Blade to the Heat

February 17–27, 2022


Sexuality in and out of the ring is at the heart of Oliver Mayer’s exploration of the BIPOC boxing world of the late 1950s. Toxic hypermasculinity pits three elite boxers against one another, with more than a championship belt at stake, in a world where a single word can hurt more than any blow.

Performance Dates & Times

Please note that the first weekend of MFA Year 3 Repertory performances has been canceled, and two new performances have been added, as indicated with an asterisk below.

Friday, February 11, at 7:30 p.m. (canceled)
Saturday, February 12, at 2:30 p.m. (canceled)

Thursday, February 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 19 at 8:00 p.m. (short Q&A with playwright Oliver Mayer follows performance)
Sunday, February 20 at 2:30 p.m.*
Friday, February 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 26 at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 27 at 2:30 p.m.*

We’ve gone digital!
In alignment with the University’s commitment to sustainability and to do our part in limiting the potential spread of COVID-19, the programs for all of our productions will be available online. Audience members will be able to scan a QR code in the theatre, or visit to view or print the program. A limited number of printed programs will be available upon request.


Tickets purchased at the USC Ticket Office.

USC COVID-19 Terms and Conditions


Discounted parking is available for $10, except on USC football game days. Please inform the gate officer you are attending a School of Dramatic Arts performance. Parking on game days is $25.

(Photos by Craig Schwartz)

Additional Information

By Oliver Mayer
Directed by Edgar Landa

MFA Year 3 Acting Repertory

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