On Stage

Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 at the Scene Dock Theatre. This production was part of MFA Acting Repertory 2016. (Photo by Craig Schwartz)

Portrait of David Bridel

Photo of David Bridel by Elizabeth Beristain

I AM VERY PLEASED to present to you our season of plays for 2016–17. Our selections for the year reflect our passion for the length and breadth of the dramatic canon, as timeless Shakespeare texts rub shoulders with American classics, brilliant new plays, and musicals that challenge, provoke, and richly entertain. From social and political commentary to musings on the nature of love, from gritty urban neighborhoods in the North to the wilds of Kentucky and Montana, we travel through time and space to explore and expose the best and the worst of human nature, and doing so, we take a close look at our own actions in our own time. These productions will give you a glimpse into the extraordinary fusion of the classical and the modern that characterizes our work, both onstage and backstage, in the School of Dramatic Arts — preparing our students for a constantly changing world by connecting ancient traditions to the contemporary moment.

Come and join us.
Dean David Bridel

Tickets are available at the USC Ticket Office, either in person or online. Please visit Location and Directions to find venues on campus.

Evita artwork


Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s modern masterpiece tells the unforgettable true story of the passionate, complex and controversial Argentine First Lady Eva Perón.

New Works Festival Year 2 artwork

New Works Festival Year 2

A workshop of diverse new works by the School of Dramatic Arts’ second-year MFA Dramatic Writing students.

Mr. Burns artwork

Mr. Burns, a post-electric play

In a post-apocalyptic world, a mismatched group of survivors band together to try to recount the heroic fable of youth and innocence triumphing over evil — Bart Simpson’s epic battle against Sideshow Bob in the “Cape Feare” episode of The Simpsons.

Spring Awakening artwork

Spring Awakening

The source for the Broadway musical, Frank Wedekind’s play follows the dawning sexual awakening of a group of teenagers in a classic work that launched 20th Century avant-garde theatre.

New Works Festival Year 3 artwork

New Works Festival Year 3

Plays by the graduating playwrights of the MFA Dramatic Writing program, presented as staged readings with professional actors and directors.