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Upcoming Performances
  Wagner New Play Festival 2017

Show dates:
    Thursday, May 11th @ 7:30pm
    Friday, May 12th @ 7:30pm 
    Saturday, May 13th @ 2pm
    Saturday, May 20th @ 2pm 
    Saturday, May 20th @ 7pm 

Location:   Theodore and Adele Shank Theatre

Haamid lives a modest life running a restaurant in a small market town in Uganda. A member of the minority Indian population, he is estranged from his family for reasons he prefers not to discuss. At night he cooks elaborate dinners that he eats alone. When an openly gay Peace Corps volunteer comes to town looking for more than a good meal, Haamid's comfortable routine is broken, and his life is put in danger. STRANGE MEN explores the limits of good intentions and the uneven stakes for Americans living abroad and the people whose lives they touch.

About the Playwright

Will Snider was born and raised in the suburbs of Washington, DC. His play How to Use a Knife is receiving National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere through Capital Stage (Sacramento, CA), Phoenix Theatre (Indianapolis, IN), Unicorn Theatre (Kansas City, MO), and InterAct Theatre (Philadelphia, PA) in the 2016-17 season. Other plays include The Big Man(EST’s Marathon of One-Act Plays), Strange Men, and Death of a Driver. His work has been developed at MCC, NNPN National Showcase of New Plays, The Kennedy Center, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Great Plains Theatre Conference, #serials@theflea, the claque, and MAKEHOUSE. He is a member of Youngblood and recipient of an EST/Sloan Grant and The Kennedy Center’s Paula Vogel Playwriting Award. He spent three years working in agricultural development in East Africa and is pursuing an MFA at UCSD under Naomi Iizuka, expected in Spring 2017. BA: Columbia. 

About the Director

Will Detlefsen recently received his MFA in Directing at UC San Diego. 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. Last fall 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: Death of a Driver, Hamlet, The Burial at Thebes. BFA: NYU; MFA: UCSD.

The Cast

Michael – DeLeon Dallas
Haamid – Yonatan Gebeyehu
Peter – Kyle Hester

The Creative Team

Playwright – Will Snider
Director – Will Detlefsen
Scenic and Video Designer – Anna Lineman Robinson
Costume Designer – Evan Kwong
Lighting Designer – Joel Britt
Sound Designer – Zhongran (Carren) Wang
Production Stage Manager – Tyler Larson
Dialect Coach – Eva Barnes
Dramaturg – Shirley Fishman
1st Assistant Director – Jeffery Sims
2nd Assistant Director – Sam Occhino
Assistant Costume Designer – Erin Li
Assistant Lighting Designer – Ashley Martin
1st Assistant Stage Manager – Julie Ann Softley
2nd Assistant Stage Manager – Shayne Cole
Assistant Dialect Coach – Lara Wallace
Scenic Crew – Philip Choi, Michael Wogulis
Costume Crew – Amelia Llamas, Drew Jamett, Erick Flores-Ramirez
Sound Board Op – Shellina Hefner
Light Board Op – Adam Johnson
Video Board Op – Jeffery Sims

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.





May 11th

May 12th

May 13th

May 20th
7:30 pm     OPENING

7:30 pm   

2:00 pm

2:00 pm  

7:00 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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