A Guide to the Works

This year's New Works Festival runs seven days with performances beginning at 10:30am each day and ending around midnight. Works are being performed in a variety of spaces around the Winship Drama Building, 23rd and San Jacinto, some of them quite small and able to seat only 15 to 50 people, so it's a good idea to arrive early if you want to be assured of a seat.

Thanks to sponsorship of the University Co-op, all performances and events are free. For more information, visit www.coopnwf.org. Descriptions provided by UT's Department of Theatre & Dance.

Ashes, Ashes

by Eve Tulbert; directed by Dustin Wills

A dark fairy tale for our time, blending real stories of children living with industrial pollution and the myths of Baba Yaga and Kali. (90 min.)

Brockett Theatre, Tuesday, 12:30pm; Wednesday, 9pm; Saturday, 2pm

Between This Breath and You

by Naomi Wallace; directed by Corey Atkins

Obie-Award winner Naomi Wallace explores the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through an Israeli janitor, an American nurse, and a Palestinian patient at a West Bank medical clinic. (120 min.)

Avaya Auditorium 2.302, Applied Computational and Experimental Sciences Building, Wednesday, 2pm; Thursday, 7:30pm

Breaking Boundaries: Listen to Our Voices

created by Diversity Arts Collective

A performance questioning and celebrating the experiences of women of color at UT. (90 min.)

Winship 2.180, Thursday, 2pm; Saturday, 11am; Sunday, 3pm

"By the Hand of Mother"

created by Candida Nichols

An installation of photographs about mothers and children, based on texts from dramatic literature and opera, complemented by lighting and sound.

Brockett Booth Hall, Tuesday, 6pm, through Sunday, 6:30pm

Choreography Exhibit

created by Kristen Frankiewicz, Ashley DePalermo, and Kara Liotta

Performance of original work by student choreographers in experimental and scientific parameters. (90 min.)

Lab Theatre, Wednesday, 5:30pm; Friday, 1:30pm; Saturday, 4pm


created by Mary A. Chase, Jenny Connell, and Jennifer J. Madison; directed by Katy Hallee

Multidisciplinary performance exploring love, memory, and the space between this life and the next. (90 min.)

Payne Theatre, Thursday, 7:30pm; Friday, 11am; Saturday, 2:30pm


created by Diego Larrea and Andy Harold

On the night of the infamous UFO crash in New Mexico in 1947, a mysterious woman arrives in Corona, the town closest to the crash site. (120 min.)

Brockett Theatre, Wednesday, 4pm; Saturday, 9pm; Sunday, 11am

Deep in Disbear

by Ryan Pavelchik (90 min.)

Winship 1.134, Wednesday, 4pm; Thursday, 7pm; Saturday, 8pm

The Dyslexia Theatre Project

created by Spencer Sutterfield

A docudrama based on more than a dozen interviews exploring the visible and invisible worlds of dyslexia. (90 min.)

Winship 2.180, Wednesday, 12:30pm; Friday, 9:30pm; Saturday, 5pm

Elephant's Graveyard

by George Brant; directed by Charles Otte

A play in workshop combining historical fact and legend in its portrayal of the only known lynching of an elephant in America. (90 min.)

Lab Theatre, Tuesday, 12:30pm; Thursday, 9pm; Saturday, 8pm


created by Kim H. Ngo; produced by Victor R. Moyers; written by Kim Beverett and Robbie Walker

A short film by costume designers in which one costume designer navigates the unlikely pitfalls of actors, directors, and the always looming fitting. With the performance, "Raven Study."

Winship B.202, Tuesday, 1 & 6:30pm; Wednesday, 10:30am, 3, & 6:30pm; Thursday, 1:30 & 6:30pm; Friday, 4pm; Saturday, 1:30 & 7pm; Sunday, noon

For Which It Stands

created and performed by the UT Connections Ensemble

Austin area high school students examine the relationship between government control and personal freedom. (120 min.)

Winship 2.180, Wednesday, 7:30pm; Friday, 6:30pm; Saturday, 1:30pm


by Jenny Keto; directed by Anne-Marie McKaskle

A play in workshop about photographer Diane Arbus, who focuses on anomalies of human nature and their function in creating isolation. (60 min.)

Winship 1.134, Tuesday, 9pm; Thursday, noon; Friday, 2:30pm

Futari Tomo (performed with Thel)

created by Angie Ahlgren

Literally "two people together" – a new Japanese taiko drumming composition.

