Seasonal Event

Open, Stay
Spring 2023

The Department of Theatre and Dance will present Open, Stay, a new musical, June 7-10 in the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts. Performances begin at 7 p.m.

Featuring music and lyrics by Anna DeNoia and arranged and orchestrated by Joshua Villa, this original song cycle explores paranoia, grief, joy, jealousy — from awkward first encounters to bitter goodbyes. Designed for the skeptical romantic who wrestles with what we owe and what we can expect from one another. Remove the mush, add the clever, lean into the fresh: and now you have Open, Stay.

Spanning musical genres woven together masterfully with subtly repeated musical themes, Open, Stay is a collection of ten moments of connection — beginnings, endings and in-betweens, as well as the moments that come long after we part ways. Full of laughter, loss, and lessons learned, it is an exploration of how we love and how we lose one another, all connected by the need that brings us together — the need for each other.

Listen to excerpts from Open, Stay on the show’s website. 

The musical will be directed by Mindy Cooper with music direction by Graham Sobelman. 

Adult tickets are $20, faculty/staff tickets are $18 and student/senior tickets are $15. Ticket purchasing information to come. 

The Department of Theatre and Dance is part of the UC Davis College of Letters and Science. For information about other department productions, visit theatredance.ucdavis.edu.

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