New Visions
The New School for Drama Directing Festival
September 30 – October 8 and November 11-19, 2016

The New School College of Performing Arts – School of Drama
MFA Directing Festival

Four plays highlight the work of this year’s graduating MFA directors and actors.

September 30th - October 8th

Cape Disappointment

  • by Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen and Developed by Oliver Butler
  • directed by Kate Eminger

A decaying drive-in comes to life with stories of neon moonlight, naughty little girls, and an America you imagine remembering. So sit back, relax, refrain from loud talking and rough-housing, turn off your headlights, enjoy some tasty popcorn, put litter in its place, keep an eye on your children, think about how happy we could be, and remember that this country is full of dark, dark places along dark, dark roadways where dark, dark things can happen.

September 30, 7:00 p.m.
October 1, 8:00 p.m.
October 5, 9:30 p.m.
October 6, 7:00 p.m.
October 7, 9:30 p.m.
October 8, 3:00 p.m.

September 30th - October 8th


  • by David Greig
  • directed by Alice Cash

8000m takes us to the Himalayas, where an exhibition team attempts to summit Lhotse, the fourth highest peak in the world. As climbers undertake the Lhotse face, relationships fragment, shift, and cascade – just like the mountain surrounding them. What is the ultimate cost into this ‘Death Zone?’

September 30, 9:30 p.m.
October 1, 3:00 p.m.
October 5, 7:00 p.m.
October 6, 9:30 p.m.
October 7, 7:00 p.m.
October 8, 8:00 p.m.

November 11th - 19th

Vinegar Tom

  • by Caryl Churchill
  • directed by Daniella Caggiano
  • with original music by Teresa Lotz

In a village in 17th century England, two women are threatened with death for the practice of witchcraft. What is a witch? And is it you? This haunting, subversive play-with-music examines gender, sexuality, and power through a feminist Brechtian lens. Vinegar Tom is a rock concert about hanging witches – with no witches.

November 11, 7:00 p.m.
November 12, 8:00 p.m.
November 16, 9:30 p.m.
November 17, 7:00 p.m.
November 18, 9:30 p.m.
November 19, 3:00 p.m.

November 11th - 19th


  • by Noah Haidle
  • directed by Lana Russel
Two years after a fireman died trying to save a baby from a burning home, his widow is clinging to the past – literally. When a handsome wooer arrives on the scene, the widow must decide between the past she knows and the future she can only imagine. A surprisingly funny and wildly imaginative story of love, grief, and the difficulty of letting go.

November 11, 9:30 p.m.
November 12, 3:00 p.m.
November 16, 7:00 p.m.
November 17, 9:30 p.m.
November 18, 7:00 p.m.
November 19, 8:00 p.m.

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