Sunday, September 24, 2017

Rehearsals for A Midsummer Night's Dream are well underway. We open October 20th!




Our playwriting students from Dramatic Arts 108 - Playwriting are meeting every Monday from 11-1 at Influx Coffee Shop in Golden Hill. Get together with your fellow playwrights. We read excerpts of new work. All are invited!


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Electricidad opens next week!




Get your tickets in advance by going to our Eventbrite site. Performances are Sept. 29, 30, Oct. 6 and  7 at 8:00 and Oct. 1 and 8 at 2:00.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Electricidad opening is around the corner!

Here are some photos from rehearsals.

Below is Lizette Hernandez, who plays Electricidad.  

Andrew Pacheco, Stage Manager



And here's fight choreographer George Ye working with the cast on all of the fights ... and there are a bunch!



 



Tickets are on sale now: visit our Eventbrite site and get yours today! (+ small handling fee).

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Electricidad cast and crew

Top row: Natalia Maggio, Estefania de la Torre, Roberto Castillo, Omar Ramos (with his new haircut!), Martha Lopez, Lizette Hernandez. Bottom row: Jessica Bravo, Andrew Pacheo, Stephane Robles, Roxanna Camargo, and Ana Karen Ibarra.


And here they are, giving their best bad-ass cholo looks to get in the spirit of the play. Are you intimidated? You should be!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Putting a face on it

Here is a link to a San Diego Union-Tribune story about Ignacio Hernandez, who happens to be the president of City College's Associated Student Government: http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/immigration/sd-me-daca-ignacio-20170908-story.html.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

More DACA information


DACA--take action!

One more thing which might make you feel a little less hopeless:


  1. Call your Representatives and Senators. Dial the Capitol switchboard, ask for your Rep., and tell him or her to make DACA permanent: 202-224-3121.
  2. Tweet your elected officials--it seriously does make a difference. There's a list of every member of Congress' handle here--tag them and use the hashtag #DefendDACA: https://twitter.com/cspan/lists/members-of-congress/members.

DACA/Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

The Drama Dept. (Katie Rodda, at least) is sick about 45's reversal of DACA. For those of you who may be affected by this rash, xenophobic decision, rest assured that the San Diego Community College District will do everything in its power to protect our DACA students.

If you would like to speak to an attorney, here is how to get a free consultation:

Receive a FREE Confidential Consultation from a Trusted, Qualified Immigration Attorney!
Immigration Attorneys will offer free assessments for different forms of immigration relief, including: VAWA, UVisa, DACA, citizenship, and more.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2017
San Diego City College, MS-140
1313 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA, 92101
Light refreshments will be provided.

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY!
Availability will be limited for those without an appointment and will be served through a first come, first serve basis from 2 - 4:30pm.

For more information and to make your appointment, call:
619.363.3423 or email info@readynowsandiego.org

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If you are feeling scared or overwhelmed by this decision, you're encouraged to take advantage of the excellent City College Mental Health Services office, located in BT-105.

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Below is a message from the Chancellor and the Presidents of the San Diego Community College District:

September 5, 2017


Dear DACA Students, All Students, Colleagues, and Friends:

The San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) is deeply committed to the inclusion of all people, regardless of their race, ethnicity, heritage, national origin, immigration status, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, medical condition, or disability.  We believe that America is a great and compassionate country and that our students and employees should be fully supported in that context.

One program in particular epitomizes our values of access and success for all students.  This very special program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), has provided support to young people who were brought to this country as children, not under their own volition.  It was established via executive order by the previous presidential administration to provide a fair and practical way for these young people to be treated.  Most of these young people have only known the United States of America as their home and they have prospered in the many endeavors they have pursued in our great educational systems, including schools, community colleges, and universities.  In our District, City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges, and Continuing Education enroll DACA students and are proud of them.

