MECHANICS OF LOVE

Cal Students, Staff & Faculty, & Seniors: $13 online presale, $15 at the door. ID required.
General Admission: $18 online presale, $20 at the door.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE IS NO LATE SEATING AND ALSO NO RE-ENTRY DURING THE PERFORMANCE, DUE TO THE STAGE CONFIGURATION.


Written by Dipika Guha
Directed by Christine Nicholson
November 16-19, 2017// Zellerbach Playhouse

Sometimes, the business of beginning a new world involves forgetting the old one. But when you forget your wife to marry a ballerina with an artificial spine…and the ballerina forgets you to marry your fashionable wife…and then they both fall in love with the mechanic…suddenly, the ordinary rules of love are impossible to follow. Dipika Guha’s wryly poetic and playful comedy Mechanics of Love questions the laws governing who and how we love, and the cost of making sense of it all. TDPS presents this fast-paced, four-person production in an intimate in-the-round configuration on the Zellerbach Playhouse stage November 16-19.

Mechanics of Love features choreography by Chloe Chan, scenic and costume design by Annie Smart, lighting design by Jack Carpenter, and sound design by Emily Fassler. The cast includes: Jade Moujaes, Ciclady Rodriguez, Baela Tinsley, and Marcus van Duren.


“I think the show reveals how exhilarating and terrifying it is to find and fall in love, and how difficult it is to maintain a relationship, how hard it is to juggle ‘having it all’ at the same time that you are trying to discover what “it all” actually is, and, after making that discovery, what it means to let “it” go, whether that be from desire or necessity.” 

-Director Christine Nicholson


About Playwright Dipika Guha

Dipika Guha was born in Calcutta and raised in India, Russia and the United Kingdom. She is a Hodder Fellow at the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University for the year 2017-2018 and was the inaugural recipient of the Shakespeare’s Sister Playwriting Award with the Lark Play Development Center, A Room of Her Own and Hedgebrook. Her plays include Yoga Play (South Coast Repertory Theatre, KILROYS LIST ’17),  The Rules (SF Playhouse), The Art of Gaman (Berkeley Rep Ground Floor ’16, KILROYS LIST ’16, Relentless Award Semi-Finalist), I Enter the Valley (Theatreworks New Play Festival, Southern Rep New Play Festival), Mechanics of Love (Crowded Fire Theatre, Two by For, NYC) and Blown Youth (published by Playscripts). Most recently her work has been developed at Playwrights Horizons, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, Roundabout Underground, McCarter Theatre’s Sallie B. Goodman Residency, New Georges, Shotgun Players, the Sam French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival, Southern Rep, 24 Hour Plays on Broadway and the Magic Theatre amongst others. Dipika has been the recipient of several residencies and fellowships including the Djerassi Residency Program, the Hermitage Retreat, Ucross, SPACE at Ryder Farm and a Dramatists Guild Fellowship. She is an alumnus of Ars Nova Playgroup, the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, the Women’s Project Lab and the Ma-Yi Writers Lab. She was recently a visiting artist at the Schell Center for International Human Rights at Yale Law School, is a resident playwright at the Playwrights Foundation, San Francisco and a Core Writer at the Playwrights Center in Minneapolis. MFA: Yale School of Drama under Paula Vogel. Dipika is currently writing on American Gods, the series adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel for Starz.   

Read our interview with Dipika Guha.