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EURYDICE

Written by Sarah Ruhl

Directed by Lisa Berger

May 8-11, 2014
The Studio Theatre, Sacred Heart Hall

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.

 

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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 15-24, 2013
The Vassiliadis Family Black Box Theatre, Camino Hall

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.

 

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KID SIMPLE: A RADIO PLAY IN THE FLESH

Written by Jordan Harrison
Directed by George Yé


October 17-20, 2013
Shiley Theatre, Camino Hall

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.

 

 

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TBD: A COLLABORATIVELY DEVISED THEATRE PIECE

Created by THEA 494-01 Special Topics class: Collaborative Theatre Making

 

Directed by Monica Stufft, PhD

May 2-5, 2013 Studio Theatre

This production will be generated by students enrolled in THEA 494-01: Special Topics -Collaborative Theatre Making. Following an audition, those joining the ensemble and the course will contribute to setting the theme and developing material for the show while learning about contemporary companies who have used various techniques to devise theatrical material.

 

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ANATOMY OF GRAY

By Jim Leonard

Directed by Lisa Berger

October 11-14, 2012 Black Box, Camino 131

Thursday, October 11 at 7:30 pm
Friday, October 12 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, October 13 at 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
Sunday, October 14 at 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm

Galen Gray is having a crisis of faith. A young doctor who doubts his own abilities to heal, Galen wanders the American heartland looking for purpose in his life. In a small town named Gray, he saves the life of a local teenage girl, who quickly becomes his protégé. But when a ferocious disease spreads through town, the locals blame Galen and turn on him, forcing him to take action. Set in Indiana during the late 1800's, deals with death, loss and healing in a unique coming of age story.

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THE BEAUX' STRATAGEM
Adapted by Thornton Wilder and Ken Ludwig
From the play by George Farquhar

Directed by Terry Glaser

November 15-18, 2012 Shiley Theatre

Thursday, November 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, November 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 18 at 2:00 p.m.

The fall semester Shiley production, directed by Terry Glaser, will be "The Beaux' Stratagem," George Farquhar's racy Restoration comedy about roguish fortune hunters, audacious bandits, and passionate women engaging in a deliciously witty battle of the sexes. One of the most popular English comedies since it was written in 1707, "The Beaux' Stratagem" is filled with fun and frolic, disguises and deceptions, rough-and-tumble romance, perilous dangers, and daring rescues. The adaptation we will be using, by Thornton Wilder and Ken Ludwig, is thoroughly accessible to modern audiences while faithfully recreating the Restoration world with fabulously funny characters, sparkling wordplay, and dashing swordplay -- all celebrating the sheer joy of living.

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GONE MISSING

Created by The Civilians
(Damien Baldet, Steven Cosson, Trey Lyford, Jennifer R. Morris, Brian Sgambati, Alison Weller, Colleen Werthmann)
Music and Lyrics by Michael Friedman

Directed by Colleen Collar Smith
Musical Direction by Andy Ingersoll

April 26-29, 2012
Studio Theatre, Sacred Heart Hall

GONE MISSING, the inspired creation of the investigative theatre ensemble, The Civilians, through real-life interviews with various New Yorkers ventures into the psychic landscape these urban-dwellers inhabit to explore the fractured and funny world of all things missing. Characters search for everything from lost keys, cell phones, shoes, dogs to loved ones in this quirky, sublimely funny, and ultimately poignant contemporary musical documentary.

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THE SHAPE OF THINGS

by Neil LaBute
Directed by George Yé
November 17-22, 2011
Black Box Theatre (Camino 131)

In this contemporary college love story, awkward and dorky Adam struggles to maintain his identity while falling in love with Evelyn, a charming graduate student in Art. She shows Adam his true potential. But change comes at a cost. Ultimately his friendships are tested and manipulated in this caustic examination of love, art, honesty, morality, and the pursuit of truth. Contains adult subject matter not suitable for all ages.

