New Works Festival Year 2 artwork

New Works Festival: Year 2


Massman Theatre

MFA Dramatic Writing Playwrights Workshop

With God and Men
April 8-10, 2016

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The Vending Machine
April 15-17, 2016

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One Hour Earlier
April 22-24, 2016

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A workshop of plays featuring diverse new works by the School of Dramatic Arts’ second-year MFA Dramatic Writing students.

Directions & Parking

Tickets are $5 general admission.

With God and Men

By M. Tristan McDaniel
Directed by Hector Rodriguez

Hector, an intern with a Christian college ministry, freaks out when an Angel appears to him and delivers a message. Trying to avoid a looming crisis of faith, Hector is pulled in different directions by his brother and his mentor. But to retain his relationships, his faith, and his sanity, Hector has to confront both God and men.

Performance Dates and Times
Friday, April 8, at 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 9, at 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 9, at 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 10, at 2:30 p.m.

Production photos

© 2016 Photos by Craig Schwartz for the USC School of Dramatic Arts


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The Vending Machine

By Rebin Zangana
Directed by Edward Padilla

A group of people rent out rooms in a cheap motor lodge. Thomas, a soccer player, attempts to seduce a rival soccer player, Sally. Meanwhile, Sally tries to deal with her impending 18th birthday. Thomas’s dad, Elroy prepares for his eating competition by eating everything he can. Peggy, a truck driver, tries to help a young girl, Ellie, who has run away from home. All the while, Tony, the vending machine repairman argues intently with a homeless man, Saturn, who lives near the vending machine.

Performance Dates and Times
Friday, April 15, at 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 16, at 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 16, at 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 17, at 2:30 p.m.

Production photos

© 2016 Photos by Craig Schwartz for the USC School of Dramatic Arts


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One Hour Earlier

By Inda Craig-Galván
Directed by Jennifer Chang

A diner in Chicago’s near-Northside – the Golden Nugget – sits across from the notorious Cabrini Green housing projects. In the days just before the last of the buildings is scheduled for demolition, residents, friends, and enemies gather to face their uncertain futures and the broken promises of the city.

Performance Dates and Times
Friday, April 22, at 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 23, at 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 23, at 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 24, at 2:30 p.m.

Production photos

© 2016 Photos by Craig Schwartz for the USC School of Dramatic Arts


See more photos on Flickr