Volume 18, 17 | February, 10. 2020
Winter Week 6 NEWSLETTER
Department News
Week 6 - Feb 10- Feb 14, 2020
San Diego Unified School District Visual and Performing Arts Department Students Attend a Class With Professor Eric Geiger, Meet With The Creative Team of An Object, Screaming and Attend The Performance
Friday, February 7th, Professor Eric Geiger led a master class with high school students from San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts. Those students then joined students from Scripps Ranch High School for a talk with Paulina Colmenares, Marcos Duran & Tristan Samson about the creative process developing An Object, Screaming . The 40+ students then saw Paulina Colmenares' thesis production of An Object, Screaming.
Join Us for a Week of Stellar Performances
Fifth-year PhD Will Jones shared his thoughts on Much Ado About Nothing playing this week in the Mandell Weiss Forum .

"To me  Much Ado  is a play about the lies we tell each other. The little white lies we tell to help a friend, the lies we tell to get what we want, or the lies we tell ourselves to make life a little brighter. In the same way, one of the greatest gifts that theatre has to offer an audience is the ability to imagine the world differently through storytelling. And what is a story but a lie we agree to believe temporarily? This production interweaves the stories the characters tell in the play with the stories the actors tell on stage in order to embrace the idea that, the fact that its fiction doesn’t make it any less true."

Be sure to secure your tickets now by clicking the link below.

Much Ado About Nothing performs Feb 12 - 15.

Ironbound in performance this Friday & Saturday
Ironbound  is an uphill battle. An immigrant woman who gets knocked down but chooses to get back up over and over again, an immigrant man who needs to follow his dreams, a teenage boy who just wants to feel valuable, and a working class man who is fighting to hold onto the person he loves all collide in their search for safety. In this gripping play, Majok   asks us to examine what we are holding on to, who we trust, and how hard are we willing to fight to protect what's important to us
 Ironbound , directed by Emily Moler.

Show dates: February 14 & 15 in the Arthur Wagner Theatre.

Mark Your Calendar for Upcoming Winter 2020 Performance Opportunities
LAB/Winter 2020
a laboratory of exploratory works
Show dates: Weeks 6-11 of Winter Quarter
Ticketing info TBD

Orestes 2.0 by Charles Mee
Preview: February 26 @ 7:30pm
Show dates: February 28 & 29, March 6 & 7 @ 7:30pm, February 29 @ 2pm

winterWORKS 2020 a dance performance  
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
Feb 12, 2020 at 6:00 pm Milijohn Ruperto Guest Lecture
"Based in Los Angeles, Miljohn Ruperto is a cross-disciplinary artist working across photography, cinema, performance, and digital animation. His work refers to historical and anecdotal occurrences, and speculates on the nature of assumed facts and the construction of truth. Often involving replicas, modified versions, and enactments [...] Ruperto takes cultural and historical references and untethers them from their original context to challenge our perception and generate something altogether new."

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

Feb 13 at 7:30 pm Changing Tides II—A Telematic Translocational Concert
"Extending their prior 2016 collaboration to a new level of immersive audio-visual design, in February, 2020 an intercultural team of artists presents Changing Tides II, an intercultural music collaboration responding to the climate crisis, featuring renowned improvisers in Seoul and San Diego performing together via cutting-edge technologies."

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.
Alumnus Voices Import from Japan for Netflix
Andres Paul Ramacho , BA, is the voice of Lazarus, the Leader of the Wolves in Netflix’s English dub of Cagaster of an Insect Cage, an Anime Series About Giant Insects Swooping Menacingly Upon Humanity.

"Thirty years after a disease that turns the infected into carnivorous insects emerged, a young exterminator and a teenage girl search for her mother."

It’s streaming now.

The Guthrie Presents Twelfth Night directed by MFA Alumnus Tom Quaintance

MFA directing alumnus Tom Quaintance is at the Guthrie Theatre where he is directing Twelfth Night . Performances started February 8th. If in the Minneapolis area be sure and catch it.

Alumni Shine In Chicago
Quite a few shows with alumni connections going on this winter in Chicago!

'From “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical” to “What the Constitution Means to Me,” Chicago’s stages are filled with an eclectic array of shows this winter.'

Professor Robert Brill , BA, was the Scenic Designer of Summer: The Donna Summer Musical (which started here in our Jacobs Theatre District at the La Jolla Playhouse) and Maria Dizzia will lead What the Constitution Means to Me to Chicago after her successful run in LA.

Kevin Artigue , BA, wrote Sheepdog which plays until February 29th.

MFA playwriting alumna Krista Knight 's Lipstick Lobotomy plays February 13 - March 21.

Professor Vanessa Stalling directed Roe at the Goodman Theatre, Stephanie Diaz , BA, plays Ofelia/Connie.

MFA playwriting alumna Liliana Padilla 's play How To Defend Yourself plays through February 23rd. Ariana Mahallati , BA, plays Modjeh.

Lexi Saunders , BA, is the director of Roan @ the Gates at the American Blues Theater through February 29th.

New York Gathering of Alumni at Lauren Yee's Cambodian Rock Band
Thursday, February 6th was UC San Diego night at Cambodian Rock Band at the Signature Theatre in New York City.  Lauren Yee  &  Krista Knight organized the gathering.
What a fantastic looking group!

Alumni Appears in New Off-Broadway Play with Music at the Sheen Center
Tom Patterson, MFA Acting, will appear Off-Broadway in  About Love  at the Sheen Center from February 25th to March 22nd. A new play with music and songs based on Ivan Turgenev's novella,  First Love , it follows the story of a young man over the course of one summer in the Russian countryside. Directed by Will Pomerantz, it features a jazz score by Nancy Harrow.

For more information about the play, click the link below.

Last Three Weeks of What The Constitution Means to Me at CTG in LA starring MFA alumna Maria Dizzia!
MFA acting alumna Maria Dizzia has three more weeks at CTG in LA, so you still have time to see her.

"Maria Dizzia brings to life the maddening, mournful history of how women’s bodies have been abused by laws and the male-dominated courts imperiously interpreting them. If the show sounds like it might have a medicinal aftertaste, rest assured that it is playful, often amusing and at times piercing in its pathos." Charles McNulty,  Los Angeles Times

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