This morning, the President of the United States ordered the elimination of the DACA program, announcing that the administration will “initiate a wind down process,” thereby creating “a time period for Congress to act – should it so choose.”  We have heard that this will be a period of six months, but we need to confirm that, as well as the process Congress will follow.  We will do whatever we can to restore this important program.  Up-to-date information will be posted for students and employees, as we receive it, at https://www.sdccd.edu/.

DACA students are called “Dreamers” in view of their relationship to the DREAM Act, proposed legislation that would codify the provisions of the executive order that established DACA. These Dreamers are among the best students in the District and they have bright futures ahead of them.  We want our DACA students, the Dreamers, to know that the SDCCD will do everything in its power to help them during this difficult time.  Here are some of the things that DACA students can look forward to:

·         We will schedule legal workshops at the campuses as soon as possible so that DACA students can learn about their rights and seek legal protection.
·         We will use the “wind down” period toward the effective start of the elimination process to advocate strongly to the members of Congress to pass the DREAM Act and put in place a replacement program for DACA, with as many of the same provisions as possible. We will begin our advocacy immediately.
·         We will encourage our local legislators and community leaders to lend their support to this effort as well.
We want all students and our community to know that the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, the College and Continuing Education Presidents, and faculty and staff of the San Diego Community College District stand behind the overall policies and procedures we have adopted for all of our students during these difficult times.  Let me refresh our memory of what we stand to do:
We remind everyone that the Constitution applies to everyone within the United States, no matter their citizenship or visa status.  Certain rights, like the right to remain silent and not answer questions asked by police or immigration authorities, apply to everyone.
As a public institution of higher education, we work diligently to ensure that all students have full access to our institutions and are protected from pressures and intrusive actions that would disrupt or impair their education.  The District complies with all Federal and State laws governing the privacy of student records including the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), as well as AB 540 and the California DREAM Act which exempt undocumented and out-of-state students who completed high school in California from non-resident tuition.  For more information about the California DREAM Act, visit: https://dream.csac.ca.gov/.
As part of our compliance with Federal and State laws and regulations, we want you to know that the District:
·         Will not allow federal immigration officials on campus absent legal authority;
·         Will not act on behalf of federal agencies to enforce immigration laws or aid in deportation;
·         Does not share student records containing confidential information without written consent; a court order or other legal mandate; and
·         Our college police will not participate in any voluntary program of immigration enforcement.
We remain deeply committed to all of our students and will do everything we can to ensure their success and safety. This is a troubling period in our history and we will do everything in our power to win back the values and ideals that made our country a beacon of hope and opportunity for the entire world.



Constance M. Carroll, Ph.D., Chancellor, San Diego Community College District
Ricky Shabazz, Ed.D., President, San Diego City College
Pam Luster, Ed.D., President, San Diego Mesa College
Patricia Hsieh, Ed.D., President, San Diego Miramar College
Carlos O. Turner Cortez, Ph.D., President San Diego Continuing Education

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Please know that City College is a safe place. We will fight this!

RESIST!!!


Monday, September 4, 2017

Intern opportunity at Intrepid Theatre

Intrepid Theatre Company is seeking qualified candidates for a paid internship program beginning in September. Interns will support artistic direction, education and technology and be an integral part of day-to-day operations at Intrepid, with access to rehearsals and artistic guidance. This position provides a unique opportunity to play a meaningful role in the expansion of Intrepid's community partnerships and education initiatives, as well as to support the mainstage productions.

Each intern will play a critical role supporting a small and busy team. The internship program will consist of three primary areas of focus: Artistic Direction, Education, Technology. Responsibilities specific to each role are listed below. Internships are paid positions. Work will happen on site at the Horton Grand Theatre in downtown San Diego and remotely. 