TWO STUDENTS WHO APPEARED IN THE SHAPE OF THINGS WERE NOMINATED TO AUDITION FOR THE IRENE RYAN ACTING SCHOLARSHIP AUDITIONS OF THE REGION VIII KENNEDY CENTY AMERICAN COLLEGE THEATER FESTIVAL 44 HELD AT WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY IN FEBRUARY 2012. THEY ARE JENNIFER PAREDES AND PHILIP MILLER. CONGRATULATIONS!

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THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR

Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher from the original by Nikolai Gogol
Directed by Terry Glaser
October 20-23, 2011
Shiley Theatre

In one of the greatest - and funniest - classics of world theatre, the corrupt inhabitants of a provincial Russian village mistake an insignificant civil servant for a government inspector in disguise. In the ensuing panic, humanity is laid bare in all its vanity and greed. With a wild combination of slapstick farce and sharp social satire, this hilarious new adaptation gives fresh life to Gogol's comic masterpiece.

See below for related events prior to the opening of THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR.

THE MYSTERIOUS DWARF

Written and performed by Terry Glaser

Sunday, October 2, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
French Parlor, Founders Hall
Patrons may visit www.sandiego.edu/cas/theatrearts for more information.

Spend an evening with Russian author Nikolai Gogol, as he takes you on a bizarre journey through his life and death. Terry Glaser, USD Theatre Arts and Performance Studies Department faculty member and director of the department's production of Gogol's The Government Inspector, brings this enigmatic writer to life in her one-person show, as Gogol tries to solve the riddle of his existence.


SHADES OF GOGOL

A variety of presentations by USD faculty across the curriculum, regarding the writings of Nikolai Gogol and the inspiration he has provided to other artists over the last 150 years.

Sunday, October 9, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
French Parlor, Founders Hall

GOGOL IN GOGOLTHA

Dennis Rohatyn, Ph.D.
Professor of Philosophy

What is the distinction between banality and evil? Why are they often confused, or mistaken for one another? How does Gogol reduce each notion to absurdity? Why is Gogol’s comic catharsis the best way to prevent banality from becoming evil, and evil from being banal? How does language both elide and erase the distinction? Why does that matter, especially if we care at all about words—and about people?


THE WEIRDNESS OF LITERATURE

Fred Robinson, Ph.D.
Professor of English

Students of literature are often taught to create "meaning" from a text through a process of abstraction, coming up with a rational, formulated thesis that is meant to calm down the experience of reading the text, of encountering and responding to its hectic, dynamic, volatile, disturbing, discomforting, and pleasurable life. Literature's "meaning" needs to be drawn from that life, not abstracted from it. Many of the most respected works of literature are manic, comic, irrational, weird. Gogol's weirdness provides an occasion to bring up instances of weirdness in literature, in both canonical and ignored texts.

 

TWO STUDENTS WHO APPEARED IN THIS PRODUCTION WERE NOMINATED TO AUDITION FOR THE IRENE RYAN ACTING SCHOLARSHIP AUDITIONS OF THE REGION VIII KENNEDY CENTY AMERICAN COLLEGE THEATER FESTIVAL 44 HELD AT WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY IN FEBRUARY 2012. THEY ARE GENEVIEVE NYLEN AND CONNOR SULLIVAN. CONGRATULATIONS!

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THE MAIL ORDER BRIDE

by Charles Mee

May 3-8, 2011

Directed by Monica Stufft

Studio Theatre

A soufflé of five Molieres, whipped together with a pinch of Wycherley—in which an older man orders up a young Asian bride for delivery, to the outrage of his sister, his two daughters, and even his personal trainers. They ask him: does he think he can just buy a bride? And he asks them: do they think it would be better if he were just to rent one?

