Volume 18, 20 | March 9. 2020
Winter Week 10 NEWSLETTER
Department News
Week 10 - Mar 9- Mar 13, 2020
Department Productions
winterWORKS 2020

Get Your Tickets for winterWORKS 2020

Original works by choreographers demonstrating the creativity and technique that emerge within and through the body in mastering the art of dance. 
directed by:

Melissa Cisneros
Liam Clancy
Yolande Snaith

Three performances only!

March 12, 13 & 14 at 7:30pm
Mandell Weiss Forum
Show info and tickets:

Help us Raise Money for Our Spring Shows!  
Our Artists of the Future CROWDSURF Campaign goes LIVE March 9.
We are raising money to support the Wagner New Play Festival and New Directions 2020.
PLEASE (Please!) forward the below crowdsurf link to your friends and family.
The campaign runs ONLY from March 9 until March 22nd.
EVERY $ donated Up to $10,000 is matched THREE TIMES.
This unique crowd funding campaign is a “first” for our department and we have good faith for its success this year and the future.

All LAB2020 productions are FREE of charge!!!!
All are in the Theodore & Adele Shank Theatre
except NERVE
March 9 at 6pm - Noah Keeling's Someone With Nerve directed by Sam Keamy-Minor


A staged reading of an original full-length play by first year MFA Acting candidate Noah Keeling. An unapologetically queer coming-of-age teen comedy, Someone With Nerve depicts the senior year of Judah St. James, a 17-year-old boy determined to be on Broadway no matter what. So, when his director refuses to cast him as Mama Rose in this year’s musical, Gypsy, he devises the only logical solution: staging a one-man production of Gypsy, starring himself, the same weekend as the school’s production. What does it cost to be a star?

Director: Sam Keamy-Minor
Playwright: Noah Keeling
Stage Manager: Emily Searles

Noah Keeling as Judah St. James
Rebecca Futterman as Ms. Barkin
Augusta Norman as Roslyn Howard
Garrett Schulte as TJ Randall
Lee Vignes as Jared St. James
Stage Directions read by India Williams.

March 11 at 3:45 pm, 8:30pm - Insomnia written and directed by Sophia Harris
Sylvia is your average college student, just like you! She eats poorly, struggles with responsibility, hasn't slept in a few days, and spends her nights in a negotiation with a creature called Demon who has been torturing her for years! Follow her as she attempts to write a short story, maintain a long distance relationship, balance parental expectations, and not descend into madness.

Director/Playwright: Sophia Harris
Siobhan Aida O'Reilly, Elijah Douglas,
Philip Joenerup, Sophia Ehrlich
Production Manager: Jasmine Kalra
Stage Manager: Meghan Stern
Lighting Designer: Stella Hill
Costume Designer: Maggie Allen
Assistant Costume Designer: Tommy Goss
March 11 at 6pm - continuing education

She’s a quirky theatre artist finishing her degree online. Is this the future? 

Andrew Lynch-Creator 
Katie Melby-Creator
March 13 at 8:00pm & March 14 at 11:30am - Semi-Autobiographical Queer Love Story

Guy & Lady, two best friends struggling with their sexual identities, deal with navigating the platonic love they have for each other and the romantic love people tell them they are in. In this unconventional love story, interspersed with autobiographical asides, Guy & Lady try to overcome the great expectations everyone seems to have for them and how they want to live their lives.

Guy/Simon: Simon Martin
Lady/Farah: Farah Dinga
Lighting Design — Dean Collins Jr.
Scenic & Costume Design — Alyssa Kane
Sound Design — Evan Season

RSVPs please email  s5martin@ucsd.edu

March 14 reading @ 6:00p - PRO directed by Lamar Perry
No foot fairies allowed in the masculine virile game of soccer

Peter Leonard: Adham Habibi
Kenny Chambers: Jordan Smith
Sean Rader: Roberto Perez Kempton
Jake McCarthy: Corneilus Franklin
Pat Walsh: Isaac Kopstein
Thomas Holder: Trevor Rinzler
Courtney Stewart: Amir Aftabi

Michael Schmidt: Garrett Schulte
Jim Wilson: Stephen Buescher
Tim ‘ESPN FC’ Topeka: Hayden Emmerson
Saturday, March 14th, 8pm - The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant directed by Christine Penn

 Directed by Christine Penn
Petra von Kant - Mary Rose Branick
Marlene - Keiko Green
Karin - Natalia Quintero-Riestra
Sidonie - Lee Vignes
Valerie von Kant - Eva Barnes
Gabriele von Kant - Juliana Scheding
Ensemble - Jordan Smith
Ensemble - Noah Israel
Stage Manager - Emily Searles
Scenic Designer - Sam Keamy-Minor
Costume Designer - Dorottya Vincze
Lighting Designer - Justin Beets
Sound Designer - Andrew Lynch
Dramaturge- Jesse Marchese
Looking forward to LAB2020 Week 11
March 17 at 10pm & March 18 at 10pm (Dress rehearsal: March 16)
I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking it on the Road

March 19 at 7:30pm - Purified

March 20 at 8:00pm - Grown-up: A Solo Show
Make Room in Your Calendar For These Important Upcoming Events
Monday March 16 - MFA Designer Thesis Presentation

Open Reception/Viewing of Design Thesis displays

Forum Theatre.

