New Play Festival on now at UCSD

May 17, 2018 by  

The Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of California, San Diego, is currently presenting its 2018 Wagner New Play Festival, according to an article in Broadway World.

This year’s festival plays include ‘Mothers’, written by Anna Moench; ‘Joshua’ by Ali Viterbi; ‘Tambo and Bones’, written by Dave Harris; Ava Geyer’s ‘SERE’; and ‘How to Defend Yourself’, written by Lily Padilla. Three of the plays were written by MFA students at UCSD, and all are one-act works that bring new visions to the theater.

For instance, ‘Joshua’ examines those moments when people’s lives change, using the relationship between Anya and Caleb, the late Joshua’s girlfriend, and his best friend, to illustrate the issue. They go to the desert on the anniversary of Joshua’s death, possibly to find a new beginning with each other.

‘Tambo and Bones’ are two characters in a minstrel show, who are distraught because that’s all they are—two characters in a show. Their plight allows the author to consider much larger societal problems, such as capitalism and race.

The festival is running now, with upcoming performances both tonight and tomorrow night at 7:30 pm. There also a performance on Saturday, May 19, at 10:30 am. The venue is the Arthur Wagner Theatre on the UCSD campus.

Organizers of this type of event might consider working with a flyer printing company to create a handout for attendees, describing the authors and summarizing the works.