NYU's Tisch Kicks Off Emerging Playwrights Initiative with A WORLD BENEATH Reading 11/10

NYU's Tisch School of the Arts has announced a new alumni initiative for emerging playwrights. The inaugural year kicks off with reading of Neena Beber's A WORLD BENEATH at the Cherry Lane Theater on November 10 at 7pm.

NYU's Tisch School of the Arts alumna and Dean's Council Member Elizabeth Hemmerdinger (MFA, Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing) and Tisch East Alumni Council have created BEHIND THE SCENES @ TISCH, a new alumni initiative created to give a new generation of playwrights a forum to develop their work and connect to the community of professional theater artists.

Behind the Scenes @ Tisch will accept submissions of one-act plays annually, for review by a panel of industry professionals and Tisch alumni.  Under the leadership of renowned playwright and Tisch faculty member Eduardo Machado, this annual festival will offer staged readings, open to the public, of new plays. 

"Behind the Scenes is a way for NYU to continue to fulfill its commitment to the artistic life of its alumni," Mr. Machado explained. Mr. Machado serves as Artistic Director of the Off-Broadway company INTAR and is also an acclaimed playwright (The Cook, Havana is Waiting, Kissing Fidel, Stevie Wants To Play The Blues, among many others) and author (Tastes Like Cuba: An Exile's Hunger For Home).

The first public reading will be of Neena Beber's play, A World Beneath, on November 10th (7PM) at the Cherry Lane Theater (28 Commerce Street).  Jessica Hecht (pictured; "Friends") and Peter Frechette (The Miracle of St. Anna) will be among the cast.

Ms. Beber is a 1989 MFA graduate of the Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing at Tisch, whose plays include Jump/Cut, Hard Feelings, The Dew Point, A Common Vision, Tomorrowland, The Brief but Exemplary Life of the Living Goddess, Thirst, and Failure to Thrive. Her work has been done at theatres across the country, including Playwrights Horizons, The Public Theatre, Circle Rep, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Women's Project and Lincoln Center Director's Lab in New York, as well as GeVa Theatre, South Coast Rep, and The Magic Theatre (San Francisco) among others.. In other writing projects, Ms. Beber's children's television writing has garnered Emmy and Ace Award nominations, including serving as Head Writer of "Clarissa Explains it All" (Nickelodeon) and "Little Bear" (Nick Jr.), which she adapted for television from the Maurice Sendak/Elsa Minarek book series; she also adapted Erica Jong's feminist version of Rip Van Winkle for HBO's Happily Ever After series.

Limited seating available.  For reservations, contact fbush@nyu.edu.

Photo credit: Walter McBride/Retna Ltd.


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