Artistic Director Intern
  • Conduct dramaturgical research
  • Liaise with community partners supporting mainstage productions and outreach initiatives such as Exiled Voices: The Refugee Art Experience 
  • Coordinate event planning for surround events
  • Capture content for social media 
  • Interact with subscribers 

Education Intern
  • Support coordination of the Shakespeare for a New Generation and Exiled Voices Education Tours 
  • Communicate with schools and teachers
  • Liaise with parents for after school programs and summer camp programs

Technology Intern
  • Contribute to launch of website for Exiled Voices: The Refugee Art Experience
  • Maintain current website
  • Build communication options through website
  • Provide graphic design support
Qualifications for all positions

  • excellent written and oral communications skills
  • pursuing post-secondary education 
  • excellent time management skills with the ability to juggle multiple tasks and deadlines and prioritize with minimal direction
  • ability to work as a team as well as independently
  • ability to begin position in September
Please send cover letter and resume to tiffany@intrepidtheatre.org

Thank you!

Tiffany Tang
Director of Communications
INTREPID THEATRE COMPANY
O | 760-295-7541
C | 310-663-7869

UP NEXT:

"EXTRAORDINARY! Suzan-Lori Park's new play swoops, leaps, dives and sores...reimagining a turbulent turning point in American history through a cockeyed contemporary lens..." - The New York Times

"Thrilling! A Masterpiece!" - New York Magazine

"Provocative, rich and irreverently funny." - New York Post 


September 21-October 22
Horton Grand Theatre (444 Fourth Ave)
For tickets: www.intrepidtheatre.org
Box Office: (888) 71-TICKETS 

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Cast list for Electricidad

Thank you to everyone who came out to audition! We are grateful for all of your efforts, and we are looking forward to two great productions at City College.

Please send an email to krodda@sdccd.edu to indicate that you accept the role.

Our first rehearsal will be Monday, August 28 at 4:00 p.m. in AH 418. I know that some of you have conflicts; if you won't be there on Monday at 4:00 please let me know.

I will be distributing add codes on Monday. Please add the class ASAP.

Later today I will email you all a pdf of the script. I will also have hard copies to distribute on Monday, but I encourage you to read it before then.

If you have any questions, please ask me. Thank you, everyone!

Electricidad: Lizette Hernandez
Clemencia: Natalia Maggio
Ifi: Martha Lopez
Orestes: Omar Ramos
Nino: Roberto Castillo
Abuela: Anna Karen Ibarra
Vecinos/as: Quike Moreno, Estefania de la Torre, Stephane Robles
Vecina understudy: Roxy Camargo

Cast List for A Midsummer Night's Dream


CAST LIST for
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Congratulations! Casting was a very challenging decision but I am so happy that you are all involved in this wonderful experience. A few things…

1) You MUST email me… mthompso@sdccd.edu to confirm that you have accepted the role. If you do NOT accept the role, please contact me and let me know ASAP.

2) First rehearsal will be Tuesday, August 29 from 3:30-6pm in building AH 418. You MUST be at this rehearsal in order to receive an add code. You must add this class no later that Thursday evening. No exceptions. We will be reading the script, doing cuts, and a few PowerPoints as well as language based work.  If you are going to be late let me know.

3) Our next rehearsal will be August 31 from 5:30-9pm in the Saville Theatre.

4) Please purchase the specific ARDEN edition of A Midsummer Night’s Dream from the bookshop. It will be available Monday night. You must use this specific version of the show because of the cuts that I have made. No exceptions. You cannot use any other version of the play. You will not be allowed to rehearse until you purchase the book. I cannot have twenty different versions of the text, so please purchase the book.

5) Questions… email me immediately! mthompso@sdccd.edu

Theseus: Nicholas Laetta
Hippolyta/Fairy TBN: Rukiya Fallihi
Lysander: Noah Wilson
Demetrius: Julian Martinez
Hermia: Kimberly Weinberger
Helena: Samantha Schmidt
Oberon: Andrew Weatherspoon Jr.
Titania: Tyra Carter
Puck: Eddy Lukovick
Nick Bottom: Daniel Sosa-Porter
Egeus/Snug: Brett Morris
Philostrate/Fairy TBN: Tina Atrin
Peter Quince: Aimee Rivas
Francis Flute: Arturo Ibarra
Tom Snout: Eric Pyka
Robin Starveling: Kendall Brunett
Peaseblossom: Rose Yesil / Female Understudy #1
Cobweb:  Luis Moreno /Male Understudy #1
Moth: Zane Stewart / Male Understudy #2
Mustardseed: Lucas Thorton
Oceania: Vladymir Wong
Coral: Sofia Palacios / Female Understudy #2
Pinecone: Bianca Sanchez
Boba Fett Fairy: Herbierto Mares

Thank you all! So great to see so much wonderful, committed actors on the stage at San Diego City College.

