Alumnae Theatre Company’s annual New Ideas Festival is wrapping up its first week tomorrow. Week Two begins Wednesday March 16, and Week Three begins Wednesday March 23. Each week features a completely different slate of brand-new short plays, and audiences pay $15 for an evening (or matinee) of entertainment. The 4 short plays programmed each week have a total running time of 90 – 120 mins, plus a 15-minute intermission. Even if you come to see one particular play, audience members are expected to stay for the whole program.
Performances of the weekly lineup are Wed – Sat at 8pm, with 2:30 matinees on both Saturday and Sunday. Each Saturday’s matinee is followed by a Talkback with writers and directors of that week.
New Ideas Festival also includes Saturday staged readings at noon: a longer play (approx. 50 minutes) followed by a Talkback with writer and director. Admission to the readings is PWYC; no reservations necessary. Week Two reading (March 19) is Curved by Kristin Shepherd, directed by Rebecca Ballarin. Week Three reading (March 26) is Omission by Alice Abracen, directed by Michela Sisti.
Here’s a sample of the plays and performers from Week One:
And in case you haven’t seen it, here’s a review of the Week One shows from the most excellent Life With More Cowbell: https://lifewithmorecowbell.wordpress.com/2016/03/10/connection-dissension-and-endurance-in-new-ideas-compelling-week-1-program/
You’ve heard of “How To Fringe”? Well, here’s How To New Ideas: Hold seats and pay cash ($15 each) on arrival by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning 416-364-4170 Box 1 . OR purchase your tickets online at https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=atc13 for a small service charge.
Remember, if you’re planning to attend tomorrow’s 2:30 matinee, the clocks SPRING FORWARD one hour tonight.