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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 isn’t a pretty or positive picture, even though it’s sometimes dryly humorous.

(Pat Launer, San Diego News Network)

 

The 2014 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 from the story of a gay soldier returning home and struggling to rekindle a strained relationship to the story of young zoo employees wrestling with romantic love and the meaning of life on the eve of a catastrophic storm. They take place in San Francisco’s rapidly evolving Tenderloin District, the middle of winter in the remote reaches of Vermont, and outer space somewhere in the 22nd Century. They ask questions ranging from how you reconcile your public persona with your private desires to whether it's possible to grow a mango tree in the middle of Vermont in the middle of winter

The plays produced in the Wagner New Plays Festival represent some of the most original and groundbreaking 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 O’Neill 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:

Battlecruiser Aristotle

(Play 'A' - in the Forum)


by David Jacobi
Directed by Kyle Donnelly

OPENS: Tuesday, 4/15 at 7:30 PM
Thursday, 4/17 at 7:30 PM
Friday, 4/18 at 7:30 PM
Thursday, 4/24 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, 4/26 at 2 PM

Battlecruiser Aristotle - It’s the 22nd Century and Earth is destroyed. The survivors now sail aimlessly through space, lead by a megalomaniacal commander without a plan. They blow up moons and execute complainers until an alien stowaway inspires a rebellion that threatens to finish the human race once and for all. Amidst the chaos, three teenage passengers unaware of their inevitable demise fall in and out of love, discover what they’re willing to fight for, and reveal what it means to be alive in the face of extinction. More ...

Click here to read an excerpt from the script (PDF).

 

 


In the Arthur Wagner Theatre:

Campo Maldito/The Mango Farmer of Vermont

(Plays 'D' & 'E' - in the Wagner)

Two one-act plays performed together

OPENS: Thursday, 4/17 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, 4/19 at 2 PM
Saturday, 4/19 at 7:30 PM
Friday, 4/25 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, 4/26 at 2 PM

 

Campo Maldito

by Bennett Fisher
Directed by Jesca Prudencio

Campo Maldito - Angry ghosts are disrupting business at a tech startup in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco. When the young CEO hires a Santeria priest to purify the office, he gets a lot more than what he bargained for. Campo Maldito is a darkly comic fable about the cost of gentrification, the casualties of capitalism, and the price you pay when you piss off the dead. More ...

Click here to read an excerpt from the script (PDF).

 

The Mango Farmer of Vermont

by Emily Feldman
Directed by Emilie Whelan

The Mango Farmer of Vermont - A man is caught between his wife, his lover, and a delicate mango tree. A play about how we choose the lives we’re meant to lead, what happens when our best intentions go awry, and what we talk about when we talk about love. More ...

Click here to read an excerpt from the script (PDF).

 

 


In the Theodore and Adele Shank Theatre:

in the crowding darkness

(Play 'B' - in the Shank)


by Jeff Augustin
Directed by Michael Moran

OPENS: Wednesday 4/16 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, 4/19 at 7:30 PM
Tuesday, 4/22 at 7:30 PM
Wednesday, 4/23 at 7:30PM
Thursday, 4/24 at 7:30 PM

in the crowding darkness - Gabriel, an Afghanistan War Vet, returns to the comfortable life he built with his partner of eight years Vaughn. When they’re asked to become the black gay poster couple for a same-sex marriage campaign, issues in their past and present are unearthed threatening their seemingly happy reunion. Can we create our own dreams when our community and loved ones want us to live out their own? More ...

Click here to read an excerpt from the script (PDF).

 

 

Deluge or, The Panda Play

(Play 'C' - in the Shank)


by Kristin Idaszak
Directed by Sarah Wansley

OPENS: Friday 4/18 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, 4/19 at 2 PM
Friday, 4/25 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, 4/26 at 2 PM
Saturday, 4/26 at 7:30 PM

Deluge or, The Panda Play - The storm of the century is about to hit. The giant pandas are nowhere to be found. And the zoo employees who take care of them are about to discover what it means to be human. How do you live your life when you know your days are numbered? Who do you choose to love? Who do you choose to leave behind? DELUGE OR THE PANDA PLAY looks at the choices you make when the world is about to end, and everything you thought you knew about yourself and the world is about to get washed away. More ...

Click here to read an excerpt from the script.

 

Sisters/Sistahz - Staged Reading

by Daysha Edewi, winner of the Eight Annual Dr. Floyd Gaffney Playwriting Competition on the African-American Experience.
Directed by Kate Jopson

Saturday, 4/19 at 10:30 AM

Identical twin sisters realized early on that despite having the same blood, nothing about them is identical. Years of tension erupt during senior year of high school when Ya-Ya discovers she is pregnant and Nikki reveals to her African American family that she is seriously dating a white man.

Click here to read an excerpt from the script.

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