For nearly 30 years “The Simpsons” television series has been an animated commentary on the absurdities of American family life. This spring UC Davis honors Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie with two special events: a production by the Department of Theatre and Dance of a “Simpsons”-inspired comedy and an exhibition at the Peter J. Shields Library.
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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The UC Department of Theatre and Dance has been nominated for 9 Elly Awards for the 2013-14 season.
The annual Elly Awards honor outstanding achievements of community theaters and artists in the Sacramento area. Elly Awards are named for the late Eleanor McClatchy, who was a devoted patron of the local arts. The nominations are:
Thomas J. Munn - The Grapes of Wrath – Best Lighting Design
Ned Jacobson – The Grapes of Wrath – Best Sound Design
Chris McCoy – Spring Awakening – Best Choreography
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