"The Mail Order Bride" is USD's spring theater entry," The Vista, April 27, 2011

The USD Theatre Arts and Performance Studies Department invites you to attend two post-show discussions that will take place directly following the USD production of Charles L. Mee’s The Mail Order Bride on May 4th and May 5th.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Business of Celebrity

Our discussion will explore the contemporary business of being a celebrity. Taking a closer look at how the role of paparazzi, Reality TV, modern media, and our world’s fabrication of the supply and demand needed to fulfill this growing industry affects the celebrities involved.

Featured respondents:

Dr. Tara Ceranic, Business and Society
Ph.D. University of Washington, Business Ethics

Dr. Sarah Foregger, Communication Studies
Ph.D., Michigan State University, Communication
Thursday, May 5, 2011

America’s Obsession with Youth

Our discussion will address the modern explosion of America’s obsession with youth, how this obsession has developed during the past few decades and the affect this obsession has had on gender norms and media relations. Taking a specific look at how the media targets “youthifying” the American citizen and how in turn this helps the fashion, diet, and celebrity industries thrive.

Featured respondents:

Dr. Kristine Ehrich, Marketing
Ph.D. The University of Texas at Austin, Marketing

Dr. Esteban Del Rio, Communication Studies
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Amherst, Communication

Dr. Evelyn Kirkley, Theology and Gender Studies
Ph.D., Duke University, Religion

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MRS. BOB CRATCHIT'S WILD CHRISTMAS BINGE

by Christopher Durang
November 18-23 & December 1-4, 2010

Directed by Carrie Klewin

USD Black Box Theatre (Camino Hall 131)

When a sassy ghost once again attempts to shake Scrooge from his holiday humbug, the whole family-friendly affair is deliciously derailed by Mrs. Cratchit's drunken insistence on stepping out of her miserable, treacly role. Morals are subverted, starving yet plucky children sing carols, and somebody's goose is cooked!

 

“Christmas Binge” is fun and unorthodox. The Vista, December 8, 2010
Theatre department play brings laughter and holiday spirit to USD

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ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD

by Tom Stoppard
October 14-17, 2010

Directed by George Yé

Shiley Theatre

This Shakespearean Laurel and Hardy finally get a chance to take the lead role, but do so in a world where echoes of Waiting for Godot resound, where reality and illusion intermix, and where fate leads our two heroes to a tragic but inevitable end.

Seven articles in The Vista written by USD student
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THE SAINT PLAYS

by Erik Ehn

April 22-25, 2010 in Studio Theatre

A collection of short plays, contemporary fairy tales for the stage, loosely based on the lives of saints and biblical characters. Including one especially written by Ehn in honor of USD's esteemed Sister Sally Furay R.S.C.J., Vice President and Provost of the University of San Diego (1972-1996). An avid theatre goer, Sister Sally was the force behind the Alcala Park Players, the club that initiated a theatre presence at USD. Directed by Robert Barry Fleming, MFA, Chair and Associate Professor of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies.

Undergraduate Theatre Production Explores Power of Faith, Religion. The Vista, April 22, 2010.

Theater student shares audition joys and woes. The Vista, February 3, 2010.

Thursday, April 22, 2010 5:30 pm
Plenary with Playwright Erik Ehn
“The Saints: Iconic Figures and Why We Need Them”
Location: French Parlor, Founders Hall
Reception follows in the Founders Atrium (THE SAINT PLAYS opens in the Studio Theatre at 7:30pm)
No charge. Co-sponsored with the Center for Catholic Thought and Culture.

A post-show discussion will take place directly following the USD production of Erik Ehn's The Saint Plays, on Friday, April 23, 2010.

Icons: Sacred and Secular

Our discussion will explore the presence of both sacred and secular icons in The Saint Plays. Ehn has explained that each piece contains "a pattern, a saint and a prayer" where saints are "fountainheads of imagery and of that difficulty that concentrates the imagination" where "characters reach to each other across eras." We will consider, for example, how John the Baptist exists in the same landscape as Buddy Holly and Elvis on The Saint Plays stage.

