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Upcoming Performances
  Wagner New Play Festival 2017

Show dates:
   Wednesday, May 10th @ 7:30pm
   Thursday, May 11th @ 7:30pm
   Friday, May 12th @ 7:30pm
   Thursday, May 18th @ 7:30pm
   Friday, May 19th @ 7:30pm

Location:   Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre

John and his daughter Caitlyn are birders. As they scan the skies over their backyard in suburban Maryland looking for elusive birds, years go by. Relationships begin and end. Children grow up and parents die. The climate and the world change in small and vast ways. BIRDS OF NORTH AMERICA takes a close look at the relationship of a father and daughter over the course of a decade as they struggle to understand the parts of one another that defy understanding.

About the Playwright

Anna Moench's plays have been produced at 59E59, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Flea, NYU Tisch, the Old Vic, Indiana University of PA, Dance Theater Workshop, FringeNYC, and beyond. Awards include a NYFA Fellowship, a Jerome Fellowship, a Van Lier Fellowship, the Jerome Travel Grant, two EST/Sloan commissions, and residencies at Yaddo, Baltimore’s CENTERSTAGE, and BRIC Arts. Current and upcoming productions include The Pillow Book at Baltimore’s Cohesion Theatre, coproduced by Strand Theater, and In Quietness at NYC’s Walker Space with Dutch Kills Theater. 

About the Director

Jennifer Chang (Director, Birds of North America) received her M.F.A. from the University of California, San Diego in 2006, where she was a recipient of an Arthur Wagner Scholarship and an Excellence in Teaching Award. She received her B.F.A from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts at the Experimental Theatre Wing. Her work has been honored with an Ovation Award and the Stage Scene LA award, among other honors. Jennifer is a founding member of Chalk Repertory Theatre where she has served as Artistic Producing Director and produced, directed, and acted in numerous plays over the course of eight seasons. Other directing credits include Animals Out of Paper at East West Players (LA Times Critics Pick), Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them for Artists at Play (GLAAD Media Award and Ovation Award Nominated) and Our American Story at the Japanese American National Museum. She continues to be very active in the development of new plays with Circle X Theatre Company, Playwrights Arena, Chalk Rep, and East West Players. She has acted in productions at South Coast Rep, East West Players, Company of Angels, Mixed Blood Theatre, Fulton Opera House, and the National Asian American Theatre Company, among others. Television credits include "Mom," "Two and a Half Men," "NCIS:LA," "Parenthood," "Medium," "The Paul Reiser Show," "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" and others, and numerous national commercials. She has taught in the conservatory at the East West Players and guest directed at USC. Most recently she was a guest artist, directing, at Texas State University, San Marcos for the Black and Latino Playwrights Conference and is working on a commissioned project for the 75th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066 with the Japanese American National Museum. She is an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographer’s Society (SDC), Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA), and Actor’s Equity Association (AEA). As Head of the Undergraduate Acting program, she will both advise students and teach core undergraduate courses in theatre as well as direct productions for the department.

The Cast

Caitlyn – Claire Roberson

John – Mike Sears*

* The Actor appears through the courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

The Creative Team

Playwright – Anna Moench
Director – Jennifer Chang
Scenic and Props Designer – Samantha Rojales
Costume Designer – Junior Bergman
Lighting Designer – Minjoo Kim
Sound Designer – James Reid
Vocal Coach – Ursula Meyer
Stage Manager – Willie Mae Michiels
Dramaturg –  Gabe Greene
Assistant Directors –  Nicole McEntee, Andrew Walter
Assistant Stage Manager –  Hannah Folk
Assistant Costume Designer –Natalie Lin
Production Assistant – Vicky Wegener
Scenic Crew – Riley Dewitt-Rickards, Chloe Rachel, Haomin Luo
Costume Crew – Ariana Toumey, Maria Azilazian, Danielle Hall
Sound Board Op – Christian Martinez
Light Board Op – Jefferey Nguyen

Performances Parking & Location

Located at: Sheila and Hughes Potiker 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.






May 10th

May 11th

May 12th

May 18th

May 19th
7:30pm (Opening)





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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