Friday, August 25, 2017

A Midsummer Night's Dream Callbacks

The following individuals have been called back.

Please be at the Saville Theatre at 7:30pm, Friday Aug 25th. You will be given sides to read from the script.

Heriberto Mareo
Nicholas Latta
Cesar Magana
Samantha Schmidt
Aimee Rivas
Bianca Sanchez
BrettMorris
Luis Moreno
Vladymir Wong
Rose Yesil
Julian Martinez
Rebecca Bryson
Tyra Carter
Kendall Burdett
Kimberly Weinberger
Noah Wilson
Anna Ibarra
Tina Atrin
Eddy Lukovic
Zane Stewert
Omar Ramos
Arturo Ibarra
Lucas Thorton
Fernando Rodriguez
Rukiya Fallihi
Sofia Palacius
Flor Valerra del Cuerillo
Daniel Sosa Porter

If you are not able to be there from 7:30 - 10, please email Matthew Salazar-Thompson ASAP at mthompso@sdccd.edu .
 
Thanks, and very good work to everyone who came out to audition tonight

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Electricidad callbacks

Thank you to everyone who auditioned tonight!

Callbacks for Electricidad are Friday, August 25 from 4 - 7 in the Black Box Theatre. Please enter on the west side of the building. You will be reading from the script.

For callbacks, please learn as much as you can about the play, the playwright Luis Alfaro, and the Electra myth.

The following people are called back:

Quike Moreno
Roxy Camargo
Valeria del Castillo
Sofia Palacios
Stephane Robles
Fernando Rodriguez
Omar Ramos
Roberto Castillo
Estefania de la Torre
Tina Atrin
Anna Karen Ibarra
Kike Hernandez
Natalia Maggio
Daphne Salazar
Josue Mares

If you are not able to be there from 4 - 7, please email Katie Rodda ASAP at krodda@sdccd.edu or call 619/388-3088.

Thanks, and very good work to everyone who came out to audition tonight!

Auditions tonight!

Please read the next blog entry down for more information. 

See you tonight!


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

AUDITIONS • AUDITIONS

“I will free you, Papa, from your death. I don’t know how yet, but I will do it.”
--Electricidad

Electricidad
by Luis Alfaro
Directed by Katie Rodda
Black Box Theatre

September 29 – October 8

Electricidad, a Chicana/o take on the tragic myth of Electra, radically updates this ancient story to contemporary Southern California. Following the unexpected murder of her father, Agamemnón, Electricidad keeps vigilant watch over his body, waiting to exact revenge on the person responsible for his death … her mother Clemencia. Invoking “cholo culture” and voiced in a combination of English and Spanish, Electricidad is an unforgettable story of loyalty, passion, and familia.


AND

“Love looks not with the eyes but with the mind!”
--A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
by William Shakespeare
Directed by
Matthew Salazar Thompson
Saville Theatre | October 20 – 29

Set in the mid-1950s, this reimagined Shakespearean comedy finds the beatnik poets and musicians having taken over the back alleys of the “fairyland,” while the conservative world of Theseus’s Athens, Inc. finds love in all the wrong places. (Looking for actors with movement skills and those who play instruments.)

Thursday, August 24, 6 – 10 pm, Saville Theatre
Call backs: Friday, August 25, times TBD.

Prepare a 1-2-minute monologue. If you would like to be considered for Midsummer, and you have a classical monologue prepared, feel free to do that as well. If you don’t have a classical monologue prepared, you may be given lines from a Shakespearean play to read.

Rehearsals for Electricidad will be M-Th, 4 – 7 and some weekends. Rehearsals for Midsummer will be M-Th, 5 – 9 and some weekends.

