Four World Premieres, Collaboration Headline NKU’s New Play Festival

NKU_YES Festival logo 2022HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KY – Northern Kentucky University’s biennial Year End Series (YES) Festival returns for its 20th Anniversary. The YES Festival is the oldest collegiate new-play festival in the country, and for its 20th Anniversary, the School of the Arts will host four world-premiere plays, including a first-ever regional collaboration with The Carnegie in Covington, producing a new play by Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati’s Producing Artistic Director, D. Lynn Meyers. The festival runs April 1-17, 2022. More information at

  • What: 20th Anniversary Year End Series (YES) Festival
  • When: April 1-17, 2022
  • Where: NKU Fine Arts Center, The Carnegie
  • Tickets: or (859) 572-5464

Keeper of the Realm
By D. Lynn Meyers, Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati Artistic Director
Directed by Brian Robertson
April 1-16, 2022 | The Carnegie – Covington, KY

What happens when middle-aged parents unexpectedly pass and their 20-something children get together to decide what happens to their family house and possessions? Add in the parents who haven’t quite moved on and mysterious person with an eye to encyclopedias. Keeper of the Realm is about those we love and what is truly never lost.

Falstaff and the Endless Machine
By Jared Michael Delaney
Directed by Daryl Harris
April 7-17, 2022 | NKU Corbett Theatre

Young Jack Falstaff is eager to join the army and prove himself worthy of becoming a knight, both to himself and to his friends at the Boar’s Head Tavern. After he signs up, however, he is given duties that he didn’t expect and don’t exactly sit right with him. How can he decide between friendship and duty? Love and honor? Justice and the law? Falstaff explores how the most famous drunken coward in literary history became who he became. 

New Year’s Eve at the Stop-n-Go
By Samantha Oty
Directed by Mike King
April 8-17, 2022 | NKU Stauss Theatre

A group of friends confront their changing lives and each other at a convenience store on Dec. 31, 1999.

Persona (staged reading)
By Sage Daman
Directed by Ed Cohen
April 9-16, 2022 | The Henry Theatre (limited seating)

A stressed businessman is invited to a club in the big city to reconnect with an old friend, once there he is faced with an astonishing problem when he encounters his subconscious personified in physical form and must overcome its increasingly reckless suggestions.

The Pig Farm (staged reading)
By Richard Klein
Directed by Ed Cohen
April 10-16, 2022 | The Henry Theatre (limited seating)

Two young Christian women find their faith in the Lord tested as they attempt to dispose of the evidence of a recent display of faith by feeding it to pigs housed on a rural farm. Caught in the act, these young women find the evening becomes progressively more complex, morbid, and dangerous as they encounter test after test.

About NKU: Founded in 1968, we are a growing metropolitan university of more than 15,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus near Cincinnati. Located in the quiet suburb of Highland Heights, Kentucky—just seven miles southeast of Cincinnati—we have become a leader in Greater Cincinnati and Kentucky by providing a private school education for a fraction of the cost. While we are one of the fastest growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students’ names. For more information, visit

About SOTA: The Theatre and Dance, Art and Design, and Music programs make up the School of the Arts that sit in the College of Arts and Sciences at Northern Kentucky University. Theatre and Dance relies on intensive student involvement both inside and outside the classroom. Our staff, resources and facilities serve the developing artist. At the program’s center is a vital balance of process and production, giving each student opportunities to stretch boundaries and discover new possibilities. Graduates are working in professional theatres in every major city in the United States and on five continents, having successful careers on Broadway and in regional theatre, on cruise ships, in theme parks and film and television. For more information, visit


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