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YES Festival of New Plays - 20th Anniversary

March 31-April 10, 2022

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, 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.


New Year's Eve at the Stop-n-Go by Samantha Oty

Directed by Mike King

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.

The Pig Farm by Richard Paul Klein

Directed by Daryl Harris

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.

YES Festival Show #3 (TBA) by Lexi Rigsby, BFA Playwriting '21

YES Festival Show #4 (TBA) by D. Lynn Meyers, Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati Artistic Director

Directed by Brian Robertson

Presented in partnership with the Carnegie Theatre of Covington.