Moderator:
Dr. Monica Stufft, Theatre Arts and Performance Studies

Featured respondent:
Dr. Susie Paulik Babka, Theology and Religious Studies

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AN EXPERIMENT WITH AN AIR PUMP by Shelagh Stephenson

November 19, 20, 21, 22 at 2pm, 23, and 24, 2009 in USD Black Box/C131

This play addresses such provocative concerns as the state of medical ethics, passion vs. love, the evolving role of women and the aims of science at the dawning of eras nearly 200 years apart. One century heralding the birth of the Industrial Age, the other the age of biotechnology. Directed by Liz Shipman.

The USD Undergraduate Theatre Arts and Performance Studies Department invites you to attend
a post-show discussion that will take place directly following the USD production of
"An Experiment with an Air Pump" on Friday, November 20, 2009.

Balancing Constructs:
Gender, Art, and Science in "An Experiment with an Air Pump"

Our discussion will explore what is at stake in negotiating dichotomous thinking around issues of gender, art, and science. We will address a range of themes developed in the play, such power dynamics present in historical and contemporary relationships, the role of the future and the past in constructing identities and understanding the world, as well as the complex process of balancing the pursuit of scientific knowledge with the potential outcomes of those pursuits.

Moderator:
Dr. Monica Stufft, Theatre Arts and Performance Studies Department

Featured Respondents:
Dr. Fred Robinson, English Department
Alison Dressel, Theatre Arts and Performance Studies and Marine Science Major

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CABARET

Book by Joe Masteroff
Based on the play by John Van Druten and Stories by Christopher Isherwood
Music by John Kander Lyrics by Fred Ebb

Broadway production directed by Harold Prince
Produced for the Broadway Stage by Harold Prince

7:30 pm October 22, 23, 24, and 2:00 pm Sunday, October 25, 2009 in Shiley Theatre

It is Berlin, 1930 and political unrest racks the country. Enter an American cabaret dancer, working at the "Kit-Kat club" where anything goes under the all-seeing eye of the Master of Ceremonies. Directed by Carrie Klewin.

Cabaret hits the Shiley stage. The Vista, October 28, 2009.

The USD Undergraduate Theatre Arts and Performance Studies Department invites you to attend a post-show discussion that will take place directly following the USD production of CABARET on Friday, October 23rd

Conflict on Stage: Exposing Sex and Violence

Our discussion will explore the effects of conflict on stage, and will consider how Cabaret depicts violence performed in the
intersections of religion and gender.
We will address what is at stake in theatrical representations of sex and violence for both historical and contemporary contexts.

Moderator:
Dr. Monica Stufft, Theatre Arts and Performance Studies Department

Panelists: Maria Pascuzzi, Theology & Religious Studies
Milburn Line, Executive Director, IPJ

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ANON(YMOUS) by Naomi Iizuka

April 30-May 7, 2009
Studio Theatre
Produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc.

Separated from his mother, young refugee, Anon, encounters many beguiling characters like a sinister, one-eyed butcher while navigating the chaotic landscape of the United States in this entrancing adaptation of Homer’s ODYSSEY.  Directed by Monica Stufft, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies.

Undergraduate Theatre Arts and Performance Studies Program's "Anon(ymous)" Debuts

Performances:

Thursday, April 30 @ 7:30 p.m.
Friday, May 1 @ 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 2 @ 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 2 @ 2 p.m. --- matinee
Sunday, May 3 @ 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 5 @ 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 6 @ 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 7 @ 7:30 p.m.

  • Tickets on sale at the Hahn University Center ticket box office or by calling 619/260-2727.
  • Ticket prices $8 student/senior and $11 general admission.
  • Tickets also available 45 minutes prior to curtain at the door, subject to availability. No reserved seating and no refunds.
  • Early ticket purchase recommended due to limited seating.

The USD Undergraduate Theatre Arts and Performance Studies Program invites you to attend three post-show discussions that will take place directly following the USD production of Naomi Iizuka’s Anon(ymous) on May 2nd, 5th and 6th.

