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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 2013 Wagner New Play Festival at UC San Diego 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 range in scope from the untold story of Picasso's best friend to the story of a Haitian-American immigrant struggling to make a life for herself in Miami. They take place in Paris at the dawn of the 20th century and China at the dawn of the 21st. They ask questions ranging from what drives a person to catastrophic violence to what price we pay to escape the demons of our past.

The plays produced in the Wagner New Plays Festival represent some of the most original and ground-breaking new voices in American theatre. Our MFA playwrights have gone on to be produced and commissioned around the country. New plays showcased at the festival have gone on to be produced at the Humana Festival at the Actors' Theatre of Louisville and the OíNeill Playwrights Conference, and also produced and workshopped in major venues in New York City, San Francisco, Boston, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Chicago, and Washington D.C..

 

 

In the Mandell Weiss FORUM Theatre:

Casagemas


by Sharif Abu-Hamdeh
Directed by Kate Jopson
Composed by Jon Peloso

OPENS: Wednesday, 4/17 at 8 PM
Thursday, 4/18 at 8 PM
Friday, 4/19 at 8 PM
Friday, 4/26 at 8 PM
Saturday, 4/27 at 2 PM

Casagemas - A journey through Pablo Picasso's imagination as he relives memories of his best friend, Carles Casagemas. Inseparable from the time they first meet in Barcelona, the two painters travel to Paris when Picasso is invited to participate in the Universal Exhibition of 1900. There, the young men immerse themselves in a world of sex, drugs, and painting which culminates in a moment that forever changes the course of Art. More ...

 

 

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In the Arthur Wagner Theatre:

Hamelin/Ex Machina

Two one-act plays performed together

OPENS: Friday, 4/19 at 8 PM
Saturday, 4/20 at 2 PM
Thursday, 4/25 at 8 PM
Friday, 4/26 at 8 PM
Saturday, 4/27 at 8 PM

 

Hamelin

by Kristin Idaszak
Directed by Michael Moran

Hamelin - Samuel has lost his job, his girlfriend and his dignity when he befriends Sierra, a homeless teenager girl looking for God. She introduces him to Adrian, a shadowy woman who offers Samuel what seems to be a way of reclaiming his life. Hamelin re-envisions the Medieval legend of the Pied Piper as a meditation on spirituality and violence in our time, and asks how we are able to make a life in a world overrun with rats. More ...

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Ex Machina

by David Jacobi
Directed by Sarah Wansley

Ex Machina - Two co-workers, a security guard, and a mysterious woman unfettered by the laws of physics collide. Set in a factory at the edge of a plastic bag city, EX MACHINA looks at what it takes to escape the fate of a worker drone and live a life beyond the factory walls. A play about dancing, old people candy, meaningful handshakes, and the thrill of rebellion. More ...

 

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In the Theodore and Adele Shank Theatre:

Little Children Dream of God


by Jeff Augustin
Directed by Joshua Brody

OPENS: Thursday 4/18 at 8 PM
Saturday, 4/20 at 8 PM
Thursday, 4/25 at 8 PM
Friday, 4/26 at 8 PM
Saturday, 4/27 at 8 PM

Little Children Dream of God - Risking it all to ensure a better life for her unborn son, Sula travels from Haiti to Miami floating on a car tire. In Miami, she becomes a nanny for a wealthy Haitian-American woman, and the object of desire for a young Haitian-American man struggling to preserve his father's legacy. As Sula struggles to make a life for herself in America, she comes face to face with ghosts from her past. Will she be able to forge a new beginning for herself and her son or will Sula be held captive to the demons that haunt her? Set in a 21st century Miami of immigrants old and new, Little Children Dream of God is the story of a community and its inhabitants as they struggle to realize their dreams and make peace with who they are and where they came from. More ...

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Run - Staged Reading


by Roxie Perkins, winner of the Seventh annual Dr. Floyd Gaffney Playwriting Competition on the African-American Experience
Directed by Anthony Luciano

Saturday, 4/20 at 2 PM

Set inside a broken urban home with fine painterly strokes, Run tells the story of Krystal, a teenage girl with metal in her spine who lives with her older brother and a delinquent, addicted mother. Krystal meets a compelling soldier named Juan who transforms her life despite her painful realizations about her familyís lies.

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