New Works Festival Year 3

May 20–21, 2022

The Pasadena Playhouse's Carrie Hamilton Theatre

Summary

New Works Festival Year 3 features plays by the graduating MFA in Dramatic Writing cohort of the USC School of Dramatic Arts, presented as concert readings with professional actors and directors. NWF Year 3 is a partnership with The Pasadena Playhouse as part of the theatre’s 100-year commitment to cultivating playwrights and original works.

New Works


Play 1: Kept Men

By Grafton Reyes Doyle

Quentin lives in the home of his older lover in luxurious Palm Springs. Royce is fresh out of Folsom Prison. Their reunion promises to be explosive, revealing not only the entanglements of their past but the bargains that bind them. A play about family, romance, and taboo.

Performance Date & Time
Friday, May 20 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets

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Play 2: Seven Stage Circle

By Zharia O’Neal

“Grief is like a drum.” The Kid, a young world-class drummer, has just died. A group of his friends and lovers organize a remembrance, accidentally summoning the percussive powers of laughter, sexuality, jealousy and heartbreak – not to mention the spirit of The Kid they loved.

Performance Date & Time
Saturday, May 21, at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets

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Play 3: Strollin in the Dark

By Katrina RiChard

1954. Willie works in a slaughterhouse in Chicago’s South Side but dreams of owning property. She joins a scientific study that alters her. When her sax-playing partner Marvin begins to play for legendary jazz/blues singer Lady D.M., Willie’s dreams, and sanity, hang on a knife-edge.

Performance Date & Time
Saturday, May 21, at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets

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Additional Information

Play 1: Kept Men
by Grafton Reyes Doyle
Directed by Luis Alfaro
May 20 at 7:30 p.m.

Play 2: Seven Stage Circle
By Zharia O’Neal
Directed by Jennifer Chang
May 21 at 2:30 p.m.

Play 3: Strollin in the Dark
By Katrina RiChard
Directed by Andi Chapman
May 21 at 7:30 p.m.