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The Underground New Play Festival at UC San Diego

When: May 31 – June 8

Location: Arthur Wagner Theatre, UC San Diego

About the Festival
Celebrate the artistic achievements of our undergraduate playwrights, directors, designers, and actors in a festival dedicated to world-premiere plays and work created entirely by undergrads.

Every year, the Underground New Play Festival selects and mounts a full production for 4 new short plays. New and experienced directors, designers, and actors join together to create works of art bigger than any one person could hope for; works of art that could not exist as they do in any other place, with any other artists.

The Plays

Showcase A
A Girl, A Dog, and A God – Grad student Madison is in a spot of trouble. She’s stuck at a bus stop in the middle of nowhere, Kansas, with a very eccentric man, and a slew of dilemmas – including marriage! As the borders between worlds break, and the mythological mixes with the mundane, Madison must make choices that will decide the fate of the entire human race.

The Separatist – Once deeply in love, Per and Anneli hit a wall when Ellie, their 2 year old daughter is brutally killed at Stockholm’s Slussen subway station. Set in Sweden during the dead of winter, ‘The Separatist’ dives deep into the chaotic hearts of this young couple as they face death, deceit, and the silence that is the winter.

Showcase B
Chalk – An in-the-wings look at the absolute worst play. When a despotic stage manager mysteriously walks out on a performance, the disgruntled crew-members unleash their real feelings towards the production they are working on. Protocol and professionalism go out the window as chaos ensues. A comedic celebration of the backstage!

A Bill of Change – Jonny is about to sign the biggest deal of his life; a deal that will change more than just his fate. Set in the 1930’s, A Bill of Change is a story of few individuals who aspire for something bigger than themselves.


Showcase A:
Fri, May 31, 8:00 pm OPENING
Sat, June 8, 2:00 pm MATINEE
Sat, June 8, 8:00 pm CLOSING

Showcase B:
Sat, June 1, 2:00 pm MATINEE/OPENING
Sat, June 1, 8:00 pm
Fri, June 7, 8:00 pm CLOSING

Parking & Location
Location: Arthur Wagner Theatre, UC San Diego

Parking Passes Required: Monday through Friday. Weeknight passes are $2 per vehicle from the vending machines located in the UC San Diego Theatre District/La Jolla Playhouse parking lots and entry display case. Please remember your parking space number. You will need it to purchase your parking pass.

Note: Machines take all major credit cards except Discover and when paying with cash you must use exact change, NO CHANGE GIVEN.

Parking Passes Not Required: Saturdays and Sundays

Cars without permits are subject to ticketing by UCSD Campus Police. The Theatre & Dance Department does not have the authority to waive and cannot pay parking tickets.

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