Questions? Contact Katie Rodda at krodda@sdccd.edu or 619/388-3088. 



Thursday, August 17, 2017

Cut classes :( :( :(

Sorry to give you the bad news that the following classes have been cut for the fall semester:

  • Drama 103, Acting for the Non-Major, T/Th 11:10 - 12:35
  • Drama 105, Introduction for Dramatic Arts, M/W 9:35 - 11:00
  • Drama 109, Theatre and Social Issues, T/Th 11:10 - 12:35

Please know how sorry we are to have this happen. Enrollments are low all over the state, and the administration just won't let small classes run.

In upcoming semesters, please enroll EARLY.


(See you next week.)

Monday, August 14, 2017

Classes may be cut!

The administration is eyeing our classes carefully, and there is a real danger that some of our drama classes could get cut. 

The two-week add/drop period is going away, so if you wait until next week the class you want may be gone. The classes that are in jeopardy are:


  • DRAM 103, Acting for the Non-Major, T/Th 11:10 - 12:35 taught by Lisa Berger
  • DRAM 105, Introduction to Dramatic Arts, online, 8/21 - 10/14, taught by Ashley Kobza
  • DRAM 108, Playwriting, M/W 9:35 - 11:00 for three weeks, then entirely online, taught by Matthew Salazar Thompson
  • DRAM 109, Theatre and Social Issues, T/Th, 11:10 - 12:35, taught by Katie Rodda
  • DRAM 134, Beginning Voice for Actors, M/W 12:45- 2:10, taught by Annie Hinton
  • DRAM 143, Beginning Costuming, T/Th, 12:45 - 3:55, taught by Elisa Benzoni


105 and 109 fulfill Area 3 (IGETC and CSU) for transfer.
134 is required for Drama majors.
143 articulates (course-to-course transfer to SDSU).

So please don't wait to enroll. Tell your friends. It's crunch time, y'all!




Saturday, August 12, 2017

Dance classes at City

There are a few dance classes that still have room in them. If you've never taken a dance class, now is the time to change that! Go to http://schedule.sdccd.edu/index.cfm?action=search_class to see what classes are still open. 

Please don't delay on signing up--the administrators are getting ready to CUT any classes that don't have high enrollments. 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Three MORE great classes still have room!

DRAM 105, Introduction to Dramatic Arts
CRN 46308
ONLINE, August 21 - October 21 
Professor Ashley Kobza, ashley_kobza@hotmail.com

DRAM 109, Theatre and Social Issues
CRN 92580
T/Th 11:10 - 12:35 | V 401 (new classroom)
Professor Katie Rodda, krodda@sdccd.edu

DRAM 143, Beginning Costuming
CRN 92578
T/Th 12:45 - 3:55 | C 111
Professor Eliza Benzoni, ebenzoni211@gmail.com

Don't procrastinate--if these classes aren't full by Monday, the administrators will CANCEL them!


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Two great classes still have room!

DRAM 103, Acting for the Non-Major 
CRN 92599
T/Th 11:10 - 12:35
Black Box Theatre | AH 320
Professor Lisa Berger, lisaberger43@gmail.com

DRAM 108, Playwriting
CRN 84708
M/W 9:35 - 11:00 (3 weeks only), BT 309, then online for the rest of the semester. This course feeds directly into the 2018 New Play Festival in the spring, so your script might get selected for production!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

REGISTER TODAY! DON'T DELAY!

This is the week when the deans make the difficult decision to cancel classes with low enrollment. If there is a drama class you're interested in taking, please enroll TODAY. And tell your friends to enroll too.

