, Newburyport, MA


January 30, 2014

A tale of survival

New Works Festival's winning full-length play onstage tomorrow


Though tomorrow’s performance is a staged reading, Seinuk said it will be “a little different than a typical, just-sitting-at-a-music-stand reading.”

“It’s a very active play,” she said. “The guys are really excited. There are going to be some moments that the audience will be surprised about for a reading.”

“It’s really intense, and I think it’s a fantastic script,” said Marcus, who is looking forward to performing in the Firehouse theater for the first time since high school.

The Pestalozzi Prize is given each year to a full-length play in honor of the former Pestalozzi Foundation set up by Herman Honegger after World War II to create educational opportunities for underprivileged children. The New Works Festival prize is a gift from the Honegger family.

The festival will wrap up Saturday with a program of eight short plays, including “Recalculating” by Steven Eimert, winner of the Peter Honeggar Prize. Given by Lois Honeggar in memory of her late husband, the $75 prize is awarded to both a one-act and short play each year. Peter Honeggar was a longtime member of the local theater community and a judge for the New Works Festival.

While there are still tickets left for tomorrow’s performance, Saturday is sold out.

If you go

What: “From the Deep,” the New Works Festival’s full-length play

When: Tomorrow, 8 p.m.

Where: Firehouse Center for the Arts, Market Square, Newburyport

How much: $13. Tickets available at the box office, by calling 978-462-7336 or online at

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