New Works Festival

New Works Festival

April 28 - 30, 2023

Flint Repertory Theatre’s annual New Works Festival brings thrilling new works by the some of the American theatre’s most compeling contemporary playwrights and composers. The week of workshops

and development, culminates in a three-day event where audience members experience these new works before anyone else and meet the artists working to bring the future of American theatre to life.

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READING #1
Friday, February 28, 2023 7:00pm

READING #2
Saturday, February 29, 2023 2:00pm

READING #3
Saturday, February 29, 2023 7:00pm

READING #4
Sunday, February 30, 2023 2:00pm

(Titles to be announced)

Friday, April 29 - 7:00pm
‘RAIN ON FIRE 
By Karen Saari
Marie comes home to plan her mother’s funeral. Dying suddenly of a drug overdose, her mother, Lorraine, left a surprising final wish for Marie and her cousin Caleb to fulfill together. Marie struggles with her anger and loss in a tense, and often funny, play that deals with the opiate crisis in Michigan's northwoods.

Saturday, April 30 - 2:00pm
DANGER AND OPPORTUNITY
By Ken Urban
Together for a decade, Christian and Edwin are a married gay couple in a rut, when suddenly Christian’s unconventional ex-girlfriend re-appears. This unlikely trio finds themselves embarking on an unexpected journey together. A comedy about throuples and the hope of starting a family.

Saturday, April 30 - 7:00pm
INTO THE SIDE OF A HILL
by James Anthony Tyler
At a Historically Black University in 2004, six fraternity brothers rehearse for the annual Homecoming Step Show. As they rehearse, mental illness, toxic masculinity, and war bring all of the young men into battle with each other. Is their brotherhood strong enough to keep them united?

Sunday, May 1 - 7:00pm
THE FUTURE IS FEMALE… 
by Nandita Shenoy
When Toni, Maria, and Aditi arrive at the Future is Freedom Retreat, they don’t know quite what to expect, but their fearless guide Lois is eager to share her plan to take back the power from conservative forces in government. Set in the not-too-distant future, “The Future is Female…” asks whether adopting the playbook of the enemy is really the path to freedom and whether power is really worth any price.

Sponsored by Jay and Jennifer Jolliffe