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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.