New Works by Belber, Wright and Tectonic Play in "Brand:NEW Fest" at Harftord, June 9-13

News   New Works by Belber, Wright and Tectonic Play in "Brand:NEW Fest" at Harftord, June 9-13
Hartford Stage presents new plays by Stephen Belber, David Cale, Daisy Foote, Joe Hortua, Reno, Edwin Sánchez, Craig Wright and the Tectonic Theater Project for its "Brand:NEW Festival of New Works," June 9-13.

The fifth annual event will also include an evening of short plays by the winners of Write On!, Hartford Stage’s 3rd annual teenage playwriting competition. Running at the Connecticut company's mainstage will be the world premiere production of Peter & Jerry by Edward Albee. The schedule of "Brand:NEW 2004" is as follows:

  • June 9 - 7:30 PM A Moment of Dignity - by Write On! Winners
    The 8 winning one-act entries by teens on the title theme.
  • June 10 - 7:30 PM For Reele by Stephen Belber, (directed by Doug Hughes)
    The past of an exonerated African-American, formerly on death row for an 18-year-old murder charge, comes back into question when he gains support for a Senate seat.
  • June 10 - 10 PM The God Show written and performed by Reno
    The downtown New York City favorite brings her take on today's hot topics.
  • June 11 - 7:30 PM World Thrown Tizzy by Joe Hortua (directed by Jeremy B. Cohen)
    Three filmmakers consider the possibility of turning a conversation between three retirees on a beach into a movie.
  • June 12 - 12 PM Bhutan by Daisy Foote (directed by Evan Yionulis)
    The drama which follows a New England family's ups and downs after the death of their father.
  • June 12 - 4 PM Stories from Jonestown and the Peoples Temple by Leigh Fondakowski with Greg Pierotti, Stephen Wangh and Margo Hall (performed by Tectonic Theatre Company)
    The documentary theatre work about the 900 cult followers of Jim Jones who in 1978 took their lives en masse in Guyana.
  • June 12 - 7:30 PM Grace by Craig Wright (directed by Michael Wilson)
    Based on a true story, time and circumstance work mysteriously for a married couple who deal with a newfound love and failing health simultaneously.
  • June 13 -12 PM Playwrights Panel
  • June 13 - 4 PM La Bella Familia by Edwin Sánchez
    A darkly comic tale involving a killer, a bully, a mother, a son and a foster child in one family.
  • June 13 -7:30 PM A Likely Story written and performed by David Cale
    Portraits of a nude housewife, a man intimate with Judy Garland, a Hollywood star, a woman in a karaoke bar and an investment banker — all at a crossroads. "Brand:NEW" readings will be held at Hartford Stage’s Rehearsal Studios, 942 Main Street (The Richardson Building/Marriott Residence Inn) in Hartford, CT. Select readings will take place in the John Huntington stage (at 50 Church Street). Limited seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, visit

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