|by Tennessee Williams
directed by Will Detlefsen
|November 12 - 21, 2016
Mandell Weiss Forum
|About the Play
Tennessee Williams’ Vieux Carré is a memory play, written over the span of 40 years. The play tracks the journey of a young, gay writer searching for love and artistic inspiration in the people and the environment surrounding him. He finds himself in a dilapidated boarding house filled with beautiful dying souls, all tragically lonely and wonderfully weird. It is there that he discovers who he is and the power of empathy.
“How readily one accepts the inevitable, it would seem.”
— Tennessee Williams
|About the Playwright
Tenessee Williams was an American playwright and author of many stage classics. Along with Eugene O'Neill and Arthur Miller he is considered among the three foremost playwrights in 20th-century American drama. (wikipedia.com))
|About the Director
Will Detlefsen is a third-year MFA candidate. He most recently directed the world premieres of T. Adamson’s House & Variations and Toni Schlesinger’s The Mystery of Pearl Street, both at Dixon Place. Fall 2015 he directed the New York revival of Sarah Kane’s Blasted. He was awarded the 2013 Drama League Fellowship and directed Wendy Dann’s The Stranger Plays, A Year With Frog & Toad, and a stage adaptation of Jean-Luc Godard’s film Breathless at the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca. Detlefsen is also the artistic director of New York-based theatre company, MultiPurposeRoom, for which he directed Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party and devised/directed Televise THIS!, BUILDINGS, and YEAR of the HIPPO. Detlefsen’s assisting credits include Terry Kinney, Rachel Chavkin, Young Jean Lee, and Robert Moss. UC San Diego credits: Go.Please.Go, Rhinoceros, Death of a Driver, Hamlet, The Burial at Thebes. BFA: NYU.
In this production Vieux Carré is not tied specifically to New Orleans, but is represented instead as a universal space in which an audience is free to attach their own personal place of growth to the Vieux Carré. I continue to be moved by an email from my costume designer, Junior Bergman, when she wrote shortly after the Orlando shooting: "Orlando is my Vieux Carré.” It is my hope that our audience will write their own meaning based on the places that most affected who they are today. Because of this, we are stripping away period, stripping away New Orleans and setting the play in a contemporary world—on a mostly bare stage.
The goal is to simultaneously give our audience an experience of zoomed-in cinematic intimacy and larger-than-life instances of heightened theatricality. My hope is that despite the play's melancholic denouement, the audience will leave with a feeling of hope and possibility as the Writer sets off for a new life—a life in which he can be as weird and gay and as promiscuous and experimental as he wants. Is it obvious yet why this play feels so personal ?
Jane – Mary Glen Fredrick
The Writer – Andrew Gallop
Mary Maude – Katherine Ko
Nightingale – Sean McIntyre
Miss Carrie – Martin Meccouri
Mrs. Wire – Mo Rodvanich
Tye/Sky – Hunter Spangler
|The Creative Team
Director – Will Detlefsen
Scenic & Projections Designer – Anna Robinson
Costume Designer – Junior Bergman
Lighting Designer – Joel Britt, Brandon Rosen
Sound Designer – Steven Leffue
Dramaturge – Will Jones
Vocal Coach – Ursula Meyer
Asst. Director – Dylan Key
Asst. Sound Designer – Zhongran Carren Wang
Production Stage Manager – Jessie Medofer
Asst. Stage Managers – Kasson Marroquin, Tyler Larson
|Performances||Parking & Location
Located at: Mandell Weiss Forum
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.
|7:00 pm PREVIEW
7:00 pm PREVIEW
7:30 pm OPENING
7:30 pm CLOSING
Advance tickets for this production are available Monday-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.
Theatre & Dance Faculty, Staff & Majors Only >>
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