Volume 18, 6 | November, 4. 2019
Department News
Week 6 - Nov 4 - Nov 8, 2019
Balm in Gilead Opens on November 13th
The economic and social stresses placed on the human condition take center stage in Lanford Wilson's Balm in Gilead , directed by Kin Rubinstein, which opens in the Mandell Weiss Forum Theatre on November 13th.

About the play: The setting is an all-night coffee shop on New York's upper Broadway, where the riff-raff, the bums, the petty thieves, the lost, the desperate of the big city come together. The movement of the kaleidoscopic in effect, a surging mosaic of overlapping and interrelating speeches and action as separate goals and characters are blended together around a common center. At the core of the play are Joe and Darlene, two young people who would seem to have the strength and the need to transcend the turmoil and ugliness of the life in which they found themselves— but are, instead, crushed by it. But their loss is quickly absorbed in the maelstrom, as the others go on desperately seeking the joy and release and purpose in life which will, most certainly, continue to escape them. ( dramatists.com )

Preview Nov. 13 at 7:30pm

Performances Nov. 15, 16, 22, 23 @ 7:30pm and Nov. 23 @ 2pm

For more information or tickets, click the link below

Man In Love is coming soon. Get Your Tickets Now.
by Christina Anderson

directed by Stephen Buescher

Midwestern Metropolis during the Great Depression is severely segregated. If you're from 'The Spread' you are trying to survive another eviction notice, soup line, or night on the street. If you're from the segregated Black area called 'The Zoo' you are literally fighting for your life. Christina Anderson's play Man in Love is about race, love, and terror, all living side by side.

For information or tickets, click the link below.

Elektra coming in December. Get Your Tickets Now.
MFA costume designer Daniella Toscano shows off the renderings of her upcoming design of Elektra (adapted by Timberlake Wertenbaker).

Directed by MFA Juliana Kleist-Mendez, Elektra Previews on Dec 2 and performs Dec 4 - 7 at 7:30pm and Dec 7 at 2pm.

For information and tickets, click the link below.

The UC San Diego MFA stage management cohort and a group of BFA and MFA students from CalArts attended a matinee of Bill Irwin's one man performance On Beckett at Center Theatre Group in October thanks to the performance's Production Stage Manager (the Department's own Professor Lora Powell). In addition to the performance the students Were able to attend a Question and Answer session with Mr. Irwin and were given a tour of the Kirk Douglas Theatre.
Happening Around Campus
November 6 at 1pm in the Student Services Center
Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Angel Daniel Matos (San Diego State University) will be giving a lecture entitled “Making more than dust”: Reparative Reading and Queer Young Adult AIDS Narratives.

How is AIDS invoked and represented in Young Adult (YA) literature during a time in which the disease has been relatively normalized due to advances in antiretroviral medications and the development of the pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)? How can a YA text offer a hopeful and optimistic narrative centered on HIV/AIDS without undoing or misrepresenting the history of hurt and pain tied to the epidemic?

For more information on this event, click the link below.

November 13 5pm: Las Hermanas Iglesias: Sixth College’s “Women in the Arts”
LAS HERMANAS IGLESIAS is the project-based collaboration of artists and sisters Lisa and Janelle Iglesias. As the children of Norwegian and Dominican immigrants who grew up in Queens, New York City, their project-based, trans-disciplinary work explores issues of hybridity, social participation and transnational identities. While both artists maintain individual practices rooted in Drawing and Sculpture they have collaborated on multi-disciplinary and genre-blurring projects for over a decade.

For more information click below.

November 14: The Future of the University Art Gallery - Panel & Reception
T he UC San Diego Arts and Community Engagement (ACE) program invites you to a special panel discussion and reception at the University Art Gallery, discussing the impact of campus art galleries at the local, regional and national level, as well as what the future holds for UC San Diego.

For Information about attending this forum, click the link below.

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MFA Acting alumnus Irungu Mutu is in Aubergine by Julia Cho, directed by Lisa Peterson. Aubergine runs through November 16, 2019 on the Segerstrom Stage at South Coast Rep in Costa Mesa, CA.

"Aubergine  is the story of Ray, a Korean-American chef, who returns home for his father’s final days. The seven actors in the cast are a mix of those familiar to South Coast Repertory audiences and those making their debut. They are Obie Award-winners, Broadway veterans, children of aging parents and more. They also know the power and comfort of family, tradition and food."

Click on the below link to meet the cast.

Theatre & Dance would like to give a shout out to Jack Reuler & Mixed Blood Theater in Minneapolis. In one years time at Mixed Blood they will have been the beneficiary of the talents of Theatre & Dance alumni Raul Ramos, William Hodgson, Lauren Yee, MacGregor Arney, Jesca Prudencio, Justin Humphries, Brian Bose, Chaz Hodges, Anna Robinson, Tom Mays, and Victor Zupanc as actors, stage managers, designers, playwright, composer, choreographer, and director!

Jack likes to refer to Mixed Blood Theater as UC San Diego Theatre & Dance EAST. If you find yourself in Minneapolis please catch a show there and help us reciprocate the Love!

Currently the Song of Summer , by our own Lauren Yee is playing there.

PC: TJ Turner
MFA acting alumna Katherine Ko has a recurring role on The Morning Show streaming now on AppleTV+. The streaming service started service this past weekend.

Starring Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston and Steve Carrell. This drama looks at the hgih stakes world of morning news programs.

"Alex Levy anchors  The Morning Show , a popular news program broadcast from  Manhattan  that has excellent TV ratings and is perceived to have changed the face of American television.

After her partner of 15 years, Mitch Kessler, is fired amidst a  sexual misconduct scandal , Alex fights to retain her job as top news anchor while sparking a rivalry with Bradley Jackson, a haphazard field reporter whose series of impulsive decisions bring her into a new world of TV journalism."

For More information about the show, check out the official website by clicking below.

Two Theatre & Dance playwrights were nominated for The Bruntwood Prize , which is the largest playwriting prize in Europe and is run by the Royal Exchange Theatre and Manchester property company Bruntwood.

The international prize shortlist included 2 UC San Diego Theatre & Dance playwrights of the 5 nominated:

Tambo and Bones by Dave Harris (left), current 3rd year MFA (USA)

Periods of Collapse, or Mother Russia by Lauren Yee (right), alumna whose play Cambodian Rock Band is starting peformances at La Jolla Playhouse on November 12th. (USA)

For more information on this story, click the link below.

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