The 2015 New Works Lab play Begets: Fall of a High School Ronin by Qui Nguyen has just been published by Samuel French. Each year Waterwell commissions a new full length play by an emerging playwright written specifically for the actors in their senior year in the Drama Program @ PPAS.
Designed to stimulate the creation of high-quality new plays for young actors, the New Works Lab offers emerging and established playwrights the chance to develop their work with the support of professional directors and designers and a cast of exceptionally talented high school artists. The students, in turn, not only get to experience the process of new play development process but also collaborate with an exciting new voice in the American theater. In so doing they learn to embrace change and surprise, to stay curious and compassionate, and to feel the power of their own voice and their own story – skills that will serve them in whatever they choose to pursue.
The world premiere production of Begets: Fall of a High School Ronin was directed by Robert Ross Parker and featured the Drama Class of 2015. This original cast is credited in the newly published script, which you can purchase here. And while you are on the website be sure to check out the photos of our drama students in the original production!