1. May 2nd (2pm matinee performance): A Thing Amongst Things
Our discussion will attempt to discover the relationship between things, objects and the human body. Is there a difference between things and objects? How can people change objects and how do objects change people? Can everyday objects be sacred? Can things? What does the use of found objects and things mean in this production?

  • Featured Respondent:Dr. Evelyn Kirkley, Theology and Religious Studies

2. May 5th and 6th: My Name is Anonymous
Our discussion will explore the places and spaces where anonymity is necessary and beneficial, and spaces where it leads to marginalization or exclusion. Discussants from the Schools of Peace Studies and Business Administration will address anonymity as it relates to conflict zones, sweatshops and privilege. In particular, we will explore the implications of labels: who gets what in the shaping and sharing of power, national wealth and other opportunities?

  • Featured Respondents: Dr. Tara Ceranic, Business Ethics and Dr. Ami Carpenter, Peace Studies
 

FIRST LADY SUITE (in Concert)

a musical by Michael John LaChiusa
December 11-14, 2008, 7:30 p.m.
USD Black Box (Camino 131)

An imaginative and irreverent look behind the scenes of the White House where First Ladies, Jackie and Mamie, amongst other historical figures, reveal themselves through song with four musical chamber pieces. Directed by Carrie Klewin.

 

PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE
by Steve Martin
October 22-25, 2008

Shiley Theatre in Camino Hall

When Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso meet in a Paris bar, they become instant rivals. Come watch them in their race for the punch line in this clever comic hit by Steve Martin. Directed by George Yé.

Einstein and Picasso at USD. The Vista, October 20, 2008

"Picasso at the Lapin Agile" examines artistic genius. The Vista, October 30, 2008

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THEATRE SMASH

Conceived and directed by Bill Castellino with David Hay

April 30-May 3, May 5-8, 2008

Studio Theatre

THEATRE SMASH is an original theatrical culture collision inspired by the tradition of Brecht’s cabaret. Smashing together music, poetry, and all kinds of writing, with limitless imagination, THEATRE SMASH is a one-of-a-kind live theatre happening!

"Theatre SMASH" is right on cue. The Vista, May 8, 2008

 

O JERUSALEM

Written by A.R. Gurney
Directed by Liz Shipman
USD Theatre Black Box
December 6-9, 2007

The undergraduate Theatre Arts and Performance Studies Program at the University of San Diego presents O JERUSALEM. An exhilarating new play that touches on global and timely issues: the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, American foreign policy, terrorism, as well as love, loyalty, and personal integrity.  A play within a play that balances the global and the personal, the comic and the tragic, and what has been of the past with the what ifs of the future.  “We are all in this thing together.”

 

MUERTOS: A Day of the Dead Play

Written and Directed by Evelyn Díaz Cruz
Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, University of San Diego
Shiley Theatre in Camino Hall
Fall 2007

Global in its perspective and local in its lived experience, MUERTOS will conjure images of death with pageantry, whimsy and contemplation. Through the journey of Carmen, a San Diego photography student, audiences will transcend images of crossing the Great Divide.  A reflection of life as we know it in the San Diego/Tijuana region. Resplendent in visual imagery, live music, song, and dance, MUERTOS will stir your spirits.

Play raises immigration awareness. The Vista, October 25, 2007.

TBI grant sponsors "Dia de Los Muertos" play. The Vista, December 7, 2006.

 

GLASS CORD

by Evelyn Díaz Cruz
Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, University of San Diego
Studio Theatre, Sacred Heart Hall
Spring 2007

A new prize-winning play by USD’s Evelyn Díaz Cruz. Set on a rooftop in the Bronx, a young woman, Lupe, is seduced into the making of “glasscords” (pulverized glass glued on to kite strings). Rich in cultural symbolism GLASS CORD explores some of the myths of the maternal instinct. Filled with laughter, tears and jagged emotions, this play is a visceral account of machismo, illusion and disillusion. Directed by Claudio Raygoza.

