NWF Year 3: Between Fresno and Hell

New Works Festival Year 3

April  5–7, 2024


New Works Festival Year 3, showcasing the emerging voices of the School’s graduating MFA Dramatic Writing students.

Play 3: Between Fresno and Hell

By Joseph D. Valdez
Directed by Danyé Brown

It’s 110 degrees. Everything is seemingly on fire. A global pandemic destabilizes and divides communities. Mike and his family find themselves in the last place they want to be: the Central California Valley for his wife’s medical residency. Mike is left to unpack his new life and create a home for his family, but he starts to self-destruct. His daughter gets sick, his marriage becomes strained and his relationship with his mother may be lost forever. It seems that there might be only one person who can help: a mural of “Heartthrob Jesus” painted on the wall.

Performance Dates & Time
Friday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 6 at 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 6 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 7 at 2:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 7 at 8 p.m.

We’ve gone digital!
In alignment with the University’s commitment to sustainability, 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/digital-programs to view or print the program. A limited number of printed programs will be available upon request.


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Content Warning

Please note, these productions are a work in progress, thus they may or may not contain undefined triggering content, images and/or sounds.

Additional Information

Play 3: Between Fresno and Hell
By Joseph D. Valdez
Directed by Danyé Brown

Read the program