New Works Festival Year 3


Carrie Hamilton Theatre at The Pasadena Playhouse

Play Project

Papa Was a Rodeo
By John E. Allis

Mona and the Stranger
By Mary Kamitaki

Losing My Religion (in 140 Characters or Less)
By Hannah C. Langley

The thesis plays of the graduating MFA in Dramatic Writing cohort are presented as concert readings with professional actors and directors. NWF Year Three is a partnership with The Pasadena Playhouse’s Playworks, a continuation of the theatre’s 100-year commitment to cultivating playwrights and original works.

Seating is limited.

About the Plays

Papa Was a Rodeo

By John E. Allis

The details of the disappearances aren’t clear. Is it hundreds of people? Millions? As the grid goes down and resources become scarce the survivors slide deeper into crisis. Meanwhile, they need to contend with the histories they carry with one another, and with the specters of those who are gone.

Performance Date: May 25

Mona and the Stranger

By Mary Kamitaki

Mona is closing the frozen yogurt shop when a stranger enters and takes her hostage. Their night together plays out in imagined and remembered scenes between them as Mona struggles to find an escape route. She must question his motives and her own desire to live before finally taking action.

Performance Date: May 26

Losing My Religion (in 140 Characters or Less)

By Hannah C. Langley

Charity, prized daughter of a radical anti-gay church, questions her faith after failing to convert a nice Jewish boy over Twitter. Will Charity’s complicated love for Judy Garland and budding sexuality lead her away from home or will her fear of God and her mother’s wrath keep pulling her back?

Performance Date: May 26