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May 30, 2009 Arts and Entertainment

Geva Hosts Festival Of New Theatre

From: Geva Theatre Center

Festival features new plays by some of the freshest voices on the American Theatre scene

Stage and screen star Jenny O’Hara to appear

Rochester, NY – Geva Theatre Center is gearing up for the What’s Next: Festival of New Theatre (formerly known as Hibernatus Interruptus) which offers audiences the rare opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a play in progress as well as the chance to talk to the playwrights about their work.  Over the eleven days, each of the plays in the festival will undergo an intensive workshop and will then be presented in script-in-hand performances.

No sets, No costumes Just hot new scripts and great performers and your imagination!

Script-in-hand performances mean that there are no sets and no costumes. Just hot new scripts and a great company of performers, directors and dramaturgs. The playwrights will be on hand to answer questions and to get feedback from audience members. Several playwrights and adaptors are locally based. David Lamas is a senior at Brighton High School and his play, Lágrimas (Tears), was selected from entrants to the Young Writers Showcase. Craig DeLancey has had three plays featured as part of Geva Regional Writers Showcase and his play, Build, was selected from this season’s showcase. The adaptors of Dracula – The Shape of Evil are also Rochester-based. Darren and Heather Stevenson are co-founders of acclaimed PUSH Physical Theatre which made its Geva debut last season as part of TheatreFest and are currently appearing on the Nextstage in Time Remix. Danny Hoskins, writer of Dracula – The Shape of Evil is a Rochester based actor, director, teacher and playwright.

Stage and screen veteran Jenny O’Hara joins the cast of Sirens for her debut at Geva Theatre Center. Audiences will know Ms. O’Hara from her appearances as a recurring character in “Big Love” and “King of Queens” and her guest appearances on “The Closer,” “House,” “Nip/Tuck” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” Ms. O’Hara also appeared in Mystic River directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Sean Penn and Kevin Bacon; The Matchstick Men directed by Ridley Scott and Angie starring Geena Davis.   

Festival Schedule
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 at 7pm: Clementine in the Lower Nine
Thursday, June 11, 2009 at 7pm: Lágrimas and Build
Saturday, June 13, 2009 at 7pm: Clementine in the Lower Nine
Thursday, June 18, 2009 at 7pm: Sirens
Friday, June 19, 2009at 7pm: Dracula – The Shape of Evil
Saturday, June 20, 2009 at 7pm: Sirens
Sunday, June 21, 2009 at 3pm: Dracula- The Shape of Evil

Clementine in the Lower Nine  by Dan Dietz
Directed by Karen Coe Miller

When Hurricane Katrina blew, Clem's family scattered. A year later, her husband returns home but what has happened to their little girl? Sometimes the most devastating storms blow inside the home....

Lágrimas (Tears) by David Lamas
Directed by Heather Denyer

News of Castro's heart-attack brings back memories of a fatal day in a Cuban man's childhood. A short play by a Rochester teen writer.

Build  by Craig DeLancey
directed by Jean Gordon Ryon

Are your actions driven by your beliefs or your DNA? What would it take for you to abandon your ideals? And just who would you be then? A tight drama of ambition and betrayal by a Rochester writer.

Sirens by Deborah Zoe Laufer
Directed by Casey Stangl

Sy wants to make new friends, so he posts his wedding photo on Facebook.  Just two problems. 1. The photo is 25 years old. 2. He's cropped his wife out of the picture. A zany comedy about falling back in love with the person you've been married to for 25 years. Featuring stage and screen star Jenny O'Hara.

Dracula – The Shape of Evil
Written by Danny Hoskins

Adapted and Directed by Darren Stevenson, Heather Stevenson, Danny Hoskins

Will you let him in? Can you lock him out? The classic tale of seduction, desire and madness, told as you've never seen it before in a new adaptation featuring Rochester's own PUSH Physical Theatre.

Tickets for all Festival events are free, but reservations are recommended.  Tickets go fast, so call now at 232-Geva or reserve online at   

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