12th Annual Carlotta Festival of New Plays
By Miranda Rose Hall
Directed by kevin hourigan
Ed, a Jesuit priest, returns to the icy and isolated community of Bethlehem, Alaska, in a last-ditch effort to reconcile with his estranged family. Upon arrival, he finds a town still shaken by a tragedy that struck five years ago. As Ed and the community test the limits of their capacity to forgive, Ed unexpectedly falls in love with a stranger beneath the starry Alaskan sky.
By Sarah B. Mantell
Directed by Jesse Rasmussen
Jessica and Lorenzo are in love, but in order to be together they must plan an escape from her father's house, the Venetian ghetto, and her entire culture. Taking place in the gaps between The Merchant of Venice and the realities of Jewish history, Everything That Never Happened is a play about a father, a daughter, and everything Shakespeare left out.
An understanding of a West African folktale
By TORI SAMPSON
Directed by ELIZABETH DINKOVA
In Affreakah-Amirrorkah, an imaginary but uncannily familiar place, debutantes Akim, Adama, Kaya, and Massassi embody the culture’s notion of Beauty in all its shades and shapes. Still, something about Akim sets her apart, and her allure makes her a target for Massassi and her pretty, jealous peers. If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be a Muhfucka weaves contemporary African and American cultures into a sweeping journey about what—and whom—we suppress in pursuit of an ideal always just beyond reach.
Photos © Joan Marcus