Annual Carlotta Festival showcases works by graduating playwrights

Three works by graduating playwrights in the Yale School of Drama will be showcased in the 14th annual Carlotta Festival of New Plays, to be staged May 8-15.
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Three works by graduating playwrights in the Yale School of Drama will be showcased in the 14th annual Carlotta Festival of New Plays, to be staged May 8-15 at the Iseman Theater, 1156 Chapel St.

The Carlotta Festival of New Plays features three fully produced new plays by graduating playwrights performed in rotating repertory: four performances of each play over eight days. The plays featured in this year’s festival include “Yell” by Jeremy O. Harris, “Pivot” by Alex Lubischer, and “Locusts” by Christopher Gabriel Nùñez.

The Carlotta Festival is named for Carlotta Monterey, the widow of Eugene O’Neill, who chose Yale University Press as the publisher of her late husband’s masterpiece “Long Day’s Journey into Night.” The proceeds from this publication support playwriting at Yale University.

Yell: A ‘Documentary’ of My Time Here” is written by Jeremy O. Harris and directed by Jecamiah M. Ybañez. The play features scenic design by John Bondi-Ernoehazy; costume design by Stephanie Bahniuk; lighting design by Emma Deane; sound design by Emily Duncan Wilson; projection design by Erin Sullivan; dramaturgy by Michael Breslin and Amauta Marston-Firmino; technical direction by Jon West; and stage management by Christina Fontana. The cast for “Yell” includes Jackeline Torres Cortés, Sola Fadiran, Sarah Lyddan, Alexandra Maurice, Maia Mihanovich, Bre Northrup, Julian Sanchez, Adam Shaukat, Matthew Webb, Adrienne Wells, and Jessy Yates.

Yell” will be performed at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8, Sunday, May 12, and Tuesday, May 14; and at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 11.

Harris is a third-year playwright at the School of Drama, where his work “Slave Play” was part of the 2017 Langston Hughes Festival, and had its premiere at New York Theatre Workshop earlier this season. Last year, Harris co-wrote A24’s upcoming film “Zola” with director Janicza Bravo. His play “Daddy” premiered this year at the Vineyard Theatre in a co-production with The New Group. He is the 11th recipient of the Vineyard Theatre’s Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, a 2016 MacDowell Colony Fellow, and is under commission from Lincoln Center Theater, Playwrights Horizons, and Scott Rudin Productions.

Pivot” is written by Alex Lubischer and directed by Emma Weinstein. The production features scenic design by John Bondi-Ernoehazy; costume design by April Hickman; lighting design by Evan Christian Anderson; sound design by Dakota Stipp; projection design by Erin Sullivan; dramaturgy by Rebecca Adelsheim; technical direction by Jon West; and stage management by Fabiola Feliciano Batista. The cast for “Pivot” includes Patrick Ball, Zoe Mann, JJ McGlone, John Evans Reese, Madeline Seidman, and Devin White.

Lubischer is a third-year M.F.A. candidate at Yale School of Drama, where his play “Perfectly Timed Photos Taken before a Disaster” was part of the 2017 Langston Hughes Festival. His play “Bobbie Clearly” received its off-Broadway premiere at Roundabout Underground, where he was the 2017/2018 Tow Foundation Playwright-in-Residence. His plays include “PIG.GOV,” “Night Country,” “Blood Special,” and “The Xylophone West,” among others. Lubischer has developed new work at Playwrights Horizons, Page 73, Atlantic Theater Company, Steep Theatre Company, the Orchard Project, Victory Gardens Theater, Haven Theatre, Yale Cabaret, and Actors Theatre of Louisville. He is a three-time finalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, and a resident playwright at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. Lubischer is currently working on commissions from Roundabout and South Coast Repertory.

Pivot” will be staged at 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 9 and Saturday, May 11; and at 2 p.m. on Monday, May 13 and Wednesday, May 15.

Locusts” by Christopher Gabriel Núñez is directed by Aneesha Kudtarkar. The play features scenic design by John Bondi-Ernoehazy; costume design by Yunzhu Zeng; lighting design by Evan Anderson; sound design by Kathryn Ruvuna; projection design by Chris Evans; dramaturgy by Emily Sorensen; technical direction by Jon West; and stage management by Julia Bates. The cast for “Locusts” includes Robert Lee Hart, Anthony Holiday, Daniel Liu, Anula Navlekar, Nefesh Cordero Pino, and Malia West.

Nùñez is a third- year M.F.A. candidate at Yale School of Drama, where his play “In the Palm of a Giant” was part of the 2017 Langston Hughes Festival. His play “The Surgeon and her Daughters” was workshopped at the 2015 Ojai Playwrights Conference. It was a semifinalist for the Sundance MENA Theatre Lab and a finalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, and was part of the Cherry Lane Mentor Project in 2016 with playwright Rajiv Joseph. Nùñez’s other plays include “Meat Puppet” and “Mr. Nobody at Point Blank Range.” \

Locusts” will be performed at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 10, Monday, May 13, and Wednesday, May 15; and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 12.

Tickets for individual Carlotta Festival plays start at $25 ($15 for students), and are available online at the Yale School of Drama website, by phone at 203-432-1234, and in person at the Yale Repertory Theatre box office at 1120 Chapel St. (at York Street). Patrons who purchase a ticket to all three shows will receive a $15 discount.

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