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Feb. 3: Carnegie Mellon's School of Drama Presents Four New Plays in This Year's New Works Series, Feb. 10-27


Eric Sloss

Carnegie Mellon's School of Drama Presents Four
New Plays in This Year's New Works Series, Feb. 10-27

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's School of Drama presents this year's New Works Series featuring four new plays written by second-year master's degree students in the dramatic writing program. The New Works Series, which will be held Feb. 10-27, includes "Bellhammer" by Dean Poynor, "The Beast of Skitter Creek" by Brian Forrester, "Beneath" by Carolyn Kras and "A Boy Named Alice" by Joshua Elias Harmon. Performances will take place in the Wells Studio Theatre on the Carnegie Mellon campus. Tickets are free and are available at the box office one hour prior to the performance. 

"The New Works Series is central to the experience of the playwrights in the graduate program," said Rob Handel, dramatic writing option coordinator. "It's their opportunity to collaborate with the artists and technicians in the other disciplines at the School of Drama. For audiences, it's a chance to experience the great American playwrights of tomorrow."

Earlier this month, students from the dramatic writing program took all three top prizes for playwriting at the regional conference of the American College Theatre Festival.

About the Performances

"Bellhammer" written by Dean Poynor
8 p.m., Feb. 10; 4 p.m., Feb. 12; 8 p.m., Feb. 13
"Bellhammer" takes us into the little-known world of Christian professional wrestling, where the glitz and fury of the wrestling ring entices audiences into hearing the Gospel.

"The Beast of Skitter Creek" written by Brian Forrester
8 p.m., Feb. 11; 8 p.m., Feb. 12; 2 p.m., Feb. 13
"The Beast of Skitter Creek" is a good, old-fashioned scary story about a young minister who returns to his Appalachian hometown in 1905 to discover that it is being terrorized by a monster born out of the town's violent past.

"Beneath" written by Carolyn Kras
8 p.m., Feb. 24; 4 p.m., Feb. 26; 8 p.m., Feb. 27
In "Beneath" a blind archeologist struggles to unearth the secret of love amidst the political turmoil of Iran in 1978.

"A Boy Named Alice" written by Joshua Elias Harmon
8 p.m., Feb. 25; 8 p.m., Feb. 26; 2 p.m., Feb. 27
"A Boy Named Alice" follows a young man in search of his biological mother. He knows she's a famous 1970s singer-songwriter but he's not sure which one.


Please note that due to weather conditions in Pittsburgh, performances on Wednesday, Feb. 10 and Thursday, Feb. 11 have been canceled.