Thursday, February 3, 2011

2011 Newborn Festival Starts Today

Maieutic Theatre Works


The 2011 National
NewBorn Festival

4 days of free readings dealing with

Thursday, February 3rd – Sunday, February 6th, 2011



MAIEUTIC THEATRE WORKS is pleased to continue their acclaimed fifth season with their flagship program dedicated to finding emerging playwrights from across the nation, The National NewBorn Festival.

This year's selected playwrights are Jacqueline Goldfinger from Pennsylvania, Rich Rubin from Oregon, Marilynn Barner Anselmi from North Carolina, Duncan Pflaster from New York, and Riti Sachdeva from New Mexico. Kicking off NewBorn will be the resident reading of David Stallings' The ReEducation of Arizona, helmed by resident director Cristina Alicea.

Readings will take place at The City College of New York's North Academic Center (138th Street & Amsterdam, Manhattan), Thursday, February 3rd through Sunday, February 6th.

Each play receives a free reading with the possibility of a second to the recipient of the Audience Favorite Award(announced Saturday, February 5th before midnight on the MTWorks website). Prior to the festival, the MTWorks' board of directors will bestow the first Excellence in Playwriting Award.

Creating a solid ensemble of over 50 remarkable actors including the MTWorks’ Company Actors, The 2011 National NewBorn Festival plays the following schedule through Sunday, February 6th:

Thursday, February 3rd at 6:00pm

by resident playwright David Stallings
directed by resident director Cristina Alicea

A satirical comedy that dissects the trickled down effect of Gov. Jan Brewer's immigration bill in Arizona.

Thursday, February 3rd at 8:30pm

by Jacqueline Goldfinger
directed by Dev Bondarin

A cannibalistic dark comedy about aging, set in a cozy B&B in the South.

Friday, February 4th at 6:00pm

by Rich Rubin
directed by Shelly Feldman

Iraq war veterans create their own island of recovery in this piercing comedic drama.

Friday, February 4th at 8:30pm

by Marilynn Barner Anselmi
directed by Kathleen O'Neill

A lesbian couple grieving the loss of their son seek solace in the Southern family that never accepted them.

Saturday, February 5th at 6:00pm

by Duncan Pflaster
directed by Glory Kadigan

The Empress Salacia, spurned by man, decrees that there shall be no love allowed in her domain, only sex.

Saturday, February 5th at 8:30pm

by Riti Sachdeva
directed by Lee Sunday Evans

The establishment of Pakistan is the backdrop of this magical period drama where neighbor betrays neighbor and love trumps all.

Sunday, February 6th at 5:00pm


Readings are free and open to the public. For detailed location of each reading, campus map and to reserve your seats in advance (highly recommended) visit
Watch our youtube promo:
To download photos of the playwrights and NewBorn artwork visit:

The 2011 National NewBorn Festival is sponsored by
The City College of New York’s Psychology Club and Department


MAIEUTIC THEATRE WORKS (MTWorks) is a non-profit NYC based theatre company that has premiered distinctive plays and brought numerous Broadway performers to Off-Off Broadway audiences since 2006. Now a family of 12 theater professionals and 28 company actors, MTWorks’ mission is to birth new plays inspired by playwrights and regions outside of New York City.

Past productions include Cody Daigle's A Home Across the Ocean at Theatre Row, directed by Cristina Alicea; Carol Carpenter's Good Lonely People at The Robert Moss Theatre (Winner of 3 Planet Connections Theatre Awards; Best Supporting Actress, Best New Playwright, Activist Award), directed by Diánna Martin; David Stallings' Barrier Island (Center Stage), directed by Cristina Alicea; The 2010 National NewBorn Festival at Asya Geisberg Studio, various directors; Underworld: Duets at The Triad NYC (Benefit); 4 Variations of Mee at Manhattan Children’s Theatre, various directors; Louise Flory's Look After You at The SoHo Playhouse (FringeNYC 09), directed by David Stallings; Jacqueline Goldfinger's The Oath at The Arclight Theater, directed by Cristina Alicea; The 2009 National NewBorn Festival at The ArcLight Theater, various directors; Into the Underworld: A Broadway Understudy Tell All...With Music at The Triad NYC (Benefit); David Stallings' Anaïs Nin Goes to Hell at The Connelly Theater, directed by Cristina Alicea (FringeNYC 08); Cody Daigle's Providence at The Rock Theatre, directed by Ian Crawford; Underworld: A Night With Broadway's Understudies at The D-Lounge (Benefit); The 2008 National NewBorn Festival at The Payan Theatre, various directors; David Stallings's Arpeggio at The 45th Street Theatre, directed by Cristina Alicea; The 2007 National NewBorn Festival at The Payan Theatre, various directors; and David Stallings' Folie a Deux: Insanity in Pairs at The Rock Theatre, directed by Cristina Alicea.

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