National NewBorn Festival

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Country and Region United StatesNew York
Type of Festival Drama
Location of Festival New York, New York, USA
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Maieutic Theatre Works

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Since 2006 the National NewBorn Festival is Maieutic Theatre Works’ (MTWorks) playwriting competition and flagship program created to find talented emerging playwrights from across the US, introduce their work to the New York community, and open new doors to regional voices. MTWorks embraces its’ mission by presenting plays that do not take place in New York City, many of the past selections from the festival have had productions by MTWorks and other notable companies. Readings are free and open to the public.

Festival Dates February 5 - 8, 2014
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Plays 2012:
  • Thursday, February 2, 2012 at 7:00pm
    The Tragedy of Dandelion, by Duncan Pflaster
    Directed by Leah Bonvissuto
    Produced by London Griffith
    • The Princess Dandelion dresses as a boy in order to escape her rapist and would-be husband. Traveling through her society, she meets nuns, soldiers, clowns, and falls in love with another princess. Written entirely in iambic pentameter.
  • Friday, February 3, 2012 at 7:00pm
    Denny and Lila, by August Schulenburg
    Directed by Tom Wojtunik
    Produced by Jessica Thornhill
    • After her husband Marcus divorces her for their much younger maid Lucia, Mary turns to the con artist team of Denny, Lila and Jabber for revenge. They take the job, with Denny pretending to be the Nerdua-quoting electrician ‘Fred’ to seduce Lucia; and Lila pretending to be the daftly charming British novelist ‘Mara’ to seduce Marcus. All goes well until Denny develops an unexpected connection to Nettie, Mary and Marcus’ manic-depressive daughter.
  • Saturday, February 4, 2012 at 5:00pm
    Absinthe, by Joe Musso
    Directed by Dev Bondarin
    Produced by Martha Goode
    • It’s July 1900, and a race riot has engulfed New Orleans, sparked by a black man killing two white policemen. At first, the violence on the streets is far removed from the genteel parlor of Grace Newman, a blind white woman cared for by her house servant, Curtis, a former slave owned by Grace’s father. Grace and Curtis’s relationship is forged by respect and compassion. However, their true feelings for each other must remain hidden from Grace’s racist brother Henry, a Civil War vet who fought for the South and who is hell-bent on bringing justice to a black man who killed two white policemen. As a race riot in the streets unfolds, Grace and Curtis’s relationship unravels.
  • Saturday, February 4, 2012 at 8:00pm — RESIDENT READING
    On Egdon Heath, a new adaptation by David Stallings from Thomas Hardy’s novel The Return of the Native
    Directed by Glory Kadigan
    Produced by David Stallings
    • Award-winning playwright David Stallings’ adapts one of the most powerful works of famed author Thomas Hardy, “The Return of the Native.” The ensemble of townspeople On Egdon Heath will take you on a journey of love, passion and folklore, centered on the beautiful and mystical Eustacia Vye. Her hunger for escape and a devastating twist of fate will affect the lives of the Yeobrights, the Wildeves and the heart of the heath. All readings are followed by Question & Answer sessions. It is necessary to reserve a space at readings. Please visit


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