New Works Festival Year 2


Massman Theatre

Playwrights Workshop

Play 1: Family Riots
By Gideon Jeph Wabvuta
April 6-8
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Play 2: Tunnels
By Mariana Carreño King
April 13-15
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Play 3: Counting
By Aja Houston
April 20-22
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NWF Year Two showcases the emerging voices of the School’s second-year MFA in Dramatic Writing students with workshop productions featuring professional directors and dramaturges, and School of Dramatic Arts’ actors.

New Works

Play 1: Family Riots

By Gideon Jeph Wabvuta

Family Riots is the story of a family that’s on the crux of breaking apart and it happens to be the day of the food riots in Zimbabwe, 1998. The family struggles to stay safe indoors, resulting in emotions getting high, truths being spoken, relationships being destroyed and secrets being unearthed.

Performance Dates & Times
Friday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 7, at 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 7, at 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 8, at 2:30 p.m.

Photos


(Photos by Craig Schwartz for the USC School of Dramatic Arts)

Play 2: Tunnels

By Mariana Carreño King

When grandmother dies, Ester and Lil Joe follow her voice through a series of tunnels. They encounter a group of kids trying to form an army of Tunnel Soldiers. Will Ester and Lil Joe stay with the soldiers and look for Ma Sabina or try to make it back outside?

Performance Dates & Times
Friday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 14, at 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 14, at 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 15, at 2:30 p.m.

Photos


(Photos by Craig Schwartz for the USC School of Dramatic Arts)

Play 3: Counting

By Aja Houston

“Welcome to Spooks Anonymous, a fellowship of men and women young and old alike who help each other not to be feared.”  Welcome to The Middle, the afterlife for those who were killed for being threatening, for being Black, for being Spooks. For hundreds of years this place has existed with millions of black souls seeking redemption. Newcomer Proctor tests the veteran members Bland, Till, Martin, and Gray’s ties to each other, their beliefs and resolve to keep working the program.

Performance Dates & Times
Friday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 21, at 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 21, at 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 22, at 2:30 p.m.

Photos


(Photos by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging for the USC School of Dramatic Arts)