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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 three world-premiere plays, including the first 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.


Falstaff and the Endless Machine

By Jared Michael Delaney

Directed by Michael Hatton

April 7-17, 2022 | Corbett Theatre

  • Thu, April 7 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sat, April 9 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sun, April 10 at 2 p.m.
  • Wed, April 13 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Fri, April 15 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sat, April 16 at 2 p.m.
  • Sun, April 17 at 6:30 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 8-17, 2022 | Stauss Theatre

  • Fri, April 8 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sat, April 9 at 2 p.m.
  • Sun, April 10 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Thu, April 14 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sat, April 16 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sun, April 17 at 2 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.

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.