Columbia University’s Morningside Heights location is a far cry from the lights of Broadway and further still from the downtown haunts of Off-Broadway. This year, however, MFA thesis productions from Columbia University School of the Arts’ Theatre Program will be moving to new off-campus venues to be closer to the heart of Off-Broadway. The new spaces to be featured include 3LD Art and Technology Center on Greenwich Street, the Connelly Theater at 220 E. 4th St., and La MaMa in the East Village. In addition, the graduating MFA Playwrights’ festival, New Plays Now, will be held at the Pershing Square Signature Center on 42nd Street.
“The thesis work of Columbia MFA playwrights and directors is their bridge from academia into the professional world and the culmination of three years of intense practice, study and critique,” said Christian Parker, chair of the theatre program at the school, in a statement. “We believe that by taking their work off campus, and presenting it in vibrant venues throughout midtown and downtown, we will up the ante on our ability to launch our graduates confidently and quickly into exciting, burgeoning theatrical careers.”
The New Plays Now festival will be produced from April 17–May 11. The MFA Director’s thesis productions include:
• The Corsair, directed by Katie Naka, at 3LD, Feb. 13–16
• Marie Christine, directed by Raymond Zilberberg, at 3LD, March 6–9
• Sakharam Binder, directed by Nikhil Mehta, at 3LD, March 26–30
• The Poor of New York, directed by Tyne Rafaeli, at the Connelly, April 24–27
• The Gods and Me, directed by Michel Hausmann, at La MaMa, dates in Fall 2013
For more information on these productions or to purchase tickets, visit www.columbiastages.org.