MAGAZINE: 6th Annual Festival of New Plays goes digital

The 6th Annual Festival of New Plays was recorded by City Times Media for online streaming

Actors from How We Talk About Racism

Actors from “How We Talk About Racism” rehearse before the filming of their play. Drama courtesy photo

Marlena Harvey, Managing Editor

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The 6th Annual Festival of New Plays had a very different look and feel this year.

Due to the COVID -19 pandemic, the festival was streamed online from April 19 to May 16 instead of being performed in front of a live audience.

Students and staff of San Diego City College spent weeks putting together eight plays, five of which were recorded by the City Times Media Team in the on-campus TV studio production.

On a single day of production, students and staff from the Drama and Radio, Television & Film programs teamed up to create a performance for viewers at home to enjoy as we navigate the end of the pandemic.

Lillian Johnson, who plays Olivia, has her costume adjusted while Carlos Silva, playing Adam, prepares for the beginning of the scene. “Purple” by Gabi D’Amico was the second play recorded on production day.
City Times Media student Noelle Mortensen puts on her headphones to prepare for the next filmed scene of “Purple.”
Close-up of the sound board used in the studio’s control room. Studio production equipment is available for students for hands-on learning when classes are held on campus.
Students Tiana Lee (Victoria), Guadalupe Nunez Mendoza (Anasazi), Victoria Garcia (Alexis) and Jamie Barker (Mikaila) perform the play “How We Talk About Racism” by Kaileykeille Hogan.
Kaileykielle Hoga, the playwriter for “How We Talk About Racism” watches the live performance of her play from behind the cameras.

Drama student Carlos Silva gets into character for the first performance of “Purple” by Gabi D’Amico.
Monitors in the TV studio’s control room. The play’s director, a technical director and an audio technician can view all camera shots, listen to audio coming in through microphones and give directions to crew on set.


Devon Doane, a City Times Media student, practices using a professional TV camera in a recording session of the play “Refugee” by Tom Moon, while drama student Jackie Yepez plays her role of Evie.