The Rand Theater
Play development is the heart of American theater, and UMass New Play Lab is our contribution to keeping that heartbeat strong. Each year, the team in charge of this project puts its own spin on things, and we can't wait to see how this year's group will innovate to bring us the best and brightest upcoming writers.
The Curtain Theater
Created through interviews with the citizens of Reading, PA, Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Sweat deftly and unflinchingly examines the complicated ways race, class, and gender intersect in a struggling factory town. Nottage’s well-drawn characters stir us to think about how we overlook what hate can look like and how close it is to us, until we are forced to confront it.