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The writing, acting, direction and design are excellent across the board. This is a festival more San Diegans
should attend. It gives us a sense of what young people are thinking and obsessing about these days,
and it isnít a pretty or positive picture, even though itís sometimes dryly humorous.

(BNPF í09, Pat Launer, San Diego News Network)


The Baldwin New Play Festival at UC San Diego 2011 features world premiere productions by our talented MFA playwrights, and directed, acted, stage managed and designed by our nationally-acclaimed MFA companies. This year, the plays offer deals with the Devil to haunting from ghosts; the trials and tribulations of parenthood (and really, growing up); and the search for lost love Ė and a hat.

Filled with passion, insight, humor, and a dose of magic, these four plays represent some of the most original and ground-breaking new voices in American theatre. UCSD playwrights have gone on to be produced and commissioned around the country. New plays showcased at BNPF in recent years have had major productions and readings in New York City, San Francisco, Boston, Atlanta, Louisville, Minneapolis, Chicago, Washington D.C, and the O'Neill Playwrights Conference.



In the Mandell Weiss FORUM Theatre:

A Man, His Wife, and His Hat

by Lauren Yee (MFA 12)
Directed by Joshua Kahan Brody

OPENS: Wednesday, 4/13 at 8 PM
Saturday, 4/16 at 8 PM
Tuesday, 4/19 at 8 PM
Wednesday, 4/20 at 8 PM
Thursday, 4/21 at 8 PM

Hetchman loves his hat. Oh, and his wife, too. But when both go missing, the retired hatmaker vows to stop at nothing to find them. if he can ever muster the strength to leave his armchair. But the arrival of a talking wall and a hungry golem threatens to derail his endeavor. A klezmer-inspired love triangle between a man, his wife, and his hat.

Please note: All ticket sales are final.
No refunds, no exchanges.


Salamander Leviathan

by Krista Knight (MFA 11)
Directed by Anthony Luciano

OPENS: Friday 4/15 at 8 PM
Saturday, 4/16 at 2 PM
Friday, 4/22 at 8 PM
Saturday, 4/23 at 2 PM
Saturday, 4/23 at 8 PM


Winner of the Kennedy Center's 2011 American College Theatre Festival's Musical Theatre Award

It's 1890 in Black River Falls, Wisconsin. The loneliest man in the world makes a deal with the Devil: A wife and a family in exchange for his soul. When a beautiful stranger steps off the train, everything seems headed towards happily ever after. But neither the stranger nor the Devil is quite what they seem. A casio-pop fable about the price we pay for love. Music written and performed by Arkansas based band David's Pegasus.

Click HERE to see the trailer for Salamander Leviathan.

Click HERE to listen to the music for Salamander Leviathan.

Please note: All ticket sales are final.
No refunds, no exchanges.


In the Theodore and Adele Shank Theatre:

Small Prophecies

by David Myers (MFA 12)
Directed by Larissa Lury

OPENS: Thursday, 4/14 at 8 PM
Friday, 4/15 at 8 PM
Saturday, 4/16 at 2 PM
Thursday, 4/21 at 8 PM
Saturday, 4/23 at 8 PM

A first kiss. A prank turned ugly. A moment of truth between father and son. How does a boy become a man? How do you stop your child from becoming something terrifying? A story about the myths we tell ourselves and how they shape the people we become.

Please note: All ticket sales are final.
No refunds, no exchanges.


In the Arthur Wagner Theatre:

Bodies in the Park

by Sharif Abu-Hamdeh (MFA 13)
Directed by Jeffery Wienckowski

OPENS: Friday 4/15 at 8 PM
Saturday, 4/16 at 10:30 AM
Saturday, 4/16 at 8 PM
Friday, 4/22 at 8 PM
Saturday, 4/23 at 2 PM

A couple grapples with ghosts from their past and secrets in the present in a neighborhood where the planes roar overhead and the night is full of dangers both visible and unseen. Can you ever really know another person? And, can you trust a world where the person you love most turns out to be a stranger?

Please note: All ticket sales are final.
No refunds, no exchanges.


8Ball - Staged Reading

by A-lan Holt, winner of the Fifth annual Dr. Floyd Gaffney Playwriting Competition on the African-American Experience

Saturday, 4/23 at 10:30 AM

An explosive, dramatic probe on the world of five individuals caught in Los Angeles during the pain of a 1980's crack epidemic. Lives rise and fall in a searing urban
mural of hope and decay.

Read the Marshall Institue Blog interview with A-lan Holt.

This is a FREE event. To order
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This festival is made possible by a generous donation from Ken & Ginger Baldwin

Of Interest:

TheatreForum - An international theatre journal since 1992
La Jolla Playhouse - UCSD is home to this Tony Award winning theatre
UC San Diego Home Page - UC San Diego's Main Web Site
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