Arts & Culture

Inaugural Playwrights’ Festival

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Eleven undergraduate playwrights will present staged readings of their plays as part of the inaugural Harvard Playwrights’ Festival, held April 23-26 in New College Theatre. The plays will be performed with the collaboration of professional directors, graduate actors, and dramaturges from the Institute for Advanced Theatre Training.

Developed by “Trojan Barbie” playwright Christine Evans, Briggs-Copeland Lecturer on English, with Gideon Lester, director of the American Repertory Theatre’s 2008-09 season and lecturer in dramatic arts, the festival is a culmination of Evans and Lester’s advanced playwriting course. The course provides Harvard’s most promising undergraduate playwrights with rigorous dramaturgical guidance and unprecedented professional support.

The festival will feature conversations after each performance with Evans and Lester, as well as student playwrights, directors, and dramaturges.

All readings take place at the New College Theatre Studio, 10-12 Holyoke St. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call (617) 495-8676 or visit

Schedule of student readings

April 23 at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.: plays by Alison Rich ’09 and Sara Wright ’09, directed by Marcus Stern.

April 24 at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.: plays by Pallas Snider ’10 and Laura Hirschberg ’09, directed by Carmel O’Reilly.

April 25 at 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.: plays by Alexandra Petri ’10, directed by Eric Engel, and Mathew Bohrer ’10, directed by Mia Rovegno.

April 25 at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.: plays by Jack Cutmore-Scott ’10 and Ben Glaser ’09, directed by Joseph Megel.

April 26 at 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.: plays by Angela Sun ’10, and Lauren Weiss ’10, directed by Mia Rovegno.