Date: Thursday, May 16, 2024
Time: Meet at the theatre at 7:30 pm, the play starts at 8:00 pm

Location: Los Angeles Theatre Center (514 S. Spring Street, Los Angeles)

Join us for a fun night of music, drama, comedy and passion in the all-encompassing play of Oliver Mayer (’86, AS), Ghost Waltz.


The play is a boldly original recovery of Juventino Rosas, one of Mexico’s most significant composers — an Indigenous musician whose life story has gone untold and whose works have been attributed to Europeans. Following Rosas from his father’s early death to his friendship with ragtime genius Scott Joplin. It’s a mix of music, magic, drama, passion, spirituality and dance in a celebration that explores the lives of people of color during the emerging Americas of the late 19th century and their ghostlike impact on our own lives today.


Be sure to stay for a Q&A session with Oliver Mayer after the show.



Oliver Mayer graduated Cornell University in 1986 with a degree in English Literature, which he put in good use throughout his career. He is the director of the MFA Program in dramatic writing, a professor of dramatic writing, associate dean of strategic initiatives and associate dean of faculty at the USC School of Dramatic Arts. Mayer is a playwright, poet and librettist, whose new opera 3 Paderewskis, composed by Jenni Brandon, received its world premiere at Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center in November 2019, as well as in Poznan, Poland and on the USC campus. Their new musical Amour Fou is currently in development. He is the author of more than 30 plays, from his ground-breaking Blade to the Heat to its long-awaited sequel Members Only. New plays include Ghost Waltz (commissioned by the Latino Theater Company), The Dragon Tree, and Letters from the Black Sea (commissioned by the Getty Villa).  On campus, he has received several university honors, including the USC Associates Award for Excellence in Teaching, Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Recognition Award, and a Mellon Mentoring Award for mentoring undergraduates. His writing has received various awards, including The American Prize for new opera.


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