Auditions This Week for One-Act Plays by UMass Boston Alumni

Office of Communications | January 30, 2015
Auditions This Week for One-Act Plays by UMass Boston Alumni

New Voices, New Stories: A Celebration of Student Playwrights to Take the Stage April 16-24

Auditions and callbacks for two new one-act plays, The Ontology Ward by Pete Riesenberg ’12 and Argyles by Cat Roberts ’14, will be held on Wednesday, February 4 at 6 p.m. and Thursday, February 5 at 6 p.m. in the McCormack Theatre. Please make every effort to attend both nights as an audition day was lost to Tuesday's snow closure. The production, directed by renowned guest artist Courtney O’Connor, is part of a yearlong festival called New Voices, New Stories: A Celebration of Student Playwrights. Auditions are open to all UMass Boston students. 

Riesenberg and Roberts were selected to write original plays for production after an open submission process last fall. Seventeen students and alumni submitted a total of 23 short plays. Performing arts and creative writing faculty chose six plays to be presented as staged readings in December. A small number of playwrights were also invited to submit proposals for longer one-act plays; Riesenberg’s and Roberts’s submissions were chosen from that group.

Riesenberg’s The Ontology Ward centers on a Rhode Island bar owner contesting the claim of his cousin, a transgender woman, on the family estate, which has historically been left to a male heir. Questions of identity, legitimacy, and elitism run through this witty and thought-provoking drama. In Argyles, Roberts explores themes of miscommunication, prejudice, and violence through a series of intense scenes in which characters’ wildly different perceptions of a situation have tragic results.

Riesenberg and Roberts will be mentored by faculty members Cliff Odle and Ginger Lazarus, and will be encouraged to revise their work throughout the rehearsal process.

The plays will be staged April 16–18 and April 22-24 in the McCormack Theatre, located on the second floor of McCormack Hall. Tickets are already available online and will be available at the door. To learn more about New Voices, New Stories: A Celebration of Student Playwrights, visit

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