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Wagner New Play Festival 2023

The Wagner New Play Festival is an annual festival of new works by MFA playwrights, in collaboration with MFA/PhD directors, actors, designers, stage managers, and dramaturges. 

We're delighted to welcome all audiences back to the Theatre District!


Ticketing Information

  • UCSD Student tickets are $10
  • UCSD Faculty and Staff tickets are $15
  • General Admission tickets are $20
  • Head over to our Complimentary Ticket Policy page for more information, and to see if you qualify for a free ticket or a discount.

Please email for a promo code if you are having trouble with promo codes. 

If a performance is marked "sold out," and you wish to attend that performance, please email to be added to the waiting list. 

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Thicker Than...

by Agyeiwaa Asante. Directed by Lamar Perry. Shank Theatre. May 4 - June 9.  

Jillian is ready for a change. Her adult son, Tom, is not. Set in a not-too-distant future where a new kind of technology exists that allows anyone to emotionally "uncouple" from anyone in their lives, Thicker Than… asks what it means to cut off ties with a loved one and move on with your life. Can you ever truly walk away? And what are the ethical and emotional consequences if you do?


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नेहा & Neel

by Ankita Raturi. Directed by Rosie Glen-Lambert. Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre. May 18 - June 8.  

Neha (नेहा) fears she has failed to pass her language and culture down to her seventeen-year-old son, Neel (नील). A summer trip to visit colleges could be Neha’s last chance, if only she can get Neel to visit the historic Hope Diamond and witness a piece of Indian history for himself. नेहा & Neel asks what we lose with every generation in America, and if it’s ever too late to connect with your roots.

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900 Years

by Preston Choi. Directed by Cambria Herrera. Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre. May 25 - June 10.  

A complicated stepmother with complicated feelings casts a complicated curse on her complicated step-children. A bold and inventive retelling of an Irish fairytale, 900 Years spans centuries of family drama to explore the consequences of intergenerational trauma and the complex magic of forgiveness.

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One Acts

One Acts

Boxed  by Mylan Gray. Directed by Allie Moss.

grippy sock vacation  by Beth Hyland. Directed by Ludmila de Brito

Just the Two of Us  by Phanésia Pharel. Directed by Madison Mae Williams

Three one-act plays by first-year MFA playwrights presented in a single evening

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