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Wagner New Play Festival 2017
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Click here for tickets to Baby Teeth + Are You There? >>




May 9–20, 2017

Jacobs Theatre District


About the Plays

STRANGE MEN
by Will Snider
directed by Will Detlefsen
in the Theodore and Adele Shank Theatre
Dates:
Thursday, May 11th @ 7:30pm (Opening)
Friday, May 12th @ 7:30pm
Saturday, May 13th @ 2pm
Saturday, May 20th @ 2pm
Saturday, May 20th @ 7pm
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BIRDS OF NORTH AMERICA
by Anna Moench
directed by Jennifer Chang
in the Mandell Weiss Forum
Dates:
Wednesday, May 10th @ 7:30pm (Opening)
Thursday, May 11th @ 7:30pm
Friday, May 12th @ 7:30pm
Thursday, May 18th @ 7:30pm
Friday, May 19th @ 7:30pm
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(w)holeness
by Lily Padilla
Directed by Dylan Key
in the Theodore and Adele Shank Theatre
Dates:
Tuesday, May 9th @ 7:30pm (Opening)
Saturday, May 13th @ 7:30pm
Wednesday, May 17th @ 7:30pm
Thursday, May 18th @ 7:30pm
Friday, May 19th @ 7:30pm
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BABY TEETH
by Ava Geyer
directed by Jon Reimer
in the Arthur Wagner Theatre
Dates:
Friday, May 12th @ 7:30pm (Opening)
Saturday, May 13th @ 7:30pm
Thursday, May 18th @ 7:30pm
Friday, May 19th @ 7:30pm
Saturday, May 20th @ 2pm
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ARE YOU THERE?
by Steph Del Rosso
directed by Zora Howard
in the Arthur Wagner Theatre
Dates:
Friday, May 12th @ 7:30pm (Opening)
Saturday, May 13th @ 7:30pm
Thursday, May 18th @ 7:30pm
Friday, May 19th @ 7:30pm
Saturday, May 20th @ 2pm
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About the Playwrights
 
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.

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.

Lily Padilla is a third-year MFA Playwriting Candidate whose plays have been performed or developed with INTAR Theatre, The 24 Hr Play Company, The Lark Play Development Center, RAW Theatrical, PLG Arts, plumage and Structure 13. She is a 2009 EmergeNYC fellow with the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics. Lily is co-founder of American Nightcap, a late-night play series which gathered artists from diverse NYC theater communities for condensed, energetic collaborations. Lily holds a BFA from NYU Tisch: Playwrights Horizons and the Experimental Theater Wing.

Ava Geyer is a first year MFA playwright. Awards and commissions from Princeton University include the Francis LeMoyne Page Award, an Alex Adams commission and the Stanley J. Seeger Fellowship. Recent projects include Invisible Thread at Second Stage Theatre in New York (assistant to Matt Gould and Griffin Matthews). BA: Princeton University, 2015.

Steph Del Rosso’s plays have been developed or presented with Soho Rep, Clubbed Thumb, New York Stage and Film, Colt Coeur, Naked Angels, Judson Memorial Church, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Caldera Arts, the Disquiet International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal, and others. She is an alum of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab and Clubbed Thumb’s Early Career Writers’ Group, a two-time semi-finalist for Clubbed Thumb’s Biennial Commission, and a New Georges Affiliated Artist. Her short play REVERSE/LOOP/REPEAT was recently selected for the National MFA Playwright's Festival and her play MACHINALIA, an adaptation of Sophie Treadwell’s MACHINAL, premiered at UCSD’s IDEAS festival in 2017.
About the Director

Will Detlefsen (Director, Strange Men) is a second-year MFA student. 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.

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.

Dylan Key (Director, (w)holeness) is a first-year MFA Directing student. His work has been seen at Undermain Theatre, Dallas Actor’s Lab, Kitchen Dog Theater, the Dallas Museum of Art, and site-specific work throughout Dallas. He spent five years as the Artistic Associate for Undermain Theatre and co-founded Shakespeare in the Bar and TRIBE, for which he was named a 2016 Dallas Mastermind. He has trained with Anne Bogart and the SITI Company, Marc Bamuthi Joseph and the Living Word Project, and is an alumni of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab.

Jon Reimer (Director, Baby Teeth) is a third-year PhD student. His research is centered around performance in post-WWII Japan and pedagogical issues around ego. He received a BA in Theatre Arts with a minor in Asian Studies from Muhlenberg
College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. UC San Diego credits: Scenes from an Execution (Director), Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika (Director), Boston Marriage (Director), Borealis (AD/Dramaturge), Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches (AD/Dramaturge), The Cherry Orchard (AD/Dramaturge), 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).

