Old Globe's New Voices Festival Will Feature JC Lee, David West Read and Madhuri Shekar
By Carey Purcell
The Old Globe in San Diego will present the New Voices Festival, a weekend of readings of new American plays, beginning Dec. 13.
The festival, which will feature works by both professional and aspiring playwrights, will continue through Dec. 15.
The festival's kick-off will feature an evening of 10-minute plays, directed by Katherine Harroff, that were written over the past year. The playwrights are community members who took part in The Old Globe Community Voices, a program dedicated to introducing adult residents of San Diego County to the process of creating their own theatrical work.
The weekend will also feature readings of Luce by JC Lee, directed by Shana Cooper; The Great Pretender by David West Read, directed by Richard Seer; and A Nice Indian Boy by Madhuri Shekar, directed by James Vásquez.
“The Old Globe boasts a long and distinguished history as an incubator of new American works for the stage, and in launching our New Voices Festival, we aim to build on that strong legacy," artistic director Barry Edelstein said in a statement. "The three writers whose works we will showcase bring a variety of cultural and aesthetic perspectives to our stage that I know our audience will enjoy. But I’m particularly proud to build a bridge between their professional writing and the dazzling work created in our Community Voices writing workshops by an amazing group of talented San Diegans. Such connections deepen the bonds between The Old Globe and the community and place theater at the center of a conversation about the broad cultural life of our city.”
The festival lineup follows.
An Evening of Community Voices
An Evening of Community Voices will feature plays by Ken Felts, Jessica Hilt, Miller Oliver, Chris Parker, Lorena Santana, Gill Sotu and Khamp K. Thongrivong. Katherine Harroff directs.
The Great Pretender
A Nice Indian Boy
Tickets to all four readings are free but require reservations. Reservations are currently available to donors and subscribers and can be made by by calling (619) 23-GLOBE.
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