Department Productions 2014-2015
"For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls" Spring '15- Sarah Smallman, Phillip Olson
Written and directed by Nancy Keystone
created in collaboration with Critical Mass Performance Group
Weaving physical spectacle, text, music & film into a non-linear narrative, Ameryka illuminates events through provocative juxtapositions & boundary-pushing theatrical forms. A diverse cast plays multiple roles, inhabiting constantly shifting time-spaces and modes of reality, exploding facts of history in order to mine emotional and poetic events—ultimately revealing the striving, beating human heart that propels every nation towards the realization of its more perfect union.
Produced with support from The Polish Consulate, and Poles in the Inland Empire (PIE)
Nickel and Dimed
By Joan Holden
Based on Barbara Ehrenreich’s Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America
Directed by Victoria Lewis
A funny, gripping and eye opening story about the people who serve us food, ring up purchases and clean up hotel rooms all while making ends meet in the increasingly brutal world of the minimum wage.
New Works Festival 2015
An evening of short plays written by UoR students and
directed by Guest Director John Achorn
Fresh voices. Diverse styles. New works by student writers and actors. An evening of provocative and promising original short plays.
A rock musical based on Frank Wedekind’s controversial masterpiece, the 1891 German play of the same name.
Adapted by Stephen Sater, with music by Duncan Sheik, SPRING AWAKENING opened on Broadway December 10, 2006, winning eight Tony Awards, four Drama Desk Awards, and four Olivier Awards.
‘dentity Crisis and For Whom The Southern Belle Tolls
Written by Christopher Durang
Directed by Alexander Bueerman & Christopher Hult
Two one act plays by the fiercely entertaining playwright- Christopher Durang; known for a hyper-style that combines burlesque and fierce criticism of America’s many myths of happiness, Durang’s plays deliver a tragic vision with relentless amusement.
Stories We Tell . . .
Curated by Adjunct Professor Kirsten Johansen,
Stories We Tell featured the choreography, live music, and original video of seven dance artists who call Southern California home. From ex-professional ballerinas to site-specific improvisers and performance artists, these choreographers have a wild variety of personal and professional experience and are representative of the diversity of the contemporary dance world. War and displacement, traveling carnivals, submariners, alien abduction and hyper-femininity are a few of the themes explored in this show, which also features performers of many different ages and skill sets. Creators of the evening's work include Stephanie Gilliland, Sofia Carreras, Sue Roginski, Patrick Doran-Sheeran, Kirsten Johansen, Megan Fowler-Hurst and Tracy Tom-Hoon, with technical direction by Trevor Norton.
By David Mamet
Co-produced by Beachworks Theatre
Directed by Chris Beach
Featuring Terry Donovan Smith, Steve Morics, David Fleming