UMass Boston Presents: NEW VOICES, NEW STORIES: A Celebration of Student Playwrights

Office of Communications | January 02, 2015
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In April, the UMass Boston Performing Arts Department continues its year-long festival by producing two new one-act plays written by recent alumni under the direction of guest artist Courtney O’Connor. Tickets are available here

Play Summaries

The Ontology Ward by Pete Riesenberg '12

Josephine Rogers Ward is the rightful heir of the Ward family fortune—or is she? Her cousin Hutch claims that since Jo transitioned to female, the estate, historically entailed to a male heir, is actually his. Questions of identity, legitimacy, and elitism run through this witty and contentious drama. 

Argyles by Cat Roberts '14

Desire. Ignorance. Prejudice. Violence. In this poetic collection of painfully real encounters, ordinary people are caught between their longings and fears, brought together and driven apart as they struggle to speak their truth. 

Performance Dates

Thursday, April 16: 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 17: 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 18: 2 and 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 22: 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 23: 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 24: 7:30 p.m.


McCormack Hall, 2nd Floor, McCormack Theatre
Guests are advised to park in the Bayside Lot and take the free shuttle to campus. Get directions here.

Tickets, Subscriptions, and Group Rates

UMass Boston students: $10
UMass Boston alumni: $15
General admission: $15

Tickets are available online and at the door.

About the Playwrights

Pete Riesenberg '12

Pete Riesenberg is the writer of the award-winning short film Bo Soot, starring Tony Award winner BD Wong (South Beach Film Festival – Winner Best Short Fiction Film; Chicago International Film Festival – Certificate of Merit; USA Film Festival – Finalist). The world premiere of his play Two Ships Passing ran for six weeks at the Pan Andreas Theatre in Los Angeles to critical acclaim. Other writing credits include Singleton (semifinalist for the Actor's Theatre of Charlotte's Fourth Annual nuVoices Play Festival), J.A.S.O.N. (performed at Club Bohemia in Cambridge), and the Boston One Minute Play Festival. 

Cat Roberts '14

After graduating from UMass Boston in May with a double major in English and theater arts and a minor in Spanish, Cat Roberts went on to tour as an actor with the theater production Kultar’s Mime, which had a run of more than 30 shows and performed in the U.S., Canada, the UK, and India. Roberts continues to look for opportunities both as an actor and writer and hopes one day to recover from her chronic jet-lag.

More Information
Tanya Williams, Performing Arts Department

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