When creating the play Tiny Fingerprints, M.F.A. candidate Jaymes Sanchez wove an urban legend from his hometown of San Antonio, Texas into the framework of his script. In his exploration of grief and belief, Sanchez chose the famous haunted train tracks as a backdrop, testing the limits of his protagonist’s belief in this ghost story. To find out more about the original story and its retelling in cities across Texas, we spoke with Sanchez and a few of his Tiny Fingerprints collaborators about the haunted train tracks ahead of their performance as part of UTNT (UT New Theatre) this spring.
For fifteen years this spring, UTNT (UT New Theatre) has served as a springboard for emerging playwrights to explore their newest works on stage. On the outside, UTNT serves as a showcase for these new plays in their infancy, before many of them go on to premiere across the country. On the inside, the fruits of UTNT’s collaborative rehearsal process extend far beyond a single performance. In celebration of its fifteenth season, we are exploring UTNT’s history of fostering experimentation, creative collaboration and hands-on new play development, through the eyes of its playwriting alumni.
Now in its 15th season, UTNT (UT New Theatre) serves as an incubator for new work, presenting newly developed plays from playwrights of Texas Theatre and Dance and Michener Center for Writers. In addition to showcasing work by these young writers, UTNT also provides actors, designers and creatives from within and beyond the department with opportunities to collaborate in the development process. This year’s UTNT showcase is no different, with three new plays featuring a wide variety of talent from across the department, the university and Austin.