Hartford Stage's "Brand:NEW" Festival to Include Marcus Gardley and Bekah Brunstetter

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New plays by Marcus Gardley and Bekah Brunstetter will be developed and showcased as part of Hartford Stage's 13th annual "Brand:NEW" festival in November.

Presented Nov. 3-6, the festival will include plays by Gardley (On the Levee), who is Hartford Stage's Aetna New Voices Fellow, Brunstetter (Be A Good Little Widow), Sinan Unel, Matthew Schneck and Steven Levenson.

Here's a look at the works:

Pathétique (Nov. 3 at 7:30 PM)
By Sinan Unel
Directed by Darko Tresnjak
"Fall 1893. Composer Pyotr Illich Tchaikovsky is in St. Petersburg to premiere his sixth symphony - his darkest and most mysterious, imbued with a 'subjective and secret program.' Five days later, he is dead. After a decade, his brother and nephew still struggle with unrelenting gossip surrounding the composer's death and the symphony's secret. Pathétique explores the all-consuming passions of a great man and those who live in his shadow."

Hey Brother (Nov. 4 at 7:30 PM)
By Bekah Brunstetter
Directed by Maxwell Williams
"Big brother Ben is a financial planner with an alpha-male attitude. Little brother Isaac is a graduate student in history, used to finishing in second place. When a mysterious young woman hunting for her own history comes into their lives, the love/ hate relationship between them is put to the test in this darkly funny adult drama."

The Ping and the Pang (Nov. 5 at 2 PM)
By Matthew Schneck
Directed by Jenn Thompson
"When a man reluctantly visits a psychiatrist for the first time, he is subjected to a bizarre and aggressive new talk therapy technique. Is his doctor helping him to face his real issues? Or merely pushing him past the brink of sanity? The human psyche, the collective unconscious, and funny-tasting kool-aid combine in this outlandish and hilarious existentialist comedy." The House That Will Not Stand (Nov. 5 at 7:30 PM)
By Marcus Gardley
Directed by Hana S. Sharif
"Set in 1836, against the backdrop of Faubourg Tremé in New Orleans, Marcus Gardley weaves a poetic tale of three sisters trapped beneath the oppressive thumb of their unyielding mother in a mandated six month period of mourning. As the summer heat intensifies, passion, jealousy, and fear collide in this explosive reimagining of Federico Garcia Lorca's The House of Bernarda Alba."

Days of Rage (Nov. 6 at 2 PM)
By Steven Levenson
Directed by Darko Tresnjak
"1969. As the summer of love darkens into a long and bitter winter, a group of young activists makes plans for the Revolution from a dilapidated farmhouse in upstate New York. Jenny, a college dropout and a daughter of privilege, begins to have second thoughts about her role in the movement. As paranoia and political divisions threatening to tear the collective apart, Jenny must choose between following the dictates of her heart and a Revolution that may never come."

A playwrights panel will also be held Nov. 6 at 11 AM, moderated by Manhattan Theatre Club director of artistic development, Jerry Patch.

For tickets and more information, phone (860) 527-5151 or visit hartfordstage.org.

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