Matthew Skinner, class of 2017, portrays one of our nation’s founding fathers in the Tony Award-winning musical “1776.” Presented by Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre at the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center, the musical opens Jan. 13 and runs through Jan. 28.
In “1776,” Skinner plays Thomas Jefferson who helps create the Declaration of Independence along with the aid of John Adams and Benjamin Franklin.
In 2017, the faculty, staff and students of the Department of Theatre and Dance celebrated two milestone anniversaries: 110th anniversary of the Wyatt Pavilion Theatre, the oldest building the UC Davis campus, and the 50th anniversary of the Main Theatre and Wright Hall.
A commemorative slide show was created to provide a brief overview of the department and two of its performance venues.
Former UC Davis professor of theatre and dance, costume design, Phyllis J. Kress of Sacramento, California, passed away on Sunday, July 10, 2016, at 77 years of age. Kress retired in 1998 after 32 years at UC Davis.
Two-time Academy Award winner Quentin Tarantino gave the keynote speech at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television’s 14th Annual Design Showcase West (DSW) on Saturday, June 4, and in attendance were Mari Carson and Sojin Han, Master of Fine Arts design students in UC Davis Department of Theatre and Dance. The showcase, created by UCLA TFT, is the only entertainment design showcase on the West Coast featuring the work of students grad
The annual Broadway Backwards — featuring male singers performing songs traditionally sung by women and women singing tunes written for men — was presented Monday, March 21 at Broadway’s Al Hirschfeld Theatre and was a rousing success. Among the performers was spring 2016 Granada Artist-in-Residence Mindy Cooper, who was part of a special musical number celebrating the Tony Award-winning CHICAGO The Musical.
Emelie Mahdavian, a UC Davis PhD candidate in Performance Studies, will have her film ”After the Curtain” premiere at the the Dance on Camera Film Festival at the Walter Reade Theater on Tuesday, February 16.
The film is to be screened at the upcoming San Luis Obispo Film Festival on March 17 and 19. For more information, visit SLO Film Fest 22.
UC Davis alumna Natasha Halevi is an actress in a series called “Lunch Break Feminist Club,” that was recently accepted into the Hollywood & Vine Film Festival. The series will show on December 11th in Hollywood, California.
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Four UC Davis Theatre & Dance MFA alumni were just nominated for ‘Outstanding Production of a Play’ by Theatre Bay Area! Their production of “Gruesome Playground Injuries” included the following alums:
Cast: Maria Candelaria (Class of 2013) and Bobby August Jr. (Class of 2013)
Director: Iu-Hui Chua (Class of 2013)
Scenic and Costume Design: Maggie S. Chan (Class of 2012)
Judged by the lofty standards of dramatic literature, Paul Oakley Stovall’s “Immediate Family” isn’t all that impressive. But as dramatic entertainment, it’s often touching and amusing and through its sensitive handling of topical subjects it means to do some good in the world.
The UC Davis’ Department of Theatre and Dance’s winter production of Woyzeck is set to open on Feb. 26 at 8 p.m. The production will run through March 8 in the main theatre at Wright Hall.
The play, written by German dramatist Georg Büncher, tells the story of the eponymous protagonist, Franz Woyzeck, a working class man who deals with psychological trauma. The story explores themes of class, violence and the fragility of the human psyche. The Theatre Department’s Granada Artist-in-Residence, Bob McGrath, will direct Neil LaBute’s adaptation of Woyzeck.
Department of Theatre and Dance presents “Woyzeck”
UC Davis’ ‘Woyzeck’ features madness, murder
Special to The Enterprise
February 13, 2015
Neil LaBute’s intriguing adaptation of Georg Büchner’s “Woyzeck” will be presented by the UC Davis department of theater and dance Feb. 26-March 8 on the Main Stage of Wright Hall. “Woyzeck” is a theatrical examination of a young man who is abused by a power structure that dehumanizes him, driving him to madness and murder.
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