Wagner New Play Festival Package
MOTHERS May 9 - May 19
Three moms, a stay-at-home dad, and a nanny watch their kids play at Mommy-Baby Meetup. One mom is the queen bee and one is here to shake things up. The dad just wants to fit in, and the nanny doesnt say a word. When catastrophe comes, the five of them have to figure out how to survive a war and each other. MOTHERS examines the primal heartache of raising children in a disintegrating world.
HOW TO DEFEND YOURSELF May 11 - May 17
Seven college students gather for a DIY self-defense workshop after a sorority sister is raped. They learn to use their bodies as weapons. They learn to fend off attackers. They learn not to be a victim. Learning self-defense becomes a channel for their rage, anxiety, confusion, trauma and desire lots of desire. HOW TO DEFEND YOURSELF explores what you want, how to ask for it, and the insidious ways rape culture steals one's body and sense of belonging.
53% OF May 8 - May 18
The president is coming to town, and the ladies of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania are beside themselves planning for the big event. Later, their husbands drink beer and talk smack. Much later, a group of 20-somethings gather in Brooklyn to plan a fundraiser...or is it a march? Or is it a ritual to absolve their own guilt? A play about complicity and the violence of the status quo, 53% Of asks what happens when we stop equating white womanhood with goodness, and ignorance with innocence.
SERE May 10 - May 19
When you're on SEAL Team 5 and a new guy joins your fire team, you invite him over for dinner. That's just what you do. But what if his wife shows up splattered in artichoke dip and doesn't seem to know when to shut up? It's T-minus 2 months to deployment, so you better hope this dude's chaos will clear itself up once real shit hits the fan. SERE (a.k.a. Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape) asks what it means to be a soldier in today's America and what it means to love one.
MFA ONE ACTS May 12 - May 19
Tambo and Bones are two characters in a minstrel show. They soon come to realize that they are, in fact, just two characters in a minstrel show. This realization brings them great distress. All they want is some quarters and a nap. They decide that there is only one solution: they must find and kill the source of all their troubles. TAMBO & BONES interrogates the intersection of race and capitalism, and the connection between pain, profit, and audience.
Ted and his wife hire a vagina tutor to teach their son Marty about the vagina after they discover Marty has confused a diagram of the vagina for a map of the Middle East. Marty isn't home yet when the vagina tutor arrives, but Ted is and it soon becomes clear that Ted is just as clueless as his son is about all things vagina-related. THE CLITORISH explores truthiness, vaginas, and how certain people manage to dictate the rules of the world.
Anyas boyfriend was Calebs best friend. To commemorate the one-year anniversary of his death, Anya and Caleb ditch school to go to the desert. And maybe fall in love. And maybe conjure a ghost. JOSHUA looks at that moment in time where life moves us from a place of youth and innocence into the place that will shape our adult selves. As we look back, how do we reconcile the missed opportunities, the things we didnt say, the paths we didnt take? And will they even matter to our older selves?
Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre & Shank Theatre (View)
Scholars Drive, UCSD Campus
La Jolla, CA 92092