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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 University of 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.”
The seventh iteration of UTNT will be presented in the Lab Theatre February 27-March 9, 2014.
Annie Jump and the Library of Heaven
By Reina Hardy
February 27, March 1, 7 at 8:00 p.m.
March 9 at 5:00 p.m.
Annie Jump is a 13-year-old science genius whose alien-obsessed father is the laughingstock of Strawberry, Kansas. One night in August, a meteor falls, and Annie meets Althea, an intergalactic supercomputer that manifests itself in the form of a mean girl with really nice hair. Althea’s here to help Annie take humanity from the earth to the stars, but being the Chosen One isn't all glory. What is Althea hiding? And what will Annie have to sacrifice to fulfill her destiny?
By Abe Koogler
February 28, March 6, 8 at 8:00 p.m.
March 2 at 5:00 p.m.
Bear Creek is a small town. So when rumor spreads of an impending visit from the President himself, everyone gets very excited. There's just one problem – no one knows when he's coming, or why. And who's that mysterious man in a dark suit, asking all those questions? A dark comedy about the way we live now.
Visual Narrative by William Anderson
Text Narrative by David Turkel
March 1 at 11:00 a.m.
March 8 at 2:00 p.m.
In the weeks following Hamlet’s death, Horatio navigates a harrowing regime change at Elsinore under the rule of bloody-minded prince Fortinbras.
By Katie Bender
March 2, 9 at 2:00 p.m.
After witnessing the fall of the twin towers, Annie heads to Japan to study Butoh, looking for a dance form that expresses the destruction she can’t comprehend. Ten years later, Annie is diagnosed with stage four cancer and returns to Butoh to prepare for her final dance. Still Now confronts us with the accelerated motion of a woman learning and losing her body, accompanied by the doctors, teachers, friends and lovers that become her partners in movement, to ask the question: what can our bodies teach us that our minds cannot fathom?
Or, "The One with the Dogs"
By Briandaniel Oglesby
March 1 at 2:00 p.m.
March 8 at 11:00 a.m.
In a crappy house surrounded by a dead walnut orchard, brothers Boomer and Dirt struggle with each other, with themselves, and with their dog-breeding business. As their prized pregnant pooch swells, they seem on the way to strike it big. Their dreams are disrupted when Boomer brings home Marisol, who should be a one-night stand, and Dirt finds a boy who will never grow up.
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