A festival of short student-generated pieces directed by and featuring undergraduate students from UCLA Department of Theater. This workshop setting is modeled after fringe festivals around the world that celebrate new and innovative art.
Dates and Times TBA
MAINSTAGE (tickets available through CTO)
SuperAmerica (New Play Festival #1)
By Malick Ceasay
Directed by Bruce Lemon Jr.
Lamin is a young musician who can’t wait to quit his day job at SuperAmerica gas station. When he gets invited to an industry recording session, he learns how things really work in the music business.
February 23-24, 2023, 8:00 p.m.
February 25, 2023, 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by John Weidman
Directed by Paul Wagar
This Tony Award-winning musical by Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman flips the American Dream on its head by telling the stories of nine men and women who assassinated or attempted to assassinate the President of the United States. Sondheim’s score is the perfect complex thread to weave together the lives of nine individuals throughout American history who come together on stage to share their stories.
March 3-4, 7-10, 2023, 8:00 p.m.
March 11, 2023, 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
A List of Happenings
(New Play Festival #2)
By Anna Watts
Directed by Alana Dietze
A List of Happenings opens the window on an apartment occupied by of a group of women studying at the University of Colorado, Boulder during the 1955-1956 school year. Inspired by source material discovered in the belongings of the playwright's great aunt, this slice-of-life style piece is a hyper-naturalistic, high-energy portrayal of a short moment of freedom for these "strange women" living in a time that was hostile to strange women. Exploring themes of friendship, sexuality, gender roles, intellectualism and ambition, A List of Happenings is a playful gift that returns life to a group of people who were historically undermined, forgotten and oppressed. stories.
March 16-17, 2023, 8:00 p.m.
March 18, 2023, 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
MAINSTAGE (tickets available through CTO)
Quake by Kay Rhie
Les mamelles de Tiresias by Francis Poulenc
Directed by Mary Birnbaum
In collaboration with the Herb Alpert School of Music, the UCLA Department of Theater presents two vastly different and unique one-act operas. The first, Quake, is a chamber opera for four singers, a four-member choir and chamber orchestra written by UCLA professor Kay Rhie. This will be followed by Les Mamelles de Tiresias, a French comedy or opera bouffe that is a based on the surrealist play by poet Guillaume Apollinaire.
June 2-3, 2023, 8:00 p.m.
June 4, 2023, 2:00 p.m.
OFF MAINSTAGE (non-ticketed, no reservations)
Keffiyeh/Made in China (Project III)
By Dalia Taha
Directed by Yuval Zehavi
Seven vignettes depict slices of everyday Palestinian life, which become surreal as they try to cope with the oppressive forces of colonialism and capitalism — an inseparable part of life under this five-decades-long occupation.
May 18-19, 2023, 8:00 p.m.
May 20, 2023, 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Tell Me I’m Gorgeous at the End of the World: The Last Gay Play (Project III)
By Aaron Coleman
Directed by David Parker
The Fire Island Pines, an intensely hedonistic and sexually liberated scene, welcomes gay men from all over — as long as they blend in. Tell Me I’m Gorgeous at the End of the World: The Last Gay Play by Aaron Coleman is about the (sometimes literal) earth-moving influence that Black and brown queer people have when they try to exist in white spaces not only unintended for them, but in which they are rendered completely invisible.
June 8-9, 2023, 8:00 p.m.
June 10, 2023, 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
MFA Ones (Two plays)
Original work by M.F.A. playwriting students. More info TBA.
June 10, 2023, 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
OFF-OFF MAINSTAGE (non-ticketed, no reservations)
Undergrad One Acts (Three shows/One bill)
A series of one-acts directed and featuring undergraduate actors from UCLA Department of Theater.
May 11-13, 2023, 7:30 p.m.
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2018-19 Theater Season Archive
2017-18 Theater Season Archive
2016-17 Theater Season Archive
2015-16 Theater Season Archive
2014-15 Theater Season Archive
2013-14 Theater Season Archive
2012-13 Theater Season Archive