On a cold, January morning of 2007, four playwrights in the MFA program in Playwriting at UCLA huddled in the Murphy Sculpture Garden discussing their desire to see new works read, staged, and produced for future production. They immediately started on producing a reading series and by the summer of 2008, they had published their first volume of dramatic work.
New Playwrights continues to promote the reading series as a method of fine tuning work prior to production or submission to theater companies and writing competitions, as well a dynamic forum allowing collaboration between actors and directors.
The journal allows for the preservation of MFA Playwrights work developed at UCLA and provides a way to showcase the plays in a literary format.
The 4th annual issue of New Playwrights at UCLA is available for sale in print through UC Press and for free online.
Editor-in-chief: Joe Marciniak
Consulting Editor: Edit Villarreal
Alexander Maggio, Ayla Harrison, Craig Jessen, Matt Quinlan, Jon Edwards, and Tyler McClain.
Table of Contents
*2011 Kendeda National Playwriting Competition Finalist*
KATHLEEN TURNER’S EAR
*Official Selection – Abbie Hoffman Died for Our Sins Theatre Festival XXIII in Chicago, IL*
HOW TO PREVENT THE FRENCH REVOLUTION
RELIGION & ICE CREAM
*Selected for the 2011 Theater Masters’ National Playwrights Festival*
by Matthew Quinlan
FEAR OF ZOMBIES
*Official Selection – Poor Mouth Theatre’s “Puttin’ On Your Shorts 3” Festival in NYC*
by Craig Jessen
The Marianne Murphy Women & Philanthropy Play Reading Series
by Maggie Rose Yanniello
LAST SUPPER DEIPNOS
written by Iakovos Kampanellis
translated by Conor Hanratty
from a literal translation by Maria Sehopoulou
To read more about the contents of the journal, click here.
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