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X Dance and NewFest New Works Festival

A month-long celebration of the creativity of Emerson students. The Rod Parker Playwriting Award and NewFest are both funded by the generous support of Rod Parker ’51. Mr. Parker wrote his first play while an undergraduate at Emerson College, and in 1991 made the Playwrights Festival possible by creating an endowment to fund fellowships for student playwrights and support the first productions of their work.

X Dance
March 27-30, 2014

Choreography by 

  • Kaitlyn Frank
  • Gabriel Nesser
  • Olivia Moriarty
  • Cassie Schauble
  • Cassie Samuels

Artistic Direction by Marlena Yannetti

Greene Theater Directions
TICKETS: $12 GENERAL AUDIENCE, $8 EMERSON COMMUNITY
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The Listener

By James Holod Kennedy, '14 - winner of the Rod Parker Playwriting Fellowship
Directed by Joe Antoun

March 13-16, 2014
Greene Theatre Directions
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As The Listener, Jillian Burns provides a safe space for clients to tell their most personal stories, secure in the knowledge that since she is Deaf, their stories cannot be heard – or shared. What her clients don’t know is that The Listener is an excellent lipreader. She relies on the secrets of others to make herself feel powerful, because she knows too well that being Deaf in a Hearing world often makes you vulnerable. But keeping secrets is lonely, and when a hopeful new friendship reveals surprising information, Jillian must ask herself whether it represents a chance for forgiveness or revenge.

Written by an Emerson undergraduate, winner of the 2014 Rod Parker Playwriting Award.

NewFest Readings

Staged readings from selected script submissions to the Rod Parker Playwriting Fellowship.

Artistic Direction by Joe Antoun
Semel Theatre, March 18 & 20 & 22, 2014

All Reading events are free and open to the public. Non-Emerson community members should enter the theatre through the Tufte Lobby. 

March 18
Dirty Water by Kelly Vokes
Directed by Mara Santos 
and

….And a Happy New Year by Zak Stevens
Directed by Anthony Masters

March 20
Gavin by Pablo Milla
Directed by Sarah Metcalf
and

Ad Nauseum by Jamie Hovis
Directed by Kimberly MacCormick

NewFest Readings

Staged readings from selected script submissions to the Rod Parker Playwriting Fellowship.
Artistic Direction by Joe Antoun

March 22
Ten-minute plays and Cabaret

Four 10-minute plays, directed by Harshil Gagoomal:

  •  A Lifelong Companion by Julian Aldana-Tejada
  • Ghost Girl by Lina Benich
  • Terrible Hearts by Mitchell Buckley
  • Mixed Signals by Allison Raynor

Plus seven new songs:
I'd like to stay
Music and lyrics by Nicky Brownson

Already 21
Music and Lyrics by Patrick Greeley 

Mr. Lullaby / My Moon
Music & Lyrics by Misha Lambert
Arranged by Nicky Brownson

Cut and Run
Music and Lyrics by Patrick Greeley

Circumstances
Music and lyrics by Nicky Brownson

Didn't Think at All
Music and Lyrics by Patrick Greeley

Valentine
Music & Lyrics by Misha Lambert
Arranged by Nicky Brownson

Songs performed by 
Nicky Brownson • Kristen DiMercurio • Patrick Greeley 
Alexis Harter • Misha Lambert • Sara Matar • Nicco Walsh