 

THE PERSECUTION AND ASSASSINATION OF JEAN-PAUL MARAT AS PERFORMED BY THE INMATES OF THE ASYLUM OF CHARENTON UNDER THE DIRECTION OF THE MARQUIS DE SADE

by Peter Weiss
A Graduate/Undergraduate Production
Studio Theatre   March 14-17, 20-23, 2007

The USD/Old Globe M.F.A. and undergraduate Theatre Arts and Performance Studies Programs present Peter Weiss’ landmark, meta-theatrical phenomenon. In an insane asylum, the Marquis de Sade directs a play of Jean Paul Marat’s last days…and the patients are the actors. Directed by Sabin Epstein and Robert Barry Fleming. For mature audiences.

Campus production of "Marat/Sade" vows to be an evening of unconventional theatre. The Vista, March 8, 2007.

 

S.A.M. I AM

by Garrett Omata
Fall 2006

This play takes a hilarious look at the trials of dating in a multi-ethnic landscape where identities in the personal ads are not always what they seem. Directed by George Yé.

 

THE CRUCIBLE

by Arthur Miller
Fall 2006

USD undergraduates in the Theatre Arts and Performance Studies Program perform this American classic by Arthur Miller. This contemporary play by arguably America’s greatest playwright includes “…a lethal brew of illicit sexuality, fear of the supernatural, and political manipulation.” Directed by David Hay.

Fear is at the Center of USD's Production of "The Crucible."The Vista, October 12, 2006

 

SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD

Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Spring 2006

Brown transports his audience from the deck of a 1492 Spanish sailing ship to a ledge 57 stories above Fifth Avenue to meet a startling array of characters ranging from a young man who has determined that basketball is his ticket out of the ghetto to a woman whose dream of marrying rich nabs her the man of her dreams and a soulless marriage. These are the stories and characters of today, the songs for a new world.

Says the author of this gripping revue, "It's about one moment. It's about hitting the wall and having to make a choice, or take a stand, or turn around and go back." Newcomer Jason Robert Brown (composer-lyricist of the recent critical smash "Parade") has the whole theatre community talking about his blend of savvy showmanship and exciting contemporary sound.

With a small, powerhouse multi-ethnic cast and a driving, exquisitely crafted score running the gamut of today's popular music, "Songs For A New World" is a great way to bring the next generation into the theatre. It's a remarkable achievement from a remarkable new voice.

Performances in the Studio Theatre in Sacred Heart Hall on the campus of the University of San Diego.

Originally Produced by the WPA Theatre, New York City, 1995(Kyle Renick, Artistic Director). Original Orchestration by Brian Besterman and Jason Robert Brown.

Directed and Choreographed by Robert Barry Fleming.

 

IMAGINING BRAD AND THE VALERIE OF NOW

by Peter Hedges
Fall 2005

Peter Hedges' Imagining Brad examines the relationship between two unlikely friends and their two very different husbands as they chart their way through the terrible secrets of their past. Imagining Brad is a testimony to the power of friendship to overcome pain and celebrates the strength of the human spirit to heal. The Valerie of Now is a monologue of a girl on the occasion of her 12th birthday. What could be in store for her? Contains adult content. Directed by Cynthia Stokes.

 

THE DIVINERS

by Jim Leonard, Jr.
Fall 2005

USD undergraduates perform this marvelously theatrical play about a disturbed young man and his friendship with a disenchanted preacher in southern Indiana in the early '30s twists through humor, tragedy, spiritual questioning and the pressures of a small town. The Diviners, written by Jim Leonard, Jr., directed by George Yé. Produced by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

 

THE GRAPES OF WRATH

Based on the novel by John Steinbeck and adapted by Frank Galati
Spring 2005

This story follows the Joad family's flight from the dust bowl of Oklahoma to California, this play presents the stark realities of the Great Depression as well as affirming the indomitability of the human spirit. Directed by Evelyn Díaz Cruz.

