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YES Festival of New Plays - 20th Anniversary

The Year End Series (YES) Festival is NKU's new-play festival, the oldest collegiate new-play festival in the country. For the 20th Anniversary, the School of the Arts will host four world-premiere plays, and a first-ever regional collaboration. The Carnegie and NKU SOTA will work together to produce a new play by Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati's Producing Artistic Director, D. Lynn Meyers. The Carnegie will debut this world premiere script as the closing show in its 2021-2022 theatre season and kick-off the 20th anniversary of the YES Festival.


Keeper of the Realm

By D. Lynn Meyers, Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati Artistic Director

Directed by Brian Robertson

April 1-16, 2022 | The Carnegie - Covington, KY

  • Fri-Sat, April 1-2 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sun, April 3 at 3 p.m.
  • Fri-Sat, April 8-9 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sun, April 10 at 3 p.m.
  • Fri-Sat, April 15-16 at 7:30 p.m.

What happens when middle age parents unexpectedly pass and their 20 something children get together to decide what happens to their family house and possessions? Add in the parents who haven’t quite moved on and mysterious person with an eye to encyclopedias. Keeper of the Realm is about those we love and what is truly never lost. Visit for more information.

Presented in partnership with the Carnegie Theatre of Covington.

Falstaff and the Endless Machine

By Jared Michael Delaney

Directed by Daryl Harris

April 7-16, 2022 | Corbett Theatre

  • Thu, April 7, 7:30 p.m.
  • Sat, April 9, 7:30 p.m.
  • Sun, April 10, 2 p.m.
  • Wed, April 13, 7:30 p.m.
  • Fri, April 15, 7:30 p.m.
  • Sat, April 16, 2 p.m.

Young Jack Falstaff is eager to join the army and prove himself worthy of becoming a knight, both to himself and to his friends at the Boar’s Head Tavern. After he signs up, however, he is given duties that he didn’t expect and don’t exactly sit right with him. How can he decide between friendship and duty? Love and honor? Justice and the law? Falstaff explores how the most famous drunken coward in literary history became who he became.

Jared Michael Delaney is a stage/screenwriter and actor. Playwriting credits: Full productions: The Hand of Gaul, 2013 Inis Nua Theatre; Noli Timere (Don't Be Afraid) 2017 Theatre Conspiracy; Voyager One, New Jersey Repertory Company, 2019 (named Top 10 Productions in New Jersey, Newark Star-Ledger); They’ve All Gone & We’ll Go Too, Jersey Fringe, 2019. Readings: Paint It Black, You Devil, Strange Sun Theatre, Best Medicine Rep; Child of Lions, HRC Showcase Theatre, New Works of Merit; The Cannibal of Ajax, Best Medicine Rep., Vintage Theatre Comedy Festival; Voyager One, N.J. Rep., Khaos Theatre Co., 5th Wall Productions; Short Plays: Fortune’s Fool, Aberrant Theatre, NJ Rep’s Theatre Brut (published, related anthology); Pontiff Blues; The Shoes;RGDG?, FringeArts. Training: M.A. Theatre, Villanova University; M.F.A. Stage/Screenwriting, Queens University of Charlotte.

New Year's Eve at the Stop-n-Go

By Samantha Oty

Directed by Mike King

April 8-16, 2022 | Stauss Theatre

  • Fri, April 8, 7:30 p.m.
  • Sat, April 9, 2 p.m.
  • Sun, April 10, 6:30 p.m.
  • Thu, April 14, 7:30 p.m.
  • Sat, April 16, 7:30 p.m.

A group of friends confront their changing lives and each other at a convenience store on Dec. 31, 1999.

Playwright Samantha Oty graduated from Radford University with a degree in English, technical editing and writing. She received her master's degree in publishing from The George Washington University in 2017. Her first play, Demolition Lovers, was written in her sophomore year of high school and won the 2010 New Voices playwriting contest and has been writing plays ever since.

Persona (staged reading)

By Sage Daman

Directed by Ed Cohen

April 9-16, 2022 | The Henry Theatre (limited seating)

  • Sat, April 9 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Wed, April 13 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Fri, April 15 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sat, April 16 at 7:30 p.m.

A stressed businessman is invited to a club in the big city to reconnect with an old friend, once there he is faced with an astonishing problem when he encounters his subconscious personified in physical form and must overcome its increasingly reckless suggestions.

Sage Daman is a Senior BFA Playwrighting major from Cold Spring, KY. NKU credits include 10-Minute Play Festival (2019), Assistant Stage Manager for Noises Off! (2021) and will be Assistant Stage Manager for Keeper of the Realm at the Carnegie.

The Pig Farm (staged reading)

By Richard Klein

Directed by Ed Cohen

April 10-16, 2022 | The Henry Theatre (limited seating)

  • Sun, April 10 at 2 p.m.
  • Thu, April 14 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sat, April 16 at 2 p.m.

Two young Christian women find their faith in the Lord tested as they attempt to dispose of the evidence of a recent display of faith by feeding it to pigs housed on a rural farm. Caught in the act, these young women find the evening becomes progressively more complex, morbid, and dangerous as they encounter test after test.

Richard Klein’s plays have been produced or performed in various theatres, rehearsal spaces, living rooms, kitchens, and back alleys across the United States. Klein has won the John Cauble Award, the University of Cincinnati Playwriting Prize, and the Carol & Elton Holman Screenwriting Competition.