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Theater Performance: UMass New Play Lab

Event Details

March 30, 2017 7:30 pm
April 1, 2017 7:30 pm
April 6, 2017 7:30 pm
April 8, 2017 2:00 pm
April 8, 2017 5:30 pm

Curtain Theater

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
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New works are the lifeblood of the American theater. As a part of UMass’ long tradition of fostering and presenting new works to western Massachusetts, the theater department sponsors a Play Lab every year. 

Play Lab's mission is to help develop plays with bold and fresh forms that give voice to underrepresented communities and stories. Through an intensive selection process, we pick one new script that speaks to our campus community, and offer the playwright the thing they need most: a roomful of talented artists who dedicate a fortnight to helping them polish their rough gem into a diamond.

Audience members are vital to this endeavor because their feedback helps shape the future of these new plays. Come be part of a community that fosters new work.

This year's plays: 

LIFE DEFYING ACTS by Pam Dickler: A tale of two sisters caught in throes of America’s epidemic wave of juvenile depression and young adult suicide, the toll and atonement, recrimination, recovery.

Thursday, March 30, Opening Night at 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 1, Performance at 7:30 pm
Thursday, April 6, Performance at 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 8, Performance at 2 pm


I LOVE SEAN by Sarah Einspanier: Who am I outside of a relationship? How do we connect, communicate when words are underwater? An absurdist modern Karaoke satire on the pursuit of love.

Saturday, April 8 at 5:30 pm


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