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New Female-Centered Plays Are Subject of Free Readings at UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television


A free reading of two new plays will be presented Nov. 13and 20 at UCLA in the NEW Plays NEW Voices series, which emphasizes originalwork for the American stage celebrating the experiences of women.

The fourth annual play-reading series will feature "Mother'sDay," exploring the complex relationship between a mother and her pregnant,unwed daughter, and "Gucci, the Hong Kong Crocodile," the story of a group ofhapless humans trying to capture a very clever, very female, crocodile who istrying to guide them each toward meaning, peace and happiness.

Both will be read at 2 p.m. in the UCLA School of Theater,Film, and Television's Macgowan Hall, Room1340, thenfollowed by a post-reading discussion with the author and director, and lightrefreshments.

The Nov. 13 reading of "Mother's Day" will featureplaywriting student Rachael Brogan and the director, undergraduate theaterstudent Lauren Oppelt. On Nov. 20, Brian Shoaf, the graduate playwriting student who wrote "Gucci,the Hong Kong Crocodile," and Louis Hung, a graduate student directing it, willdialogue with the audience after the reading.

NEW Plays NEW Voices at UCLA is supported by the MarianneMurphy Women & Philanthropy Award in Playwriting, created with a generousdonation from Marianne Murphy, an actress who is an alumna of the TheaterDepartment.

Macgowan is on the north side ofthe UCLA campus and faces the UCLA Sculpture Garden. Parking is available in Lot 3, near thecorner of Hilgard Avenue and Sunset Boulevard. Parking permits can be purchased for $8 atthe parking kiosk on the corner of Wyton and Hilgard avenues.

For further information, contact Jessie Singh at (310)825-7008.




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