Volume 18, 19 | February, 24. 2020
Winter Week 8 NEWSLETTER
Department News
Week 8 - Feb 24- Feb 28, 2020
Up Next in the Potiker Theatre: Charles Mee's Orestes 2.0 directed by Joseph Hendel
About Orestes 2.0

The third part of his Imperial Dreams Trilogy, Charles Mee describes Orestes 2.0 as "The Euripides after-war play, re-set in the world today, in which the veterans return from the Trojan War, to find that the disorder and nightmare of war has come home with them and rendered their homeland to ruins forever." ( charlesmee.org )

Orestes 2.0
in the Potiker Theatre


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

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

The UC San Diego Theatre & Dance Presence is Strong in Fly at La Jolla Playhouse!

Current MFAs involved in Fly are Justin Beets (Lighting), Dorottya Vincze (Costume) , Amber Dettmers (Stage Mgmt), Amara Granderson & David Price (Acting).

Alumni include Anjee Nero (Production Stage Manager), Ashley Martin (Assistant Stage Manager), Junior Bergman (Crafts/Costumes), & undergrad Kiko Lu (Production Assistant).

Fly runs at La Jolla Playhouse through March 29, be sure to go out and show your support.

LAB2020 performances this weekend

W e Wear The Mask: a Devised Piece 

February 28 & 29 at 7:30pm
February 29 at 2:00pm

Shank Theatre, Free

We Wear The Mask:
a Devised Piece , is an adaptation of a poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar. It follows the journey of Walter, and with the "help" of Tabula Rasa, he embarks on a journey that defies space and time to understand what it means to have an identity and ultimately find the truth.
Playwright/Director: Christian Johnson
Assistant Director:Helena Lopez 
Dramaturge: Yi-Jen Michelle Yu 
Stage Manager: Arleen Jia
Scenic Design: Chen Hsi-an 
Lighting Design: Sofia(Fia) Nguyen
Sound Design: Ava Schneider 
Costume Design: Kara Reynolds 
Walter -- Clarence Lightfoot III
Tabula Rasa -- Hongxun(Michael)Huang 
Porhyromonas Gingivalis -- Bianca Eatmon
Sundiata Keita/Defense -- Rehema Ally-Lifa
Sean Herrera -- Miguel Trevino-Gurrola 
Alex Herrera -- Anoushka Dave 
Prosecution--Andrew Olsen
Ensemble: Ryan Ritterby  
Also mark your calendar for these upcoming LAB2020 performances in the Shank Theatre

March 3 at 6:00pm - Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles by Luis Alfaro
March 3 & 4 at 7:00pm & 8:00pm - Peoria: A Live Podcast Experience
March 6 & 7 at 9pm - AHC A Devised Dance Piece
March 6 & 7 at 7pm - Sorry, Wrong Number

For more information, please click the link below

The 2019 Kyoto Laureate  Ariane Mnouchkin e  will meet with our students and Theatre & Dance community in an informal Q&A Thursday March 19, 1:30-2:30pm in our Weiss Forum.

She will give a formal Kyoto Address to our campus that afternoon at 3pm in Robinson Auditorium in School of Global Policy on North Campus.  Segments of her major feature films will be screened Tues. March 10 th  7-9pm at UC San Diego’s Hojel Auditorium, Institute of  t he Americas, 302 International Lane.
All events are free
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 these performances or to purchase tickets, click the link below.

Also, upcoming-

MFA & PhD Class of 2020 Graduation Ceremony
Saturday, March 21, 2020

10:00am Designer Portfolio Presentation
11:00am Graduation
Happening Around Campus
“Inventing Tomorrow” Film Screening & Discussion with Alumna Filmmaker Laura Nix ‘03
T he Arts & Community Engagement initiative at UC San Diego invites you to a special documentary film screening and discussion.

The documentary film " Inventing Tomorrow " directed, written and produced by Oscar-nominated UC San Diego alumna  Laura Nix  '03, follows the story of passionate teenage innovators who create cutting-edge solutions to worldwide environmental threats.

  • 5:00PM: Doors Open - light refreshments provided
  • 5:30PM: Introduction
  • 5:40PM: Film Screening
  • 7:05PM: Discussion & Audience Question & Answer Session

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

Alumni News
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MFA Directing Alumni Selected for Denver Center for Performing Arts Season
Two MFA directing alumni are directing shows as part of Denver's DCPA Theatre Company 20-21 season.

Lisa Portes is directing Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles By Luis Alfaro

May 14-June 13, 2021 (Opens May 21), Space Theatre

Meredith McDonough is directing Emma Adapted by Kate Hamill from the novel by Jane Austen

April 23-May 23, 2021 (Opens April 30), Wolf Theatre

Alumnia Zora Howard's film opens in LA & NY
MFA acting alumna Zora Howard wrote and starred in premature w hich hit theaters in NY & LA this past weekend.

"On a summer night in Harlem during her last months at home before starting college, seventeen-year-old poet Ayanna (Zora Howard) meets Isaiah (Joshua Boone), a charming music producer who has just moved to the city. It's not long before these two artistic souls are drawn together in a passionate summer romance. But as the highs of young love give way to jealousy, suspicion, and all-too-real consequences, Ayanna must confront the complexities of the adult world—whether she is ready or not. Emotionally raw, intimate, and honest, Premature is at once timeless and bracingly contemporary in its portrait of a young woman navigating the difficult choices that can shape a life."

There were talkbacks with the film’s creators at the 8:20pm screenings on 2/21 and 2/22 in NYC!

If you are in NY or LA catch it if you can. Get your tickets now    Prematurefilm.com
Alumna returns to Black-ish
MFA alumna Liz Jenkins will return for the Tuesday, February 25th episode of Black-ish on ABC.

Black-ish is a sitcom that follows an upper middle class family. The show revolves around the family's lives, as they juggle several personal and sociopolitical issues.

Liz has been on multiple episodes as school teacher Miss Biggs.

Here is a link to a scene Liz was in a couple years ago.

UC San Diego Alumni Make Time to Reconnect at Theatre Festival

MFA stage management alumni  Liz Brohm Hanrahan  &  Chris Sadler  had a mini 20th UC San Diego Theatre and Dance anniversary at KCACTF Region 7 Festival 2020, Ft. Collins, CO.

The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) is a national theater program involving 18,000 students annually from colleges and universities across the country

In January and February, eight Regional Festivals showcase the finest regional productions, offer workshops, and celebrate students' work. 

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Sincerely, UC San Diego Theatre & Dance