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Wagner New Play Festival

  • WHEN Ongoing from now until June 30, 2021[days & times]
  • WHERE Virtual / UC San Diego Theatre and Dance
    Map | Website
  • AGES All ages
  • COST Free

The UC San Diego Theatre and Dance recently launched the virtual Wagner New Play Festival, which spotlights brand new works by emerging playwrights. Four pieces are audio plays that you can listen to on Spotify or Apple Podcasts, all dosed out gradually this week. The standout for me is the fifth work, an animated play by award-winning playwright and actor Keiko Green. It'll begin streaming on Friday, June 11, so that gives you time to catch up and listen to the short audio plays first (one of these, "Prepared," is also penned by Green).

In Green's animated play "End Days," a rag-tag group of young retail workers are pitted against a terrifying, corporate monster in a story that combines late-stage capitalism with the apocalypse. It's a total nightmare, and I can't help but think of some favorite dark comedies like "Idiocracy" and the Steven Yeun-led office zombie flick "Mayhem."

Details: Streaming on-demand now, via Spotify, Apple Podcasts or the UC San Diego Theatre and Dance website.
--Julia Dixon Evans, KPBS

From the organizers:
UC San Diego Theatre and Dance presents The Wagner New Play Festival. The Wagner New Play Festival is an annual festival of new works by playwrights from one of the nation's preeminent MFA programs, in collaboration with MFA/PhD directors, actors, designers, stage managers, and dramaturges.

This year, for the first time, the WNPF will be presented virtually. The festival will include four audio plays and one animated work.

Stream the festival for FREE on and on iTunes and Spotify.

Featuring the following audioplays:
"Farside" by Vivian Barnes
Directed by guest director Joan Sergay
Streaming June 7

"Prepared" by Keiko Green
Directed by Jon Reimer
Streaming June 8

"Backwaters" by Ankita Raturi
Directed by Juliana Kleist-Méndez
Original music composed by world renowned sitarist, composer and educator Pandit Kartik Seshadri accompanied on flute by Mallika Seshadri
Streaming June 9

"Meladi Thive and her Words of Comfort" by Preston Choi
Directed by Cambria Herrera
Streaming June 10.

Animated play:
"End Days" by Keiko Green
Directed by Emily Moler
Streaming June 11

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending. Check local COVID-19 restrictions and updates.

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Above: Promotional graphic for the Wagner New Play Festival courtesy of UC San Diego Theatre and Dance.


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