Seventy diverse new works, including musicals, short and full-length plays, dance, cabaret and solo performances, will be presented during Emerging Artists Theatre‘s biannual New Work Series (NWS).
For the first time since the festival was created in 2006, NWS will last four weeks instead of three to better meet the growing needs of artists. The festival runs from September 26 to October 23 at the TADA Theater in Manhattan. All productions are in various stages of development and many shows are presented for the first time to a live audience. Most productions receive a performance with shorter pieces grouped together.
Artistic Director Paul Adams shared his thoughts on expanding the festival: “Emerging Artists is celebrating its 29th season and our mission has always been to be a champion of new work. We understand how difficult it is for artists after so many of our fellow theater companies. were forced to close due to Covid. We wanted to give as many artists as possible the opportunity to see their work move from page to stage, and we had a record number of submissions. This is why we have decided to extend the festival from 3 to 4 weeks and present the new works of 70 artists, which represents the largest number of shows we have presented since the creation of the festival in 2006.”
Festival highlights include the stage play Marilyn, Mom & Me written by Luke Yankee whose mother, Eileen Heckart, starred alongside Marilyn Monroe in the movie “Bus Stop.” The production stars Tony nominated actor Robert Cuccioli. Other productions include a queer coming-of-age dance piece Love, In Time, choreographed by Sam Lobel, and the one-man shows, Anne Being Frank written by Ron Elisha, which reimagines Anne Frank rewriting her soon-to-be diary. famous while in a concentration camp and Swimming in Mudd written by John Mudd, directed by Geoffrey Owens which follows one man’s journey to find purpose.
14 new musicals will be presented including staged readings of Blackgirltopia, written and composed by Sharai Dottin (When Men Vanish from Earth, Will Women Be Next? Black Women Find Out), Coming Out by Allison St. Rock (A group of college students discover what it means to be part of the LGBTQIA+ community), and The SOULdiers by Matthew Keaton and co-writer Brittney King (A soulful musical set in 1967 Memphis) .
Shows take place every night with several shows on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost between $20 and $40 and will go on sale in early September at www.emergingartiststheatre.org. Performances are at the TADA Theater, 15 West 28th Street (between Broadway and 5th Avenue), 2nd Floor (accessible by elevator), New York, NY 10001. Subways: N/R/1/2 to 28th Street, B/D /F /O to 34th Street.
Emerging Artists strives to be an incubator and safe haven for artists to showcase new work. The New Work Series is a rare festival that charges no fees to attendees and artists receive half of the box office. Since its inception in 2006, many of the musicals, plays, solo shows and dance pieces that have been prepared as part of the series have gone on to have full productions at top festivals, Off-Broadway, as well as national and international productions.
All spectators must wear a mask when in the theater.