UTNT (UT New Theatre)

The University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance presents UTNT (UT New Theatre). UTNT is an annual showcase of new plays from third-year playwrights in the M.F.A. Playwriting Program.

The Department of Theatre and Dance and Michener Center for Writers have been heralded nationally as incubators for new work (American Theatre). Notable alumni of these programs include Lisa D’ Amour (2011 Pulitzer Prize Finalist, Detroit), Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig (2011 Wasserstein Award Recipient, The World of Extreme Happiness), George Brant (2008 Keene Prize for Literature, Elephant’s Graveyard), and Kirk Lynn (2011 USA Fellow in Theatre Arts). UTNT curator and UT professor Steven Dietz shares, “Tomorrow's plays are at UTNT today. UTNT is known as the launching pad to award-winning and widely produced new work for the American stage.”

We are pleased to present the following preview productions in the Lab Theatre December 3-7, 2014.


By Patrick Shaw
Directed by Tamara Carroll

December 3 at 7:30 p.m. and December 6 at 2:00 p.m.
Sally and Pam’s roommate, Jules, leaves them in the lurch when she takes off for Germany to understand her roots.  Now, in the mysterious company of their new middle-aged German sublet, the young women begin to question whether they’re living the life they feel they deserve.  But when Jules returns with a second German stranger, they uncover an improbable link between the Occupy movement, East German prisons, and the cheap furniture filling their lower Manhattan apartment.

Hold Me Well

By Eva Suter
Directed by Katie Bender
December 4 at 7:30 p.m. and December 6 at 11:00 a.m.
Years ago, a brutal war wiped out half of the world’s population (the half with Y chromosomes). Now a group of women protect a cooler containing the hope for humanity's future. As dangerous forces loom nearer, paranoia and jealousy turn shadows of trees into grabbing hands and misunderstanding into betrayal. In a world where so much has changed, what is still the same?

Good Day

By Diana Lynn Small
Directed by Pirronne Yousefzadeh
December 5 at 7:30 p.m. and December 7 at 2:00 p.m.
A prodigal daughter returns home, only she can’t get any farther than the front lawn. When three seemingly inconsequential strangers arrive for house calls, she’s pulled and pushed towards the front door and a life-changing confession. Under the auspices of California sunshine and a suburban wasps nest, an average “good day” is revealed to be made-up of so much more in this meditation on grief and reconciliation.

Lyla School

By Brian Kettler
Directed by Jess Hutchinson
December 6 at 7:30 p.m. and December 7 at 5:00 p.m.
Mary and Ahmed are best friends at Lyla School, a progressive, arts-based academy. They are driven apart when a violent event occurs during a process-drama simulation. Twenty years later, they reconnect as broken adults. Still haunted by their shared, tragic past, they fight to move forward with their lives and uncover the lingering mysteries of Lyla School. 

Previous Seasons


Annie Jump and the Library of Heaven by Reina Hardy
Advance Man by Abe Koogler 
'ratio Visual Narrative by William Anderson and Text Narrative by David Turkel 
Still Now
by Katie Bender
Or, "The One with the Dogs"
by Briandaniel Oglesby


Dream of Perfect Sleep by Kevin Kautzman
70 Secrets of Marmalade Kittens by Gabrielle Reisman
The Kingdom by Andrew Hinderaker
A Perfect Robot by Sarah Saltwick


Bacha Bazi (Boy Play) by Gabriel Jason Dean
The Chronicles of Bad Ass Women by Holli Gipson
River City by Diana Grisanti
Static by Tom Horan


Yours by Meghan Kennedy
Rivers of January by Ben Snyder


White Tie Ball by Martin Zimmerman
Blue Point by Kyle John Schmidt
The Tides of Aberdeen by Erin Phillips  


Lidless by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig
Portrait by Jenny Connell


The Chev by Robert Sanchez
Split by Erica Saleh
Why Koreans Don't Hug by Soo-Jin Lee