UC Berkeley presents “Mechanics of Love,” a playful, poetic new comedy by Dipika Guha

Berkeley, CA – October 2017 UC Berkeley’s Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies (TDPS) continues its 2017-18 season with Mechanics of Love, a wryly poetic and playful comedy that questions the laws governing who and how we love, and the cost of making sense of it all. Written by rising playwright Dipika Guha, this fast-paced four-person production will be presented in an intimate in-the-round configuration on the Zellerbach Playhouse stage on the UC Berkeley campus. Directed by Christine Nicholson, Mechanics of Love runs November 16-19. Tickets are $13 to $20 and can be purchased online through the TDPS box office (tdps.berkeley.edu/events/mechanics-of-love/) or at the door.

 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 imaginative Mechanics of Love investigates the tension between love and memory, logic and emotion, humor and heartbreak as characters fall in love — with others and themselves — over and over again.

“I think the show reveals how exhilarating and terrifying it is to find and fall in love,” says director Christine Nicholson, as well as “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.” Nicholson is excited to work with a relatively new play by a local playwright (Dipika Guha’s first Bay Area production was the world premiere of Mechanics of Love at Crowded Fire Theater in spring 2016) and is delving into the play’s sly silliness to find how “humour drives us in our search for love, understanding, meaning, and longevity of relationships.”

Production Details

Mechanics of Love opens Thursday, November 16 and continues through Sunday, November 19, 2017 at Zellerbach Playhouse on the UC Berkeley campus. Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2pm. General admission tickets are $18 online and $20 at the door; Tickets for students, seniors, UC Berkeley Faculty & staff are $13 online and $15 at the door. Tickets are on sale through the TDPS Box Office at http://tdps.berkeley.edu/events/mechanics-of-love/ or at the door.

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.

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About TDPS

The Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies teaches performance as a mode of critical inquiry, creative expression and public engagement. Through performance training and research, we create liberal arts graduates with expanded analytical, technical and imaginative capacities. As a public institution, we make diversity and inclusion a key part of our teaching, art making and public programming.

About 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.

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For Calendar Editors

MECHANICS OF LOVE by Dipika Guha
Directed by Christine Nicholson
November 16-19, 2017
UC Berkeley Dept. of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies
Zellerbach Playhouse on the UC Berkeley Campus, Berkeley, CA

Performances: Thurs-Sat 8 PM; Sat-Sun 2 PM
Pricing: Prices range from $13-20.
Tickets: Visit tdps.berkeley.edu for more information and to purchase tickets.