Snow closures last weekend delayed the opening of Cornish's 2019 Winter New Works Festival. But with a few adjustments, the entire festival kicks off this weekend with two shows.
The annual Cornish Winter New Works Festival returns with three exciting staged readings from the fourth year playwrights in the Original Works track of the Theater Department. Opening this weekend and running through February 22, the 2019 New Works Festival features new plays by Sienna Méndez, Wilysha Walton, and Anu Brown.
A Willow and No Window by Sienna Mendez
Directed by Katjana Vadebonecoeur
Dramaturgy by Maggie Rogers
Friday, February 15, Raisbeck Performance Hall, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 16, Cornish Main Campus Center, Room 102, 8:00 p.m.
Miriam, age 16, learns the history of the mysterious letters she finds in her Grandmother’s home. As she digs deeper and deeper into a love story told through letters, her family’s history reveals itself before her eyes. A family divided by a longing for something so close you could almost taste it is slowly reminded of the truth of their story. Three generations of women relate to each other through Gertrude Stein and unanswered questions. Time unravels in a tangled web of red string as Miriam attempts to tie the ends together.
by Wilysha Walton
Directed by Claudine Mboligikpelani Nako
Dramaturgy by Christine Sumption
Saturday, February 16, Raisbeck Performance Hall, 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 17, Raisbeck Performance Hall, 7:00 p.m.
In 1940s Tennessee, a young black girl with an imagination larger than her little country town searches for truth about her past to determine her future. But what monsters will stop her in the journey to make her dreams a reality?
The Pigs in Trenchcoats
by Anu Brown
Directed by Michael Place
Dramaturgy by A. Rey Patmatmat
Friday February 22, Raisbeck Performance Hall, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 23, Raisbeck Performance Hall, 8:00 p.m.
It is December 1999, and two girls: Fran and Junie brace themselves for what might be the end of the world. Due to the conspiracy of Y2K, both girls plot to commit a double suicide by the time the clock strikes midnight bringing in the year 2000! As we know it, the world does not end, but for someone it might. When the suicide goes awry, someone may have to make a decision, one that may change them forever. The Pigs in Trenchcoats is a one act play exploring sexuality, feminism, politics, homophobia, and adolescence. Think Romeo and Juliet, without a Romeo, and an additional Juliet. Two Juliets who think the world might end, and maybe even rightfully so.
Raisbeck Hall is located at 2015 Boren Ave. and the Main Campus Center is located at 1000 Lenora.