The At First Sight New Play Festival 2021

The Black + Brown Guerrillas, A New Play by Christin Eve Cato

Directed by David Koté

Waycross, A New Radio Play by Jayne Deely

Directed by Jenny McKnight

Now in its ninth year, At First Sight will feature two new plays by M.F.A. playwrights Christin Eve Cato and Jayne Deely, as well as a virtual reading by M.F.A. playwright Annalise Cain, and a series of Undergraduate short plays. 

This series will be presented digitally - no in person performances will take place.

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Festival Events

The Black & Brown Guerrillas by Christin Eve Cato | 7:30 p.m. | Reserve Tickets Here

Meet the Katy Bigge Kestner Festival Guest Artists | 5:30 p.m. | Zoom Webinar | Followed by: Undergraduate short plays

The Black & Brown Guerrillas by Christin Eve Cato | 7:30 p.m. | Reserve Tickets Here

Katy Bigge Kestner Festival Guest Artists Festival Panel #1
"New Media in the Age of COVID and Beyond" | 1:00 p.m. | Zoom Meeting

The Black & Brown Guerrillas by Christin Eve Cato | 7:30 p.m. | Reserve Tickets Here

Waycross by Jayne Deely | Available to download on-demand through Saturday, April 3

Dumb Bitch Juice by Annalise Cain | 7:30 p.m. | YouTube Live and Facebook Live

Waycross by Jayne Deely | Reserve Tickets Here

Katy Bigge Kestner Festival Guest Artists Festival Panel #2
"At the Intersection of Playwriting and Identity" | 1:00 p.m. | Zoom Meeting

Waycross by Jayne Deely | Reserve Tickets Here


The Black + Brown Guerrillas a new play by Christin Eve Cato

Towards the end of 2020, after several fatal #BLM protests, a series of terrorizing police brutality incidents, and a global pandemic: the streets of New York City were full of poverty and anarchy. Several areas of NYC were full of crime because the NYPD no longer entered them. Protests became more and more dangerous for unarmed civilians. The unemployment rate was so devastating that many New Yorkers (and people all over the USA) were in massive amounts of debt/went bankrupt/had their homes foreclosed, and struggled for food and shelter. Evaristo & Keisha, along with some of their Black & Latino comrades, organized together to establish law and order in their communities. This group was called the Black & Brown Guerrillas (The BBG). This play is a manifesto for the modern revolution. The BBG is a look into how the revolution of the people would play out today. It is experimental in form and theory. It’s a play that showcases real change and leaves us with hope. 

Waycross a new radio play by Jayne Deely

Lee is a CIA asset, assigned to the nation’s riskiest and most vital missions. Nadia Rachnamninov is her arch-enemy, close on her tail through every mission from Mauritius to Minsk. At this point, she’s the closest thing Lee has to a friend, unless you count CIA Director Skybell, who seems to live in Lee’s earpiece. Lee is unflappable. No mission too dangerous. A well-trained machine. But when she finds herself charged with the task of infiltrating a community theatre in Georgia under cover as something called a dramaturg (gesundheit), she has never been more in over her head. The clock’s ticking, every second bringing the town closer to potential destruction, and opening night. A play about finding heroes where you least expect them.

Please note: Waycross by Jayne Deely is a pre-recorded audio play. By selecting to reserve a ticket for this play, you are opting to receive email access to the digital version of the play which can be downloaded and listened to at your convenience.


Ticket reservations

All ticket reservations must be in by 5:00 PM the day before you plan on seeing the show. Starting at 5:00 PM the day before each performance no more reservations will be taken because the Director of Patron Services will remove it to begin emailing ticket links to people who have reserved that specific date. If you are unsure which date you would like, then we suggest you pick multiple dates and receive a link for all of the dates you selected. Please wait until 24 hours before your performance(s) to email with questions about your reservation.

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Because of the way the system is set up this year, you do not need to contact the Director of Patron Services if you can no longer attend and/or would like a new date. You can fill out a new ticket reservation form and you will receive an email for your new date as well.