University of San Diego Theatre Arts and Performance Studies' production season:
Kid-Simple: a radio play in the fleSH
By Jordan Harrison
Directed by George Yé
October 17-20, 2013 Shiley Theatre
Moll, a girl who invents things, wins the science fair with a machine for hearing sounds that can't be heard. But when a shape shifting Mercenary steals the invention (and her heart), she must embark on a quest to save noise as we know it. Accompanied by the last boy-virgin in the eleventh grade, Moll crosses chasms and rafts rivers into a world where sound is always more than what meets the ear. A quirky fable of innocence and experience, featuring live sound effects, mutinous onomatopoeia, and a host of woodsy temptations.
The Spitfire Grill
Music and Book by James Valcq
Lyrics and Book by Fred Alley
Based on the film by Lee David Zlotoff
Directed by Ryan Scrimger
November 14-17 and 20-24, 2013 Vassiliadis Family Black Box Theatre
This is a musical story about a town whose colorful days are lost in the pages of an old travel magazine and found by a feisty parolee, Percy, longing to see the world through new eyes. When Percy comes to the woodsy town of Gilead, she finds herself working at the only eatery in the town, the Spitfire Grill, and learns that its owner, Hannah, is as much a spitfire as the grill. Along with the rest of the town, Hannah wants nothing more than to be finished with the tired grill and the fading Gilead but she hasn’t been able to find a buyer so Percy suggests launching a raffle for the place. Entries send one hundred dollars and an essay about why you want the grill; the best essay wins the grill. The letters start blowing into the town like wildfire and gradually friendships, forgiveness, and trust starts to grow among the folks. Soon there’s hope that the colors might begin to return and bring life back to Gilead and the Spitfire Grill.
“Spitfire Grill, The” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
By Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Lisa Berger
May 8-11, 2014 Studio Theatre
In Eurydice, playwright Sarah Ruhl reimagines the classic myth of Orpheus through the eyes of its heroine. Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice must journey to the underworld, where she reunites with her father and struggles to remember her lost love. With contemporary characters, ingenious plot twists, and breathtaking visual effects, the play is a fresh look at a timeless love story. Eurydice is a love story between a father and daughter as much as between a husband and wife.
FEBRUARY 21-23, 2014 Vassiliadis Family Black Box Theatre