Long Wharf Theatre will present three new plays in September as part of its fourth annual New Works Festival. The festival will take place September 21-22 on Long Wharf's Stage II, and will feature new plays by Angella Emurwon, Kevin Artigue, and Torrey Townsend, whose play The Workshop debuted to critical acclaim Off-Broadway last season.
The lineup is outlined below.
Strings by Emurwon, directed by Leah C. Gardiner, will be presented September 21 at 7 PM. “Strings is a gorgeous, rich family drama set in small village in Uganda about the return of the family patriarch after 20 years. It’s a beautifully wrought universal story that asks how you reckon with the choices you’ve made in your life,” says Long Wharf's literary manager and the curator of the festival, Christine Scarfuto.
Artigue’s Sheepdog, also directed by Gardiner, will take place September 22 at 5:30 PM. “This play speaks to a lot of the issues America is facing right now surrounding police violence in the black community, both from an intellectual and emotional perspective,” says Scarfuto. “It’s also a riveting story. It really pulls you in.”
Night Workers by Townsend, directed by Knud Adams, will be presented September 22 at 8 PM. “People from all walks of life find a communal strength in each other in this play. It’s a raw, funny, and moving tribute to people on the road to recovery from addiction. It’s about the resilience of the human spirit and how we find the will to go on when there isn’t a reason to,” says Scarfuto.
Tickets are $10 each, or all three readings for $25. Reservations can be made by calling (203) 787-4282 or visiting LongWharf.org.