Join us for the 22nd annual New Play Festival!
Manny Rothman '22, Thomas Sliskovich '22, and Laural Meade '88
For more than 20 years, the Occidental New Play Festival has paired student playwrights and actors with professional guest directors and performers. Focused on writer-centric rehearsal and performance, the festival provides a real-world experience of new play development as it is practiced on the national level. Through close collaboration with Los Angeles working artists, students experience a unique process unlike other college writing programs for the theater.
The Plays & Schedule
All performances in Keck Theater
Admission is FREE
Saturday, February 22, 2020
Two plays about finding yourself in the most unexpected places.
6:00pm: This One's for My People with Vaginismus by Asher Tessier
Directed by Jer Adrianne Lelliott
Part love story, part comedic romp, this world unfolds between Robert and his Vagina. It’s hard enough learning to love your body but he quickly learns it’s a lot harder when your body starts talking back.
8:00pm: Pogi Boy by Sergio Perez
Directed by Giovanni Ortega
Gabriel struggles with just about everything around him: his boyfriend, his dad, his life in the Philippines. Luckily, some spirit guides appear to help him through. But when one is Jesus and the other a 400-year old drag queen, things might go from bad to worse.
Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 6:30pm
Two plays about the lighter side of the darker side of college life.
How to Get a 4.0 by Molly Kauffman
Directed by Elisa Bocanegra
At a looney fictional college, even loonier students earn a 4.0 if their roommate dies. When Juniper ropes the unsuspecting Cora into a murderous plot, their hijinx on and off campus take college life to a whole new level of fun.
Date Night, The Play! by Elliott Moore
Directed by Alana Dietze
Co-ed bathrooms, lock-outs, exploding doors! Everything goes wrong when Rachel just wants to help Joanna get ready for a date with the most popular guy on campus. Will they find exactly what they need, in the places they’d never think to look?
Elliott Moore is a Media Arts and Culture major and Theater minor from Seattle. She found writing as a way to bridge the gap between her love for film and theater, and has dedicated her final year at Occidental to strengthening her creative voice as both a screenwriter and a playwright. She would like to thank her peers and professors from both departments, and is thrilled to share this play with you.
Each year as part of our New Play Festival, we host a separate new play development day, a public rehearsal of plays written by our students. This year, we had to cancel the live readings and went virtual instead. We rounded up a cast of professional actors and did readings over Zoom. We are so proud of our students and their perseverance. Oxy students are truly remarkable.
This year we selected three plays.
Seeking Arrangements by Sophia Brown '20
Loveable Losers by Brendan Galbreath '20
Big P's and Little P's by Seaton Crossman '20
We'd like to extend a very special thank you to the actors who read these wonderful plays for us.
John Apicella, Sola Bamis, Mark Doerr, Réchard Francois, Chris Gardner, Matthew Grondin, JoNell Kennedy, Jan Munroe, Daniel Passer, Kacie Rogers, Beth Ruscio, and Daisuke Tsuji.