Mark-Brian Sonna Alan Dudley Mike Hathaway Lisa D'Alessandro Cody Lucas Amanda Calder Miles Brennan
Love. Passion. Deception. Murder.
Set in Shakespeare's globe theatre, a troupe of actors is preparing to perform a new drama. What they don't know is that the new play mirrors their lives. As relationships form and illicit love affairs bloom they soon discover that the play they are rehearsing will reveal their secrets. Can they overcome the inevitable conclusion of the play or will a new ending be created? Thrill at what is considered by many as the play that gave birth to modern theatre. It broke all conventions of it's time and to this day it remains one of the most passionate and exciting dramas ever written. It will leave you breathless.
We are presenting a world premiere translation by Mark-Brian Sonna of this ground breaking play. This play has gone on to influence countless other artists: Pirandello’s “Six Character’s in search of an Author”, the opera “Pagliacci” by Leoncavallo, etc.
It's surprising that "A New Drama" isn't better known in the English-speaking theater ...."A New Drama" is a rewarding evening... MBS Productions, and Mark-Brian Sonna as both translator and actor, have done us all a service in allowing us to experience this Spanish classic, and to ponder yet again the madness of love – and our love for madness. Ed Townley, Associate Theater Critic for John Garcia's THE COLUMN
"A New Drama" explores the desperate, lustful side of darkest vengeance in classic love betrayal....No wonder Manuel Baus' play triumphed in Europe in the late 1800's with absurdist expressionism emerging across all fields of artistic endeavor. On our side of the pond, puritanical sensibilites focused prudishly on the impropriety of the play's central torrid love affair and missed the work's triumphant transcendence over hyper-romanticized slice of life "realism." ....it's delicious sustenance...Like slivers of rich bittersweet chocolate on the palate, MBS Production's "A New Drama" foments a crescendo of guilty pleasure with each sensual ensnarement-driven scene. Guaranteed to whip up the flagging ardor of well-seasoned lovers, or to inspire those daring to stray outside the bounds of conventional coupling...." Alexandra Bonifield - NEA/Annenberg Fellow in theatre criticism and regional arts advocate
All photography by Bethany M Hubbard, copyright 2009