Here are a few that are on the low side:

DRAM 103, Acting for the Non-Major, T/Th 11:10 - 12:35, taught by Lisa Berger

DRAM 108, Playwriting, M/W 9:35 - 11:00 for three weeks, then entirely online, taught by Matthew Salazar Thompson

DRAM 109, Theatre and Social Issues, T/Th 11:10 - 12:35, taught by Katie Rodda THIS CLASS TRANSFERS TO UC and CSU

DRAM 111, Chicana/o Theatre, M/W 11:10 - 12:35, taught by Patrice Amon THIS CLASS TRANSFERS TO CSU

DRAM 134, Beginning Voice for Actors, M/W 12:45 - 2:10, taught by Annie Hinton REQUIRED FOR MAJORS

DRAM 143, Beginning Costuming, T/Th 12:45 - 3:55, taught by Elisa Benzoni REQUIRED FOR MAJORS

For a complete listing of our classes, please scroll down to the next entry. Thank you!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

What classes are offered in the Fall?

Fall 2017 Dramatic Arts Classes


DRAM 103, Acting for the Non-Major, T/Th 11:10 – 12:35, L. Berger

DRAM 105, Introduction to Dramatic Arts, online 8/21 – 10/14, A. Kobza (TRANSFER)

DRAM 105, Introduction to Dramatic Arts, online 10/16 – 12/19, M. Thompson
(TRANSFER)

DRAM 105, Introduction to Dramatic Arts, M/W 9:35 – 11:00, P. Amon (TRANSFER)

DRAM 105, Introduction to Dramatic Arts, T/Th, 9:35 – 11:00, E. Thayer
(TRANSFER/almost full)

DRAM 107, Study of Filmed Plays, online 8/21 – 10/14, C. Whaley (TRANSFER)

DRAM 107, Study of Filmed Plays, online 10/16 – 12/16, C. Whaley (TRANSFER)

DRAM 107, Study of Filmed Plays, T/Th 9:35 – 11:00, C. Whaley (TRANSFER)

DRAM 108, Playwriting, M/W 9:35 – 11:00, partially online, M. Thompson

DRAM 109, Theatre and Social Issues, T/Th 11:10 – 12:35, K. Rodda (TRANSFER)

DRAM 111, Chicana/o Theatre, M/W 11:10 – 12:35, P. Amon

DRAM 123, Beginning Stagecraft, M/W 12:45 – 3:15, D. Gardella

DRAM 124, Makeup for the Stage, M 5:30 – 9:50, A. Singer

DRAM 124, Makeup for the Stage, W 5:30 – 9:50, A. Singer

DRAM 126, Advanced Stagecraft*, M/W 12:45 – 3:15, D. Gardella

DRAM 132, Beginning Acting, T/Th 9:35 – 12:05, TBD

DRAM 132, Beginning Acting, M/W 11:10 – 12:35, K. Rodda (closed)

DRAM 133, Intermediate Acting*, M/W 11:10 – 12:35, K. Rodda

DRAM 134, Beginning Voice for Actors, M/W 12:45 – 2:10, A. Hinton

DRAM 143, Beginning Costuming, T/Th 12:45 – 3:55, E. Benzoni

DRAM 242A-D, Rehearsal and Performance/Fall Productions± , TBD, K. Rodda and M. Thompson

DRAM 243C, Crew-Scenic, TBD, 10/16 – 12/19, D. Gardella 



*  Prerequisite

± Add code required—get on the first day of rehearsal

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Auditions for Fall 2017 City College shows

Following is information regarding the auditions for the Fall 2017 shows at San Diego City College. We will be producing Luis Alfaro's Electricidad, a Chicano take on the Electra myth, and William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream

Auditions are Thursday, August 24 from 6:00 - 10:00 in the Saville Theatre.

For auditions, prepare a 1-2 minute monologue. If you would like to be considered for Midsummer, and you have a Shakespeare monologue prepared, please do that as well. If you don’t have a Shakespearean monologue prepared, you may be given lines from a Shakespeare script to read.


Callbacks will be Friday, August 25, times TBD.
Rehearsals for Electricidad will be held M - Th, 4 - 7 and some weekends. Rehearsals for Midsummer will most likely be evenings and some weekends.


