Columbia University Presents NEW PLAYS NOW Festival, Now thru 5/11
Columbia Stages will present NEW PLAYS NOW, the annual festival of new plays by emerging artists from the MFA Theatre Program at Columbia University School of the Arts. NEW PLAYS NOW will run from tonight, April 17 to May 11 and will feature original works by Paulina Barros, Keith Boynton, Talya Chalef, Angelica Chéri, Pei-Chieh Chiang, Paola Lázaro Muñoz, Alessandra Most, Christina Quintana, Torrey Townsend, and Zhao Binghao.
Performances are held at The Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 West 42nd Street, New York, NY or The Horace Mann Theatre, 120th St. and Broadway, New York, NY. All performances are free and open to the public.
NEW PLAYS NOW
Original Work by the MFA Playwriting Class of 2013
Presented by Columbia University School of the Arts Theatre
APRIL 17 - MAY 11, 2013
The Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 West 42nd St, New York
The Horace Mann Theatre, West 120th St. and Broadway, New York
Tickets: All performances are free and open to the public
Up-to-date information: columbiastages.org
Reservations may be made via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Paulina Barros: THE COMFORT OF NUMBERS
May 9 at 2:30pm and 8pm, May 10 at 2:30pm; The Pershing Square Signature Center
Keith Boynton: THE GUMSHOE AT WAR
May 6 and May 11 at 8pm, May 7 at 2:30pm; The Pershing Square Signature Center
Talya Chalef: L'CHAIM
April 17, 18 and 19 at 8pm, April 20 at 2pm and 8pm; The Horace Mann Theatre
Angelica Chéri: RUBY PLACE NEST ON THE GROUND
May 8 and May 11 at 2:30pm, May 10 at 8pm; The Pershing Square Signature Center
Pei-Chieh Chiang: A VERY LONG LONG JOURNEY IN MEDICINE -
How I Come from Being a Doctor to an Insect Doctor
April 30 at 8pm, May 1 and May 4 at 2:30pm; The Pershing Square Signature Center
Paola Lázaro Muñoz: CONTIGO
April 25 at 2:30pm, April 28 at 2:30pm and 8pm; The Pershing Square Signature Center
Alessandra Most: PRIVATE POLICY a circus in two acts
April 26 at 8pm, April 27 and April 29 at 2:30pm; The Pershing Square Signature Center
Christina Quintana: SCISSORING
May 2 and May 5 at 2:30pm, May 4 at 8pm; The Pershing Square Signature Center
Torrey Townsend: HOME UNIVERSE
April 24 at 2:30pm, April 25 and April 27 at 8pm; The Pershing Square Signature Center
Zhao Binghao: KURUKULLA
May 3 at 2:30pm and 8pm, May 5 at 8pm; The Pershing Square Signature Center
THE COMFORT OF NUMBERS
May 9 at 2:30pm and 8pm, May 10 at 2:30pm
The Pershing Square Signature Center
This is my time. It's mine and it's yours. This is what it feels like. Fall madly in love, fall from a great height, fall incurably ill. What are the odds of these happening to you? Our universe is an infinite number of particles moving haphazardly like dust specks in a sunbeam: colliding, connecting and breaking apart again. One thing is certain, it will not stop. It never does. Enjoy the ride.
Paulina Barros was born and raised in Mexico City. After getting her BA in communication, she studied screenwriting at the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica, Mexico's National Institute of Fine Arts Film School. During 2007 and 2008, she held a fellowship for Playwriting at the Fundación para las Letras Mexicanas, where she started her career in theatre. In September 2010, Paulina moved to New York to pursue her MFA degree in Theatre at Columbia University School of the Arts. Her plays The Tide and Washing Away have received full productions in New York City. She is infinitely grateful to each and every one who has made these last three years what they've been.
Mentor: Paul Lazar
THE GUMSHOE AT WAR
May 6 and May 11 at 8pm, May 7 at 2:30pm
The Pershing Square Signature Center
In this stylish wartime noir, a cynical private detective is assigned to protect a beautiful Jewish refugee on the run from the horrors of the Nazi advance. Can a man who specializes in tracking unfaithful spouses adapt to the world of international espionage?
Keith Boynton is a Brooklyn-based playwright and filmmaker. His works for the stage include Trinity (produced at the Abingdon Theatre, NYC), The Quotable Assassin and Walls (both produced at Altered Stages, NYC), and The Improbable Tragedy of Dr. Ivan Roshashonnavich, which was performed at a benefit by Sam Waterston, Laura Linney, Liam Neeson, and Meryl Streep. His latest feature film, Chasing Home, screened at the Tucson Film and Music Festival, the New York City Independent Film Festival, and the Gotham Screen Film Festival (opening-night film). Some of his film work can be seen at www.crazylakepictures.com. The New York Times called him "a talent worth watching," but they said some mean stuff too.