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Powers New Voices Festival 2017

January 13 – 15, 2017

Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

The Festival will kick off Friday, January 13 at 7:30 p.m. with one of two plays commissioned by the Globe, Arranged by Anna Ziegler, a funny, insightful, and mysterious new drama thatexplores the hidden connections between seemingly disparate people, illuminating the surprising forces that bind strangers together, directed by Matt M. Morrow. The Festival weekend will continue on Saturday, January 14 at 4:00 p.m. with Fade by Tanya Saracho, a provocative behind-the-scenes look at the lengths we go to get ahead and whom we’re willing to leave behind, directed by Delicia Turner Sonnenberg. Native Gardens by Karen Zacarías follows at 7:30 p.m., an uproarious and topical culture clash with friendly neighbors turning into feuding enemies, directed by James Vásquez. The festival concludes on Sunday, January 15 at 4:00 p.m. with the second Globe commission, JC Lee’s What You Are, an up-to-the-minute look at a fractured nation desperately trying to reconnect, directed by Edward Torres.

Press Release

 

The complete Powers New Voices Festival lineup is as follows:

Friday, January 13 at 7:30 p.m.

An Old Globe commission
Arranged

By Anna Ziegler
Directed by Matt M. Morrow

Abe and Julia are high-profile celebrities embarking on a dangerously flirtatious correspondence. Esther and Yoni are shy young Orthodox Jews embarking on an arranged marriage. On the surface, the lives of these two couples couldn’t be more different. But Anna Ziegler’s funny, insightful, and mysterious new drama Arranged explores the hidden connections between seemingly disparate people, illuminating the surprising forces that bind strangers together. Ziegler returns with this exciting Globe commission following the world premiere of The Last Match.

 

Saturday, January 14 at 4:00 p.m.

Fade

By Tanya Saracho
Directed by Delicia Turner Sonnenberg

Lucia has always dreamed of being a writer on a top network television show. But a major case of writer’s block and an ongoing battle with her domineering male co-workers have left her questioning her career path. Enter Abel, one of the office cleaners on the studio’s night shift and the only other Latino working in the building. The two strike up a close friendship, and soon the lines between fiction and reality start to blur. Tanya Saracho’s Fade is a provocative behind-the-scenes look at the lengths we go to get ahead and whom we’re willing to leave behind.

 

Saturday, January 14 at 7:30 p.m.

Native Gardens

By Karen Zacarías
Directed by James Vásquez

Pablo, a high-powered lawyer, and doctoral candidate Tania, his very pregnant wife, get their piece of the American dream when they purchase their upscale townhouse. But a disagreement with their next door neighbors Virginia and Frank over a longstanding property line soon spirals into an all-out war of taste, class, and privilege. The back garden becomes the site of a culture clash and friendly neighbors turn into feuding enemies in Karen Zacarías’s uproarious and topical Native Gardens.

 

Sunday, January 15 at 4:00 p.m.

An Old Globe commission
What You Are

By JC Lee
Directed by Edward Torres

The time: Today. The place: A small Nevada town. Don, a middle-aged white American, does his best to make ends meet even as he struggles to connect with his politically active daughter. When he finds himself embroiled in a racially charged incident at work, his life and his living turn upside down. JC Lee’s What You Are, an Old Globe commission, is an up-to-the-minute look at a fractured nation desperately trying to reconnect.

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Anna Ziegler
A reading of Anna Ziegler's play Arranged, directed by Matt M. Morrow, will be part of the fourth annual Powers New Voices Festival, running Jan. 13 - 15 at The Old Globe. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.
Matt M. Morrow
Matt M. Morrow directs a reading of Anna Ziegler's play Arranged as part of the fourth annual Powers New Voices Festival, running Jan. 13 - 15 at The Old Globe. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.
A reading of Tanya Saracho's play Fade, directed by Delicia Turner Sonnenberg, as part of the fourth annual Powers New Voices Festival, running Jan. 13 - 15 at The Old Globe. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.
A reading of Tanya Saracho's play Fade, directed by Delicia Turner Sonnenberg, as part of the fourth annual Powers New Voices Festival, running Jan. 13 - 15 at The Old Globe. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.
Delicia Turner Sonnenberg
Delicia Turner Sonnenberg will direct a reading of Tanya Saracho's play Fade as part of the fourth annual Powers New Voices Festival, running Jan. 13 - 15 at The Old Globe. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.
Karen Zacarías
A reading of Karen Zacarías's play Native Gardens, directed by James Vásquez, will be part of the fourth annual Powers New Voices Festival, running Jan. 13 - 15 at The Old Globe. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.
James Vásquez
James Vásquez will direct a reading of Karen Zacarías's play Native Gardens as part of the fourth annual Powers New Voices Festival, running Jan. 13 - 15 at The Old Globe. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.
JC Lee
A reading of JC Lee's play What You Are, directed by Edward Torres, will be part of the fourth annual Powers New Voices Festival, running Jan. 13 - 15 at The Old Globe. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.
Edward Torres
Edward Torres will direct a reading of JC Lee's play What You Are as part of the fourth annual Powers New Voices Festival, running Jan. 13 - 15 at The Old Globe. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.