What Happens Next

What Happens Next

April 19 - 29 | All performances take place at Challenged Athletes Foundation, 9591 Waples Street, San Diego, 92121

By Naomi Iizuka | Directed by Michael John Garcés

CRITIC’S CHOICE – San Diego Union-Tribune

$20 Tickets
$10 Students/Military
Please note: credit cards will be the only payment accepted on site. No cash, please.

A WITHOUT WALLS Presentation
In association with Cornerstone Theater Company

In What Happens Next, Bonnie, an idealistic but inexperienced acting teacher, finds herself paired with a group of veterans as part of a drama therapy program. As she is confronted with the reality of her reluctant new students, Bonnie struggles to find a way to build trust and find common ground. Inspired by stories shared by the military community, this riveting new play mixes professional actors and San Diego veterans in an exploration of the complexities of sacrifice and resilience of those who have served.

Approximate run time: 90 minutes, no intermission.
Content warning: strong language.


Operation Rebound logo
This production of What Happens Next benefits Operation Rebound,
supported by the Challenged Athletes Foundation.

Challenged Athletes Foundation
9591 Waples Street
San Diego, 92121

Photo credit: The cast of What Happens Next; photo by Sonia Diaz.

Cast & Creators
  • Creators
  • Cast
  • Design
Image of Naomi Iizuka Naomi Iizuka Playwright

Naomi Iizuka’s plays include 36 Views, Polaroid Stories, Anon(ymous), Language of Angels, Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls and Skin. Her plays have been produced by Berkeley Rep, Goodman Theatre, Guthrie Theatre, The Public, Actors Theatre of Louisville, BAM’s “Next Wave Festival,” Soho Rep and Cornerstone Theater Company. She is an alumna of New Dramatists and the recipient of a PEN/Laura Pels Award, an Alpert Award, a Joyce Foundation Award, and a Whiting Award. Her play Good Kids was commissioned by the schools of the Big Ten Conference and deals with sexual assault on campus. Ms. Iizuka currently heads the M.F.A. Playwriting program at UC San Diego.

Naomi Iizuka Playwright
Image of Michael John Garcés Michael John Garcés Director

Cornerstone Theater Company Artistic Director Michael John Garcés has directed numerous plays for Cornerstone, including Urban Rez by Larissa FastHorse, California: The Tempest by Alison Carey, Plumas Negras by Juliette Carrillo, Café Vida by Lisa Loomer and 3 Truths by Naomi Iizuka. For Cornerstone he has also written several plays including Magic Fruit, The Forked Path and Los Illegals. His work has been produced in such theaters as South Coast Repertory, Guthrie Theatre, Wilma Theatre, Woolly Mammoth, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Folger Theatre, and The International Community Arts Festival in Rotterdam, among others. He serves as vice president of SDC the national union of stage directors and choreographers.

Michael John Garcés Director
  • Judy BauerleinTina
  • Nick BorrelliJay
  • Bruce A. Lemon, Jr.Karl
  • Hannah LoganBonnie
  • Nico MarcolongoFrank
  • Francisco MartínezcuelloMike
  • Jennie McFarlingMargaret
  • Kionte StoreyAnthony
  • Jay JeeFrank (Understudy)
  • Michael GarciaAssistant Director
  • Amanda NovoaProject Coordinator
  • Danielle WardDramaturg
  • Manichanh KhamAssistant Project Coordinator
  • Annie LeCostume Consultant
  • Jacole KitchenLine Producer
Venue Info

All performances take place at Challenged Athletes Foundation, 9591 Waples Street, San Diego, 92121

9591 Waples St. San Diego, 92121

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