X Dance and NewFest New Works Festival
A month-long celebration of the creativity of Emerson students
By James Holod Kennedy, '14 - winner of the Rod Parker Playwriting Fellowship
Directed by Joe Antoun
March 13-16, 2014
Greene Theatre Directions
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.
Staged readings from selected script submissions to the Rod Parker Playwriting Fellowship.
Artistic Direction by Joe Antoun
Semel Theatre, March 18 & 20, 2014
Gavin by Pablo Milla
Directed by Sarah Metcalf
Ad Nauseum by Jamie Hovis
Directed by Kimberly MacCormick
Dirty Water by Kelly Vokes
Directed by Mara Santos
….And a Happy New Year by Zak Stevens
Directed by Anthony Masters
NewFest Ten-minute Plays and Cabaret
Directed by Harshil Gagoomal
Semel Theatre, March 22, 2014
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.
Choreography by Emeson College students
Artistic Direction by Marlena Yannetti
March 27-30, 2014
Greene Theater Directions
Tickets: $12 General Audience, $8 Emerson community
Festival pass: $20 General audience, $15 Emerson community