prize.
The Orange Garden
By Joanna Garner | Directed by Alexandra Bassiakou Shaw
April 15, 20 at 7:30 p.m. and April 23 at 2:00 p.m.
A young American Peace Corps volunteer is sent to Iran in 1972 where he is swept up in the growing fire of the revolution. A story about the complicated ways we fall in love with people and places, The Orange Garden draws influences from Rumi, 1960s rock and folk music, whirling dervishes and the lyricism of the Persian language.
By Gia Marotta | Directed by Jess Hutchinson
April 14, 23 at 7:30 p.m. and April 17 at 2:00 p.m.
Ellen and Meg have kept their distance since their brother Henry's death 25 years ago. When circumstances force Meg to live with Ellen and her son David for a month, the sisters are asked to reckon with the loss that drove them apart. 381 Bleecker is a rich and theatrical story about grief, memory and the harrowing work of forgiveness.
Girls in Cars Underwater
By Tegan McLeod | Directed by Cara Phipps
April 16 at 2:00 p.m. and April 22, 24 at 7:30 p.m.
When newbie Dusty is hired at the most difficult bar in the city, she forms an unexpected bond with one of the old-timers. But allegiances beyond the bar start to threaten Dusty's new-found security - and in one terrifying night, everything changes. Girls in Cars Underwater is an unflinching exploration of love and loss and the power of both to ruin and remake our lives.