Final Draft New Play Festival

All-Access Pass: $35 - Includes all four readings, plus a beer tasting flight. (21+ only, IDs checked at time of pickup)

Individual Tickets: $10


All tickets include free entrance to workshops and events throughout the weekend. 

Festival Schedule 
All play readings include a talkback immediately following the play. 

Friday, Jan 10 @ 6:00pm: Welcome event featuring beers from Pure Project Brewing and a chance to mingle with the artists and writers!
Friday, Jan 10 @ 7:30pm: The Ghosts from the Pali by Roy Sekigahama

Saturday, Jan 11 @ 2:00pm: Separateland by Cynthia Galaz Ochoa
Saturday, Jan 11 @ 6:00pm: Roundtable Discussion - "From the Page to the Stage: How a New Play Becomes a Professional Production"
Saturday, Jan 11 @ 7:30pm: God's Necklace by Morgan Trant Kinally

Sunday, Jan 12 @ 12:00pm: Workshop: "Creating Art for Impact: Partnering with Non-Profits to Develop, Produce, & Promote Your Play" moderated by Josh Gershick, So. California Regional Representative, Dramatists Guild.
Sunday, Jan 12 @ 2:00pm: Live from Folsom Prison by Tom Steward

The Ghosts from the Pali
by Roy Sekigahama
Directed by Albert Park
Reading: Friday, Jan 10 @ 7:30pm
About the Play: Dennis, a 12-year old from California, is unhappy about moving to Kaneohe, Hawaii in 1969. Spammy, a local boy tells Dennis his apartment is haunted by a ghost who hates haoles (Caucasians from the mainland). Kimo, Spammy’s older brother, bullies Dennis into believing that the Gods are angry at his family who are disrespectful to Hawaiian beliefs and customs.
About the Playwright: Roy Sekigahama began writing in a Playwright Project workshop. His first short play Face the Music won third prize in Scripteaser’s annual Short Play Competition in 2016. His first full-length play, A Desert Rock Garden was chosen for a reading in New Village Arts’ 2019 Final Draft New Play Festival. Subsequently, NVA received a grant from the California State Civil Liberties Program for a full production. Stuck in the Closet won Honorable Mention in Scripteaser’s 2019 annual short play contest and The Purple Swastika was a semi-finalist in the JCC’s annual 5-minute play contest in 2018.

by Cynthia Ochoa
Directed by Frankie Alicea-Ford
Reading: Saturday, Jan 11 @ 2:00pm
About the Play: Far away from their land and separated from their parents and families under the “Zero Tolerance” policy by the current administration, four immigrant children who are being held in a detention facility of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) under in-human and horrific conditions, encounter each other for the first time. Together, Griselda, Fabio, Mario, and Paco will learn the meaning of resilience, friendship, hope, faith, and the realities of a deplorable, corrupt, and rotten system. 
About the Playwright: Cynthia is a senior at UCSD, where she is majoring in theatre. Her passion for the arts flourished as an actor, and most recently through playwriting. While at Southwestern College she earned various awards including the Student of Distinction Award for the Theatre Department in 2016, the highest honor available for students. Cynthia’s passion for theatre was also recognized with the Chancellor’s Associates Scholarship in 2018, which allowed her to transfer and continue her career at UCSD. Cynthia was recently nominated by the Theatre department at UCSD to the Fifth Annual Undergraduate Playwrights Workshop at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC for her play “Separateland”. Cynthia is a proud immigrant and believes that art must be a vehicle for social change.
God’s Necklace
by Morgan Trant Kinnally
Directed by Joy Jones
Reading: Saturday, Jan 11 @ 7:30pm
About the Play: Two Nuer women in South Sudan flee Juba after President Kiir’s armed guard begins killing Nuer civilians door-to-door in December 2013. Three years later in Kakuma Refugee Camp, they are chosen for resettlement in San Diego, California. They struggle with culture shock and how to present their traditional Nuer woman marriage to their American volunteer, Roberta. With the help of Roberta, a chainsaw-wielding arborist from Alpine, the women learn the preciousness of love, friendship, and culture.
About the Playwright: Morgan Trant Kinnally is a California-based playwright and educator. Her work has been presented by THML/Moxie Arts NYC, Ion Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse Without Walls Festival, Scripps Ranch Theatre’s New Works Studio, Theatre for the New City, For a Better Understanding of Mankind, Midwest Dramatists Conference, and Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris. She is a Eugene O’Neill and Princess Grace Award semifinalist and a finalist in Leah Ryan Emerging Women Writers, Bay Area Playwrights Foundation Festival, and Pride Films & Plays' LezPlay Contest. Dramatists Guild Member. B.F.A. in Theatre/Acting from NY State University at Buffalo. She teaches English and creative writing at Bayfront Charter High School in Chula Vista, CA.
Live at Folsom Prison
by Tom Steward
Directed by Ben Yalom
Reading: Sunday, Jan 12 @ 2:00pm
About the Play: Batshelder and Matlock are inmates at Folsom Prison confined to a cell during the two shows performed at the penitentiary by Johnny Cash on January 10, 1968. Unable to hear the concert on the prison PA system, they pass the time whittling, reminiscing, dreaming about the future, singing, and trying to go to the bathroom. Visits from Cash’s dazed manager Holiff and a sadistic prison guard only complicate their lives further – as does the disappearance and reappearance of their furniture – and they begin to doubt their own identities as the futile, brutal and illogical nature of their situation hits them.
About the Playwright: Tom Steward is a writer, actor and producer. His plays have been produced in San Diego County by New Play Café, Lamplighters Theatre, Onstage Playhouse and Theatre Arts West and in New York by Navigators Theatre. Tom wrote and performed the solo show One Man Bond and co-wrote and produced Space Force! for The San Diego International Fringe Festival. He has performed regularly at theatres across San Diego Country, including New Village Arts and Scripps Ranch Theatre. Tom is also the founder of Lonesome Whistle Productions, a theatre company dedicated to developing innovative solo theatre, stage auteurs and new playwriting.

Workshop: Creating Art for Impact: Partnering with Non-Profits to Develop, Produce & Promote Your Play
Moderated by Josh Gershick, So. California Regional Representative, Dramatists Guild

Sunday, Jan 12, 12-1:30pm

Southern California playwrights, there is money and opportunity all around to help you develop, promote and produce your play: Non-profit organizations and community agencies are interested & invested in themes found in your scripts. You can write a show that helps them highlight key issues. Come learn how local playwrights have partnered with city, regional and state organizations and agencies to create good work and serve specific community needs.

Panelists include Playwright Aleta Barthell, "The Great Smelly Slobbery Small Tooth Dog" – City of Carlsbad/National Foundation for Autism Research/Sahm Foundation/Nordson Foundation; Kent Brisby, artistic director, Asian Story Theater; Playwright Thelma Virata de Castro, "The Fire in Me" – Creative Catalyst Fund/California Humanities; and Playwright Herbert Siguenza, "El Henry" – San Diego Rep/Mellon Foundation. The event moderator is Josh Gershick, Southern California Regional Representative for the Dramatists Guild.

We’ll also discuss new festivals and contests for playwrights and launch the Dramatists Guild’s End of Play challenge for San Diego playwrights. Presenters include Charles Peters of the Out on a Limb Festival; Susan Benninghoff of Scripteasers; Steven Oberman of Local Flavor Play Readings; and playwright & festival veteran Tori Rice.

This colloquium, free and open to DG members and all playwrights interested in the Guild, is part of NVA’s Final Draft New Play Festival.


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