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New Visions/New Voices 2016 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC


International Playwrights' Intensive
A partnership between the Kennedy Center and the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies at the University of Maryland, the intensive will take place at the University of Maryland from April 24 – 30, 2016, followed by a presentation of excerpts read during the New Visions/New Voices conference at the Kennedy Center. International partners include ASSITEJ South Africa and the Soweto Theatre; The National Theatre Company of Korea; ASSITEJ/India and the Little Theatre of Bangalore.

I Am Fine, Thank You by Sunil Bannur
One Dream Too Many by Deepika Arwind
The Other Side by Vinati Makijany 

Sweet Words House by Choon-keun Park, Translated by Alyssa Kim

South Africa 
The Kids from Amandla Street by Lereko Mfono
Mbuzeni by Koleka Putuma
Mr. José and the Rabbits by Samson M. Mlambo
Space Rocks by Tamara Schulz
The Underground Library by Jon Keevy

From the USA

Austin, TX
ZACH Theatre and Teatro Vivo: jj's arcade
jj's arcade
, a play written by José Casas and directed by Nat Miller, follows the lives of a father and son struggling with the aftermath of a tragedy. In the process, a little boy named JJ discovers his ability to create, building a cardboard arcade; using this discovery as a way to cope with the world, but also to connect with the father who truly doesn't know him. Inspired by a true story, this play explores the power of imagination in our lives and the true meaning of "being a family." 

Costa Mesa, CA
South Coast Repertory: Amos & Boris
Amos, a mouse, longs to live on the sea so he builds a boat and sets out for a life of adventure. He fears his life will be cut short while he falls off of his boat in the middle of the sea and almost drowns. Thankfully, Boris, a whale comes to Amos' rescue and the two become fast friends. They realize that even though they are different in practically every way, they have more in common than they ever thought possible. An existential tale about friendship and mortality, Amos & Boris has been adapted from William Steig's prize-winning classic children's book by Sofia Alvarez (book and lyrics) and Daniel Roland Tierney (music) with direction by Shelley Butler.

Evanston, IL
Northwestern University: Ever In The Glades
Ever In The Glades revolves around five teenagers growing up on a fictional island in the Everglades where the adults are as dangerous as the gators.  When one of the kids returns from Juvenile Detention to help the rest escape to the mainland, it seems their prayers have been answered.  There's only one problem—they need a boat, and they need it before the adults catch wind of their plan and end it, or end them.  Written by Laura Schellhardt and directed by Rives Collins, the play begs the question: what is the current generation's responsibility to the next, and what happens if we fail them? 

Milwaukee, WI
First Stage: TXT ME L8R
It starts on a Wednesday.  Kids in high school getting the weirdest texts from fellow students they don't know. What's going on? And what if it's not people connecting with people via their phones… but phones trying to connect with other phones via their people? Written for First Stage's award-winning Young Company and working with director John Maclay, Eric Coble has crafted a fun, fast exploration of our relations to media, technology, and each other. A digital mystery for the savvy texter.

Minneapolis, MN
Children's Theatre Company: The Last Firefly
Inspired by Japanese folk tales and Kabuki theatre techniques, Naomi Iizuka crafts a brand new tale about Boom, the son of Thunder, whose search for his father leads him on an adventure that reveals the interconnectedness of the natural world and his place within it. The Last Firefly will premiere in a future season, directed by Artistic Director Peter C. Brosius. 

Seattle, WA
Seattle Children's Theatre: SHADOWPLAY
Exploring the unseen world of imagination and fantasy, SHADOWPLAY by Robert Schenkkan, directed by Linda Hartzell,employs the grand literary tradition of the ghost story to tell a modern tale of teenage life and domestic darkness—and to call out the compassion and bravery needed to brighten one young girl's life.


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