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All shows are performed at 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and at 3pm on Sundays,

2nd Thursdays are Pay-What-You-Can Performances

THE KENNEDY CENTER AMERICAN COLLEGE THEATRE FESTIVAL – REGION 1 FINALISTS

THURSDAY MAY 4 – SUNDAY MAY 7

KNOW Theatre is proud to present the Region 1 winning plays from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF).  The plays will be fully-staged for the first time on Thursday, May 4th and the playwrights and special guests will attend the performances on Saturday, May 6th after which there will be a talkback.  On Sunday there will be a matinee at 3pm.  All plays will be performed on all nights, and the cost is $15.  The plays are:

Big Brother by Brianne Costa
Paper Planes by Michael Pisaturo
Techno-vention by Lesley Moreau

Our special guest this year is Gary Garrison, a professional playwright, author, and the Executive Director of Creative Affairs of the Dramatists Guild of America.

KNOW Theatre Artistic & Executive Director Tim Gleason has been involved with Region 1 of this national theater festival as a mentor and director for the past sixteen years. Earlier this year he was awarded the Kennedy Center Gold Medallion, which is given to those who show great commitment to the Festival’s values and goals in excellence in educational theatre.

The Sand Beneath the City

May 25–27th

Leya Jahin is an Egyptian-American woman from a Muslim family who believes nothing and belongs nowhere. But when violence simmers and revolution erupts, she’s the one who gets the news that Detroit is one hour from apocalyptic destruction. In this one-woman play, LJ must confront her (lack of) beliefs before a Voice goes full-on Sodom and Gomorrah over the city.  In an updated version of the one-act performed as part of KNOW Theatre’s presentation of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival – Region 1 plays in 2014, Amoreena Wade gives a tour-de-force performance of this one-woman play.

Proceeds from these performances will be donated to Citizen Action of New York – Southern Tier Chapter.

The Goat or, Who is Sylvia? by Edward Albee

June 9, 10, 11 / *15, 16, 17, 18 / 23, 24, 25

Winner of the 2002 Tony Award for Best Play
This tale of married, middle-aged architect, Martin, his wife Stevie, and their son Billy, whose lives crumble when Martin falls in love with a goat. The play focuses on the limits of an ostensibly liberal society. Through showing this family in crisis, Albee challenges audience members to question their own moral judgment of social taboo.

“THE GOAT is about a profoundly unsettling subject, the confounding, and convention-thwarting nature of love. Powerful [and] extraordinary…Mr. Albee still asks questions that no other major American dramatist dares to ask.” —NY Times. “…as challenging—and…as outrageously funny—as theater gets.” —NY Post. “…as fine a piece of theatrical art as any Edward Albee has created—and perhaps boldest of them all.” —Houston Chronicle. “The edgiest, most fervently debated Broadway play of 2002…” —Seattle Times.

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