Rough Draft Festival 2018
- Work In Progress -


Paradise lost

March 28 - 29, 2018

Directed by Eamon Foley
Co-Choreographed by Sophie Andreassi

Paradise Lost is an immersive experience lead by dance, computer software, and live cinematography, in which the audience’s bodies and imaginations are active participants. Derived from John Milton’s epic poem of the same name, Paradise Lost chronicles the fall of man from the perspective of a brooding, young Lucifer. His attempt to cut ties with God initiates our transformation from complacent purity toward a more complicated, flawed existence. We remain caught between the diametric forces of good and evil, embodying a different beauty.


On loss and Mice and Monsters and Love

April 3 - 4, 2018

Written by Emily Zemba
Directed by Lauren Z. Adleman

Relationships are hard. Mouse infestations are even harder.  Join Claire and Hugh as they balance both: expertly avoiding emotional baggage, navigating painful interactions with over-the-top exes, and concealing small furry corpses in strategic hiding places. But as the body count rises, Clare and Hugh struggle to ignore the secrets between them (that and the overpowering stench of rotting flesh). Is romance the greatest exterminator of them all? Or is this one infestation that won't be contained...



April 5 - 7, 2018

Conceived by Michael Leibenluft & Jeremy Tiang
Written by Jeremy Tiang
Produced in association with Gung Ho Projects with support from the 14th St Y

Cultural collisions abound as Arthur Miller and Ying Ruocheng, a titan of Chinese theater, mount a Mandarin production of Death of a Salesman in Beijing. What happens to a classic American play when it’s removed from its original context, and how far can China understand the American dream in 1983, just a few years after the Cultural Revolution? A tale of two very different societies making contact through theater, based on actual events.

In Mandarin and English. 

Photo courtesy of the Beijing People's Art Theater.


How We Hear

April 6 - 7, 2018

Directed by Emily Lyon 

From Abraham Lincoln to Trump's Twitter feed, How We Hear is an experimental piece about how our political discourse has changed in response to technology. The piece asks, particularly when debating such weighty issues as civil rights, how we can value and protect nuance in a world of 140 (or 280) characters?



April 9 - 10, 2018

Directed by Ria Marks
Co-Created by Noelle Ghoussaini & Heather Holmes 

Who says dreams have no meaning?  Who told you time is linear and not divine? This here is vivid. This here can lead us toward… “Where are you going?”  To find the key to our house, our home. Do you want to look?  We seek wholeness in a fragmented world. Aw, c'mon little dreamer, just adapt. Let us plant a flag in your brain and call the whole thing our conquered territory. Wait. Stop... what?


Rokera the Musical

April 11 - 12, 2018

Written by Tatiana Suarez-Pico
Directed by Estefanía Fadul
Music by Michelle J. Rodriguez
In Collaboration with The Sol Project

Brooklyn-born Lulu, Mickey, and Bella want to be superstars, but they also want to go to college, and date, and go crazy because that's what you do when you're 18. When Lulu's mom decides to go back to her native Colombia for mysterious reasons, Lulu's world is turned upside down. Mickey and Bella come to Lulu's aid, but soon they're facing problems of their own. Rokera is about growing up and growing tough; a transformative rock musical.



April 13 - 14, 2018

Written by Laura Winters
Directed by Noam Shapiro 

On the eve of Mary Beth's eighteenth birthday and first professional porn shoot, her role model Chantal returns to Miami determined to make a comeback. When a new girl's arrival complicates Chantal’s plan, their shared house transforms into a battleground over who gets seen and who gets screwed. Laura Winters’ biting new comedy is a frank and fierce look at empowerment and exploitation in the digital age.


Songs About Trains

April 17, 2018

Created by Radical Evolution
Directed by Rebecca Martinez & Taylor Reynolds 

“Songs About Trains” is a celebration of the many cultures that contributed to the building of the cross country rail system in the United States. Through music and performance, "Songs About Trains" grapples with the thorny realities of immigration, labor, Manifest Destiny, and pillaging of Native American land that are central to our history, and uplifts the victories of a multicultural, multilingual workforce that made our country what it is today.



April 18 - 20, 2018

Stepchild, A New Musical

Music & Lyrics by David James Boyd
Book by David James Boyd & Chad Kessler
Concept by David James Boyd, Chad Kessler and Kori Rushton
Directed by Kim Weild
Director of Artistic Sign Language - Alexandria Wailes
Musical Direction by Dan Pardo

In this sweeping musical tale, Orella is born deaf at the brink of the Italian Renaissance. Her journey takes her through a childhood of poverty, an adolescence in hiding, and a young adulthood at an asylum for the "cursed". However, her drive to learn and her courage to communicate with Sign Language unites a broken kingdom, and Orella is ultimately crowned the world’s first proud Deaf queen.

Sign Language Interpreting for theatregoers who are Deaf and use American Sign Language as their primary means of communication.