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New Works Festival 2018

New Works Festival 2018
Connection, collaboration, and creative chaos reign at the WKU New Works Festival! Experience a range of innovative, original performances and enjoy the excitement of being part of something absolutely new!

Adult language and content. Recommended for mature audiences.

March 1 - 4, 2018
Lab Theatre, Gordon Wilson Hall
Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 8:00 p.m. CST
Sunday at 3:00 p.m. CST
Suggested Donation $5 at the door
Seating is limited!

Click on the "Tickets" button at the right for a list of Performances and Dates.

Thursday/Saturday Performances:

The First Breath
Creator/Choreographers: Shyama Iyer, Becca Willenbrink

We all share a need to communicate and we are all soldiers in the battle for survival. How do our stories and words align, create, and call us to fight?

Playwright: Julia Taylor
Director: Deanna Oglesby

College students with conflicting religious backgrounds realize that fundamentally, we are all more alike than we are different.

Fragments: A Scrapbook of American Mental Health
Playwright: Lauren Hanson
Director: Emily Lawrence

In the wake of a young woman's death, six characters' stories intersect to facilitate an exploration of mental illness in America.

A Letter to Rebecca
Playwright: Mason Stevens
Director: Emily Lawrence

All Bernard wants is to write a letter to the girl of his dreams, but he can't seem to find the right words. Lucky for him, he might just get some help from a cast of mystical pals!


Indirect Kill
Playwright: Cole Sweasy
Director: Lauren Hanson

Two young acquaintances struggle to deal with the suicide of a former friend.

What We Tell Ourselves
Playwright/Composer: Gabriel Pless
Director: Darian Doom-DeVoto

Christopher and Allison are in love; Molly is the one that got away. In this musical, the concept of love is explored through the eyes of three young people caught in a classic love triange.

Playwright/Actor: Brooke Ashley Eden
Director: Baylee Morton

Through spoken word poetry, story telling & videography //home// explores what it means to be home, how to find home, and what it means to never feel at home.

Friday/Sunday Performances:

Art Sucks (and Other Lies I Tell Myself)
Playwright/Performer: Travis Ryan
Director: Jacob Chamberlain

In this solo performance, amateur comedian Travis Ryan explores life, love, and why people make theatre. But mostly just the last thing.

More Than Crazy
Playwright: Adrianna Waters
Director: Cassie Seifert

Characters reflect on their passions, struggles, and the way society treats them based on their mental illnesses, even though they are all much more than their individual diagnosis.

Playwright: Cavan Hendron
Director: Kylie Bacskowski

While home alone, teenager Diana Romack gets a phone call that brings everything to a screeching halt.

Eat Your Feelings
Playwrights/Actors: Asya Hildenbrand, Reagan Stovenour
Director: Paige Brouillette

They're beautiful, they're domestic, they're smart, and they're hiding something. There's more to these 50's houswives than meets the eye...


Story Time with Uncle Mason
Playwright/Performer: Mason Stevens
Director: Jarred Corona

Tired of laughing at yourself? Take a break from of all of that self-deprication and laugh at my misfortunes instead!

Rocco and Ada's Gnarly Journey
Playwright: Morgan Stevens
Director: Matthew Kerman

Young heavy metal enthusiasts Rocco and Ada will do anything to obtain eternal rock n' roll glory - including upset the balance of supernatural forces in the universe.

Bada Bing Bada Boom Burlesque
Co-Directors/Choreographers/Performers: Reagan Stovenour, Bernadette Turnage, Sabrina Sieg

A show by women, for women, and about women that is a celebration of the feminine form!

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