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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.

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Falstaff and the Endless Machine by Jared Michael Delaney

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

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.

Lost in Little Egypt by Lexi Rigsby, BFA Playwriting '21

A true story of the psycho-killer physician, Dr. John Cavanass, who ran the Southern Illinois region. How far are these natives willing to go to protect their hometown hero?

Lexi Rigsby is a writer in American theatre and business. Her most notable writing credits include Precipice: What Took Us Over The Edge, Scouts: A New Musical, A Surrender From Hell, and Floating. They have had pieces featured in the NKY/OH region as well as virtual theaters. They go forward with the intention of uplifting and inspiring voices in their artist community. They intend on being an ally for the BIPOC and LGBTQ+ community in any means necessary. Whether that is through volunteering, marketing services, or simply listening. She recognizes the obstacle of reshaping who and what makes our theatre and welcomes it for a time of healing and revolution for all. Website lexirigsby.weebly.com IG: lex.rigsby

A New Play (TBA) by D. Lynn Meyers, Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati Artistic Director

For the 20th Anniversary of the YES Festival, the School of the Arts will have its 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 21/22 theatre season and kick-off the 20th anniversary of the YES Festival. Visit TheCarnegie.com for more information.

Presented in partnership with the Carnegie Theatre of Covington.

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