Linnell Festival of New Plays

Gregory S. Moss, Artistic Director

 


UNM’s Department of Theatre and Dance is pleased to announce the world premieres of three plays by 3rd year students in UNM’s award winning MFA in Dramatic Writing Program. The Break by Drew Morrison, directed by Paul Bedard; Red Dirt by Stephanie Grilo, directed by Caitlin Ryan O’Connell; and El Matador, by Krista Pino, directed by Shepard Sobel, will be presented as part of the 2017 Linnell Festival of New Plays. Performances of these new works run April 7 through 15, 2017 in The Experimental Theatre on UNM’s Main Campus. This year’s festival also includes directed readings of new works by 2nd year MFA playwrights Caroline Graham, Monica Sanchez, and Diego Gomez, as well as a reading of a new play by 1st year MFA playwright Jay Muskett, and an evening of Screenplay Readings.
 

Jump to: The Break |Red Dirt |El Matador

The Break
By Drew Morrison
Directed by Paul Bedardn

From the neighborhood asphalt courts to Wimbledon and back, The Break follows the story of Sadie as she grows from nine year old prodigy to tennis pro, and her relationship with her coach Jen, a former pro whose career mysteriously went down in flames. Spanning twenty years, The Break looks at what fame and the pressure to win do to the things we love.

April 7 and April 14 at 7:30pm
Experimental Theatre
Tickets: $15 General. $12 Faculty & Seniors, $10 Staff & Students
Tickets are available at all UNM Ticket Offices, call (505) 925-5858, or online at unmtickets.com

Red Dirt
By Stephanie Grilo
Directed by Caitlin Ryan O’Connell

Red Dirt is set in Freedom, Oklahoma, where life stands still. The ground is covered in red dirt that’ll stain your skin in a minute. It is warm and boy is it humid. After her mother’s attempted suicide, Amaly Smallwood has been court-ordered to live with her estranged uncle and three teenage cousins; all boys. Inside their double-wide and out in the oil fields, the Smallwood family collides head on with buried secrets, family violence, and uncanny sexual awakenings.

April 8 at 2:00pm and April 15 at 7:30pm
Experimental Theatre
Tickets: $15 General. $12 Faculty & Seniors, $10 Staff & Students
Tickets are available at all UNM Ticket Offices, call (505) 925-5858, or online at unmtickets.com

 

El Matador
By Krista Pino
Directed by Shepard Sobell

El Matador follows the struggle of Ignacio as he explores what it means to be a man in a world where machismo is the expectation. Ignacio has always felt he should follow his father’s footsteps –into the bullring. Ignoring his mother Rosa’s constant reminders of the danger it presents, he follows his desire, emboldened by the passionate encouragement of his fiancé Karamia. He joins up with a questionable bookie, Rudulfo; a reputable, yet controversially female trainer, Tati; and an ornery bull, El Hefe. Ignacio’s passion for bullfighting unearths secrets about his family’s past and inspires a unique love story between bull and bullfighter.

April 8 at 7:30pm and April 9 at 2:00pm
Experimental Theatre
Tickets: $15 General. $12 Faculty & Seniors, $10 Staff & Students
Tickets are available at all UNM Ticket Offices, call (505) 925-5858, or online at unmtickets.com

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