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a new play by Vivian Barnes

directed by Colette Robert


Performance Dates

February 4-6 @ 7:30pm PST

February 6 @ 2:00pm PST


Method of Presentation and Ticketing

Presented on UCSD's digital platform, MediaspacePlease RSVP via this Google Form. Tickets are free of charge. The performance link in the ticketing form will become active 10 minutes prior to the performance, at which time audience members can click and watch. 


The Cast

JW: India Gurley
Big Dog/Car Wash kid 2: Anthony Adu
Little Dog/Rollergirl 3: Emily Stout
Rudy Dog/Rollergirl 2: Noah Isreal 
Yoga Mom/Rollergirl 1: Grayson Heyl
Yoga Mother/Bomb Tech 1: Rebecca Futterman
Yoga Momma/Bomb Tech 2/Cigarette Dad: Lee Vignes
Car Wash Kid 3/Missionary 1: Noah Keeling
Missionary 2/Cigar Dad: Henry Greenberg
Mail Woman/Pipes Person: Savanna Padilla
Car Wash Kid 1/Beer Dad: Lois Shih

The Creative Team

Director: Colette Robert
Stage Manager: Topaz Cooks
Production and Video Designer: Miranda Friel
Costume Designer and Associate Video Designer: Daniella Toscano
Lighting Designer and Filming: Lindsay Stevens
Sound Designer and Composition: Stewart Blackwood
Assistant Stage Manager: Jared Halsell
Assistant Stage Manager: Madeline Woch
Assistant Lighting Designer: Bryan Ealey
Assistant Sound Designer: Salvador Zamora

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About the Play

Do you believe in curses? On a quiet street, a foul smell fills the air. Animals start dropping dead. A child is hurt. Maybe its just an off day. Or maybe the world is ending. HEAP is a kaleidoscopic imagining of the book of Job seen through the eyes of his nameless wife and the denizens of their present-day, suburban cul-de-sac.


About the Playwright

Vivian is a third year MFA playwright from Virginia. Her work has been produced and/or developed at Clubbed Thumb, Actors Theatre of Louisville (2020 Humana Festival), Montana Repertory Theatre, and UC San Diego. Her play HEAP was a semi-finalist for the 2020 National Playwrights Conference. Her play Jezebels was a finalist for both the 2019 Bay Area Playwrights Festival and the O'Neill's National Playwrights Conference, as well as an honorable mention for the 2019 Kilroys List. She is currently a staff writer on Amazon's upcoming series Rodeo Queens and a 1st Stage Workshop Playwright for Ojai Playwrights Conference 2020/2021 season.


About the Director

Colette Robert is a Los Angeles native currently based in New York. Recent directing credits include STEW (Page 73, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, and Antonyo Nominations), Native Son (PlayMakers Rep), On the Exhale (Chester Theatre Company, Berkshire Theatre Critics Award: Best Solo Performance), Behind the Sheet (Ensemble Studio Theatre, NYTimes’ Critics Pick, AUDELCO and Outer Critics Circle Nominations), and Mary’s Wedding (Chester Theatre Company). As a playwright, her play The Harriet Holland Social Club presents the 84th Annual Star-Burst Cotillion in the Grand Ballroom of the Renaissance Hotel received a grant from New York City’s Women’s Film, TV, and Theatre Fund for a production in 2021 (co-produced by New Georges and The Movement Theatre Company). Colette is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre, a New Georges affiliated artist, and an adjunct lecturer at Hunter College and NYU. She was previously an Audrey Resident and Jam Co-Leader with New Georges, a Van Lier Directing Fellow at The Public, and The Drama League's 2018 Beatrice Terry Director in Residence. Alumnus of the Mabou Mines Resident Artist Program, Lincoln Center Directors Lab and The Civilians R&D Group. M.A., RADA and King’s College, London. B.A., Yale University.

 All production for the 2020-21 season will be produced remotely.