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Latinx New Play Festival

The 2020 San Diego REP Latinx New Play Festival is breaking borders and moving online.

We highly value the work of our Latinx New Play Festival artists. So that we can continue to support the festival and its artists, we suggest that $50 USD is a fair value price for this year’s festival pass. However, it is equally important to us that anyone who wants to access the festival and the plays presented is able to do so. Feel free to select a price option, between $0 and $250 USD, that best suits you and your current circumstances.

A weekend of Latinx theatre: 4 readings of new Latinx plays, a spotlight solo show featuring the renowned Marga Gomez, and panels on directing, dramaturgy, a historical context panel, conversations with the festival playwrights, and new online-only artist networking and a sponsor marketplace.

Schedule (Times in PDT):
Friday September 4th
- 4:00pm Surround Event
- 5:00pm Machine Learning
- 7:00pm Opening Reception

Saturday September 5th
- 11:00am Designer Showcase
- 12:00pm Sapience
- 2:00pm Surround Event
- 3:00pm Extreme Home Makeover
- 5:00-6:00pm Dinner Break
- 6:00pm Spanking Machine

Sunday September 6th
- 11:00am Surround Event
- 12:00pm Historical Context Panel
- 1:00pm The Cucuy Will Find You
- 3:00pm Closing Playwrights Panel

Descriptions of the 4 Readings
Machine Learning by Francisco Mendoza
When his estranged, alcoholic father is diagnosed with liver cancer, computer scientist Jorge dreams up a nursing app to manage the disease in his stead. As the machine's capabilities grow, however, the possibility of leaving it in charge of the treatment becomes more real, forcing Jorge to reckon with his responsibilities as a son—and as a creator.

Sapience by Diana Burbano
Elsa is a doctor of Primatology who has up-until-now, successfully concealed her diagnosis of Autism. She is currently working at a zoo with an orangutan named Wookie, who she believes is capable of speaking a human language. Elsa’s 12 year old nephew, A.J., is also Autistic, but is unable to communicate verbally. A.J. and Wookie soon discover that they can communicate in mysterious ways, which completely disrupts Elsa’s research and theories. A.J. teaches Wookie that she is mortal and will die someday. This is a brand new concept to the animal, and Wookie falls into despair to the point of near death. Wookie’s death would be catastrophic to Elsa. She is forced to confront the value of A.J.’s mode of communication and her reluctance to embrace her own Autism.

Extreme Home Makeover by Makasha Copeland
Every year, thousands of families apply for a reality TV show that promises a rags-to-riches transformation for America's most deserving citizens. With such steep competition, the Vega family must fight to make their video application stand out. Makasha Copeland's gritty comedy begs the question- in a world where so many receive so little, how much do miracles cost?

The Cucuy Will Find You by Jaymes Sanchez
Embedded within Mexican-American folklore, the Cucuy is a dark entity known for eating bad, disobedient people. But what does it mean to be a good person? For a successful 30-something year old, like Rey, the Cucuy could disrupt Rey's life and the very fabric of reality, Rey must prove that they are a good person. But it isn’t easy; Rey avoids travelling to visit their grandmother, Leti, even though Rey’s father insists her health is quickly declining. As Rey tries to affirm the life Rey has built away from home, The Cucuy confronts Rey with the past, present, and future.

Descrption of the Spotlight Solo Show (Spanking Machine)
In Spanking Machine, GLAAD Award-winning writer/performer and Rep past artist Marga Gomez shifts across gender, latitudes and generations in a darkly comic memoir about the first boy she ever sloppy-kissed and how it made them gay forever. “His real name was Agamemnon Perez Jr. but he shortened it to “Scotty” because he thought Agamemnon sounded too Cuban.”

Although Gomez had sworn to never write a 13th solo play (because of her superstitious nature) she changed her mind when an unexpected email from “Scotty,” promising decadent perks in Miami, lured her to a complicated 40-year reunion. By turns witty and disturbing, Spanking Machine recounts sadistic nuns on poppers, tender vampires, barrio life, childhood misdemeanors, parental post-nasal drip, fear, assault and suppressed memory.

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Latinx New Play Festival


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Confirmation emails will be sent after completing your order and will include the link to the Festival website. You will receive another email closer to the start of the Festival with a guide for how to register on the Festival Website and log on. The Festival will begin on Friday, September 4th at 4:00pm PDT. Please reference the schedule for specific dates and times of events.

Internet sales will close on Sunday, September 6 at 12:50pm (10 minutes prior to the final reading). If you experience any difficulty booking your reservation, please contact the Lyceum Theatre Box Office at 619-544-1000 (open daily from noon - 6:00pm).

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