Zora Howard (Director, Are You There?) is a third-year MFA student. She received her BA in Comparative Literature from Yale University in 2014. There she was the Artistic Director of Heritage Theatre Ensemble, Yale’s premiere black theater company, from 2011-2013. UC San Diego credits: Native Son, Go. Please. Go., Movers + Shakers, The Cherry Orchard, Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, Second Skin, Venus, and The Burial at Thebes.




Director's Statement

STRANGE MEN
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.

BIRDS OF NORTH AMERICA
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.

(w)holeness
The support group for sex addicts meets every Monday in the little seaside town of Pescadero, California. But where is Dr. Jurgensen, the therapist who’s supposed to lead the group? And is Dr. Jurgensen’s earnest intern who's left to lead the group in over her head? When Matt shows up, any illusion of a “safe space” shatters and the group must confront difficult truths and unexpected points of connection in a comedy about addiction, identity, and sex. (w)holeness asks the question: “am I too damaged to be loved?”

BABY TEETH
Elise needs a personal assistant. And a little assurance from her husband Rod that her marriage isn't falling apart. Rod just needs a quiet moment alone to get his head together and get the stranger in paint splattered jeans quietly out the door. Everybody needs to get that painting off the wall. BABY TEETH looks at what happens when who we think we are and what we think we want collide with our unexpressed appetites and desires.

ARE YOU THERE?
June and Adam are in love. June and Adam are ambitious. June and Adam just landed their dream jobs – on opposite sides of the country. But these days, communication has never been easier. Right? As technology – and the world – transforms at alarming speed, so too do June and Adam's hopes, fears, and desires. From post-it notes to holograms, ARE YOU THERE? asks can you ever really know another person? And what happens between two people over time and space?




The Cast

cast lists coming soon
The Creative Team

Strange Men
Playwright – Will Snider
Director – Will Detlefsen
Scenic Designer – Anna Robinson
Costume Designer – Evan Kwong
Lighting Designer – Joel Britt
Sound Designer – Carren Wang
Production Stage Manager – Tyler Larson

Birds of North America
Playwright – Anna Moench
Director – Jennifer Chang
Scenic Designer – Samantha Rojales
Costume Designer – Junior Bergman
Lighting Designer – Minjoo Kim
Production Stage Manager – Willie Mae Michiels

(w)holeness
Playwright – Lily Padilla
Director – Dylan Key
Scenic Designer – Anna Robinson
Costume Designer – Annie Le
Lighting Designer – Joel Britt
Production Stage Manager – Bryan Runion

Baby Teeth
Playwright – Ava Geyer
Director – Jon Reimer
Scenic Designer – Yi-Chien Lee
Sound Designer –  I Teng Sou
Production Stage Manager – Plato Seto
Assistant Stage Manager – Savannah Stern
Production Assistant –  Madeline Steinhoff

Are You There?
Playwright – Steph Del Rosso
Director  – Zora Howard
Scenic Designer – Yi-Chien Lee
Sound Designer –  I Teng Sou
Production Stage Manager – Bryan P. Clements




Performances Parking & Location

Located at: Jacobs Theatre District

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

http://theatre.ucsd.edu/places/parking.html

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.

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7:30 pm     (w)holeness
                  OPENING

7:30 pm     Birds of North
                  America
OPENING

7:30 pm    
Birds of North
                 America
Perf #2
                 Strange Men
                  OPENING


7:30 pm    Birds of North
                 America
Perf #3
                 Strange Men Perf #2
                 Baby Teeth & Are
                 
You There?
                 OPENING


2:00 pm    Strange Men Perf #3

7:30 pm    (w)holeness Perf #2
                 Baby Teeth & Are
                 You There?
Perf #2


7:30 pm    (w)holeness Perf #3

7:30 pm    (w)holeness Perf #4
                 Baby Teeth & Are
                 You There?
Perf #3


7:30 pm    Birds of North                          America Perf #4
                 Strange Men Perf #4
                 Baby Teeth & Are
                 You There? Perf
#4

2:00 pm    Strange Men                               CLOSING
                 Baby Teeth & Are
                 You There?
                                 CLOSING

7:30 pm    Birds of North
                 America
CLOSING

                 (w)holeness                               CLOSING


Tickets

Click here for tickets to Strange Men >>
Click here for tickets to Birds of North America>>
Click here for tickets to (w)holeness >>
Click here for tickets to Baby Teeth + Are You There? >>

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.


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