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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.
The complete Powers New Voices Festival lineup is as follows:
Friday, January 13 at 7:30 p.m.
An Old Globe commission
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.
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.
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.