Featuring brand new plays by:
Mauricio Miranda and Bruce Walsh
Directed by M.F.A. candidates David Koté
and Katie Horwitz
Play #1: Occupants
IU's M.F.A. playwriting program gives you a first-hand look at the development process with staged readings of early drafts leading up to performances in the Wells-Metz Theatre. The next generation of playwrights is here, and you'll be able to say you saw them first!
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Occupants - Gabi is a 19-year-old first-generation Peruvian-American. She finds herself frustrated by her mother’s traumatized perceptions – caused by the Peruvian internal conflicts of the 1980s – while negotiating her own struggle to make a life for herself in New York City. But when Gabi gets swept up by the Occupy movement, she finds that trauma and struggle can be appropriated by others for private gain.
Berserker - a 36-year-old idealistic schoolteacher hits the Appalachian Trail in search of a profound union with nature. But when he discovers that nature can be brutal and uncomfortable, he instead seeks that perfect union in his own romantic fantasies. Inspired by Ibsen's Peer Gynt, Berserker is the story of an extremely modern man searching for the courage to transcend life's eternal fears, disappointments, and desires.
Kristen Alesia (Gabi)
Ashley Dillard (Sienna)
Scott Van Wye (Marquez)
Tara Chiusano (Alma)
Cameron Mullin (La Chichi)
Chris J. Handley (Shoeless)~
Adam Decker (Jefe / Ensemble)
~ Chris J. Handley appears by special permission of Actors' Equity Association.
Mauricio Miranda (Playwright)**
Katie Horwitz (Director)
Chen Chen (Costume Designer)
Ryan P. Miller (Scenic Designer / Props Master)
Tony Stoeri (Lighting Designer)
Jamie Bray (Technical Director / Technology)
Alexander Allen (Stage Manager)
Taran Snodgress (Assistant Stage Manager)
** Denotes 3rd Year M.F.A. Thesis Project
Nicholas Jenkins (Pete)
Abby Lee (Abby)~
Meadow Nguy (Soojin)
Marisa Eason (Mason)
~ Abby Lee appears by special permission of Actors' Equity Association.
Bruce Walsh (Playwright)
David Koté (Director)
Alana Yurczyk (Scenic Designer / Scenic Charge Artist)
Courtney Foxworthy (Costume Designer)
Aaron Bowersox (Lighting Designer)
Josiah Brown (Assistant Technical Director)
Ashlynn Abbott (Stage Manager)
Kate Peters (Assistant Stage Manager)
Andrew Hopson (Sound Designer)
Nancy Lipschultz (Voice, Texts, Dialects)
Adam McLean (Movement and Fight Choreographer)