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2014 Wagner New Play Festival at UC San Diego

The writing, acting, direction and design are excellent across the board. This is a festival more San Diegans
should attend. It gives us a sense of what young people are thinking and obsessing about these days,
and it isn’t a pretty or positive picture, even though it’s sometimes dryly humorous.

(Pat Launer, San Diego News Network)

Dates: April 15-26, 2014

Location: Various Theaters at UC San Diego
See website for details.

The 2014 Wagner New Play Festival at UC San Diego features world premiere productions by our talented MFA playwrights, and directed, acted, stage-managed and designed by our nationally-acclaimed MFA companies. This year, the plays range from the story of a gay soldier returning home and struggling to rekindle a strained relationship to the story of young zoo employees wrestling with romantic love and the meaning of life on the eve of a catastrophic storm. They take place in San Francisco’s rapidly evolving Tenderloin District, the middle of winter in the remote reaches of Vermont, and outer space somewhere in the 22nd Century. They ask questions ranging from how you reconcile your public persona with your private desires to whether it’s possible to grow a mango tree in the middle of Vermont in the middle of winter

The plays produced in the Wagner New Plays Festival represent some of the most original and groundbreaking new voices in American theatre. Our MFA playwrights have gone on to be produced and commissioned around the country. New plays showcased at the festival have gone on to be produced at the Humana Festival at the Actors’ Theatre of Louisville and the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, and also produced and workshopped in major venues in New York City, San Francisco, Boston, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

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