New Works Festival Year 3

April 20–27, 2023

Summary

Showcasing the emerging voices of the School’s graduating MFA Dramatic Writing students.


Play 1: Michael’s Fluent Aphasia

By Christina Carrafiell
Directed by John DeMita

Michael, a young man with a fatal brain tumor, is persuaded to take the plunge and have risky surgery. It saves his life but leaves him with a condition that strips him of his ability to use language: Fluent Aphasia. He manages to piece his world back together and learns to express himself again, but will he be able to keep hold of his loved ones, or his sense of self?

Performance Dates & Time
Thursday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 22, at 8 p.m.
Tuesday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m.


Play 2: Weekend Warriors

By Adi Eshman
Directed by Fran de Leon

Weekend Warriors explores the reasons why people choose to reenact history, and both the joys and the consequences of reliving the past. In the play, we meet men and women who leave town each weekend to reenact battles from World War II. But when one of them switches which side of the war he’s on, it’s up to the other reenactors to find a replacement. The play becomes a question about how much you’re willing to give up in order to escape the present. Weekend Warriors is a dark comedy about history, memory, and both the literal and figurative prices we pay to keep history alive.

Performance Date & Time
Friday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 23, at 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m.


Play 3: bloody noses

By Matilda Corley Shulman
Directed by David Warshofsky

What’s the cost of winning? After the assault of one of their own, three female collegiate soccer players are forced to confront the dark realities of college athletics and being a female athlete in the American University System. A split narrative between the “date” that led to the assault and the present unraveling of the team, bloody noses focuses on the girls who are often left behind in the aftermath of broken fairytale dreams.

Performance Date & Time
Saturday, April 22, at 2:30 p.m.
Monday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 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 dramaticarts.usc.edu/on-stage to view or print the program. A limited number of printed programs will be available upon request.

Ticketing

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Once tickets are on sale, students may purchase discounted student tickets online through their USC Ticket Office student accounts or in person at the USC Ticket Office on the University Park Campus.

Parking

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Additional Information

Play 1: Michael’s Fluent Aphasia
By Christina Carrafiell
Directed by John DeMita

Play 2: Weekend Warriors
By Adi Eshman
Directed by Fran de Leon

Play 3: bloody noses
By Matilda Corley Shulman
Directed by David Warshofsky