Electricidad
By Luis Alfaro
Directed by Katie Rodda

“I will free you, Papa, from your death.
I don’t know how yet, but I will do it.”
Electricidad, a Chicana/o take on the tragic myth of Electra, radically updates this ancient story to contemporary Southern California. Following the unexpected murder of her father Agamemnón, Electricidad keeps vigilant watch over his body, waiting to exact revenge on the person responsible for his death … her mother Clemencia. Invoking “cholo culture” and voiced in a combination of English and Spanish, Electricidad is an unforgettable story of loyalty, passion, and familia.

Black Box Theatre, September 29 – October 8

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Matthew Salazar Thompson

"Lord, what fools these mortals be!"
Set in the mid 1950’s, this reimagined Shakespearean comedy finds the beatnik poets and musicians having taken over the back allies of the “fairyland” while the conservative world of Theseus’ Athens Incorporated finds love all the wrong places.

This is a very physical show, so the more movement experience you have the better. The ability to play an instrument may be helpful. 


Saville Theatre, October 20 - 29

For questions about these shows, contact Katie Rodda at krodda@sdccd.edu or Matt Thompson at mthompso@sdccd.edu

Here are the casting breakdowns:

Electricidad:

Electricidad (23), the oldest daughter, an old-school chola, in grief, cannot break the cycle. When the play begins, she has been sitting in the front yard, watching over her dead father’s body for five days. This homegirl is a young chola with old-school ways. Always has, always been.

Clemencia (40), the mother, total veteran, goes way back, has issues. She moves nervously, como una bird in a cage. She is smoking—pero always. She wears chola evening wear. Y with some heel, of course. Sometimes she puts on a hat. When she wants to look good. Tu sabes.

Ifigenia (20), the other daughter, formerly muy peligrosa, possibly born-again, looks good in black. She dresses like a sister in a religious order—only problem is her gang tattoos betray her as they sneak out from her neck.

Abuela (50), the grandmother, a veteran, old-school chola, muy sexy this vieja. Raised on menthols-in-the-box. Too young to be old, too old to be young.

Orestes (17), the brother, a peewee, heir to the trono, exiled to Las Vegas. Too young and mocoso to be taken seriously as the new leader of the East Side Locos.

Nino (52), the godfather, el atendido, the most veteran, exiled to Las Vegas. Bad ass, has seen everything, loyal to the end.

Las Vecinas, a chorus of three mujeres from the hood, have seen it all, the voz of the city. A Griego chorus in housedresses and aprons, these women know all the chisme in the neighborhood and do their best to help spread it:
La Carmen
La Connie
La Cuca

And … onstage, the dead body of Agemenón “El Auggie” (R.I.P.), el rey, el hombre formerly known as Father, a veterano from way back, head of the East Side Locos. Eyes plucked, tongue missing. He is wrapped in a shroud and his body is eventually set on fire.


Midsummer:

Puck (M or F) -  Also known as Robin Goodfellow, Puck is Oberon’s jester, a mischievous fairy who delights in playing pranks on mortals. Though A Midsummer Night’s Dream divides its action between several groups of characters, Puck is one of the beatniks. His enchanting, mischievous spirit pervades the atmosphere, and his antics are responsible for many of the complications that propel the other main plots: he mistakes the young Athenians, applying the love potion to Lysander instead of Demetrius, thereby causing chaos within the group of young lovers; he also transforms Bottom’s head into that of an ass. Funny and outrageous.

Oberon (M) -  The king of the fairies, Oberon is initially at odds with his wife, Titania, because she refuses to relinquish control of a young Indian prince whom he wants for a knight. Oberon’s desire for revenge on Titania leads him to send Puck to obtain the love-potion flower that creates so much of the play’s confusion and farce. Jazzy and in control of music, time and space. He’s the hippest of hip cats.

Titania (F) -  The beautiful queen of the fairies, Titania resists the attempts of her husband, Oberon, to make a knight of the young Indian prince that she has been given. Titania’s brief, potion-induced love for Nick Bottom, whose head Puck has transformed into that of an ass, yields the play’s foremost example of the contrast motif.

