Emerson Stage

NewFest 2013: Catatonia

By Dan Robert, BA Theatre Studies '13, Winner of the Rod Parker Playwriting Fellowship*
Directed by Joe Antoun

In a chaotic but cozy apartment, a young woman named Molly is deep in a quarter-life crisis. When she is unexpectedly visited by ghosts of the literary past, she is forced to reckon head-on with the sad state of her disintegrating marriage, her sexually manipulative affair, and her cosmically twisted spiral downward. 


Jackie Liebergott Black Box (Directions)
March 21–24, 2013

Thursday, March 21: 8:00 pm
Friday, March 22: 8:00 pm
Saturday, March 23: 2:00 pm & 8:00 pm
Sunday, March 24: 2:00 pm

Approximate running time: 80 minutes with no intermission

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Tickets: $12 General Audience, $8 Emerson Community

Creative Team

Director   Joe Antoun
Playwright, Rod Parker Playwriting Fellow   Dan Robert
Scenic Designer   Katie Burkhart
Costume Designer   Sarie Gessner
Lighting Designer   Jaimie Curran
Sound Designer   Joshua Klein
Dramaturg   Robin Goldberg
Stage Manager   Kevin Ignatius Dwyer

Acting Company

Molly   Erin Berry
Jack   Forrest Tiffany
Adam   Anthony Masters
Constance   Tiana Tuttle
Margaret   Caroline Rhymer

NewFest Readings

Each year, a selection of NewFest submissions are presented as staged readings, providing playwrights an opportunity to work with student directors and actors to further develop his/her play. 

Greene Theater (Directions)
March 27 and 28, 2013

Wednesday, March 27: 7:30 pm
Thursday, March 28: 7:30 pm

Tickets: Free and open to the general public

Readings on Wednesday, March 27:

A Touch of Stars
by Lina Benich, BFA Stage/Production Management '16

Right There With Me
by Bryan Curran, BA Theatre Education '13

Couch Troll
by Jamie Hovis, BA Theatre Studies '14

Mixed Signals
by Allison Raynor, BA Theatre Education: Performance '16

by Robin Goldberg, BA Theatre Studies: Playwriting '15

Readings on Thursday, March 28:

Lady Liberty's Fall
by Lilliana Winkworth, BA Theatre Studies: Performance '13

Mr. Dog's Long Journey Home
by Nash Hightower, BFA Acting '14

The Grad Party
by Leandro Benzaquin, BFA Writing, Literature, and Publishing '13

And a special reading of Halloween by Griffin "Griff" O'Brien.
Griff, a Visual and Media Arts student, was a celebrated member of the Emerson community, who sadly passed away this summer. Read more about Griff »