Volume 18, 26 | May 12, 2020
Spring Week 7 NEWSLETTER
Week 7 - May 11-15, 2020
Department News
Reserve Tickets for Upcoming Departmental Productions

All Spring productions will be presented via an online performance platform due to the potential transmission of Covid-19, or Coronavirus. The safety and security of our students, staff, faculty members and greater community is our highest concern. More information about how to access online performances will be emailed to you after you make your ticket reservation.
Mr. Burns, a post-electric play
by Anne Washburn

directed by Natalie Calderon , Simon J.O. Martin , and Tristan Samson  

Performance Schedule:
Act I Opening: Tuesday, June 2nd @ 7:30pm
Act II Opening: Wednesday, June 3rd @ 7:30pm
Act III Opening: Thursday, June 4th @ 7:30pm
Act I Closing: Friday, June 5th @ 7:30pm
Act II Closing: Saturday, June 6th @ 2:00pm
Act III Closing: Saturday, June 6th @ 7:30pm

About the Show:
What would you do if the world was ending? When chaos roams the earth, you can either tie yourself to the bit of light left or fall into the darkness. Separated from your loved ones, you hold a notebook with you that lists all the people you are searching for. Maybe you're not searching. Maybe you just want to know they're alive. You and a group of people from across the country find yourselves recollecting an episode from The Simpsons , finding comfort through connection. What will you do to preserve the past and create a new future?

Click the button below to reserve your tickets. More information about how to access online performances will be emailed to you after you make your ticket reservation.
New Directions 2020: Experimental Dance Project

directed by Patricia Rincon

Performance Schedule:
Thursday, June 4th @ 7:30pm
Friday, June 5th @ 7:30pm
Saturday, June 6th @ 7:30pm

About the Show:
Ground-breaking and innovative digital dance created by undergraduate dance students during the COVID-19 shelter-in-place era. New Directions Experimental Dance and Digital Performance is the first of its kind and will pave the way for future dance-making in our digital future.

Click the button below to reserve your tickets. More information about how to access online performances will be emailed to you after you make your ticket reservation.
Save The Date:
Theatre & Dance Undergraduate Graduation

Friday, June 5th, 2020

Streamed live. More information to follow soon.
Keep your eyes peeled for more information in next week's newsletter about our Theatre & Dance Spring 2020 virtual LAB productions!
Around Campus
UC San Diego's "Return to Learn" Program Begins This Week
UC San Diego’s "Return to Learn" Program begins this week and will better position the campus to resume in-person activities in the fall.

The program aims to broadly test students, faculty and staff on campus on a recurring basis for presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19. This evidence-based program, which includes plans for contract tracing and isolation housing for on-campus resident students who test positive for the virus, is intended to better position UC San Diego to resume in-person activities when fall classes begin in September 2020.

Please visit returntolearn.ucsd.edu for information on how to participate, including:

  • Step-by-step instructions plus a video on how to administer the nasal swab test
  • Testing dates, times, and available locations on campus
  • Test Result Notification Process
What's That Smell? Everything You Wanted to Know About Red Tide
A red tide offshore Southern California is bringing a funky smell during the day and a spectacular display of bioluminescence to beaches at night. From glowing waves seen at several San Diego beaches to swirls of electric blue light stirred by dolphins gliding through the water off Newport Beach, photos and videos of the phenomenon are making the rounds on social media. But what is the science behind this natural light show?

Click here to have all your red tide questions answered by Scripps scientist Michael Latz.
The Treble Singers Support the San Diego Foundation’s COVID-19 Relief Effort with Music
Established in 2010, the Treble Singers is an all-female a cappella ensemble at UC San Diego. They are currently asking for your help to support the San Diego Foundation's COVID-19 relief effort through music! The San Diego Foundation's COVID-19 Community Response Fund is rapidly deploying resources to nonprofit organizations that are supporting low-income workers, families and vulnerable communities most affected by the coronavirus crisis.

Send The Treble Singers any song request and one of their talented members will record your quarantine gram to pass along to your friends, families, and loved ones. Requests can be made by filling out this google form: https://tinyurl.com/y6upp4sa

To read more about this initiative, please visit The Treble Singers' facebook page .
Alumni News
Alumni Lauren Yee, John-Andrew Morrison & Danny Burstein Win Outer Critics Circle Awards
With the Tony Awards remaining a mere possibility this year, the 70th Annual Outer Critics Circle Awards took an unusual approach to a pandemic-shortened theater season: In lieu of selecting traditional nominees with one winner from each category, the OCC recently named five honorees in each of its technical categories and up to six honorees in acting categories.

Three UC San Diego Theatre & Dance alumni were honored with Outer Critics Circle Awards this year: Lauren Yee 's Cambodian Rock Band won Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play, John-Andrew Morrison won Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play for Blues for an Alabama Sky , and Danny Burstein won Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical for Moulin Rouge! (pictured above).

Click here to read the full list of winners from Deadline .
Alumni Chris Lundahl and Lauren Yee Win San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards
The San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle recently announced the recipients of their 44th Annual Excellence in Theatre Awards for the 2019 season.

MFA design alumnus Chris Lundahl won Best Lighting Design for Mother of the Maid at Marin Theatre Company.

King of the Yees by MFA playwriting alumna Lauren Yee won Best Production for its mounting at San Francisco Playhouse.

Click here to read the full list of nominees and winners.
Broadway World Shines Spotlight on Alumna Halei Parker
MFA costume design alumna Halei Parker was recently the subject of Broadway World Los Angeles' "Spotlight Series" by Shari Barrett, which features interviews with some of the many talented artists who make the Los Angeles theatre community exciting and vibrant.

The interview focuses on Parker's work as a costume designer and educator. As Barrett writes, "Halei really opened my eyes to the possibilities for character interpretation that a costume designer can bring to a show."

Click here to read the full interview.
Artist Resources
Need Help? Visit the COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resource Page
The COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resource webpage is an aggregated list of FREE resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines. It is specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community. This includes, but is not limited to actors, designers, producers, technicians, stage managers, musicians, composers, choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, craft artists, teaching artists, dancers, writers & playwrights, photographers, etc.

Click here to visit the webpage and to learn more.
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Sincerely, UC San Diego Theatre & Dance