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Scenes from an Execution

by Howard Barker

directed by Jon Reimer

November 30 – December 3

Theodore and Adele Shank Theatre

About the Play

Howard Barker's Scenes from an Execution is a play confronting the contentious relationship between art and politics. It centers around Galactia, an artist in 16th century Venice who paints an enormous image depicting a violent battle that recently claimed the lives of countless soldiers. When the government finds out about the painting, they do all they can to silence Galactia and prevent the painting from seeing the light of day.
About the Playwright
Howard Barker is a British playwright. He coined the term "Theatre of Catastrophe" to describe his work. His plays often explore violence, sexuality, the desire for power, and human motivation. Rejecting the widespread notion that an audience should share a single response to the events onstage, Barker works to fragment response, forcing each viewer to wrestle with the play alone[citation needed]. "We must overcome the urge to do things in unison" he writes. "To chant together, to hum banal tunes together, is not collectivity." Where other playwrights might clarify a scene, Barker seeks to render it more complex, ambiguous, and unstable. Only through a tragic renaissance, Barker argues, will beauty and poetry return to the stage. "Tragedy liberates language from banality" he asserts. "It returns poetry to speech."(wikipedia.org)
About the Director

Jon Reimer is a third-year PhD student. He received his BA in Theatre Arts at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Prior to coming to UCSD, he lived abroad in Japan for over seven years, during which time he worked primarily with Tokyo International Players (TIP) as a director, performer, and member of their Board of Governors. With TIP, in 2010 he partnered with Shochiku Corporation to create an original English-language kabuki adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, the development of which included having him and an international cast trained by professional kabuki actors in the techniques of their performance style. His most recent work was directing a Bollywood-inspired production of the musical Into the Woods, which included re-orchestrations of the music to include traditional Indian instruments. Jon's research interests include traditional and modern Japanese performance, Meisner-based acting techniques, and cross-cultural theatre. He is specifically interested in interculturalized Japanese theatre and its increasing relevance amongst international perspectives of performance. UC San Diego credits: Angels in America: Perestroika (Director), Boston Marriage (Director), Angels in America: Millennium Approaches (AD/Dramaturg), The Cherry Orchard (AD/Dramaturg), Borealis (AD/Dramaturg), Golden Boy (Frank/Mickey).

Director's Statement

Playwright Howard Barker has coined the term "Theatre of Catastrophe" to refer to his particular style of play. In this form, there are not good guys and bad guys, because in the real world there are not clear-cut ideas of right and wrong. Every decision someone makes is based on options presented to them, for actions to take and results to expect. Whatever choice, it will affect the world: some positively and some negatively. And sometimes there is the butterfly affect: the smallest of actions can lead to monumental outcomes. Everything is a nuance of possibilities, and in the end choices must be made.

The Cast

Galactia – Bobbie Helland
Carpeta – Blake Ramirez
Urgentino – Sarah Gray
Suffici – Robert Barlow
Rivera – Serina Estrada
Ostensibile – Caleb Kneip
Prodo – James Berardo
The Sketchbook – Sarah Prentiss
Supporta – Andrea van den Boogaard
Demenita – Hannah Reinert
Sordo – Andrea Mejia
Pastaccio – Mark Anthony Flynn
Official – Jenna Dern
Man in the Next Cell/Third Sailor – Ankur Kela
Lasagna – Maggie Papikyan
First Sailor/Albanian – Alex Galan
Second Sailor – Dexter Lim
Workman/Gaoler – Clarice Sobon

The Creative Team

Director – Jon Reimer
Scenic Designer – Humming Sang
Costume Designer – Evan Kwong
Lighting Designer – Mextly Almeda
Sound Designer – Dylan Nielsen
Asst. Director/Dramaturge – Sofia Zaragoza
Production Stage Manager – Jackie Mullen
Asst. Stage Managers – Willie Michiels, Bryan Clements
Production Assistant – Savannah Stern

Performances Parking & Location

Located at: Theodore and Adele Shank Theatre

Parking Passes Required: Monday through Friday. Weeknight passes are $2 per vehicle from the vending machines located in the UC San Diego Theatre District/La Jolla Playhouse parking lots and entry display case. Please remember your parking space number. You will need it to purchase your parking pass.

Note: Machines take all major credit cards except Discover and when paying with cash you must use exact change, NO CHANGE GIVEN.

Parking Passes Not Required: Saturdays and Sundays


Cars without permits are subject to ticketing by UCSD Campus Police. The Theatre & Dance Department does not have the authority to waive and cannot pay parking tickets.





Nov. 30

Dec. 1

Dec. 2

Dec. 3

Dec. 3
7:30 pm     OPENING

7:30 pm  

7:30 pm  

2:00 pm

7:30 pm     CLOSING

Advance tickets for this production are available Tuesday-Friday, noon to 6 pm by calling the Box Office at 858.534.4574 or in person at the Theatre District’s Central Box Office at the Sheila & Hughes Potiker Theatre.

At-the-Door tickets, if available, can be purchased one hour before show time at the performing theatre’s box office at Mandell Weiss Theatre.

General Admission: $20
UCSD Faculty/Staff/Alumni Association, and Seniors (over 62): $15
UCSD Students/UCSD Alumni Association (with ID): $10

Please note: No late seating; no refunds.

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