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The Skriker

by Caryl Churchill

directed by Jon Reimer

Show dates:   March 13, 14, 15, 16 & 17 @ 7:30pm, March 17 @ 2pm

Arthur Wagner Theatre

About the Play

An ancient fairy transforms itself into objects and people as it pursues Lily and Josie, two teenage mothers whom it befriends, manipulates, seduces and entraps. Blending naturalism, horror and magical realism, The Skriker is a fantastical story of love, loss, and revenge.
About the Playwright
Caryl Churchill is a British playwright known for dramatising the abuses of power, for her use of non-naturalistic techniques, and for her exploration of sexual politics and feminist themes. Her early work developed Bertolt Brecht's modernist dramatic and theatrical techniques of Epic theatre to explore issues of gender and sexuality. From 1986 onwards, she began to experiment with forms of dance-theatre, incorporating techniques developed from the performance tradition initiated by Antonin Artaud with his 'Theatre of Cruelty'. This move away from a clear Fabel dramaturgy towards increasingly fragmented and surrealistic narratives characterises her work as postmodernist. Read more at Wikipedia.org
About the Director

Jon Reimer is a fourth-year PhD student. His research is centered around performance in post-WWII Japan and pedagogical issues regarding ego. He received a BA in Theatre Arts with a minor in Asian Studies from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. UC San Diego credits: Baby Teeth (Director, WNPF 2017), Scenes from an Execution (Director), Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika (Director), Boston Marriage (Director), Borealis (AD/Dramaturg), Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches (AD/Dramaturg), The Cherry Orchard (AD/Dramaturg), Golden Boy (Frank/Mickey). Other directing credits: Songs for a New World, The Insanity of Mary Girard, The Pillow of Kantan (world premiere), Pippin, Once Upon a Mattress, Into the Woods, A Kabuki Christmas Carol (world premiere).

Director's Statement

For our production at UCSD, I want the Skriker character to not just be one actor but instead a Greek chorus of sorts, a phalanx from which individuals will emerge every time the Skriker shape-shifts. I love this idea of a group being an amorphous cluster, undulating as it speaks, changing form with sound and emotion. Black garbage bags, duct tape, dirt and messiness... part of the character, hiding the character. In darkness or dim lighting, bodies disappear and are replaced with shapes in the shadows. We want to create a magic-filled world that is scary, shocking, and bizarre.

I am looking to have a LARGE cast, so that the audience in the Arthur Wagner Theatre feels confined, claustrophobic; so that they feel like Lily and Josie feel from the Skriker in the play: surrounded, suffocated, trapped, hunted. As such, I'm hoping for up to 18 actors to represent the humans and the creatures of the play, including a chorus of people who will collectively play the Skriker. Actors who can move and movers who can act are WELCOME and ENCOURAGED to audition for this production, as movement will play an important role in the show. We also welcome people with special skills, such as talent with musical instruments, gymnastics, magic skills, circus skills, etc.

The Cast

coming soon
The Creative Team

Director – Jon Reimer
Scenic Designer –
Costume Designer –  Samantha Englander
Lighting Designer – Michelle Yang Xiao
Sound Designer – James Reid
Dramaturg – Kristen Tregar
Assistant Director – Farah Dinga
Production Stage Manager –  Bryan Clements
Assistant Stage Manager – Louis Yuanyang Chen
Assistant Stage Manager – Hyunjung Hazel Park 

Performances Parking & Location

Located at: Arthur Wagner 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.






Mar. 13

Mar. 14

Mar. 15

Mar. 16

Mar. 17

Mar. 17
7:30 pm    OPENING

7:30 pm    

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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