Sunday, May 20


New Strands Master Class

Musical Writing with Emily Kaczmarek

11 a.m.

The Costume Shop Theater

Musical book writer Emily Kaczmarek (Untitled Tegan and Sara Musical and 2018 Jonathan Larson Grant Recipient) leads a free two-hour master class for select book writers, composers, and lyricists of all backgrounds about shaping original concepts into fully structured musicals. Go through various writing exercises and get insider tips and tricks about the musical development process.
Twelve musical writers will be selected to participate in this master class. To be considered, please submit a brief paragraph about your musical writing experience and what you hope to learn from this class. Also include an original musical idea that you would like to work on and explore in this class. All submissions must be emailed to Nora Zahn by Tuesday, May 15 at noon. Selected playwrights will be notified by Thursday, May 17.

This master class will not be open to an audience.


A.C.T. New Strands Commission

Both Your Houses

by Susan Soon He Stanton
Directed by Mina Morita

11 a.m.

The Rueff at The Strand Theater

As the cast of Romeo and Juliet play their star-crossed courtship onstage, the real drama is happening backstage. In this co-commission with Crowded Fire Theater, playwright Susan Soon He Stanton flips the iconic love story around, pulling back the curtain to explore the all-too-human romance taking place behind the scenes of a Shakespeare production.


A.C.T. New Strands Commission

Don Carlos

by Friedrich Schiller
Translated by Domenique Lozano
Directed by Carey Perloff

2 p.m.

The Rembe at The Strand Theater

This passionate drama about power, love, and politics from Friedrich Schiller (Mary Stuart) pits young prince Don Carlos against his aging, tyrannical father King Philip II of Spain. Both love the king’s young bride, Queen Elizabeth. But more is at stake, as the Marquis of Posa urges Carlos to oppose Philip and fight for the future of freedom and democracy in Europe.

Translation supported by the Goethe-Institut San Francisco


New Strands Panel

“Totally Biased Losers”: Creating Work in the Age of #45

5 p.m.

The Rueff at The Strand Theater

Moderated by Emily Simoness, Executive Director of SPACE on Ryder Farm, with special guests.


New Strands Festival Happy Hour with DJ Leydis

6 p.m.

The Lobby at The Strand Theater

Drop by, grab a discounted drink, and mingle with artists and fellow festival-goers before the evening readings.


A.C.T. New Strands / SPACE on Ryder Farm Residency

Nike, or We Don’t Need Another Hero

by Ngozi Anyanwu
Directed by Candis C. Jones

7 p.m.

The Rueff at The Strand Theater

In this epic story uniting Afrofuturistic myth, Greek drama, and contemporary language, New York playwright Ngozi Anyanwu crafts a bold hero’s journey with an all-Black cast. In the aftermath of a battle between the titans, Nike recovers her memory and learns that she is a god with a mighty destiny. As the fates of everyone she loves hang in the balance, can she confront her past and unleash the power she holds within?


Closing Toast featuring DJ Leydis


8:30 p.m.

The Lobby at The Strand Theater

Raise a glass to celebrate the end of the Festival weekend with a New Strands artists and audience.



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