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A festival of short plays written, directed, and performed by
Emerson College students.
MARCH 8 & 9, 2023
Semel Theater
All performances open to the public

Run Time: 2 hours 5 minutes, with a brief pause between each play

Content Advisory: THE ROCK includes depictions of onstage violence and homophobia

Sensory Advisory: RECOLLECTION contains moments of flickering lights and loud sounds.


A note on COVID safety: Please know that as an audience member for any of our performances, you will be required to wear a well-fitted mask, and ensure that you are not experiencing any Covid symptoms nor have had close contact with someone diagnosed with Covid in the last 10 days, before entering the performance space. Additional safety requirements may be added at any time at the discretion of Emerson College, the City of Boston, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Any prospective ticket buyer with concerns about health safety protocols is encouraged to call our Box Office at 617-824-8400.


Production Photos by Craig Bailey/Perspective Photo. View full album.

NewFest Short Works


After reserving your tickets using the form(s) linked above, please note that you will collect your ticket(s) beginning 25 minutes prior to curtain in the Box Office/Lobby of the Tufte Building. 

NewFest Short Works

what if
written by Althea Champion
directed by Brenda Huggins
Subject: Abby Griffith
Researcher: Zoe Halperin
Researcher: Chad Fruscione
Eternity 5
written by Madison Mondeaux
directed by Allison Taaffe
Eternity: Sage Beasley
Ash: Luca Ferraro
written by Rose Hanish
directed by Hannah Nilsson
Joe: Xander Toti
Boss: Spencer Daniel
HR Army: Mariana Merlos
The Rock
written by Jillian Hetherman
directed by Zach Fuller
Miss Annabelle "Annie" Jayne: Sydney Lowry

Lady Margaret Jayne: Lisa Doubek-Kraft
Sir Robert Bishe: Conall Sahler
Geese, Not Gooses
written by Jackson Bailey
directed by Jake Tolentino
Hughes: Nicholas Papayoanou
Glenn: Alex Bunis
Recollection -
The Magnus Archives Adaptation
written by Alex Goldman
directed by Josh O'Brien
Martin: Gilbert Almaraz
Jon: Hannah Bossange
written by Kimstelle Merisma
directed by Sofia Lindgren Galloway
Karina: Nyatché Martha
Phaedra: Jada Murphy
Mrs. Wright: Amanda Jacobson
Mr. Bryce: Kenneth Ransom
That Feeling
written by Fatima Jafar
directed by Kandyce Whittingham
Woman 1: Lorelei Barcelos
Woman 2: Sarah Ritter

Meet the 
Artistic and Production Staff

Assistant Stage Manager JANIE HILLMAN
2nd Assistant Stage Manager BEE LACLAIR
Production Assistant RYAN TSE
Production Supervisor MICHAEL MENOR
Assistant Production Supervisor ELIZABETH TIPPENS
Lighting Programmer
Company Manager OLIVIA RETTEW
Assistant Company Manager MADELINE THORPE
Assistant Company Manager YANG NING

Meet the

Emerson Stage Staff


Artistic Director—Annie G. Levy
General Manager—David Colfer

Assistant General Manager—Joshua M. Feder
Production Manager—Timothey Sullivan

Interim Production Manager—Deb Sullivan

Technical Director—Kristin Knutson

Props Director—Ryan Bates

Costume Shop Supervisor—Richelle Devereaux-Murray

Resident Sound Designer—Elizabeth Cahill

Head Carpenter—Connor Thompson

Scenic Painter—Joe Keener

Sound Technician—Steven Deptula

Assistant Costume Shop Supervisor—Brian Choinski

Draper/Cutter—Laurie Bramhall

Assistant Properties Manager—Lauren Corcuera


Stage and Production Management—Debra A. Acquavella
Scenic Design—Luciana Stecconi

Scenic Painting—Joe Keener

Costume Design—Tristan Raines

Lighting Design—Scott Pinkney

Sound Design—Elizabeth Cahill

Fight/Intimacy—Ted Hewlett

Dramaturgy—Marissa Friedman


Emerson Stage Office Assistants— Alex Tawid Di Maggio, Jake Tolentino, Esther Chilson, Karli Fisher, Carly Mentis, Samantha Duggan
Production Management Assistants—Olivia Tighe, Blake Berggren

Videographers—Xiao Chen and Juanes Serrano

Scenic Technicians—Casper Apodaca, Jonah Barricklo, Sean Dougherty, Marco Giacona, Emerson Hart, Davis Kranchalk, Dylan Norris, Mercy Suarez, Elise Tuckwood

Scenic Artists/Painters—Sofia Goldfarb, Fernando Rueda, Elizabeth Fuire, David Staats, Katherine Kendrick, Elizabeth Nunnery, Nel Blinman

Paint Shop Assistant—Sophie Hartstein

Prop Shop Assistant—Delene Beauchamp, Amaya Gonzalez-Mollmann, Oliver Hawke, Mariel Richardson, Ava Scanlon, Mercy Suarez

Stitchers—Ava-Sofia Settoon, David Estabrooks, Austina Hand, Greta Morgan, Heidi Keithahn, Madeline Henry, Lorence Jones-Perpich, Trixie Ward

Dye/Crafts—Ariel Coleman

Costume Shop Office Assistant—Zhiyan Jin

Laundry Assistant—Angelina Parillo

Stock Attendants—Lucile Lyon, Megan Decker, Aleah Bloom

Light Lab Inventory AssistantPiper Phillips

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