Volume 18, 8 | November, 18. 2019
Department News
Week 8 - Nov 18 - Nov 22, 2019
Man In Love This 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.

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Get Ready For Elektra Adapted by Timberlake Wertenbaker 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.

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Winter Season Featured by UC San Diego News Center

On November 13th the UC San Diego News Center featured a detailed exploration of the Theatre and Dance 2020 Winter Season. If you haven't already bought your tickets, be sure to give this article a read for more information on the amazing selection of shows we have prepared for you this winter.

PhD Students Present Research at 117th Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Assciociation
From left to right: Will Jones (fifth-year PhD), Kristen Tregar (fifth-year PhD), Dr. Bryan White (PhD Alumnus), Kristin Leadbetter (third-year PhD), and Desmond Hassing (second-year PhD).

Kristin Leadbetter and Desmond Hassing presented aspects of their ongoing research at PAMLA over the weekend in a panel chaired by Kristen Tregar and Will Jones.

Kristin's presentation "Hamilton: An American (Psycho) Musical" explored the role of illusion, delusion, and imagination in two musicals that debuted during the 2015-16 Broadway season: Hamilton (Lin Manuel Miranda) and American Psycho (Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, music & lyrics by Duncan Sheik, based on the 1991 novel by Bret Easton Ellis). Investigating the shows through a hyperrealism lens, she considers the illusory themes of external appearance as a reflection of interiority. 

Desmond's paper "Welcome to the Enlightened 21st Century. Now What Do I Do with My Racist Mascot?" highlighted the branding strategies deployed by modern day Minor League baseball teams as they work to adapt the Indigenous mascots and monikers of the past to the "more enlightened" present day.
I n addition to chairing the "ImagiNation: Exploring the American Political Circus" panel, Kristen Tregar presented her paper "Other-Than-Human Sovereignty, Indigeneity, and the Ethics of Consumption," while Will Jones presented "Imagining a More Engaged Audience."
Theatre and Dance Students Help Reenact Brown V. Board of Education as part of Marshall Week
As part of the UCSD celebration of Marshall Week, students in the Department of Theatre and Dance presented a theatrical engagement with the historic Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision on November 13th. The staged reading wa s crafted by PhD Candidates Kristen Tregar and Will Jones and performed by:

Shelby Becker (Undergraduate), Grayson Heyl (MFA Acting), Olivier Jamois (Undergraduate), Will Jones (PhD Candidate), Jada Owens (MFA Acting), Lois Shih (MFA Acting) & Jordan Smith (MFA Acting)
Balm in Gilead Final Weekend
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

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Happening Around Campus
Exploring California's Indigenous Languages at the Symposium on the Indigenous Language Communities of the Californias (SILCC)  
Join The Linguistics Department at SILCC to learn about the linguistic heritage of our region

The symposium will feature presentations by Native American scholars and local community members, centering on indigenous perspectives about the current status of languages of the region and efforts underway to preserve and reclaim them for future generations. Following the presentations there will be a panel discussion about how to create lasting impacts of the International Year of Indigenous Languages, based on the perspectives of the Kumeyaay, Kumiai, Cahuilla, Cupeño and Luiseño tribal communities of Southern California and Baja California and their experiences with language reclamation work in their communities.

Nov 21, 2019 at 9:30 am in The Forum, 4th Floor of the Price Center East.

Free with Registration. For information about this event, click the link below.

Upcoming Performance Opportunity with ArtPower at UC San Diego
DJ/producer, percussionist, and vocalist Gingee is known for her unique take on electronic music—blending elements of global bass, world music, and hip-hop. Her work is a reflection of the sounds and cultures she has been exposed to growing up in Los Angeles as well as the musical world of her Filipino ancestors and beyond. Her productions incorporate the sounds of percussion instruments such as the  kulintang (gongs native to the Philippines), kettle drum, and cowbells with rap and poetry.

Nov 21, 2019 at 8:00 pm at The Loft.

Registration for this event is required. Event Fee $15.00.

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MFA Playwright Pens Recent Episode of Chicago Fire for NBC

Congratulations to Alumnus Ronald McCants who wrote the November 13th episode of Chicago Fire , "Seeing is Believing."
MFA Acting Alumni Return to Ashland for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival 2020 Season
Congratulations to MFA acting alumni Kimberly Monks (left) & William Thomas Hodgson (right) who will both be returning to Oregon Shakespeare Festival for the 2020 season.

William Thomas Hodgson will be portraying Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Ferdinand in The Tempest , both by William Shakespeare.

Kimberly Monks will be playing Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream By William Shakespeare and Benevolence Nausicca Sabine in black odyssey by Marcus Gardley.

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

MFA Dramaturgy Alumna Produces Nightly News Commentary

Using what she learned about story structure and dramatic stakes, MFA Dramaturgy alumnus Tricia McKinney is now a Senior Producer at The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC. Keep it going!

The Rachel Maddow Show is a daily news and opinion television program that airs on  MSNBC , running in the 6:00 pm PST timeslot Monday through Friday.
MFA Playwrights Set to Premiere at 2020 Humana Festival
Congratulations to Playwright Jeff Augustin, UC San Diego Alumnus, who along with 2nd Year Vivian Barnes will be seeing the world premeire of the their plays at the 44th Annual Humana Festival at the Actors Theatre of Louisville.

The Humana Festival will feature Augustin's play Where the Mountain Meets the Sea , and Barnes will see her collaboration with non UC San Diego playwrights Jonathan Norton and Gab Reisman, Are You There? fully staged.

Alumni Complete Shakespeare Tour for the Old Globe
Alumni Amanda (Junior) Bergman, MFA, Carlos Angel Barajas, BA, Willie Michiels, MFA & Rio Villa, BA, were all involved with Globe for All at the Old Globe this Fall and closed this past weekend. Junior worked on costumes, Willie & Rio worked on arts engagement and Carlos acted in The Winters Tale .

The Old Globes’s Globe for All Tour brings free, live, professional productions of Shakespeare and select productions to diverse multigenerational audiences in the neighborhoods throughout San Diego County.

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