Volume 18, 18 | February, 17. 2020
Winter Week 7 NEWSLETTER
Department News
Week 7 - Feb 17- Feb 21, 2020
Director Joseph Hendel Shares His Thoughts on His Upcoming Production of Orestes 2.0
" Orestes 2.0  by Charles Mee is a postmodern collage-adaptation of Euripides’ Orestes that assembles and re-appropriates found texts in order to fuse together our past with our present and hold a penetrating and often-humorous mirror up to our fractured and dysfunctional culture. This production locates the action in the proverbial 'Hotel California' immortalized by The Eagles - a Southern Californian institutional nightmare where 'you can check out any time you like but you can never leave.' The production interrogates the coercive power structures that govern our lives, our complicity with them, and how, if possible, we can escape"

Orestes 2.0 in the Potiker Theatre


Wednesday Feb. 26 7pm (Preview)
Feb 28 - Mar 7 Fridays and Saturdays 7:30pm
Feb 29 2pm

To get your tickets or for more information, please click the link below.

LAB/Winter 2020 Begins with Seperateland, Don't Dress for Dinner, and A Clockwork Orange in the Shank Theatre
Seperateland written and directed by Cynthia Ochoa

Wednesday Feb 19, 2:30pm
Shank Theatre

Set in current harsh realities,  Separateland  
follows its protagonists, who range from toddlers to teens, in their day to day lives in a border Immigrant Detention facility. As Griselda, Mario, Paco, and Fabio’s lives entwine, they seek escape in a cosmological world created in the image of ancient Mayan civilizations, giving them a brief daily moment of retreat that helps them to endure in an environment that no child should have to endure. Together, they learn the meaning of resilience, friendship, hope, faith, and the realities of a rotten system, seeking a quiet strength and unity for survival and happiness.

Don't Dress for Dinner by Marc Camoletti

Feb. 21 & 22nd @8pm
Shank Theatre

Directed by Joseph Maldonado


Ally McGreevy
Trevor Rinzler
Brennen Mahon
Jamie Scangarella
Jalani Blankenship
Ryan Martinez

Stage Managed by Brian Salvanera

A Clockwork Orange
Directed by Chris Flagstad
February 18 & 19 at 8pm
Shank Theatre

A retelling of Part One of Anthony Burgess' A Clockwork Orange , set in the dark web. 

This piece contains graphic content.

Christine Penn
Alex gruenenfelder
Jacobe Halpern Weitzman
Mary Rose Branick
Andrew Lynch

Seating is first come, first served.
UC San Diego Chancellor's Scholars attended closing night performance of Much Ado About Nothing.

The Chancellor's Scholars Program is a mentorship and leadership development program for students who are recipients of the prestigious Chancellor's Scholarship. The program supports Scholars' UC San Diego experience guided by the several learning outcomes.
Students from San Diego Unified School of Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Get a Peak Behind the Curtain at Much Ado About Nothing

Theatre & Dance hosted high school students from San Diego Unified School districts VAPA program this past Wednesday.

At an afternoon session u ndergraduate actors spoke about their work in the show and their time here at Theatre & Dance. 

The student actors were:

Arianna Fawk , who played Beatrice
Constance Kezar, who played Ursula
Sophia Harris, who played Antonio
Jackson Ogburn, who played Claudio and
Will Gallagher, who played Conrade

The VAPA students then attended a pre-show talk about the production and design elements with:

Director  Will Jones
and Theatre majors (excepted as noted)
Scene designer  Michael Wogulis ,
Costume designer  Ally McGreevy ,
Lighting designer  Dean Collins ,
Sound designer  Charles Glaudini , (3rd year MUSIC major)
Assistant Director J acqueline Castro.

They finished the day attending the performance of Much Ado About Nothing
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

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.

Happening Around Campus
Feb 24, 2020 at 6:00 pm Artist Daniel Guzmán Guest Lecture
Daniel Guzmán’s drawings, paintings, and installations are informed by a slew of sources, including comic books, punk rock, heavy metal, Roberto Bolaño’s writing, Gabriel Orozco’s art, and Mexican mural painting. Exploring his Mexican roots, Guzmán focuses on rituals like Aztec bloodletting ceremonies to examine contemporary violence. For a 2009 exhibition, Guzmán made a horror film that featured two Mexican intellectuals on the run from a mob of zombies. For New York Dolls (2004), Guzmán drew from New York’s punk rock scene, depicting the early 1970s protopunk band of the same name.

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

Alumni News
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MFA Alumna Shines in Oscar Winning Live Action Short Film
The Neighbors Window , starring MFA acting alumna Maria Dizzia, won the Oscar for Live Action Short Film at the 92nd annual awards ceremony.

For more about the film, check out the official page at the link below.

UC San Diego Alumni Honored at 18th Craig Noel Awards Ceremony
Congratulations to all the Craig Noel Award nominees and recipients. The Awards were presented last week.

Angels in America, Parts 1 & 2 (Cygnet Theatre) won Outstanding Ensemble , James Newcomb played Roy Cohn (pictured on the right). MFA alumnus Steven Leffue won Outstanding Sound Design for the same production.

MFA alumnus Elisa Benzoni won Outstanding Costume Design for Amadeus (North Coast Rep).

La Jolla Playhouse’s production of MFA alumnus Lauren Yee 's Cambodian Rock Band won the year’s Outstanding Dramatic Production award and Chay Yew won Outstanding Direction of a Play ! Daisuke Tsuji won Outstanding Featured Performance in a Play .

MFA Alumnus Helps Light Up NBA All-Star Weekend
Lighting design alumnus  Stephen Sakowski  was the Lighting Director for the NBA All-Star Weekend and Halftime Show this past weekend. Check out his work.
MFA Directing Alumni Tackle Macbeth Both On Stage and Off
MFA directing alumnus Michael Socrates Moran brings his new spin on Macbeth to Oakland's Ubuntu Theatre. The three person all female cast features fellow MFA directing alumna Emilie Whelan.

"Piquant blood is just one part of the revelatory vision of director Michael Socrates Moran. He casts only three actors — Emilie Whelan, Lauren Spencer and Mia Tagano — in all the show’s roles, and he cuts the play to a swift hour and 40 minutes without intermission... Here the three witches who foretell Macbeth’s rise and fall hold the whole world of the play in their conjurers’ hands."
—San Francisco Chronicle

"Revelatory! . . . Macbeth reconfirms Ubuntu’s status as one of the most exciting young companies to emerge in the Bay Area in the past decade." 
— Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle

For information and tickets, please click the link below

Alumna Led Little Women Coming to the Old Globe This Spring
Little Women is performing at the Dallas Theatre Company now before coming to the Old Globe in March. MFA directing alumna Sarah Rasmussen directs and Pearl Rhein plays Jo.

For information about this play, please click the link below.

You can watch a short snippet here.

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