"Native Gardens" by Karen Zacarías at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 2016. Pictured: John Lescault, Sabina Zuniga Varela, Gabriel Ruiz, and Karen Ziemba. (Photo by Mikki Schaffner)

Old Globe Announces Lineup for 2017 Powers New Voices Festival

The festival will feature readings of six new works.

SAN DIEGO: The Old Globe has announced the lineup for its annual new works festival, which will run Jan. 13-15, 2017 and feature readings of six new plays. The festival is being renamed as Powers New Voices Festival through 2021 in recognition of a $1 million sustaining gift over the course of five years given to the festival by Paula and Brian Powers.

“Now in its fourth installment, our Powers New Voices Festival has become a highlight of the Globe’s year and the centerpiece of our burgeoning new-play development program,” said artistic director Barry Edelstein in a statement. “It has also become an important source of work for our annual season and for other stages in town. I know that this year’s plays will also make their way to full productions here and elsewhere in the time ahead.”

The festival will kick off with Arranged by Anna Ziegler, commissioned by the Globe, a drama that explores hidden connections between disparate people. Matt M. Morrow will direct.

Next up will be 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. Delicia Turner Sonnenberg will direct.

Following will be Native Gardens by Karen Zacarías, an uproarious and topical culture clash with friendly neighbors turning into feuding enemies. James Vásquez will direct.

The festival weekend will conclude with another Globe commission, JC Lee’s What You Are, an up-to-the-minute look at a fractured nation desperately trying to reconnect. Edward Torres will direct.

In conjunction with the festival, the Old Globe will also present an encore presentation of The Living Altar, a series of new works inspired by residents of City Heights and developed by San Diego performing artists.

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