The Old Globe's 4th Annual Powers New Voices Festival

The Old Globe's Offers a New Festival

The Old Globe's Offers a New Festival

Photos Courtesy of The Old Globe

The Old Globe will present the fourth annual New Voices Festival—with a new moniker: the Powers New Voices Festival, a weekend of readings of new American plays by professional playwrights, playing January 13th–15th, 2017.

Anna Ziegler

The Festival will kick off Friday, January 13th at 7:30pm with one of two plays commissioned by the Globe: Arranged by Anna Ziegler, a funny, insightful, and mysterious new drama that explores the hidden connections between seemingly disparate people, illuminating the surprising forces that bind strangers together, directed by Matt M. Morrow. ​Abe and Julia are high-profile celebrities embarking on a dangerously flirtatious correspondence. Esther and Yoni are shy young Orthodox Jews embarking on an arranged marriage. On the surface, the lives of these two couples couldn’t be more different. But Anna Ziegler’s funny, insightful, and mysterious new drama Arranged explores the hidden connections between seemingly disparate worlds, illuminating the surprising forces that bind strangers together. Ziegler returns with this exciting Globe commission following the world premiere of The Last Match.

Tanya Saracho

The Festival weekend will continue on Saturday, January 14th at 4:00pm with Fade by Tanya Saracho, a provocative behind-the-scenes look at the lengths we go to get ahead and whom we’re willing to leave behind, directed by Delicia Turner Sonnenberg. Lucia has always dreamed of being a writer on a top network television show. But a major case of writer’s block and an ongoing battle with her domineering male co-workers have left her questioning her career path. Enter Abel, one of the office cleaners on the studio’s night shift and the only other Latino working in the building. The two strike up a close friendship, and soon the lines between fiction and reality start to blur. Tanya Saracho’s Fade is a provocative behind-the-scenes look at the lengths we go to get ahead and whom we’re willing to leave behind.

Karen Zacarias

Native Gardens by Karen Zacarías follows at 7:30pm, an uproarious and topical culture clash with friendly neighbors turning into feuding enemies, directed by James Vásquez. Pablo, a high-powered lawyer, and doctoral candidate Tania, his very pregnant wife, get their piece of the American dream when they purchase their upscale townhouse. But a disagreement with their next door neighbors Virginia and Frank over a longstanding property line soon spirals into an all-out war of taste, class, and privilege. The back garden becomes the site of a culture clash and friendly neighbors turn into feuding enemies in Karen Zacarías’s uproarious and topical Native Gardens.

JC Lee

The festival concludes on Sunday, January 15th at 4pm with the second Globe commission, JC Lee’s What You Are, an up-to-the-minute look at a fractured nation desperately trying to reconnect, directed by Edward Torres. ​The time: Today. The place: A small Nevada town. Don, a middle-aged white American, does his best to make ends meet even as he struggles to connect with his politically active daughter. When he finds himself embroiled in a racially charged incident at work, his life and his living turn upside down. JC Lee’s What You Are, an Old Globe commission, is an up-to-the-minute look at a fractured nation desperately trying to reconnect.

The Powers New Voices Festival will take place in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Tickets to all four readings are free but require reservations, currently available to donors and subscribers only. Reservations for the general public will be available beginning Friday, January 6th at 12:00, noon. Tickets can be reserved by calling the Box Office at (619) 234-5623.

Paula and Brian Powers will provide a sustaining gift to The Old Globe of $1 million over five years. The New Voices Festival is being renamed the Powers New Voices Festival through 2021 in recognition of this most significant gift to the Globe and the Powers’ belief in the importance of new works for theatre. Paula Powers currently is on the Board of Directors of The Old Globe and serves as the organization’s Secretary.

2016-2017 SEASON CALENDAR: Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (11/5-12/26), Picasso at the Lapin Agile (2/4-3/12/2017), The Blameless (2/23-3/26), Red Velvet (3/25-4/30), Skeleton Crew (4/8-5/7), The Old Man and The Old Moon (5/13-6/18), The Imaginary Invalid (5/27-6/25), Guys and Dolls (7/2-8/13), Ken Ludwig’s Robin Hood! (7/22-8/27), Richard II (6/11-7/15), Hamlet (8/6-9/10).

The Tony Award-winning Old Globe is one of the country’s leading professional regional theatres and has stood as San Diego’s flagship arts institution for over 80 years. Under the leadership of Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein, The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 15 productions of classic, contemporary, and new works on its three Balboa Park stages: the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the 600-seat Old Globe Theatre and the 250-seat Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, both part of The Old Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, and the 605-seat outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, home of its internationally renowned Shakespeare Festival. More than 250,000 people attend Globe productions annually and participate in the theatre’s education and community programs. Numerous world premieres such as the 2014 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Bright Star, Allegiance, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and the annual holiday musical Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! have been developed at The Old Globe and have gone on to enjoy highly successful runs on Broadway and at regional theatres across the country.

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