Onstage: Y.E.S. Festival

14th Biennial Y.E.S. Festival at Northern Kentucky University, which kicks off on Thursday and continues through April 26. For nearly three decades, NKU’s “Year-End Series” has given full productions to aspiring playwrights. This year three more new work

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14th Biennial Y.E.S. Festival at Northern Kentucky University, which kicks off on Thursday and continues through April 26. For nearly three decades, NKU’s “Year-End Series” has given full productions to aspiring playwrights. This year three more new works will receive world premieres, each directed by an NKU theater faculty member. (The plays are presented in a rotating schedule, Monday-Friday at 8 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday at 1, 4 and 8 p.m. Call NKU’s box office for more information: 859-572-5464.) Here’s what’s in store:

Shock and Awe by Damon DiMarco. The play offers personal experiences from American soldiers who have fought in Iraq. The play shows that many casualties of the war are below the surface.

Love and Communication by James Christy. Seeking an appropriate educational setting for an autistic child becomes a moral and emotional struggle for a young couple.

Nightjars by Mark Rigney. In a drama that involves environmental activism, the Patriot Act, modes of interrogation and the risks of loyalty, this play portrays a group of college students who are arrested by the FBI after they plan an act of civil disobedience.

Get more information here. And read a review of Love and Communication here.

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