Payne Theatre, Tuesday, 7pm; Thursday, noon; Saturday, 6:30pm

God of the Gaps

by Sarah Myers; directed by Kelly Howe

Absurd and earnest look at the intelligent-design controversy from a pro-science perspective explored in a play reading and interactive workshop. (180 min.)

Winship 2.180, Tuesday, 1pm; Friday, 10:30am; Saturday, 8pm

Hear This

created by Leanne Zacharias and Gregory Cornelius

Multimedia musical work deconstructing the concert rituals that shape our experience of art music. (90 min.)

Winship 1.172, Thursday, 11:30am; Friday, 7pm; Saturday, 2:30pm

"The Knot"

created by Julie Nathanielsz

Dance investigating the geometry and origins of "the dream of the protection that is closest to us" – that is, our everyday garments. (30 min.)

Brockett Theatre, Wednesday, 11am; Thursday, 9:30pm; Saturday, 6pm

Kouti Anthropinos

conceived, choreographed, and directed by Kirstin Grbic, Yonatan Mendelsberg, and Alex Wood

Multimedia performance aligning contemporary dance with pedestrian movement, video, music, set, and audience interaction to portray the nature of humanism. (90 min.)

Brockett Theatre, Thursday, 12:30pm; Saturday, 11am; Sunday, 4pm

Love, Candy

by Erica Saleh

Play in workshop that looks at love, sex, and Andy Warhol through the eyes of famed transvestite Candy Darling. (60 min.)

Winship 1.134, Wednesday, 11:30am; Friday, 7:30pm; Sunday, 11am

MFA Actors

written and performed by Fajer Al-Kaisi, Anastasia Coon, Robbie Ann Darby, Blake Delong, Yesenia Garcia, Corey Jones, Colum Morgan, Simon Provan, Kate Roberts, Jeremy Selim, Dorcas Sowunmi, and Natalie Wheeler

Showcase of solo performances developed by UT graduate actors. Three programs, each presented once. (120 min.)

Lab Theatre, Tuesday, 8pm; Thursday, 4:30pm; Friday, 7pm

People Watching

created by Alex Cogburn and Autumn Mackey; directed by Cogburn

Site-specific performance bringing life to a narrative collection of visual art. (60 min.)

Winship 1.134, Tuesday, 11:30am; Thursday, 4pm; Sunday, 5:30pm


created by Yvonne Boudreaux; choreographed by Andee Scott

Design/dance installation with dancers suspended 70 feet from the Payne ceiling, treating the back wall as a floor. (60 min.)

Payne Theatre, Tuesday, 9:30pm; Friday, 4:30pm; Saturday, 9:30pm

Querencia: A Search for Home

written and performed by Michelle Dvoskin, April Gentry-Sutterfield, Kristin Leahey, Elizabeth Mcketta, Priscilla Sample, and Meg Sullivan

Collection of (auto)biographical solo performances that weave performers' personal narratives with the lives of the historical women they portray. (120 min.)

Winship 1.134, Tuesday, 4:30pm; Saturday, 11am; Sunday, 1:30pm

"Raven Study"

directed and choreographed by Charlotte Griffin; produced by Christopher Rusch; direction of photography by Iskra Valtcheva

Interdisciplinary synthesis of music, choreography, visual art, and film production elements inspired by the film genre of dance for the camera. With the short film "Fit." (4 min.)

Winship B.202, Tuesday, 1 & 6:30pm; Wednesday, 10:30am, 3, & 6:30pm; Thursday, 1:30 & 6:30pm; Friday, 4pm; Saturday, 1:30 & 7pm; Sunday, noon

RTF Films

B.202, Tuesday, 8pm; Wednesday, 4:30pm; Thursday, 4pm; Friday, 11am; Saturday, 10:30am & 4:30pm; Sunday, 4pm


by Susan Gayle Todd; directed by Fadi Skeiker

Play/prequel based on Shakespeare's The Tempest performed in ritualistic, sensational, and poetic style. (120 min.)

Winship 2.180, Thursday, 8pm; Friday, 2:30pm; Sunday, 11am

Thel (performed with Futari Tomo)

created by Meg Brooker

Trio choreographed in the Isadora Duncan dance technique and inspired by the themes of desire and impermanence in William Blake's The Book of Thel.

Payne Theatre, Tuesday, 7pm; Thursday, noon; Saturday, 6:30pm


by David Modigliani; guest-directed by Katie Pearl

A man, a woman, a laptop computer: love in the age of information. Out of his turntables, a DJ spins this story of digital addiction and human connection. (90 min.)

Payne Theatre, Wednesday, 8pm; Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 11am

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