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Final Draft New Play Festival

Presented by New Village Arts

 

The New Play Festival has been RESCHEDULED due to rising COVID cases.  The safety of our artists and audiences is our first priority. 

NEW DATES: April 1st – 3rd, 2022 |  New Village Arts

10 ORIGINAL PLAYS + WORKSHOPS + DEI PANEL

Produced by Farah Dinga
Assistant Produced by Simon Martin

Come one, come all, and celebrate local theatre with us at this year’s Final Draft New Play Festival!

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR FESTIVAL SPONSORS DON & BECKY SCIGLIMPAGLIA

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

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10 MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL

BUY TICKETS

Written by Russel Chow, Hannah Milon, Jen Olivares,
Milena (Sellers) Phillips, Tori Rice, Jacob Surovsky 

Co-directed by Farah Dinga & Simon Martin

New Village Arts | 2787 State Street

Join us for a night of exciting works by local playwrights and theatre makers from all across San Diego county!

A freelance jingle maker stuck in a creative rut is visited by his childhood imaginary friend: a giant barn owl. Mio must figure out what she’s going to do with her immature boyfriend after he calls her up to the roof for an “alien emergency.” An indigenous woman estranged from her community reconnects with loved ones during a socially distant Rain ceremony. All of this and more in a festival of brilliant works you won’t want to miss!


ALL NEWS RADIO

BUY TICKETS

Written by “Emmalias”  | Emma Caroline Lias

Directed by Jaeonnie Davis-Crawford

Oliver Olsen, a late night radio “personality,” finds himself isolated in his booth at K.I.L. News. It’s an ideal job: private, impactful, low profile, and he spends his nights preaching to an audience he never has to hear back from. Everything is going swimmingly, until he is tasked with reporting on the assault and murder of a local teen, Addison Wells Buxton. However, Oliver Olsen knows far too much about Ms. Buxton’s violent end, and she’s back to make sure he doesn’t forget it.

THE FORGOTTEN BEASTS

BUY TICKETS

Written by Christian St. Croix

Directed by Obinne Onyeador

On a scorching night in a Riverside motel, Archie, a queer Black man at the ends of several ropes, upends his life yet again to save his half-brother Nick from the rock bottom of a cross-county bender. As painful memories of their upbringing under their father’s rules threaten to bubble over, they recall the imaginary world they created as children to help them make it through the days.

They meet other motel residents along the way who are coping with their own painful pasts, just the same. A fantastical play with pirates, aliens, and a winged puppy named Hannah, about overcoming the pains of life and ending the cycle of running from your past.

Sponsored by: Bill & Judy Garrett


WEIRDO, OR (MAKE NICE)

BUY TICKETS

Written by Simon Martin

Directed by Hunter Brown

No one at school likes Zealand. He laughs too loud. He stinks. He’s just… weird. Everyone at school loves Abby! She’s going to be class president! Her dad has a mansion in France! She’s just… perfect!!! But, when Abby is caught doing something she shouldn’t be doing, she is forced to spend recess with the pariah of the playground and his wild imagination. When a game of House turns caustic, Abby must confront her assumptions about Zealand and the hurt she has caused him, while Zealand must do everything he can to get what he truly wants and needs: a friend.

Sponsored by: Bill & Judy Garrett

THE SOMALIS & THE SEMPER FI

BUY TICKETS

Written by Morgan Kinally

Directed by Milena (Sellers) Phillips

Mahdi, a Somali Bantu refugee and a leader of his community is proud of the advancements they’ve made since their first arrival to Southern California. However, it seems more and more problems arise in his community: arrests, threats, and hate crimes. When violence is brought to the community and against his own family, Mahdi is forced to question his choices. Has he been the force for good as he has claimed to be? Has he made any difference? Has he helped his people navigate this new life in the United States? And where can they go from here?

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR SELECTED PLAYS

See them LIVE at New Village Arts in April

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

Bill & Judy Garrett

Don & Becky Sciglimpaglia

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