Works by graduating playwrights showcased during annual Carlotta Festival

Three works by graduating playwrights will be staged at the School of Drama May 8-15 during the 10th annual Carlotta Festival of New Plays.

During the festival, there will be four performances of each of the plays at the Iseman Theater, 1156 Chapel St. The plays will be presented in repertory, making it possible for the audience to see all three works.

The plays featured in the frestival are “Preston Montfort: An American Tragedy” by Ryan Campbell, “The Children” by Phillip Howze, and “Deer and the Lovers” by Emily Zemba.

‘Preston Montfort: An American Tragedy’

Directed by Andrej Visky, “Preston Montfort: An American Tragedy” tells the story of Preston Monfort, a decorated soldier and local hero, who has been missing on America’s foreign battlefields for the last 10 years. Set in Texas as his family awaits his return, this American tragedy tracks the growing tension of a community stretched to its breaking point, and asks: What is the true cost of war, and can we afford it?

Performances are Saturday, May 9, at 8 p.m.; Tuesday, May 12, at 2 p.m.; Wednesday, May 13, at 8 p.m. and Friday, May 15, at 2 p.m.

‘The Children’

Set in and around a makeshift shelter, “The Children” dramatizes a teenage boy’s search for a place to belong after escaping his fraught home. Lost and alone in New York City, he discovers a restless tribe of young people defying a world that refuses to let them be themselves. The contemporary musical upends perceptions of family and celebrates community in the most unlikely of places.

Jessica Holt will direct the play. Performances are Sunday, May 10, at 8 p.m.; Tuesday, May 12, at 8 p.m.; Thursday, May 14, at 2 p.m.; and Friday, May 15, at 8 p.m.

‘Deer and the Lovers’

Qiana and Peter slip away to New Hampshire for a romantic weekend only to come face-to-face with a gruesome and astonishing sight in this play, which will be directed by Sara Holdren. Why is Qiana so perturbed, and why is her untamed nature rising to the surface? “Deer and the Lovers” is a comedy about being lost in love, lost in the woods, and searching for one’s purpose when life veers off track.

Performances are Friday, May 8, at 8 p.m.; Monday, May 11, at 8 p.m.; Wednesday, May 13, at 2 p.m.; and Thursday, May 14, at 2 p.m.

Tickets for individual shows are $20; $15 for students, and can be purchased online, by calling 203-432-1234, or in person at the Yale Repertory Theatre box office, 1120 Chapel St. (at York street).

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