Volume 18, 13 | January, 13. 2020
Winter Week 2 NEWSLETTER
Department News
Week 2 - Jan 13 - Jan 17, 2020
MFA Dance Thesis: The Underground in the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre , January 23, 24 & 25 at 7:30pm
About the Performance

Director and performer Marcos Duran embraces an experimental attitude toward the making of physical theatre in this journey through  The Underground . Inspired by a surrealistic novel in collage by Max Ernst, Une Semaine De Bonté ou Les Sept Éléments Capitaux  ( A Week of Kindness or The Seven Deadly Elements ), the bizarre, interwoven narratives of Haruki Murakami's novels,  Hard-Boiled Wonderland  and  The End of the World  and  Kafka on the Shore , and Jean Renoir's 1939 cinematic French social satire  La Règle du Jeu  ( The Rules of the Game ), this performance will seek to create worlds within worlds of physical and emotional expression.

For more information about this performance or to secure your tickets, click the link below.

PhD Faculty Newly Published in Collection on Irish Palywright and Poet, Seamus Heaney
Distinguished Professor of Theatre and Classics, Dr, Marianne McDonald, h as a newly published chapter in Heaney & the Classics from Oxford University Press , eds. Stephen Harrison, Fiona Macintosh & Helen Eastman, entitled "Seamus Heaney: An Irish Poet Mines the Classics."

For more information about this publication, click the link below.

Be Sure to Keep an Eye Out for All Seven of UC San Diego Theatre and Dance's Winter 2020 Performance Opportunities
The Underground MFA Dance Thesis I
A dance performance directed by Marcos Duran in the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre
Show dates: January 23, 24 & 25 @ 7:30pm

An Object, Screaming MFA Dance Thesis II
A dance performance directed by Paulina Colmenares in the Theodore and Adele Shank Theatre
Show dates: February 6, 7 & 8 @ 7:30pm

Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare in the Mandell Weiss Forum
directed by Will Jones
Preview: February 10 @ 7:30pm
Show dates: February 12, 13, 14 & 15 @ 7:30pm, February 15 @ 2pm

I ronbound
One Act directed by MFA first year director Emily Moler 
in the Arthur Wagner Theatre in Galbraith Hall
Show dates: February 14 & 15

LAB/Winter 2020 in the Theodore and Adele Shank Theatre
a laboratory of exploratory works
Show dates: Weeks 6-11 of Winter Quarter
Ticketing info TBD

Orestes 2.0 by Charles Mee in the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre
directed by Joseph Hendel
Preview: February 26 @ 7:30pm
Show dates: February 28 & 29, March 6 & 7 @ 7:30pm, February 29 @ 2pm

winterWORKS 2020 a dance performance   directed by Yolande Snaith, Liam Clancy, and Melissa Cisneros in the Mandell Weiss Forum  
Show dates: March 12, 13 & 14 @ 7:30pm

For more information about most of these performances or to purchase tickets, click the link below. Note that info for comps for Ironbound is listed above and ticketing information on the LAB/Winter 2020 is TBD.

Happening Around Campus
Jan 15, 2020 at 5:30 pm in the Roth Auditorium, Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine
" Join the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination for an evening of discussion to illuminate what imagination itself is and how we advance our understanding of its powerful role in human life and culture [...] For some, imagination simply means the ability to produce mental images. For others, it is our capacity to think of things not present but real—to project into future scenarios or review events from the past via "mental time travel." But imagination also plays an essential part in thinking of things that have never been and may never be, underlying creativity and, according to some, our ability to think anything at all, as well as encompassing non-rational operations of the mind."

A reception and light refreshments will follow. Registration is required to attend this event, 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.
MFA Acting Alumna Appearing at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles
MFA acting alumna Maria Dizzia launched the national tour of Heidi Schreck’s Pulitzer Prize–nominated  What the Constitution Means to Me   this past weekend on January 12 at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles with a run at the  Center Theatre Group through February 23.

"Tony nominee Maria Dizzia ( In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play) ) stars with original Broadway cast members Mike Iveson and Rosdely Ciprian, and local student Jocelyn Shek. In the play, the main character reconnects with her teenage self to examine how the U.S. Constitution failed to protect generations of women in her family and across the nation."

The show will then transfer to Chicago after it's LA run. For more information, click the link below.

MFA Acting Alumna Celebrates Critics Choice Awards Nomination
MFA acting alumna Marsha Stephanie Blake attended the Critics Choice Awards this past weekend. Marsha was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Move Made For Television for her role in   When They See Us on Netflix.

When They See Us is a miniseries created, co-written, and directed by  Ava DuVernay . It is based on the 1989 Central Park jogger case and explores the lives and families of the five male suspects who were falsely accused then prosecuted on charges related to the rape and assault of a woman in Central Park, New York City. 

In the below link Marsha talks about working with director Ava DuVernay on When They See Us and the 'Ava magic'.

UC San Diego Theatre Alumna Featured in La Jolla Playhouse POP Tour
Farah Dinga , BA (far right), has been cast in the La Jolla Playhouse's POP Tour production of Emily Drivers Great Race Through Time and Space, with National Disability Theatre.

You can read about the show and the school tour at the link below. There will Public performances February 29th and March 1st at 1pm and 3pm.

MFA Acting Alumna Writes Episode of New Fox Television Drama

MFA acting alumna Zina Camblin wro te the January 8th episode of the Fox Television drama, Almost Family ("Courageous AF").

The episode is available by streaming on the Fox website and Almost Family airs on Wednesday nights at 9pm.

For more information or to stream online, click the below.

Playwrighting Alumna Gets Ready for the Geffen Playhouse This Spring
MFA Playwriting alumna Anna Moench’s play Man of God will be produced at Los Angeles’ Geffen Playhouse, 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."

Man of God plays this spring from March 3- April 12.

PC: Blake Zidell & Associates

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