Master illusionist and showman Harry Houdini and his obsession
with death take center stage in Death and Harry Houdini,
a new musical that will be presented as a workshop by the UC
Davis Department of Theatre and Dance in conjunction with
Catalyst: A Theatre Think Tank.
The work takes the stage on June 2 and 3 in the Wyatt Pavilion
Theatre at 7 p.m. Performances are free and open to all.
Graduate student Barnaby O’Rorke has generated When It
Works, where are you? Invitations and shared
practices, a Zoom Ecamm performance in which each
iteration features improvisation with live and recorded material.
The UC Davis Department of Theatre and Dance presents the work on
April 19, 21 and 23 at 5 p.m. PST.
Graduate student Danielle Levin has written and created Whole
Cloth, an M.F.A. project, in which a woman confronts her
family legacy and heritage. The UC Davis Department of
Theatre and Dance presents the play April 15-17.
Graduate student Verónica Díaz-Muñiz has gathered testimonies by
women who have been victims of state violence in Chile and the
U.S. to create her M.F.A. project, OJOXOJO. The UC Davis
Department of Theatre and Dance presents the play April
Romeo and Juliet is reinvented as a musical comedy when
the UC Davis Department of Theatre and Dance, Southern Utah
University’s (SUU) Department of Theatre, Dance and Arts
Administration and Catalyst: A Theatre Think Tank premiere
Juliet and Romeo. Co-written by Paul Gordon, a Tony
Award nominee for Jane Eyre, and Curtis Moore, an Emmy
Award nominee for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, the
production will be accessible virtually June 3 at 6 p.m. PDT
through midnight on June 5.
GFTF is being re-branded as Catalyst: A Think Tank Theatre, a
unique and powerful theater development festival introducing new
plays and musicals onto the national stage. Produced on the
campus of UC Davis, it is a creative space where world-class
theater artists and student actors meet to create important
narratives in the American Theater.
We are excited to announce a new structure and schedule for
Catalyst this year!
The third annual Ground and Field Theatre Festival (GFTF), ‘Play
on the Brink,’ spotlights new plays and musicals written by
local, national and international playwrights and composers,
including Broadway veterans. The main performances take place
beginning Sept. 26 on the UC Davis campus and in community
venues. All are free.
Tara Brandel, theatre and dance graduate student, will share her
reworking of classic Irish theatre (with apologies) on
Wednesday, June 6. “Go and Come” will be performed in the Della
Davidson Performance Studio in Nelson Hall at 4:30 p.m. The
presentation is free.
According to Brandel, the work in progress is a social experiment
that is post Celtic Tiger, post Celtic revival, post whatever…
The one-act features undergraduate student Rose Kim,
doctoral student Jesse Stokes, and graduate student Justin
Streichman and is devised and directed by Brandel.
The UC Davis Department of Theatre and Dance will showcase a
series of new student-created work. “Collaborative Stages:
Student New Works Festival” will feature a series of new plays
and dances conceived, created and performed by undergraduate and
Presented in two different programs, “Collaborative Stages” will
feature new plays by undergraduate students Rose Kim and Jordan
Wilson and dances choreographed by undergraduate
students Pratistha Bajracharya and Olivia Schlanger, and
graduate student Lena Polzonetti.
Department of Theatre and Dance presents “WEREWIRE: A Highwire
Sound Installation,” created by doctoral student Ante Ursić. This
collaborative presentation is scheduled for Monday, April 2 at
4:30 p.m. in the Della Davidson Performance Studio in Nelson
Hall. It is free and open to the public.
The UC Davis Theatre and Dance Department and the Theatre and
Dance Ensemble are holding auditions for the second annual Ground
and Field Theatre Festival. An exciting partnership formed to
create and develop new plays and musicals for a sustainable
future, the creative team is looking for actors and technicians
to participate in the 2018 festival.
Directors from New York and Los Angeles, playwrights from across
the nation, world-class scholars and emerging theatre artists
have come together for the inaugural season of the Ground & Field Theatre
Festival (GFTF), an exciting partnership formed to create and
develop new plays and musicals.