NWF Year 3: Broken Shells

New Works Festival Year 3

March  1–3, 2024


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

Play 1: Broken Shells

By Cynthia Galaz Sotelo
Directed by Denise Blasor

Set in 1980s Mexico, the story follows Vale, a fifteen-year-old girl who longs to retreat into her shell and escape the unfamiliar world around her. However, she soon learns that such a shell can only protect her for so long. Along with her sisters, Vale struggles to adjust to her new life while contending with her mother’s struggles, frustrations and religious beliefs. All the while, Vale grapples with dangers, challenges and questions that come with being a teenage girl.

Performance Dates & Time
Friday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 2 at 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 2 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 3 at 2:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 3 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 1: Broken Shells
By Cynthia Galaz Sotelo
Directed by Denise Blasor

Read the program