Announcing TDPS’S 2017/2018 Season

Mark your calendar for next year’s shows! Tickets go on sale mid July. 

PLAYHOUSE & STUDIO PRODUCTIONS 

METAMORPHOSES
OCTOBER 13-22, 2017 
By Mary Zimmerman // Directed by Chris Herold 
Playhouse Production

Tales from Ovid come to magical life—in all their playful, passionate, savage, elemental glory—in Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses. In this visually fantastic world where the human and the divine collide, such familiar figures as Poseidon, King Midas and Eurydice share universal stories of love, hope, loss, betrayal and transformation.

MECHANICS OF LOVE
NOVEMBER 16-19, 2017
By Dipika Guha // Directed by Christine Nicholson 
Studio Production 

A man who forgets everything falls in love with a ballerina who forgets nothing. Until, that is, she falls in love with him. And his wife. And the mechanic. Characters frolic through life in this pirouette of a play that questions how we love, who we choose, and the cost of making sense of it all.

BERKELEY DANCE PROJECT 2018 
FEBRUARY 15-24, 2018
Playhouse Production

Berkeley Dance Project 2018 features new choreography by Katie Faulkner and James Graham, as well as several TDPS students. James Graham’s collaborative piece explores gender identity, self-understanding, and how we present ourselves in the world, while Katie Faulkner’s multimedia dance work builds imaginative connections between stories of metamorphosis, surreality, and the supernatural.

ALL IN THE TIMING: SHORT COMEDIES BY DAVID IVES
MARCH 15-18, 2018
Directed by TDPS Students // Faculty Advisor – Peter Glazer 
Studio Production 

TDPS presents an evening of one act comedies drawn from the collections of award-winning playwright David Ives and directed by multiple TDPS students. Ives‘s offbeat sketches mix the witty and the wise-cracking, the surreal and the satiric, the poetic and the perplexing.

THE DREAM OF KITAMURA
APRIL 20-29, 2018
Written and Directed by Philip Kan Gotanda
Playhouse Production 

When Lord Rosanjin dreams the demon Kitamura is coming to kill him, his horror is so profound that he hires two bodyguards to defend him against his own hallucinations. But are they who they appear? And what of the icy, repressed Lady Zuma and his petulant daughter Otsu? Something rots in the House of Rosanjin. For this mythic fever dream, Gotanda—revisiting one of his early works—collaborates with choreographer Katie Faulkner to weave a high and low brow tale of how love kills love.

STUDENT  WORKSHOPS

RESTROOM FOR CUSTOMERS ONLY
SEPTEMBER 28-29, 2017
A student workshop by John Hildenbrand

Thomas Wolfe said, “You can’t go home again.” Entirely true and unembellished, Restroom For Customers Only is an autoethnographic display of a 50-year-old man who has traveled the nation in search of a home and finally found one as a UC Berkeley student.

LITTLE RUSSIANS
NOVEMBER 1-2, 2017
A student workshop by Lana Cosic

In 19th century Little Russia, an elderly couple’s peaceful, predictable daily routine begins to unravel, revealing the fantastical dysfunctionality of their world. Inspired by Nikolai Gogol’s “Old World Landowners” and the Greek myth of Baucis and Philemon, this original play examines how long-lasting relationships last and evolve, and the power of simple events to disrupt daily life’s cyclical patterns. 

QUEM EU? 
FEBRUARY 21-22, 2018
A student workshop by Livia Gomes Demarchi

Freedom of speech and cultural microaggressions collide when a South American exchange student realizes she is not living the “American dream” in small, rural El Dorado, Kansas. Through humor and critical self-analysis, Livia Gomes Demarchi relives her time as an exchange student in Bush’s America, exploring themes of patriotism and assimilation, and questioning if liberty and justice for all also applies to immigrants.

THE GREY AREA 
MARCH 21-22, 2018
A student workshop by Logan Moody

In a surreal landscape, two people—each running from and towards something—meet on a swing set, and everything changes. This multimedia performance piece incorporates movement, acting, gesture, music and film to ask hard questions about identity, race and belonging in today’s world.   

MONTHLY THROUGHOUT THE YEAR 

NEW PLAY READING SERIES 
September 13, October 18, November 8, 2017

The New Play Reading Series showcases work in development by exciting playwright, both new and established. In this free monthly series, a new piece is read by students and then there is an opportunity for conversation and feedback with the playwright.