Directed by Stephen Cedars, Daisy Walker and Joseph Ward, the evenings will feature eight plays by MFA playwriting students at Carnegie Mellon, Columbia, Northwestern, NYU, University of Iowa, University of Texas at Austin and Yale.
Dacyl Acevedo, Patrick Ball, Greg Carere, Beth Glover, Drew Lewis, Kathy McCafferty, Stephen McDougall Graham, Naomi McDougall Jones, David Meyers, Sarah Stockton, Rebecca White and Sophie Wright will act in the productions.
The plays follow:
Dar a Luz by Raquel Almazan (Columbia): "The wall that is built to keep out immigrants comes crashing down when a border patrol officer’s wife finds her past in the desert roadside." The Logic by Will Arbery (Northwestern): "Two young men reconnect online. One writes from a New York apartment, the other from a Texas jail."
Came Tumbling After by Nathan Cann (NYU): "Jack and Jill struggle to confront the aftermath of a horrific attack. When Jill presents what she decides is the only way they can move on, their marriage and humanity are put to the test."
Celebration of Life by Julie Jigour (Carnegie Mellon): "Hiding out in the bathroom after her boyfriend’s funeral, Melanie attempts to answer questions about their relationship through an unwilling friend and an uninhibited stranger."
Clown Room by Brian Kettler (University of Texas, Austin): "Jessie, a courageous young girl, battles her evil stepmother in the terrifying clown room."
Dogs in the Debris by Ryan Oliveira (University of Iowa): "A mother and her estranged daughter struggle to reconcile after a tornado destroys the mother's home and takes away her only comfort - the family dog."
Nona Who Swallowed a Bird by Eva Suter (University of Texas, Austin): "Nona's mother told her lots of things: Don't sleep with your mouth open, avoid men with axes, don't give your heart away like a song. Nona was never very good about listening to her mother."
The House That Blows Down by Emily Zemba (Yale): "Three brothers struggle to leave home and start lives of their own, but ultimately realize they can never escape the oppressive convenience of a life in their mother's house."
The American Theater of Actors is located at 314 W. 54th Street. General admission is $18. Click here for ticket information.