4

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

^
Keep Dallas Observer Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Dallas and help keep the future of Dallas Observer free.

​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.

Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.

 

Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.