New Voices Festival

Dec. 13 – 15, 2013
Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center


The Old Globe will present the New Voices Festival, a weekend of readings of new American plays by both professional and aspiring playwrights, Dec. 13 – 15, 2013.  The Festival will kick off Friday with an evening of 10-minute plays, directed by Katherine Harroff, that were written over the past year by 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 Festival weekend will also feature readings by professional playwrights, including 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 New Voices Festival is funded by a grant from The James Irvine Foundation.

The complete New Voices Festival lineup is as follows:

  • An Evening of Community Voices, directed by Katherine Harroff (Friday, Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m.)
    Over the past two years, The Old Globe Community Voices has provided free playwriting workshops in communities across San Diego County, resulting in the creation and public presentation of 10-minute plays.  Now, a selection of plays written during Community Voices will be presented together in a unique evening of theater, giving life to a multitude of perspectives that truly capture the essence and diversity of San Diego. 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.
  • Luce by JC Lee, directed by Shana Cooper (Saturday, Dec. 14 at 4:00 p.m.)
    Everyone wants to believe they’ve raised the perfect child, and in the eyes of parents Amy and Peter, their son Luce has exceeded all expectations.  Since he was adopted from a war-torn African country, Luce has grown up to be an honors student, all-American athlete, and model citizen.  But when a teacher makes an alarming accusation, everyone’s lives are upended, and Amy and Peter begin to question their idealized image of their son. 
  • The Great Pretender by David West Read, directed by Richard Seer (Saturday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m.)
    Roy and his team of puppeteers have dedicated their lives to bringing joy and imagination into the hearts of children with their popular TV show “Mr. Felt.”  Their backstage antics and larger-than-life personalities have always threatened to overwhelm their world of make-believe, but when a private heartbreak strikes, their faith that the show must go on allows them to pull together the pieces and move forward. 
  • A Nice Indian Boy by Madhuri Shekar, directed byJames Vásquez (Sunday, Dec. 15 at 4:00 p.m.)
    Megha and Archit Gavaskar always dreamed about having a nice Indian boy like Keshav as a son-in-law.  They just never imagined that he would marry not their daughter but their son—nor that he would be a Caucasian with more knowledge of Indian culture than their Americanized children.  In this unexpected romantic comedy, one California family must learn how to find common ground between their culture’s honored traditions and the ever-changing world around them. 



New Voices Festival Publicity Photos

AN EVENING OF COMMUNITY VOICES
Friday, Dec. 13 at 7:00 p.m.

   
   
Director Katherine Harroff. Harroff will direct An Evening of Community Voices on Dec. 13 as part of The Old Globe's New Voices Festival, running Dec. 13-15, 2013. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.
   

LUCE by JC Lee
Saturday, Dec. 14 at 4:00 p.m.

 
 
Playwright JC Lee. Lee's Luce will receive a reading on Dec. 14, directed by Shana Cooper, as part of The Old Globe's New Voices Festival, running Dec. 13-15, 2013. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.
Director Shana Cooper. Cooper will direct a reading of JC Lee's Luce on Dec. 14 as part of The Old Globe's New Voices Festival, running Dec. 13-15, 2013. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.
 

THE GREAT PRETENDER by David West Read
Saturday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m.

 
 
Playwright David West Read. Read's The Great Pretender will receive a reading on Dec. 14, directed by Richard Seer, as part of The Old Globe's New Voices Festival, running Dec. 13-15, 2013. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.
Director Richard Seer. Seer will direct a reading of David West Read's The Great Pretender on Dec. 14 as part of The Old Globe's New Voices Festival, running Dec. 13-15, 2013. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.
 

A NICE INDIAN BOY by Madhuri Shekar
Sunday, Dec. 15 at 4:00 p.m.

 
 
Playwright Madhuri Shekar. Shekar's A Nice Indian Boy will receive a reading on Dec. 15, directed by James Vásquez, as part of The Old Globe's New Voices Festival, running Dec. 13-15, 2013. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.
Director James Vásquez. Vásquez will direct a reading of Madhuri Shekar's A Nice Indian Boy on Dec. 15 as part of The Old Globe's New Voices Festival, running Dec. 13-15, 2013. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.