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The Storm

Directed by Larissa Lury


@ Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre

November 18 - 27

About the Play

About the Playwright

The ideal faces the real in a small storm-ridden town on the bank of a major river. A young couple, a domineering mother, an eccentric scientist, a powerful businessman, and a new-comer all harbor secrets. But some may find the weight of such hidden knowledge too much to bear. The intertwining of nature, science, and faith flood the stage in this classic play by one of Russia’s most treasured dramatists.


Alexander Ostrovsky (1823-1886) was a Russian playwright. In his early years, he worked as a clerk in the court system, which gave fodder to many of his characters and early comedies. Dispatched by the tsar to the provinces to report on country life, he was inspired by his travels to write many historical dramas. He enjoyed the patronage of Alexander III and lived comfortably, establishing a theater school and founding a society for playwrights and composers. Several of his plays have been adapted into opera, including The Storm which inspired Ká´ťa Kabanová´, an opera by famous Czech composer Leoš Janá´ček.


About the Director

Larissa Lury is a director, actor, acrobat, and teacher, in her third (and final) year as a candidate for an MFA in Directing. She’s recently developed a passion for taking brilliant plays well known in other parts of the world and re-imagining them for audiences who may never have seen or heard of them before. At UC San Diego, she’s directed Kasimir and Karoline by Odön von Horváth; Small Prophecies by David Myers (Baldwin New Play Festival 2011); Oyster by Ron McCants (Baldwin New Play Festival 2010; San Diego Critic’s Circle: Best Play, 2010); and Gruesome Playground Injuries by Rajiv Joseph. Her past projects include: Body Parts, a play by David Myers with innovative/integrative media; The Soap Myth (Dog Run Rep/Pat Blake); A Life of Numbers and If the Cushion Fits, Sit for Youth Ink! (McCarter Theatre); The End of My Tour and My Abraham (Passage Theatre); Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (The Loft Theatre); The Person, The Snout and the Plant and Fish Display (Ensemble Studio Theatre); So She Said (Abingdon Theatre/Small Pond Productions); I Need You (Under St. Marks); Detritus (Prospect Theatre/Six Figures/The Combustibles); Accentuate My Ramble (Trilogy Theatre), Mothers of Invention (Capital Fringe Festival), as well as workshops of new plays by Crystal Skillman and Emily Conbere. In 2005, she was given an AREA Award for Project Development from chashama for the site-specific Porch Plays. She has had the pleasure to assistant direct for Emily Mann, Anne Kaufmann, Kenny Leon, David Schweizer and Rebecca Taichman. She was an Ensemble Studio Theatre Resident Director in 2008-09, is a volunteer Director for The 52nd Street Project, and an Affiliated Artist with New Georges. Larissa received a B.S. from Northwestern University.


The Cast

The Creative Team

Katerina Petrovna
Kabanov (Katya)
- Ngozi Anyanwu
Marfa Kabanov - Natalie Birriel
Glasha - Carissa Cash
Man - Louis Chavez
Ivan Kudryash (Vanya) - Chris Cortez
Woman #1 - Alexandra Freeman
Varvara Kabanov (Varya) - Sarah Halford
Feklusha - Regan Linton
Kuligan - Matt MacNelly
Woman #2 - Anna McMillan
Boris Grigorich - Scott Patteson
Lady - Heather Ramey
Saul Dikoy - Andres Ramacho
Tikhon Kabanov - Maurice Williams
Shapkin - Ryutaro Yanagita
DirectorLarissa Lury
Production Stage Manager - Laura Zingle
Scenic Designer - Gaeun Kim
Costume DesignerElisa Benzoni
Lighting DesignerWen-Ling Liao
Sound DesignerEmily Jankowski Pezic
Assistant DirectorTBD
Asst. Stage ManagerTBD
Asst. Scenic DesignerNatalie Khuen
Asst. Costume Designer - - Amy Sutton
Asst. Sound DesignerAndy Muehlhausen



Wed.Nov. 167:00 pm PREVIEW
Fri.Nov. 188:00 pm OPENING
Sat.Nov. 192:00 pm MATINEE
Sat.Nov. 198:00 pm  
Sat.Nov. 268:00 pm  
Sun.Nov. 277:00 pm  
Thu.Dec. 18:00 pm  
Fri.Dec. 28:00 pm  
Sat.Dec. 38:00 pm CLOSING

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.



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 Sheila and Hughes Potiker 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



Production Photos

Photos by Jim Carmody
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