GTA New Works Festival
February 24 - February 27, 2022
Ed Cabell Theatre
2900 Landrum Education Dr
Oakwood, GA 30566
Directions: To get to the University of North Georgia’s Ed Cabell Theatre (2900 Landrum Education Dr, Oakwood): Take Exit 16 west off I-985. Go 1/4 mile; turn right into first UNG entrance. Theatre is in the Performing Arts Building on right. Free lighted parking around building.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Staged readings of two brand new plays and a new musical from professional playwrights, along with an evening of student plays. The New Works Festival introduces GTA audiences to the next generation of stories for the American theatre. Free to the public.
The Just Us League by Nakia Oglesby – February 24, 7:30 pm
The world needs superheroes, now more than ever. We see them in our movies, music, TV, art, everywhere but in our day to day life. Or do we? Rumor has it that the superheroes of our stories are all based on real people who held real world changing power. But if that’s true, where did they go, and who has it now? And what would happen if the people showed up to take it back. Nakia Oglesby’s The Just Us League asks where did the power of America come from, and who does it belong to today?
The Poorhouse Project by Katya Stanislavskaya – February 25, 7:30 pm
The Poorhouse Project examines the origins of America’s relationship with poverty vis-a-vis morality. Set in 19th Century New York State, the musical tracks the journeys of two female protagonists. One is Josephine “Effie” Lowell, a wealthy and privileged Civil War widow, who wants to be a “useful citizen.” The other is Rebekah Brower, a working-class single mother. As Effie dedicates her life to charity reforms, she has to claw her way up in a male-dominated In the course of the musical, Effie and Rebekah have three meetings that change the course of their lives. A moralist and a Social Darwinist at the start, Effie grows to alter her points of view, after seeing what her beliefs had done to Rebekah and her family.
GTA Shorts written and directed by GTA students – February 26, 7:30 pm
Transmission by Joshua Daugherty, directed by Tyus Martin
Dead of Night by Dellan Short, directed by Katelyn Zeller
First Draft by Ethan Baez, directed by Otis McDaniel
Detective Tobi and William in: Murderous Affair by Jordan Ray, directed by Joshua Daugherty
Truth or Dare by Halli Rider, directed by Dellan Short
Stuck by Suzanne Durand, directed by Ariel Lesperance
Mi Familia by Jeilianne Vazquez, directed by Otis McDaniel
Entertaining Lesbians by Topher Payne – February 27, 2:30 pm
All Rowena Tuttle wants is a place in polite society. But as a cisgender heterosexual white woman, no one finds her interesting anymore. If she wants to gain admission for her daughter into the uber-exclusive School for Young People, she’s going to require a more compelling personal narrative, and a more diverse group of friends. Aided with significant hesitation by her husband and her personal assistant, Rowena sets her sights on Atlanta’s most powerful lesbian couple, determined to forge a friendship. But just before the lesbians arrive, Rowena’s past catches up with her: Her long-presumed-dead mother arrives on her doorstep with a mutant farm animal and a passel of inconvenient truths. Then they find the ransom note. Rowena’s daughter has been kidnapped. But Rowena Tuttle will not be deterred. There are still lesbians to entertain.
All Shows are Free to the Public
General admission seating is limited for all shows and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The GTA Box Office will open one hour before the posted show time. Patrons should check in at the box office upon arrival.
Gainesville Theatre Alliance continues to monitor, as we are able, the Covid-19 status of our casts and crew. Vaccinations, masks, and frequent testing are strongly encouraged, but not required on the UNG campus as per University System of Georgia standards. Although we are doing everything possible to ensure the safety of all involved, audience members choosing to enjoy our productions do so at their own risk. For more about our protocols or other questions, view our FAQ.