Volume 18, 7 | November, 11. 2019
Department News
Week 7 - Nov 11 - Nov 15, 2019
Balm in Gilead previews 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 Kim Rubinstein, this November in the Mandell Weiss Forum Theatre.

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 performs next week. 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.

Get Ready For Elektra Adapted by Timberlake Werten Garden in the Shank Theatre December 4-7
Come one, Come all! Step right up to see Elektra by Sophocles in a new, musical translation by Timberlake Wertenbaker. Elektra finds herself in an endless circus orchestrated by her father’s murderers: her mother, The Queen, and her mother’s lover who masquerades as The New King. Elektra cannot take part in the charade of happiness and rages against the court, waiting for her exiled brother, Orestes to return and avenge their father. Through music, movement, and the female voice, Elektra takes us inside the toxic cycles of violence that plagued the Ancient Greeks and continue as national spectacle today.

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.

Playwrighting Faculty Sees New Performance of What Happens Next with Cornerstone Theatre
Professor Naomi Iizuka's play, What Happens Next , will receive a new performance run with Cornerstone Theatre Company with performances in both San Diego and Irvine.

About the play: 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.

For Information about this performance, click the link below.

PhD Student Works to Encourage Youth Leadership with New Performance of Dogfight at TYPA
Second Year PhD student, Desmond Hassing, serves as a Board Trustee with the Teenage Youth Performing Arts Company (TYPA) who look forward to the opening of their second show, the musical Dogfight by Pasek and Paul and Peter Duchan, on November 14th.

The Teenage Youth Performing Arts Theatre Company is a nonprofit community theatre for youth ages 13-19 and operates under the leadership of 17-year-old Artistic Director, Imahni King.

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

Acting Faculty Honored by Asian Pacific American Friends of the Theater
Acting Faculty and Head of Undergraduate Acting, Professor Jennifer Chang, was honored for her Outstanding Direction by the Asian Pacific American Friends of the Theater in Los Angles on November 4th, alongside playwright Qui Nguyen, actor BD Wong and Brooke Ishibashi.

The Asian Pacific American Friends of Theatre (APAFT) is dedicated to the promotion of casting Asian Pacific American (APA) actors to play non-ethnic specific American roles in American plays on main stage theaters.

For more information about this event or the APAFT, click the link below.

Happening Around Campus
Upcoming Art Exhibition : Translocative Realities Nov 15, 2019 at 6pm
For one night only, artist Margaret Dolinsky’s “Translocative Realities” will premiere at the Qualcomm Institute on UC San Diego campus. Attendees have the chance to explore abandoned boats in a shipyard through high-resolution imagery projected on the Qualcomm Insititute’s floor-to-ceiling theater screen and virtual reality facility, the SunCAVE (as featured on  KPBS ).

The combination of video art, virtual reality and photographic imagery in “Translocative Realities” is the result of research which began at UC San Diego with the development of a stereo camera capturing system for creating virtual environments. The synthesis of 360-degree stereographic imagery combines with a whimsical painterly sensibility to generate landscapes whose qualities can be experienced for their vastness and for their surface qualities.

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Alumna Honored by 3Arts in Chicago
Congratulations to Stephanie Diaz, BA! Stephanie is one of the 2019 3arts awardees in Chicago.

Stephanie Diaz is an actor and puppetry artist. Her acting credits include work in Chicago at Goodman Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre, The Gift Theatre, and Victory Gardens Theater, and regionally at Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Seattle Rep, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Mixed Blood Theatre (Minneapolis), First Stage (Milwaukee), and Creed Repertory Theatre in Colorado. Her voice-over work in Spanish and English spans radio, television, audio books, and video games.

You can read about Stephanie and her work at the link below

Department Alumni Shine at 30th Annual Ovation Awards
Congratulations to three alumni for their nominations for 30th Annual LA STAGE Alliance Ovation Awards.

Man of God
East West PLayers

Tom Ontiveros, MFA
Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill
Garry Marshall Theatre

Andy Lowe, BA
Man of God
East West Players

The Ovation Awards are the only peer-judged theatre awards in Los Angeles, created to recognize excellence in theatrical performance, production, and design in the Greater Los Angeles area. This year’s ceremony will be held at the Theatre at Ace Hotel on Monday, January 13th, 2020. Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, December 3rd.

MFA Acting Alumna wins the Suzi Bass Award for Outstanding World Premiere in Atlanta
MFA acting alumna Kimberly ’Nubia’ Monks' play, Hands of Color - created and developed at UC San Diego in 2017, won the SUZI BASS award for Outstanding World Premiere in Atlanta. The Suzi Bass Awards are like the "Tony's for the Atlanta theatre scene." 

Hands of Color is a New Play that challenges the conditions and deeply rooted complexities of racism in America today when a White man (Thomas) calls the police on an innocent Black man (Robert) and is then forced to literally walk in Robert's shoes and thus through the world as a Black man. The play asks the questions: How and why racism? The play got its world premiere at Synchronicity Theatre in Atlanta and went on to win the Suzi Bass Award. Here is a link to the interview that breaks down the play and what inspired Kim to write it: 

MFA Acting Alumnus On Stage at The Soath Coast Rep

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!

"Sometimes a meal is more than just food. A man shares a bowl of berries and a young woman falls in love. A mother meticulously prepares her son’s favorite dish to keep him from leaving home. And a Korean-American son cooks soup for his ailing father to say what words can."

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

MFA Design Alumni Celebrate the Opening of White Pearl
Opening Night of White Pearl at Studio Theatre, MFA alumni designers Melanie Chen Cole and Wen Ling Liao were part of the Design team. Also pictured at the Opening: Sherrice Mojgani, Janet Hayatshahi, Tim J. Lord and Rachael Danielle Albert.

A leaked ad for skin-whitening cream is going viral for all the wrong reasons and someone’s definitely getting fired. A twisted corporate comedy about selling whiteness and the ugliness of the beauty industry. 

"Clearday is a cosmetics company on the rise: Based in Singapore, launching a global skincare line, and bringing a start-up mentality to the big leagues. But a draft ad for their latest skin whitening cream surfaces on YouTube, gathering views and outrage. As morning nears in the U.S. market—19,643 views. 467,327. 654,398.—Clearday’s all-female team hustles to contain the damage before Buzzfeed weighs in. Someone’s definitely getting fired. A comedy from rising Thai-Australian writer Anchuli Felicia King about toxic corporate culture, selling whiteness, and shame as both a cultural commodity and canny marketing strategy." 

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