McCarter to Showcase 3 New Works at 2019 Spotlight New Play Festival

Readings and Workshops   McCarter to Showcase 3 New Works at 2019 Spotlight New Play Festival
The festival of intimate readings will feature new plays by Jiehae Park, Alexis Scheer, and Selina Fillinger.
Jiehae Park
Jiehae Park

McCarter Theatre Center has unveiled the lineup for its 2019 Spotlight New Play Festival. A product of the McCarter's LAB initiative, the annual festival will showcase three new play readings by playwrights Alexis Scheer, Jiehae Park, and Selina Fillinger.

Selina Fillinger
Selina Fillinger

The McCarter LAB is a year-round creative incubator that provides support to writers at all stages of their careers. Fostering the development of new plays, adaptations, musicals, and investigations into the classics, the LAB consists of readings, workshops, the Sallie B. Goodman Artists’ Retreat, commissions, and the annual Spotlight presentation.

Readings will take place in the rehearsal-room-turned-performance-studio within the Roger S. Berlind Theatre. Check out the lineup below.

January 25 at 7 PM
Our Dear Dead Drug Lord
Written and directed by Alexis Scheer
Four high school girls. An elite club. A treehouse. Pablo Escobar. This wild thriller tests the limits of imagination and what happens when teenagers’ harmless fun turns into something much more threatening.

January 28 at 7 PM
Untitled Aging Play
By Jiehae Park
Directed by Knud Adams
In this delicate, moving McCarter commission, a couple contemplates and explores the effects of aging on their bodies, their minds, and their relationships.

February 4 at 7 PM
POTUS, Or Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive
By Selina Fillinger
Directed by Jennifer Chambers
When the President unwittingly spins a PR nightmare into a global crisis, the women he most relies upon risk their careers, families, and freedom to save the day. Fillinger’s female-centered farce is a rowdy and irreverent look at sex and politics.

Tickets are $15 and available online at, by phone at (609) 258-2787, or in person at the theatre.

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