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Wagner New Play Festival 2016

The 2016 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. The plays produced in the Wagner New Plays Festival represent some of the most original and groundbreaking new voices in American theatre.

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Go. Please. Go.

Thu, May 5 @ 7:30pm
Fri, May 6 @ 7:30pm
Sat, May 7 @ 7:30pm
Fri, May 13 @ 7:30pm
Sat, May 14 @ 2pm


Theodore and Adele Shank Theatre

A couple decides: This isn’t working. He says he’ll leave, and then he doesn’t. He stays and stays and stays. Through seventy years of marriages, bar mitzvahs, baptisms, and funerals, he stays. People get drunk. People get sober. People plan vacations. People die. Somebody wins the lottery. A baby grows up. Everybody dances.
GO. PLEASE. GO. asks what it means to love somebody for a lifetime, and what a lifetime even means.





Damascus

Tue, May 3 @ 7:30pm
Sat, May 7 @ 2pm
Wed, May 11 @ 7:30pm
Thu, May 12 @ 7:30pm
Sat, May 14 @ 7pm


Theodore and Adele Shank Theatre


There’s an explosion at the Minneapolis airport. Everyone is on high alert. With all the planes grounded, a stranded teenager pleads with a Somali-American Super Shuttle driver to drive him to Chicago so he can get home. As the two men cross the Midwest in the dead of winter, they discover that not everything is what it seems.
DAMASCUS investigates the seductiveness of extremism, the fine line between caution and paranoia, and the assumptions we make about homeland and security.






How to Use a Knife

Wed, May 4 @ 7:30pm
Thu, May 5 @ 7:30pm
Fri, May 6 @ 7:30pm
Fri, May 13 @ 7:30pm
Sat, May 14 @ 7pm

Mandell Weiss Forum

Chef George spends his nights trying to stay sober while yelling at a pair of trash-talking line cooks and a pot-smoking busboy. The only person in the kitchen he likes is the dishwasher, an East African immigrant named Steve. But when
immigration authorities show up asking about Steve's actions in the aftermath of the Rwandan Genocide, George is forced to question everything he thought he knew about his friend. Set in the kitchen of a Manhattan restaurant, HOW TO USE A KNIFE explores the legacy of genocide and the repercussions of crimes committed in the past on the present.






Sin Eaters

Mary is a “content moderator,” one of the unseen people who scrub our social media feeds of violent, sexual, and otherwise disturbing imagery. As she goes deeper and deeper into the dark rabbit hole of unfiltered human depravity that is the internet, she finds a graphic video that makes her question her relationship, her sanity, and her own capacity
for violence. By plunging us into a job where technology meets drudgery, SIN EATERS examines how our daily toil transforms our perceptions of ourselves and those around us.



Zoe is having lots of sex with lots of people. Her ex is moving on, her mom keeps popping in at the most inconvenient moments, and she’s developing a mystery rash. Can you really have sex with no strings? Does your Mom’s Old World advice about men apply? Is that guy a serial killer or just lonely? OTHER PEOPLE asks what it means to find romance in a world where everyone is on Tinder, polyamory is the new normal, and the rules are only invisible until you break them.

A DOUBLE BILL! Sin Eaters + Other People
Fri, May 6 @ 7:30pm
Sat, May 7 @ 2pm
Thu, May 12 @ 7:30pm
Fri, May 13 @ 7:30pm
Sat, May 14 @ 2pm

Arthur Wagner Theatre







Tickets

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


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