Q&A with Kyoto Laureate Ariane Mnouchkine with our students & guests 
Thursday, March 19th
Forum Theatre

Ms. Ariane Mnouchkine  is a founder and director of the Théâtre du Soleil in Paris. Since 1964, she has produced masterpieces with historical and political themes referring to traditional performances of both the East and the West. She started her theater in a transformed factory outside of Paris, where it embodies the ideal of “public theater.” Theatre du Soleil often uses physicality - inspired by Japanese Noh, Kabuki and Bunraku; Indian Kathakali; and Western works such as Shakespeare. Ms. Mnouchkine has been innovating theatrical expressions through her collaborative creations based on the methodology of her unique theatrical organization which eschews hierarchical order. She holds honorary doctorates from the University of Oxford and Roma III – and was awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement in 2007 by the Venice Biennale.
MFA Acting Class of 2020 Showcase - Friday, March 20, 2020 at 11am

MFA Acting Showcase
Class of 2020
Friday, March 20, 2020 at 11am
Shank Theatre

(Top) Christine Penn, Mary Rose Branick, Xavier Clark, Garrett Schulte

(Middle) Amara Granderson, Assata Amankeechi

(Bottom) David Price, Michael Rishawn

MFA & PhD Class of 2020 Graduation Ceremony
Saturday, March 21, 2020
10:00am Designer Portfolio Presentation
11:00am Graduation
Undergraduate/Grad News
Upcoming Student Productions
Company 157's WNPF One Acts in the Stage Room in the Old Student Center, March 13 at 7pm and March 14 at 1pm
I n Your Phone and In Your Heart written & directed by Lily Tholfsen

Weirdo, (or Make Nice) written by Simon Martin, directed by Kali Boston (Erica Kahn assistant director)

OH MY GOD I WILL DO IT AND IT WILL BE GOOD AND IT WILL BE LOVED written by Ryan Martinez, directed by Halle Sousa

For more information, please visit the event page by clicking the link below.

Happening Around Campus
Mar 11, 2020 at 2:00 pm - Honors Open Studios (Visual Arts)
The Undergraduate Studio Honors Program of the UC San Diego Visual Arts Department will be opening their doors to the public on March 11, 2020 from 2:00–6:00 pm.

Every year top students are selected by the faculty to join the Honors Program. This event will display the newest artworks made by this select group in recent months. The works on view display a wide breadth of mediums and concepts and as a whole demonstrates a dynamic group of young artists with distinct voices.

The included artists are: Lucy Bell, Jose Benitez, Michael Kalisz, Tula Oliver, Xiaoyu Ren, Lisa Resendiz, Pengbin Sun, Leslye Villaseñor, Megan Winegar, and Yan Yu.

Registration is not required for this event. For more information for this event, click the link below.

Mar 13, 2020 at 7:00 pm - Helen Edison Lecture Series and the San Diego Public Library present Music and the Border
The US/Mexico border has served as a creative catalyst for artists for more than a century, but perhaps never more than now as both the relationships and the barriers between both societies have grown. Join us for a lively and insightful discussion with three leading musicians on how they are reflecting on the border through their music, creating art that forges connections and a common community on both sides of the wall.

Location: San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common, Morgan Auditorium

To register for this event or for more information, click the link below.

Alumni News
If you have news to share please send it to us at tanddnews@ucsd.edu and we'll post in subsequent newsletters. Photos are encouraged.
Anna Moench's Man of God Begins Previews at the Geffen Playhouse
MFA playwriting alumna Anna Moench 's play, Man of God, started previews at the Geffen Playhouse last week.

The bottom link takes you to An Interview with Playwright Anna Moench, pictured on the right.

Man of God
Written by Anna Moench
Directed by Maggie Burrows

During a mission trip to Thailand, four girls discover that their pastor has hidden a camera in their hotel bathroom. Their communal rage and disillusionment fuel increasingly violent revenge fantasies amidst the no-holds-barred neon bubblegum sex-tourism mecca of Bangkok. Man of God is a funny feminist thriller about that moment when girls realize the male gaze has been watching all along—and decide they’re definitely gonna do something about it.

MAR 3 - APR 12, 2020

Design Alumna Honored at the 20th Annual WhatsOnStage Awards
The winners of the 20th Annual WhatsOnStage Awards were announced at the Prince of Wales Theatre yesterday.

MFA costume design alumna Paloma H Young won Best Costume Design for & Juliet.
Here is a video clip from this past fall of Paloma talking about the costume design for & Juliet.

Have news to share?
Send it to us at tanddnews@ucsd.edu and we'll pass it along for you. Photos are encouraged.
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