Swine Palace to Present MFA Thesis Works as Part of New Plays Festival Jan. 15-20
BATON ROUGE – Swine Palace, the non-profit professional company supporting the educational mission of the LSU Department of Theatre, will host its annual New Plays Jan. 15-20. During the weeklong festival, Swine Palace offers free concert readings of plays.
his season, the theatre group’s resident ensemble – composed of Master of Fine Arts, or MFA, students – will perform 11 original one-act plays. These works are conceived, written and staged by each individual artist as part of a requirement to receive their MFA degree.
The workshop performances range from a musical tribute to the “Long Gone Lonesome Boys,” to explorations of childhood memory and fantasy. Subjects examined by these pieces include the recent trend of the “trash the dress” wedding art, as well as provocative social and political satire. The plays – unique performances drawn from the life, experience and imagination of the resident acting artists – incorporate many theatrical styles, such as physical theatre and stand-up comedy.
Weeknight performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. each evening, with additional matinee performances at 2 p.m. on Jan. 20 and 21. All performances will be held in the Studio Theatre, located in the LSU Music & Dramatic Arts Building on Dalrymple Drive.
The week’s schedule includes:
- Tuesday, Jan. 15. – “Voices in My Head” by Anthony McMurray, “Face with Faces” by Don Watkins and “Trash the Dress” by Kristina Sutton.
- Wednesday, Jan. 16 – “A Single Revolution of the Sun” by Greg Leute, “Gallows Man” by Jason Bayle and “Behind the Vote” by Jenny Ballard.
- Thursday, Jan. 17 – “Curry Bowl” by Jessica Jain and “Turkey Boys” by Nic Hamel
- Friday, Jan. 18 – “Voices in My Head” by Anthony McMurray, “Face with Faces” by Don Watkins and “Trash the Dress” by Kristina Sutton.
- Saturday, Jan. 19 (2 p.m.) – “Bear with Me” by Chia Wen Hsu, “Habitat Five: The Children’s Crusade” by Katrina Despain and “Sic Semper Tyrannis” by Benjamin Koucherik.
- Saturday, Jan. 19 (7:30 p.m.) – “Curry Bowl” by Jessica Jain and “Turkey Boys” by Nic Hamel.
- Sunday, Jan. 20 (2 p.m.) – “Bear with Me” by Chia Wen Hsu, “Habitat Five: The Children’s Crusade” by Katrina Despain and “Sic Semper Tyrannis” by Benjamin Koucherik.
- Sunday, Jan. 20 (7:30 p.m.) – “A Single Revolution of the Sun” by Greg Leute, “Gallows Man” by Jason Bayle and “Behind the Vote” by Jenny Ballard.
The New Play Series will conclude January 26‐27, with a staged reading of “Gizmo,” a new play by Anthony Clarvoe, also created by the Swine Palace resident ensemble under the direction of MFA candidate Jason Bayle.
For more information on the New Plays Festival, contact Karli Henderson with Swine Palace at 225-578-9277, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Swine Palace operates with a dual mission to provide South Louisiana with high quality, professional productions of classical and contemporary Theater with an emphasis on plays exploring issues of social equity while also serving as a training ground for students in Louisiana State University's Master of Fine Arts Professional Actor and Technical/Design Training Programs.