Every year the Yale Institute of Music Theatre picks two shows written by recent graduates of music/theater training programs at American universities. The shows are workshopped for a week in the summer, then given a couple of performances each—deemed "open rehearsals," in an unadorned scrip-in-hand "reading" format—as part of New Haven's International Festival of Arts & Ideas.
For 2013, the performances will be on June 15 & 16, and the shows will be The Last Queen of Canaan, with music by Jacob Yandura and book & lyrics by Rebeckah Greer Melocik, and Mrs. Hughes, with music & lyrics by New Jersey singer/songwriter Sharon Kenny and book by New York Theatre Workshop Playwriting Fellow Janine Nabers.
Last Queen of Canaan is about a WPA-financed researcher trying to escape her past while gathering oral histories of the slavery days in the South. Mrs. Hughes iconcerns the ill-fated love triangle of married poets Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath and Hughes' mistress Assia Wevill.
I've elaborated on these choices somewhat in a blog post at my site New Haven Theater Jerk, here.