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Upcoming Performances
  Wagner New Play Festival 2018

MFA One-Acts

TAMBO & BONES by Dave Harris
directed by Joseph Hendel

THE CLITORISH by Mara Nelson-Greenberg
directed by Nicholas Rapp

JOSHUA by Ali Viterbi
directed by Vanessa Stalling

Show dates:
Saturday, May 12th @ 7:30pm
   Wednesday, May 16th @ 7:30pm
   Thursday, May 17th @ 7:30pm
   Friday, May 18th @ 7:30pm
   Saturday, May 19th @ 10:30am 

Location:   Arthur Wagner Theatre


Tambo and Bones are two characters in a minstrel show. They soon come to realize that they are, in fact, just two characters in a minstrel show. This realization brings them great distress. All they want is some quarters and a nap. They decide that there is only one solution: they must find and kill the source of all their troubles. TAMBO & BONES interrogates the intersection of race and capitalism, and the connection between pain, profit, and audience.

Ted and his wife hire a vagina tutor to teach their son Marty about the vagina after they discover Marty has confused a diagram of the vagina for a map of the Middle East. Marty isn't home yet when the vagina tutor arrives, but Ted is and it soon becomes clear that Ted is just as clueless as his son is about all things vagina-related. THE CLITORISH explores “truthiness,” vaginas, and how certain people manage to dictate the rules of the world.

Anya’s boyfriend was Caleb’s best friend. To commemorate the one-year anniversary of his death, Anya and Caleb ditch school to go to the desert. And maybe fall in love. And maybe conjure a ghost. JOSHUA looks at that moment in time where life moves us from a place of youth and innocence into the place that will shape our adult selves. As we look back, how do we reconcile the missed opportunities, the things we didn’t say, the paths we didn’t take? And will they even matter to our older selves?

About the Playwright

Dave Harris is a first-year MFA Playwright student from West Philly. His plays have been featured at Theater503, Cherry Lane Theater, Great Plains, UMASS Amherst, The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals, Co-Op High School, and the Yale DRAMAT. His poetry and essays have been featured at Huffington Post, Callaloo Fellowship, Up the Staircase Quarterly, BOATT Press, The Adroit Journal, and Blueshift Journal. His play White History was a semi-finalist for The Relentless Award (2016) and a finalist for the O’Neill Playwriting Conference (2017). He graduated with a B.A. in Theater Studies from Yale University in 2016.

Mara Nelson-Greenberg is a first-year MFA Playwriting student who grew up in Brooklyn, NY. Her work has been developed at Clubbed Thumb, Playwrights Horizons, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Theater Intime, and WildWind Performance Lab, among others. Her short plays have been produced by Little Theater at Dixon Place, Ensemble Studio Theater, TinyRhino, Yes Noise, Communal Spaces, #serials at The Flea and Hansel and Gretel Pocket Utopia. She is a member of EST/Youngblood, a New Georges Affiliated Artist, and an alum of Clubbed Thumb’s Early Career Writers Group.

Ali Viterbi is a first-year MFA Playwriting student. She graduated from Yale in 2014, receiving Yale’s top playwriting prize. Her plays include Deadheads (Owl and Cat Theatre, Australia; Lyra Theatre Company; Last Frontier Theatre Conference); Period Sisters (developed at Roundhouse Theater, Drama League); Quick, Change (LFTC, 13th Street Rep, Yale Playwrights Festival); Woman of Valor (San Diego REP); Shtetl Stories (Miller Theatre; commissioned by Centropa); Promised Land (Horizon Theater Company); How He Learned to Love the Bomb (TinyRhino). Ali completed a graduate certificate in TV Writing from UCLA, and this past summer she wrote in residency at Wildacres.

About the Directors

coming soon

The Cast

TAMBO – Michael Rishawn
BONES – Xavier Clark

TED – Enrico Nassi
STEPHEN – Max Singer

CALEB – Max Singer
ANYA – Assata Hefner

The Creative Team

Director, Tambo & Bones Joseph Hendel
Director, The ClitorishNicolas Rapp
Director, Joshua Vanessa Stalling
Scenic Designer – Samantha Rojales
Lighting Designer – Brandon H Rosen
Sound Designer – Steven Leffue
Violence/Gore Consultant – Jaime Newcomb
Dramaturg, Joshua and The Clitorish – Gabe Greene
Dramaturg, Tambo & Bones – Shirley Fishman
Production Stage Manager – Bryan P. Clements
Assistant Stage Managers – Sasha King, Timothy Niupalau

Performances Parking & Location

Located at:   Arthur Wagner Theatre

Parking Passes Required: Monday through Friday. Weeknight passes are $2 per vehicle from the vending machines located in the UC San Diego Theatre District/La Jolla Playhouse parking lots and entry display case. Please remember your parking space number. You will need it to purchase your parking pass.

Note: Machines take all major credit cards except Discover and when paying with cash you must use exact change, NO CHANGE GIVEN.

Parking Passes Not Required: Saturdays and Sundays


Cars without permits are subject to ticketing by UCSD Campus Police. The Theatre & Dance Department does not have the authority to waive and cannot pay parking tickets.






May 12th

May 16th

May 17th

May 18th

May 19th





Advance tickets for this production are available Monday-Friday, noon to 6 pm by calling the Box Office at 858.534.4574 or in person at the Theatre District’s Central Box Office at the Sheila & Hughes Potiker Theatre.

At-the-Door tickets, if available, can be purchased one hour before show time at the performing theatre’s box office at Mandell Weiss Theatre.

General Admission: $20
UCSD Faculty/Staff/Alumni Association, and Seniors (over 62): $15
UCSD Students/UCSD Alumni Association (with ID): $10

Please note: No late seating; no refunds.

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