The Festival of New Theatre is a celebration of the theatrical imagination, an exciting glimpse into the creative process, and YOUR opportunity to contribute to the future of theatre in Rochester and around the world. During the Festival, you’re invited to take a glimpse into the writers’ studios as they work on new ideas, tell new stories and explore new forms. Your part in it all is crucial – writers can’t fully understand the impact of their work without hearing an audience’s response. And because the readings of new plays are presented concert-style – with actors at music stands, facing the audience – the budget for the set, costumes and other effects is limited only by your imagination! Take a look at what we have in store this year:
This Year’s Lineup
Tuesday, October 8 at 7PM
by Carolyn E. Kourofsky
Solitude is inspired by the true story of Edith Bone, a doctor and journalist who is unjustly accused of being a British spy in 1949 Hungary. In solitary confinement for seven years, how will she survive?
Friday, October 11 at 7 PM
Now in its sixth year! A creative experiment, the outcome of which can never be predicted! Geva will present a challenge to Rochester-area playwrights to create a short piece in just three days, inspired by a uniquely Rochester experience.
Saturday, October 12 and Sunday, October 13 at 3PM
Young Writers Showcase
Five short plays written by Rochester area teens, including Told You So by Jessi Opett; It’s Cold Here by Sophia Milazzo; Semifinals by Mina Stevens; Caprice by Bella Callari; and Letters by Heather Hillman.
Wednesday, October 16 at 7PM
The Sea and the Stars
by Harrison David Rivers
Simon is a lifeguard. Finn is terrified of water. Both are adrift, with broken hearts, returning to the tiny beach town of Jupiter and to families who need them. A play about love, karaoke, and the sea.
Friday, October 18 at 7PM
Lulu in Rochester
by Allison Gregory
Inspired by real-life, Lulu in Rochester follows the fascinating partnership between famously reclusive silent-film star Louise Brooks and acclaimed Eastman Museum film curator James Card. When James persuades his irreverent idol to move to Rochester and watch her celebrated films for the first time, Louise must confront the myths and perceptions that have shaped her life, and shed light on the mystery of why ‘Lulu’ inexplicably disappeared at the height of her fame.
Sunday, October 20 at 7 PM
An audiovisual immersive theatrical experience by UNIVERSES, one of the nation’s premiere theatre ensembles. Africantic identifies, maps, deconstructs and reconstructs the musical DNA chains that bind us. From the complexities of spiritual ancestral rhythms and chant, across the middle passage into the Americas (where African deities entangle, to this day, in a delicate and vicious dance with Catholic Saints), from work songs and field hollers all the way to today’s music, Africantic explores the importance of music and the social movements that have shaped us. Africantic roots run deep.