Three graduate student plays from the Yale School of Drama are selected for the seventh annual Carlotta Festival of New Plays, May 4 to 12 at the Iseman Theater,1156 Chapel St,, New Haven. The plays will run in repertory with 12 performances over nine days.
The plays are Fox Play by Jake Jeppson, Petty Harbour by Martyna Majok, and The Bachelors by Caroline V. McGraw.
The Festival is named for Carlotta Monterey, the widow of Eugene O’Neill, who chose Yale University Press as the publisher of her late husband’s masterpiece Long Day’s Journey into Night. The proceeds from this publication support playwriting at Yale University.
The Festival will include a Professionals Weekend, May 11 and 12, tailored to theater industry professionals with a package that includes tickets to all three shows; a Friday afternoon happy hour; and Saturday morning breakfast and panel discussion featuring the Carlotta playwrights, Paula Vogel, and Dan LeFranc (author of the plays Sixty Miles to Silver Lake and The Big Meal) moderated by Amy Boratko, Yale Repertory Theatre Literary Manager. The panel discussion on Saturday is also open to the public.
"Fox Play," directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz is described: "Meet Franklin, a Sears shoe salesman committed to a life of solitude in the wake of his wife's death. Meet Sean, a brokenhearted fool and aspiring YouTube sensation. Franklin and Sean see no reason to engage with, well, anyone—that is, until inexplicable forces guide them to the haunted woods of Washington, DC, and reveal a world teeming with wonder. Told as a modern myth, Fox Play examines the cost of holding on to the past and the terror of moving forward.
Cast is: Mamoudou Athie, Jabari Brisport, Winston Duke, Michelle McGregor, Elia Monte-Brown, Mariko Nakasone, Paul Pryce, Sophie von Haselberg, Carly Zien
Jeppson's plays include Miss Heimlich, Cover Me in Humanness, It’s Not Easy Being, and The Clearing, which is currently running at Axial Theater in Pleasantville, New York. Upcoming projects include a commission from the Eudora Welty Foundation to adapt Welty’s work for the stage and a project with designers at MIT that mixes quantum mechanics and the roots of tragedy.
He has taught playwriting at Wesleyan University, the National Theater Institute, and the Orchard Project, where he also created and ran the nationally-sourced apprentice program Core Company. He is an associate artist at both eXchange and Door Ten. His non-fiction writing has appeared in the Washington Post Sunday Magazine and on Newsweek.com. He earned his BA from Middlebury College and studied at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford.
"Petty Harbour," directed by Tea Alagi¿, is described: "On the rocky shores of Petty Harbour, Newfoundland, a house stands against a storm. Outside, the boats cling to their anchors and the sea churns, waiting. One by one, three banished sons return home and discover their fisherman father has turned the house that they grew up in into a church. Soon the roads will be flooded and the men will be sealed in as the wars, stories, sermons, songs, and drinking party begin. The King Lear of Petty Harbour, it seems, is not quite done with his throne."
Majok, was born in Bytom, Poland, and grew up in North Jersey and Chicago. Her play, Mouse in a Jar, has been produced at Red Tape Theatre in Chicago and The LIDA Project in Denver. the friendship of her thighs appeared at The Tank in NYC, in Russia (in Russian) at the Playwright and Director Center of Moscow, and at The Kennedy Center.
She has been awarded the Merage Fellowship for the American Dream, The Olga and Paul Menn Award in Playwriting, the Jane Chambers Student Feminist Playwriting Prize, and a Ragdale residency. Her short play, After Hours Stan, has been produced in Boston and Chicago and published by Smith & Kraus.
Majok studied at The University of Chicago and has taught playwriting at Wesleyan, Yale, and The New Haven Co-Op High School. Martyna is working on her first musical and developing a play, reWilding, (seen this spring at Yale Cabaret) in Seattle with The Satori Group.
Cast is: Josiah Bania, Chris Bannow, Prema Cruz, Ceci Fernandez, Merlin Huff, Gabriel Levey, Dan O’Brien
"The Bachelors," directed by Alexandru Mihail, is described: "Inside a house, a house in a series on fraternity row, a house in which DVDs serve as coasters and drool stains the sofa, live three roommates far past their college days. A thousand girlfriends come and gone, a thousand parties attended, a thousand drinks downed—every night the same, until now. Tonight is pledge night on fraternity row, but it is not the blaring music that makes sleep impossible. Tonight, these bachelors will understand what their relationships have really gotten them."
Cast are Jack Moran, Mickey Theis and Mitchell Winter.
Magraw's plays include The Vaults, Tall Skinny Cruel Cruel Boys, Debut Track One Chord One Verse One (or, The Shed), Thriftcrawl, Lovely Assistant, The King Is Dead, and Trade. Her writing has been produced and developed around the country, including at the Cherry Lane Theatre by Young Playwrights Inc., the Abingdon by Highwire Theatre, Yale Cabaret, New York Theatre Experiment, American University’s New Works Series, Cleveland Play House Next Stage Festival, F*It Club/Interborough Rep, WordBRIDGE Playwrights Laboratory, AracaWorks, Theatre 4, and Washington Ensemble Theatre/One Coast Collaboration.
She is the winner of the AracaWorks Graduate Playwriting Award for The Vaults. She has been a Visiting Instructor in Theater at Wesleyan University. Caroline is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. carolinevmcgraw.com
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