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Shame Spiral

by Ali Viterbi

directed by Natalie Griffith Robichaux

Preview:  May 4 @ 7:30pm
Show dates:  May 9-17 @ 7:30pm,
                       May 11 @ 2pm

Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre

About the Play

When contestant Lauren S joins The Bachelor in its 23rd season, she’s prepared for all the drama if it means finding her one true love. What she’s not prepared for is the internet’s response to the revelation of her virginity and the subsequent fallout. SHAME SPIRAL engulfs us in the alternate reality of reality TV complete with false eyelashes, red roses, antiquated gender roles, and this persistent sense of shame that seems to lurk beneath every single moment. What’s the price we’re willing to pay to find true love? And why do the things that give us pleasure make us feel so guilty?

About the Playwright
Ali Viterbi is a second-year MFA Playwriting student. She graduated from Yale in 2014, receiving Yale’s top playwriting prize. Her plays include Deadheads (Owl and Cat Theatre, Australia; Lyra Theatre Company; Last Frontier Theatre Conference); Period Sisters (developed at Roundhouse Theater, Drama League); Quick, Change (LFTC, 13th Street Rep, Yale Playwrights Festival); Woman of Valor (San Diego REP); Shtetl Stories (Miller Theatre; commissioned by Centropa); Promised Land (Horizon Theater Company); How He Learned to Love the Bomb (TinyRhino). Ali completed a graduate certificate in TV Writing from UCLA, and this past summer she wrote in residency at Wildacres.

Check out Ali in the WNPF Interview Series on YouTube >>
About the Director

Natalie Griffith Robichaux received her BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Evansville and her MFA in Acting from the University of California, San Diego. She has performed in theaters across the country including Lincoln Center Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, Indiana Repertory, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and the La Jolla Playhouse. Her study at the Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles and with MICHA (Michael Chekhov Association) in the psycho-physical approach to acting under master teachers Joanna Merlin, Fern Sloan, Ted Pugh, Ragnar Freidank, as well as Lenard Petit of the Michael Chekhov Acting Studio New York has deeply influenced her work as an artist and instructor. Natalie’s areas of study include acting, movement for the actor, development of the imagination through the body, intimacy choreography and the creation of original theatre pieces. A recent example of original performance work is her solo piece Bicycle Face performed at the International Michael Chekhov Festival 2018, which explores the social construct of the feminine as a pathological condition. Natalie’s experiences as an actor, director, artist, educator, and mother fill her passion for championing the imagination and creative spirit in others. At UC San Diego, she teaches acting, movement for actors and public speaking.

The Cast

Ali/Playwright – Savanna Padilla
Lauren S/Crying Virgin – Mary Rose Branick
Knight in Shining Armor/Boyfriend/Father – Cody Sloan
Asshole/Chad – Lee Vignes
Slut – Erin Li
The Wifey – Micaela Martinez
Desperate MILF – Juliana Schuldt
BigShot HotShot – Roberto Perez Kempton

The Creative Team

Director: Natalie Griffith Robichaux 
Scenic Designer: Samuel Keamy-Minor
Costume Designer: Raven Winter
Lighting Designer: Lindsay Stevens
Sound Designer: MaeAnn Ross
Dramaturg: Kristin Leadbetter
Intimacy Coordinator: Jessica Steinrock
Fight Coordinator: Adam Mclean

Production Stage Manager: Rebekah Fegan
Asst. Stage Manager: Sami Squires
Asst. Stage Manager: Teagan Rutkowski

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 4th

May 9th

May 10th

May 11th

May 14th

May 17th

7:30pm - Preview

7:30pm - Opening




7:30pm - Closing

Advance tickets for this production are available only online through the "Click here for tickets" button above. You can leave a message at 858.534.4574 with questions and we will get back to you. You can also purchase online on your phone the night of at the theatre.

At-the-Door tickets, if available, can be purchased one hour before show time at the performing theatre’s box office.

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 – Comp Request for Shame Spiral >>


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