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NEW PLAY FESTIVAL 2017 by UCR MFA Playwrights

Saturday, March 18, 2017
810 p.m.


University Theatre , Theatre Lab, HUMN 411, located next to the University Theatre
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NEW PLAY FESTIVAL 2017 by UCR MFA Playwrights
An exciting festival of full-length plays by students in the UCR MFA Playwriting Program. A different work is presented on a two-night rotating repertory schedule.
• Some plays contain adult subject matter, sexual situations, violence and strong language.

4 Performances:
March 15-18, 2017
Wednesday - Saturday, 8:00 pm
Theatre Lab, HUMN 411, located nest to the University Theatre

March 15 & 17   
EL NIÑO by Javier Hurtado
Directed by Melanie Queponds

El Niño was inspired by the play Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen. The original is a masterfully tragic piece of theatre that haunted me well after I put it down. It’s a crazy soap opera of a play and I love it. I was curious about what might happen if these ghosts haunted a different family, in a different time. I repopulated this version with a Latino family and set it on the coast of California. Ibsen uses fjords of Western Norway as a kind of ghost that haunts that holds the entire play. I wanted to mirror that by setting my piece during the unrelenting first rains of an El Niño storm in a place that has been cursed with too many years of drought. This is a different ghost something unwelcome but necessary. A ghost that haunts and terrorizes. Drafting this adaptation challenged me to discover new ways of reading, writing and thinking about tragedy. This piece continues to haunt me as I trying to tell the story of this woman who has lived her life haunted by the ghosts of her secrets and what it costs to let them go.
— Javier Hurtdao

March 16 & 18   
THE RIVETERS by Chelsea Hickman
Directed by Krista Skorupski

My mother was a florist for 21 years. My fondest memories as a young girl were spent playing hide and seek in the front lobby of my mom’s florist shop, amongst the bird baths and water fountains. She was a single mom for most of my childhood, saving money all year for the Christmas tree. She put everything she had into that tree—her creativity, her heart, her power, and her strength. She is the impetus for The Riveters.
    The first image that came to mind when conceptualizing The Riveters was a rose, splattered with blood. Morbid, I know. But from that single image, human truths came alive on the page with every rewrite. Racism. Misogyny. Trauma. Fear. Faith. Us. Them. Now more than ever, our America is crying out for help—for relief, for safety, for understanding.
    I would often cry out for help as a young girl. On those days, Mom would hold my hand tight in hers, her fingers wrapped in florist’s tape. “You are a fighter, Chelsea. You are stronger than you think.” It was her strength, her power I held onto.
    We must hold onto each other—fight for our voice, our common good.
— Chelsea Hickman

Free and open to the public. No late seating.
Though admission is free, a ticket is required. At 7:30 pm, one ticket per person will be distributed at the venue. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

Parking: Complimentary permits available at the Kiosk.

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Open to:

General Public




Theatre, Film & Digital Production Department


Kathy DeAtley
(951) 827-3245

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