USC New Works Festival Year 3 USC New Works Festival Year 3

USC New Works Festival Year 3  | 

May 25 — May 26

New Works Festival Year Three 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 Three is a partnership with The Pasadena Playhouse’s Playworks, a continuation of the theatre’s 100-year commitment to cultivating playwrights and original works.

Papa Was a Rodeo: May 25 at 8:00 PM

Southernmost: May 26 at 2:00 PM

Losing My Religion: May 26 at 8:00 PM

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Hosted by Pasadena Playhouse

Carrie Hamilton Theater

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New Works Festival Year Three 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 Three is a partnership with The Pasadena Playhouse’s Playworks, a continuation of the theatre’s 100-year commitment to cultivating playwrights and original works.

About

Papa Was a Rodeo

The details of the disappearances aren’t clear. Is it hundreds of people? Millions? As the grid goes down and resources become scarce the survivors slide deeper into crisis. Meanwhile they need to contend with the histories they carry with one another, and with the specters of those who are gone.

John E. Allis (Playwright) is a playwright, screenwriter, and musician from the Pacific Northwest. He is a founding member of the Los Angeles writing and production group Barelight. Allis is the writer, narrator, and co-producer of the serial audio drama, On Top of Hooper’s Hill.

Stewart J. Zully (Director) has been a director, actor, producer, writer and teacher for over 35 years.  He recently directed in LA at The Road, The Whitefire and Theatre 40. Stewart co-wrote and co-produced the feature Perfect Opposites, which stars Aaron Paul and Piper Perabo.  He has appeared off-Broadway and regionally (for tv and film go to IMDB) and is grateful to Velina Hasu Houston, USC and its staff for this wonderful opportunity.  www.stewartjzully.com

 

Southernmost

When his daughter Charlene brings her girlfriend home for a vacation, Wally Chaves is surprised to find her different from the girl he remembers. He is taken aback at her modern, mainland lifestyle as well as her refusal to support his latest venture: a coffee farm in their backyard. His determination clashes with her resistance, both to the coffee and her rural Hawaiian roots. Faced with the threat of an impending lava flow, and his family’s insistence that he retire, Wally must embrace a new vision for his future, or risk losing everything.

Mary Kamitaki (Playwright) was born and raised in Hawaii, not far from where Southernmost is set. She graduated from Pomona College and, after receiving her MFA, plans to pursue a career in dramatic writing. She is interested in coming-of-age stories of young women with a focus on family and intimate relationships.

Jon Lawrence Rivera (Director) Recent world premieres include: Bloodletting, Bingo Hall, Little Women, Billy Boy, The Hotel Play, Fairly Traceable, The End Times, Circus Circus Ugly, @TheSpeedOfJake, Painting In Red, Cinnamon Girl (also in China), The Anatomy of Gazellas and and many more. Rivera is the recipient of the first Career Achievement Award from Stage Raw, a NY Fringe Festival Award, an LA Weekly Award, and a five-time Ovation Award nominee. He is the Founding Artistic Director of Playwrights’ Arena.

 

Losing My Religion (in 140 Characters or Less)

Charity, prized daughter of a radical anti-gay Church, questions her faith after failing to convert a nice Jewish boy via Twitter. Will Charity’s complicated love for Judy Garland and budding sexuality lead her away from home or will her fear of God and her mother’s wrath keep pulling her back?

Hannah C. Langley (Playwright) is a playwright and novelist from Valencia, California. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in English Literature and will complete her MFA in Dramatic Writing at USC this Spring. Hannah’s work explores the struggles of young women with a mix of magic and technology-infused theatricality.

Andy Chapman (Director) is the Associate Artistic Director of The Ebony Repertory Theatre. Her Directing credits include: Native Son currently running at the Anteaus Theatre, Ebony Repertory Theatre’s Critically acclaimed The Gospel at Colonus: Which Garnered 14 Ovation Nominations. Including Best Play & Best Play Direction. And won NAACP Theatre Awards 2016 Best Production. She is The Center Theatre Group Program Advisor/ Coaching artist for August Wilson’ National Monologue Competition. She is a graduate of Yale School of Drama.