New Plays Every Night at This Weekend's Nouveau Frontiers at Fair Park

Dallas actors Matt Clark, Samantha Rodriguez and Barry Nash in Coyote at Nouveau 47
Dallas actors Matt Clark, Samantha Rodriguez and Barry Nash in Coyote at Nouveau 47
Elaine Liner

​Theater Caps are bite-sized punch-packing capsule reviews by resident theater critic Elaine Liner. Use them as a reminder -- or a teaser, if you procrastinate -- of her full-length reviews in The Mixmaster's weekly sister.

For a playwright, getting a new play "up on its feet" is the first step toward full-fledged production. Nouveau 47, the little company devoted to staging new work at Fair Park's 40-seat Magnolia Lounge, continues its two-week Nouveau Frontiers festival through May 22, getting lots of new plays up and walking for the first time. Each night features another unproduced play done as a staged reading with minimal set and props. The playwrights are in attendance and a talkback afterward invites comments from the audience and a panel of actors, critics and academics.

Last week there was good buzz about Coyote, a dark comedy about border vigilantes and human trafficking. It was written by UT-Austin grad student Kevin Kautzman, 28, in a two-day marathon last spring after Arizona passed a controversial immigration law. The Coyote reading, directed by Diana Gonzalez, benefited from terrific performances by Dallas actors Barry Nash, Matt Clark and Samantha Rodriguez.

Tickets to each staged reading are $5. A two-hour playwriting workshop Saturday afternoon is $10. Here's the lineup for the remainder of the festival:

May 19, 7:30 p.m.: The Everyman Project: two modern accounts by Dallas writer Anastasia Munoz, directed by Vanessa Mercado Taylor and Josh Glover. May 20, 8 p.m.: Flower to Flower by Los Angeles playwright Christina Cigala, directed by Jonathan Taylor. May 21, 2 to 4 p.m.: ScriptWorks Playwriting Workshop: The Worst Play I Never Wrote ($10 at the door), hosted by ScriptWorks founder Christi Moore and UT professor and playwright Paul Bonin Rodriguez. May 21, 8 p.m.: An Hour South by Dallas writer/actor Vicki Caroline Cheatwood, directed by Christi Moore. May 22, 2 p.m.: Everyman 1 by Anastasia Munoz, directed by Mac Lower and Josh Glover, and performed at the outdoor amphitheater at Fair Park.


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