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New Voices Festival

The Old Globe announced it will present the Third Annual New Voices Festival, a weekend of readings of new American plays by professional playwrights, January 15 – 17, 2016. The Festival will kick off Friday, January 15 at 7:30 p.m. with Sheri Wilner, Julia Jordan, and Adam Gwon’s musical Cake Off, directed by Anne Torsiglieri. The Festival weekend will continue on Saturday, January 16 at 4:00 p.m. with peerlessby Jiehae Park, directed by Delicia Turner Sonnenberg, and at 7:30 p.m. with The Blameless by Nick Gandiello, directed by Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. The festival concludes on Sunday, January 17 at 4:00 p.m., with Mona Mansour’s Unseen, directed by Johanna McKeon.

The complete New Voices Festival lineup is as follows:

  • Friday, January 15 at 7:30 p.m.
    Cake Off
    Based on the play Bake Off by Sheri Wilner
    Book by Sheri Wilner and Julia Jordan
    Lyrics by Adam Gwon and Julia Jordan
    Music by Adam Gwon
    Directed by Anne Torsiglieri
    It’s the 50th Annual Millberry Cake Off, and in honor of the occasion, Millberry has increased the grand prize from fifty thousand to one million dollars, inspiring a record number of men to enter the competition. With the Food TV cameras recording their every move, contestants Rita and Paul will go pound for pound cake in this baking battle of the sexes, which boils over into a hilarious, all-out culinary combat between two people with much more at stake than the coveted trophy and cash prize.
  • Saturday, January 16 at 4:00 p.m.
    peerless
    By Jiehae Park
    Directed by Delicia Turner Sonnenberg
    Twin sisters L and M have worked together tirelessly to make sure they get into the best college: perfect grades, impeccable extracurriculars, and killer essays. But when their classmate wins the coveted early admission spot, the girls take matters into their own hands. peerless, Jiehae Park’s bitingly funny modern-day riff on Macbeth, takes us into the halls of an ordinary Midwestern high school, exploring a contemporary pressure cooker of ambition, expectation, passion, and even the unthinkable.
  • Saturday, January 16 at 7:30 p.m.
    The Blameless
    By Nick Gandiello
    Directed by Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein
    The Garcia family is learning to adjust to a new normal after losing their son to a senseless act of violence. Now a man with his own terrible connection to that day wants to visit, and the Garcias must find a way to hold everything together as they struggle to find love and grace in the face of loss. A compassionate and moving look at how we move on after tragedy strikes.
  • Sunday, January 17 at 4:00 p.m.
    Unseen
    By Mona Mansour
    Directed by Johanna McKeon
    Conflict photographer Mia wakes up in the Istanbul apartment of her ex-girlfriend Derya with no memory of how she got there. As Mia begins to piece together the events that left her injured and unconscious in the middle of a war zone, she must also navigate her troubled history with Derya and her strained relationship with her mother, who arrives from California to care for her. Unseen is an emotional and thought-provoking drama that’s both global and deeply personal.

 

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Publicity Photos

Sheri Wilner
Sheri Wilner, playwright of Bake Off and book writer of Cake Off, a part of the New Voices Festival at The Old Globe Theatre. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.
Julia Jordan
Julia Jordan, book writer and lyricist of Cake Off, a part of the New Voices Festival at The Old Globe Theatre. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.
Adam Gwon
Adam Gwon, music and lyrics of Cake Off, a part of the New Voices Festival at The Old Globe Theatre. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.
 
Anne Torsiglieri
Anne Torsiglieri, director of Cake Off, a part of the New Voices Festival Theatre at The Old Globe Theatre. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.
Jiehae Park
Jiehae Park, playwright of Peerless, a part of the New Voices Festival at The Old Globe Theatre. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.
Delicia Turner Sonnenburg
Delicia Turner Sonnenburg, director of Peerless, a part of the New Voices Festival at The Old Globe Theatre. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.
Nick Gandiello
Nick Gandiello, playwright of The Blameless, a part of the New Voices Festival at The Old Globe Theatre. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.
Mona Mansour
Mona Mansour, playwright of Unseen, a part of the New Voices Festival at The Old Globe Theatre. Photo courtesy of Joseph Moran.
Johanna McKeon
Johanna McKeon, director of Unseen, a part of the New Voices Festival at The Old Globe Theatre. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.