 

WOODY GUTHRIE'S AMERICAN SONG

Songs and Writings by Woody Guthrie, Conceived and Adapted by Peter Glazer with Orchestrations and Vocal Arrangements by Jeff Waxman.
Spring 2005

A powerful and inspiring musical which takes a unique view of Depression Era America through the eyes, ears and music of singer/songwriter Woody Guthrie. Directed by Marty New.

 

SYLVIA

Fall 2004

Written by A. R. Gurney, this comedy is about a spunky pooch named Sylvia who finds her way into the home of Greg and Kate, a middle-aged couple living in Manhattan. Hilarious and serious complications arise between the couple when Kate and Sylvia become rivals for Greg's attention. Directed by Deanna Duplechain.

 

GOODNIGHT DESDEMONA (GOOD MORNING JULIET)

Fall 2004

Ann-Marie Macdonald presents a modern twist on the Shakesperian tragedies "Othello" and "Romeo & Juliet." This comedy, directed by Colleen Kelly, while remaining intellectual, also carried the appeal of being action-packed and silly at times. A young university professor, Constance Leadbelly, who believes she has found an ancient manuscript that will prove Shakespeare's plays Romeo and Juliet and Othello were originally comedies. One evening her obsessive attempt to decipher the cryptic manuscript becomes star-crossed with her personal love tragedy and Constance suddenly finds herself face to face with Juliet and Desdemona. Directed by Colleen Kelly.

   

RENDEZVOUS WITH FATE

Spring 2004

On April 26th, Rendezvous With Fate was performed as a staged reading in the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice theatre. Mrs. Livia Krancberg tells the story of her experience prior to her deportation to Auschwitz. Those who had the privilege of attending this event all agreed that it was moving.

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YERMA

Spring 2004

Federico García Lorca would have delighted at director Evelyn Cruz's adaptation and production of this play. With outstanding performances, live music, and guava paste, Yerma, a tragic character, nonetheless tells her story in a lively production that is rich with culture.

 

ARCADIA

Spring 2004

Tom Stoppard challenges the performers as well as the audience tremendously in this witty English play. The contrasting periods of Classicism and Romanticism butt heads throughout the play while a brilliant little girl witnesses the shift first hand. Despite the challenge, director Terry Ross took Arcadia head on and proved the competency and boldness of our program.

   

EINSTEIN'S DREAMS

Fall 2003

Allan Lightman's novel was adapted and directed by Colleen Kelly. The Vista, USD's student newspaper, boasts, "The result is a smorgasbord of art and science, as actors glide across the stage in poetically choreographed sequences, while reveling in the theories of one of the world's greatest scientists... a play that is imaginative and poestically artistic, using period costumes, choreographed movement, large set designs and projection screens."

   

TREPIDATION NATION

Fall 2003

Directed by Colin McPhillamy, this “Phobic Anthology” is a series of monologues and scenes commissioned by different authors. It premiered at the 27th Annual Humana Festival of New American Plays at the Actors Theater of Louisville, Kentucky, and now it has found its way into another debut. Each author of Trepidation Nation explores a different phobia in post-9/11 America. Monophobia (fear of being alone), hypnophobia (fear of sleep), and phobophobia (yes, fear of developing a phobia) are a few of the fears dramatized in this ensemble production. Confronting the underlying anxieties that drive us as individuals and as a culture is a daunting task, but Trepidation Nation undertakes it courageously. Comedy and drama converge in contemporary and period settings to ask us all the same question: “What are we afraid of?”

 

THE ILLUSION

Spring 2003

Pierre Corneille's The Illusion, adapted by Tony Kushner, and directed by Colleen Kelly, tells the story of a father's quest to reunite with his prodigal son through calling on the power of a sorcerer. The sorcerer conjures images of the son's struggles, loves, and finally--the secret, unexpected truth. Directed by Colleen Kelly.