The Refugees by Brent Askari

September 15, 2022 at 7:30PM

New Works Festival

The Refugees by Brent Askari

At the Ninth Annual New Works Festival, you will experience a weekend of brand new plays read, in some cases for the first time aloud, by professional actors.

Yates, Poppy, and Wynn — flees the country, ending up in the Middle East. The Sutton’s preppy attire and bland food label them as outsiders, and they find themselves now impoverished and in the minority, having to deal with manual labor, bureaucrats, and social workers. Increasingly desperate to return to the familiarity of Western Civilization, patriarch Yates joins up with a former Wall Street banker, getting involved in a hapless scheme to emigrate to Europe. When the American refugee community erupts in rioting, the Suttons struggle to survive in their adopted new home.

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Each New Works Festival play will be performed as a staged reading featuring professional actors and a post-show Q&A with the playwright.



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About the Playwright

Brent Askari is a Persian-American writer and actor. He is the winner of the 2019 National New Play Network Smith Prize for Political Theater for “The Refugees”. His other plays have been produced at Barrington Stage Company, Geva Theatre Center, and Mad Horse Theatre, and have been produced and developed across the country. He was part of HBO’s New Writers Project and has written screenplays for Paramount Pictures, Marvel Films, MTV, and Reveille Entertainment. Brent is a National New Play Network affiliate artist and a member of Mad Horse Theatre Company.

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