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Spring Awakening

Directed by Anthony Luciano


@ Mandell Weiss Theatre

February 3 - 11

About the Play

About the Playwright

The knowledgeable heartthrob Melchior tries his best to explain sex to his doleful friend Moritz, but he seems more concerned about failing out of school than girls. However, beautiful Wendla learns more about the birds and the bees from Melchior than she may have bargained for as the play tumults towards its shocking end. Just as electrifying and erotic today as it was at its opening in 1906, Wedekind’s classic example of German expressionism explores the passion and confusion, the potency and destruction of adolescents coming of age in a time when pubescent urges were just not discussed.


Frank Wedekind (1864-1918) was a German playwright whose work criticized bourgeois attitudes and who writing anticipated the rise of expressionism in art and literature of the twentieth century. Wedekind began his artistic career as a singer and actor, and was well- known for his roles in a satirical cabaret. He then moved on to dramaturgy and playwriting, and his first play was Frühlings Erwachen or Spring Awakening. The play was considered obscene and pornographic and began a history of censorship for many of Wedekind’s plays and writings attacking social and moral hypocrisy surround sexual freedom. He is most known for his two part drama, dubbed the “Lulu” plays after the main character. They have also been adapted into an opera by Berg and the 1922 film, Pandora’s Box.


About the Director

Anthony is a third year MFA Directing Candidate at UCSD. At UCSD he has directed Muzungu (BNPF '10); Hedda Gabler and Salamander Leviathan (BNPF '11). He has spent 4 summers as a Faculty Member and Residence Artist with the Vassar College/New York Stage and Film Powerhouse Apprentice Program. He has assisted directors Ethan McSweeny and Christopher Ashley (amongst others). He has allegedly been seen at: the La Jolla Playhouse; the Berkshire Theatre Festival; Trinity Repertory Company; The Actors Theatre of Louisville; the Brick Theatre; The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington DC; The Denver Center; P73 (amongst others). He is currently part of the creative team looking to workshop and move the new musical Salamander Leviathan and is looking forward to begin working on Doomsurfing: a new Surf Musical written by the same team. Anthony is very thankful for the support from his family.


The Cast

The Creative Team

Wendla Bergmann - Sarah Halford
Mrs. Bergmann - Katie McGehee
Melchior Gabor - Zach Martens
Mr. Gabor
Headmaster Hart-Payne
- Gerard Joseph
Moritiz Stiefel - Thomas Patterson
George Zirschnitz
Prof. Fitztongue
- Sean Estelle
Robert/ Rupert
Prof. Blogett
Dr. Seltzer
- Brendon Garrett
Ernst Robel
Reverend Bleekhead
- Michael Hammond
Martha Bessel - Jasmine St. Clair
Prof. Brokenbohn
Dr. Procrustus
- Chaz Hodges
Mr. Fetch-Stiefel
- Vander Turner
Hansy Rilow
Prof. Starver
- Scott Patteson
Mrs. Gabor - Megan Robinson
Isle - Kate Jopson
Director - Anthony Luciano
Scenic Designer - Christopher Scott Murillo
Costume Designer - Halei Parker
Lighting Designer - Sherrice Kelly
Sound Designer - Nicolas Dean Drashner
Production Stage Manager - Emily C. Hayes
Asst. Director - Kate Jopson
Voice & Dialect Coach - Eva Barnes
Asst. Stage Manager - Cara Anderson
Asst. Stage Manager - Lindy Luong
Asst. Set Designer - Natalie Khuen
Asst. Costume Designer - Amy Sutton
Asst. Lighting Designers - Sy Simms
Troy Campbell
Asst. Sound Designer - Andy Muehlhausen
Production Asst. - Kristina Beerman



Wed.Feb. 17:00 pm PREVIEW
Fri.Feb. 38:00 pm OPENING
Sat.Feb. 42:00 pm MATINEE
Sat.Feb. 48:00 pm  
Wed.Feb. 88:00 pm  
Thu.Feb. 98:00 pm  
Fri.Feb. 108:00 pm  
Sat.Feb. 118:00 pm CLOSING

Located at: Mandell Weiss 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.

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Parking Passes Not Required: Saturdays and Sundays


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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

Previews (only for theater shows, not dance): General Admission: $15 UCSD Faculty/Staff/Alumni Association, and Seniors (over 62): $12 UCSD Students/UCSD Alumni Association (with ID): $8


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