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Wagner New Play Festival 2019


  • WHEN Multiple dates from May 6 - May 18, 2019[days & times]
  • WHERE UC San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093
  • AGES Not available
  • COST $10 - $20

Five new plays by UC San Diego graduate students - all women - will be presented at the Wagner New Play Festival 2019.

This event is designed to showcase playwrights, actors, designers and other artists from UC San Diego's Department of Theatre and Dance.

The plays produced in the Wagner New Plays Festival represent some of the most original and groundbreaking new voices in American theater, with some going on to the Humana Festival of New American Plays.

This year's lineup includes:

"Monster," by Ava Geyer, directed by Joseph Hendel.
Showtimes: 7:30 p.m. May 7, 11-13 and 15-16 at the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre.
Description: "When TV self-help guru Drew Capuano's compulsive masturbation comes to light, he retains the services of the only person who will still represent him: his power hungry 24-year-old female assistant. Meanwhile, survivor Mona Giotti works to make sure she's put Drew away for good. Monster is a brutal and brutally funny odyssey through America's media machine that puts perpetrator and survivor on an inevitable collision course of reckoning."

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"The Gradient," written and directed by Steph Del Rosso.
Showtimes: 7:30 p.m. May 8 and 13; 8 p.m. May 11 and 17; 2 p.m. May 18 at and May 18-19 at Theodore and Adele Shank Theatre.
Description: "Tess just landed a job at sleek tech start-up The Gradient: a center where men accused of sexual misconduct are sent to be rehabilitated. The clients go in with a lifetime of toxic male conditioning and emerge as new men, sensitized, redeemed. It sounds too good to be true, and maybe it is. When Tess meets a client who says all the right things, she's forced to to question her most basic assumptions about what is true and what is real. The Gradient asks what it means to say I'm sorry and whether it's possible for people to truly change."

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"Shame Spiral" by Ali Viterbi, directed by Natalie Griffith Robichaux.
Showtimes: 7:30 p.m. May 9, 10, 14 and 17; 2 p.m. May 11 at at Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre.
Description: "When contestant Lauren S joins The Bachelor in its 23rd season, she’s prepared for all the drama if it means finding her one true love. What she’s not prepared for is the internet’s response to the revelation of her virginity and the subsequent fallout. "Shame Spiral" engulfs us in the alternate reality of reality TV complete with false eyelashes, red roses, antiquated gender roles, and this persistent sense of shame that seems to lurk beneath every single moment. What’s the price we’re willing to pay to find true love? And why do the things that give us pleasure make us feel so guilty?"

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"The Jefferson Middle School Monthly," by Mara Nelson-Greenberg, directed by Carla Harting.
Showtimes: 7:30 p.m. May 10, 14-16; 7 p.m. May 18 at Theodore and Adele Shank Theatre.
Description: "There’s something amiss at Jefferson Middle School. Women are going missing, Cora may be turning into a doll, and MJ has tubes growing out of his belly button. The editors of the school paper are going to get to the bottom of all of it. A coming of age comedy that dives into the dark underbelly of life in 21st century America, this play explores what it means to become an adult in a world where the adults have messed everything up."

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"Duchess! Duchess! Duchess!" by Vivian Barnes, directed by Juliana Kleist-Mendez.
Showtimes: 7:30 p.m. May 9, 15-16; 7 p.m. May 11 and 17; 10:30 a.m. May 18
Description: "A Royal Wedding is looming. The Duchess and The Soon-to-be-Duchess are meeting face to face for the first time to go over everything you ever needed to know to become a duchess. There are rules. There’s a way of doing things. Remember, everybody is watching. And you don’t want to know what happens if you step out of line. 'Duchess! Duchess! Duchess!' looks at the hidden costs of being the 'luckiest girl in the world.'"

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For additional details call (858) 534-4574.

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