Lysander (M) -  A young man of Athens, in love with Hermia. Lysander’s relationship with Hermia invokes the theme of love’s difficulty: he cannot marry her openly because Egeus, her father, wishes her to wed Demetrius; when Lysander and Hermia run away into the forest, Lysander becomes the victim of misapplied magic and wakes up in love with Helena. Conservative and strait laced about his emotions.

Demetrius (M) -  A young man of Athens, initially in love with Hermia and ultimately in love with Helena. Demetrius’s obstinate pursuit of Hermia throws love out of balance among the quartet of Athenian youths and precludes a symmetrical two-couple arrangement.  A bit dark.

Hermia (F) -  Egeus’s daughter, a young woman of Athens. Hermia is in love with Lysander and is a childhood friend of Helena. As a result of the fairies’ mischief with Oberon’s love potion, both Lysander and Demetrius suddenly fall in love with Helena. Self-conscious about her short stature, Hermia suspects that Helena has wooed the men with her height. By morning, however, Puck has sorted matters out with the love potion, and Lysander’s love for Hermia is restored. She is the West Coast poster girl for everything that is orderly.

Helena (F) -  A young woman of Athens, in love with Demetrius. Demetrius and Helena were once betrothed, but when Demetrius met Helena’s friend Hermia, he fell in love with her and abandoned Helena. Lacking confidence in her looks, Helena thinks that Demetrius and Lysander are mocking her when the fairies’ mischief causes them to fall in love with her. A bit more of a free spirit.

Egeus (M or F)-  Hermia’s parent, who brings a complaint against his daughter to Theseus: Egeus has given Demetrius permission to marry Hermia, but Hermia, in love with Lysander, refuses to marry Demetrius. Egeus’s severe insistence that Hermia either respect his wishes or be held accountable to Athenian law within the land of Frisco and places him squarely outside the whimsical dream realm of the forest.

Theseus (M) -  CEO of Athens Inc. and engaged to Hippolyta. Theseus represents power and order throughout the conservative business community. (Might double with Oberon.)

Hippolyta (F) -  Vice President of Amazons Inc, she is engaged to Theseus in the ultimate business merger. Like Theseus, she symbolizes order and economic might.  (Might double as Titania)

Nick Bottom (M) -  The overconfident pants maker chosen to play Pyramus in the craftsmen’s play for Theseus’s marriage celebration. Bottom is full of advice and self-confidence but frequently makes silly mistakes and misuses language. His simultaneous nonchalance about the beautiful Titania’s sudden love for him and unawareness of the fact that Puck has transformed his head into that of an ass mark the pinnacle of his foolish arrogance.

Peter/Penolope Quince (M or F) -  A carpenter that has worked for Thesus and the nominal leader of the craftsmen’s attempt to put on a play for Theseus’s marriage celebration. Quince is often shoved aside by the abundantly confident Bottom. During the craftsmen’s play, Quince plays the Prologue.

Francis Flute (M) -  The electrician chosen to play Thisbe in the craftsmen’s play for Theseus’s marriage celebration. Forced to play a young girl in love, the bearded craftsman determines to speak his lines in a high, squeaky voice.

Robin Starveling (M or F) -  The tailor chosen to play Thisbe’s mother in the craftsmen’s play for Theseus’s marriage celebration. He ends up playing the part of Moonshine.

Tom Snout (M or F) -  The handyman chosen to play Pyramus’s father in the craftsmen’s play for Theseus’s marriage celebration. He ends up playing the part of Wall, dividing the two lovers.

Snug (M) -  The plumber chosen to play the lion in the craftsmen’s play for Theseus’s marriage celebration. Snug worries that his roaring will frighten the ladies in the audience.

Philostrate (F) -  Theseus’s secretary, responsible for organizing the entertainment for the duke’s marriage celebration.

Peaseblossom, Cobweb, Moth, and Mustardseed -  (M or F) The fairies ordered by Titania to attend to Bottom after she falls in love with him. Must be able to move. Acrobat skills and the ability to play an instrument or a plus.