2019 Carlotta Festival of New Plays

Three New Plays by Graduating Playwrights

The Carlotta Festival is named for Carlotta Monterey, the widow of Eugene O’Neill, who chose Yale University Press as the publisher of her late husband’s masterpiece Long Day’s Journey into Night. The proceeds from this publication support playwriting at Yale University.

YELL: A "DOCUMENTARY" OF MY TIME HERE

By Jeremy O. Harris
Directed by Jecamiah M. Ybañez

May 8, 12, 14 at 8PM | May 11 at 2PM

This play is the culmination of a playwright’s training at YSD, a graduate professional school within YELL University, located in New Haven, Connecticut. This is a "true" story: 

Yell: a “documentary” of my time here. 2016–2019.
Concrete, plywood, steel, multimedia, “Two Girls One Cup,” cough drops, Brown v. Board of Education, Jerry Farber’s “The Student as Nigger,” 2600 lbs. of flesh, anime, paper. 48’ x 69’ x 21’

About the Playwright

Jeremy O. Harris is a third-year playwright at Yale School of Drama, where his play Slave Play was part of the 2017 Langston Hughes Festival. It had its premiere at New York Theatre Workshop earlier this season. Last year, Jeremy co-wrote A24’s upcoming film Zola with director Janicza Bravo. His play “Daddy” premiered this year at the Vineyard Theatre in a co-production with The New Group. He is the 11th recipient of the Vineyard Theatre’s Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, a 2016 MacDowell Colony Fellow, and is under commission from Lincoln Center Theater, Playwrights Horizons, and Scott Rudin Productions.

PIVOT

By Alex Lubischer
Directed by Em Weinstein

May 9, 11 at 8PM | May 13, 15 at 2PM

It’s Kara’s big day and she’s not here to make friends. Inspired by events from America's heartland, this dark comedy imagines what happens when a bride’s best-laid plans explode the week before the wedding, threatening her relationship with her about-to-be-in-laws. You are cordially invited to join the happy couple for the ceremony and reception on the van Acren farm.

About the Playwright

Alex Lubischer is a third-year M.F.A. candidate at Yale School of Drama. His play Bobbie Clearly received its off-Broadway premiere at Roundabout Underground last year, where he was the 2017/18 Tow Foundation Playwright-in-Residence. His other plays include Night CountryPIG.GOV, Blood Special, The Xylophone West, Survey No. 5, and The Quonsets (written with Majkin Holmquist ‘18). Alex has developed new work at Playwrights Horizons, Page 73, Atlantic Theater Company, Steep Theatre Company, the Orchard Project, Victory Gardens Theater, Haven Theatre, Yale Cabaret, and Actors Theatre of Louisville. Originally from Nebraska, he has been a semifinalist for the P73 Playwriting Fellowship, a three-time finalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, and a resident playwright at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. He is currently working on commissions from Roundabout and South Coast Repertory. Alex received his B.A. from the University of Southern California and is a proud alumnus of the National Theater Institute. alexlubischer.com

LOCUSTS

By Christopher Gabriel Núñez
Directed by Aneesha Kudtarkar

May 10, 13, 15 at 8PM | May 12 at 2PM

On a rainy day, a group of friends gathers in Jackson Heights to smoke weed, make food, and commune. They’re all anxious to see their friend Piedad, who had been attacked on the subway a few months ago. When she doesn't show up, a mystery unravels revealing a disturbing truth that tests their ideas of justice, morality, and resolve.

About the Playwright

Christopher Gabriel Núñez is a third-year M.F.A. candidate at Yale School of Drama, where his play In the Palm of a Giant was part of the 2017 Langston Hughes Festival. His play Taking Warsan Shire Out Oof Context On The Eve Of The Great Storm was performed at Yale Cabaret this season. His play The Surgeon and her Daughters was workshopped at the 2015 Ojai Playwrights Conference; it was a semifinalist for the Sundance MENA Theatre Lab, a finalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, and was part of the Cherry Lane Mentor Project in 2016 with playwright Rajiv Joseph. He holds a B.F.A. from New York University in dramatic writing with a double major in drama, and completed a two-year Meisner acting program at Maggie Flanigan Studio. He makes music under the moniker Anonymous {And.On.I.Must} with his partner, The Brainius, and his third studio album Reckless Winter is available on all streaming platforms. christophergabrielnunez.com