Super Mega Molten Hot Lava New Play Festival 2023

Written by playwrights of THAR 376/377 Playwriting I/II

Directed by Guest Professional, Faculty, and Student Directors

Scott Horstein, Festival Director

Friday, December 1, 2023 to Sunday, December 3, 2023
Ives Hall 76

Come get in on the ground floor with the playwrights of tomorrow! Each night you’ll hear script-in-hand readings of new short plays from the Department of Theatre and Dance’s Playwriting program (THAR 376/377 Playwriting I/II).

We’ve got all kinds of amazing new dramatic worlds this year.  The last festival ranged from homicidal friend-group suspense dramas to manga high school romances to weird tales of resistance to authoritarian Ikeas.  What will this year’s festival bring?

Super Mega Molten Hot Lava New Play Festival digital program

Many of the plays in the festival contain mature themes and language.
Please see each play’s listing for any further content advisory.

PROGRAM A -- FRIDAY, DEC. 1 at 7:30 pm

When the Chips are Down by Ally Buechler

Luna by Jennifer Borges Ortiz

Manacles of Gold by Bucky Brynjegard-Bialik
Content Advisory: Depictions of threat of sexual assault; depictions of transphobia

In the Lobby by Noah Hewitt
Content Advisory: Depictions of self-harm, suicidal ideation, depression including nightmares, discussion of traumatic death of a loved one.

Stone Adventures by Paloma Felix
Content Advisory: Depictions of marijuana abuse


(With post-show Q&A)

A Bitter End by Drew Maldonado
Content Advisory: Depictions of marijuana abuse and addiction

Happy Place by Allissa Dolcini
Content Advisory: Discussion of drug abuse; depiction and discussion of alcohol abuse

chronicles of a brain that hates you by Theo Reece
Content Advisory: Discussion of parental neglect; depiction and discussion of ADHD

Camp Chronicles by Andy Burkhart

Sweet Mints by Kat Anderson


PROGRAM C -- SUNDAY, DEC. 3 at 2:00 PM
(With post-show meet and greet with free pizza)

Live – Laugh – Laundry by Dianne Harrison  

Under the Stone by Katie Goff

For the Dead and Lonely by Hollis LeGate
Content Advisory: Discussions of alcohol abuse, transphobia

Wish in One Hand... by Jarrett Galante

We are all SOLD OUT!

>If you were not able to secure your ticket for Super Mega Molten Hot Lava New Play Festival but still want to try to see the show, you may choose to sign-up for our Waitlist.

To do so, please email Jana Duncan ( your Name, email, phone #, and what date you are hoping to attend.

This does NOT GUARANTEE that you will get to see the show. However, we will do our best to accommodate our waitlist guests based on the number of no-shows.

*If you are placed on the waitlist, please make sure you are at the venue so you can be let in should a seat become available.


> If you were able to secure your ticket for Super Mega Molten Hot Lava New Play Festival, please arrive EARLY to secure your seat. Early means to arrive more than 5 minutes before the start time of the performance. After such time we will begin welcoming in our waitlist guests.

Thank you