Saturday, November 18, 2017

The Pacific Playwrights Conference of San Diego in conjuction with the Playwriting Program is coming Dec 1-3 at the Blackbox Theatre on the campus of San Diego City College. This is your chance to experience the newest plays by San Diego's professional playwrights, directors and actors. The event is free. Five plays will be read over the three day festival.

All students and professionals are welcome. Our first reading starts Dec 1 at 8pm and concludes Dec 3 at 7pm.

For the schedule of performances, actors, directors and more please visit the website below:

https://mthompso73.wixsite.com/pacificplaywrights

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Tours to UCSD and SDSU's Theatre Departments are coming up!



Don't forget about the upcoming tours to UCSD or SDSU. Anyone is welcome, whether you're a major or not, or whether you're even enrolled at City or Mesa.

Please be aware that transportation and theatre tickets are NOT provided. If you want to buy tickets to the shows, please follow the links below. It is recommended that you carpool to the campuses. Also please check out their maps so you know where to go.

SDSU: Friday, December 1
Park in Lot 12, 8th floor
3:00: Arrive on SDSU campus, walk to the Don Powell Theatre
3:30—5:30:  Introductions, program presentations, Q & A, tour of the facilities  
5:30 – 7:00: Wander the SDSU campus on your own and/or grab dinner in East Commons or the Student Union
7:15 Meet back at the Don Powell Theatre
7:30: Show begins
Performance: Enchanted April, A New Musical Romance, Don Powell Theatre
Music by Richard B. Evans
Book and Lyrics by Charles Leipart
Director, Stephen Brotebeck
Enchanted April finds life and love about to bloom for four London women in 1922 as they rent the castle of their dreams for one magical month on the Mediterranean. Looking for a much-needed respite from their London cares, what they find on the Italian shore awakens them to a world of beauty, ardor, and the joys of living. Based on the beloved novel of the same name.
$17—student price
Buy in advance at http://ttf.sdsu.edu/.

UCSD: Friday, December 8
Park in Lot P103
3:30: Arrive on campus, walk to Galbraith Hall
4:00 – 5:00: Info Session & faculty panel
5:00 – 5:30: Department Tour
5:30 – 7:00: Wander the UCSD campus on your own and/or grab dinner at the University Center
7:15: Meet back at the Shank Theatre
7:30: Show begins
Performance: She Kills MonstersTheodore and Adele Shank Theatre
A comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games, She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her tennage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly's Dungeons & Dragons notebook, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly's revenge.
$10—student price


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Playwrights - Submit for New Play Festival 2018--Due December 9!

San Diego City College Students.
The 3rd Annual Words, Words, Words: New Play Festival
Performances : March 9-18, 2018 - The Black Box Theatre at San Diego City College.

This year we are awarding cash prizes for themes and social topics related to the plays for next year's fest.

$250 for Best Play
$250 for Best LGBT Experience
$250 for Best African-American Experience
$250 for Best Hispanic Experience
Submission Guidelines:
·       If your play is selected you must enroll for the Spring 2018 semester at SD City College. If selected student playwright must be available on varying dates for workshops, talk backs and productions between Jan 30-Mar 18, 2018. No exceptions. If you have participated in previous New Play Festivals you may submit again.
·       All plays must be properly formatted. This means: 12-point font, Times New Roman or Courier font only. Monologues should not exceed 4 pages. Ten-Minute plays cannot exceed 10 pages.  No Exceptions on the page limits.
·       Monologues must have one character.
·       Ten-Minute plays should have no more than two characters. A third character is permitted as long as that character serves the play. No exceptions beyond three characters.
·       Ten Minute plays should have a single setting.
·       Selected Playwrights will be work-shopped the first two weeks of the Spring 2018 Semester. All plays are considered workshop productions and will be treated as such. This means that if your play is selected you will work with the dramaturg and director of your show to find its final form.Playwriting is a process and your play, if selected, will be treated as such. San Diego City College is an educational institution and is committed to the development of student writers. This means that all work is considered “in progress.”  It is the goal of The One Act Festival to foster new playwrights. That means that students must be malleable and open to continuing the development of their scripts.
·       The festival will be a collection of 6-9 selected monologues and 10 Minute Plays/monologues.
·       To submit email SDCityCollegeNewPlayFestival@Gmail.com with the log line: 2018 One-Act Festival Submission. Include all information in a single document in either Microsoft WORD or PDF. DO NOT cut and paste your play into the context of the email. Attachments only! Due December 9!
·       Happy writing!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The Vagina Monologues is returning to City College!



Performance date is Friday, February 23 in the Saville Theatre. 

The 2018 season will be the 20th anniversary of V-Day and the sixth year of One Billion Rising. Being part of a production of The Vagina Monologues is more than just a theatrical experience; it is an ARITSTIC UPRISING, a RADICAL act, an ACT OF RESISTANCE.

Auditions are coming up: they'll be Tuesday, December 5 at 6:00 in AH 418. NO PREVIOUS ACTING EXPERIENCE REQUIRED! You'll be reading from the script.

Please know that in order to perform in The Vagina Monologues, you must be female or identify as female. Cisgender men are welcome to be a part of V-Day!

Contact director Ashley Bodie at ashbodie@gmail.com.



Thursday, November 2, 2017

Native Voices Staged Reading



On Monday, November 13 from 3:00 - 4:15, Native Voices will be on campus performing a staged reading in the Black Box Theatre. For more information, go here: https://theautry.org/events/signature-programs/native-voices.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

TOURS to UCSD and SDSU's Theatre Departments!

If you'd like to join us on these tours, please contact Katie Rodda at krodda@sdccd.edu. You will need to sign a field trip liability form.

Interested in transferring to UCSD or SDSU’s Theatre Program?

Come on a tour and see what’s in store!


SDSU: Friday, December 1, 7:30 p.m.
Park in Lot 12, 8th floor
3:00: Arrive on SDSU campus, walk to the Don Powell Theatre
3:30—5:30:  Introductions, program presentations, Q & A, tour of the facilities  
5:30 – 7:00: Wander the SDSU campus on your own and/or grab dinner in East Commons or the Student
Union
7:15 Meet back at the Don Powell Theatre
7:30: Show begins

Performance: Enchanted April, A New Musical Romance, Don Powell Theatre
Music by Richard B. Evans
Book and Lyrics by Charles Leipart
Director, Stephen Brotebeck

Enchanted April finds life and love about to bloom for four London women in 1922 as they rent the castle of their dreams for one magical month on the Mediterranean. Looking for a much-needed respite from their London cares, what they find on the Italian shore awakens them to a world of beauty, ardor, and the joys of living. Based on the beloved novel of the same name.

$17—student price
Buy in advance at http://ttf.sdsu.edu/ 

UCSD: Friday, December 8
Park in Lot P103
3:30: Arrive on campus, walk to Galbraith Hall
4:00 – 5:00: Info Session & faculty panel
5:00 – 5:30: Department Tour
5:30 – 7:00: Wander the UCSD campus on your own and/or grab dinner at the University Center
7:15: Meet back at the Shank Theatre
7:30: Show begins

Performance: She Kills Monsters, Theodore and Adele Shank Theatre
by Qui Nguyen

A comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games, She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly's Dungeons & Dragons notebook, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly's refuge.

$10--student price

Monday, October 30, 2017

Fall 2017 shows are closed!



Enormous thank you to everyone who worked so tirelessly on A Midsummer Night's Dream and Electricidad. This was a semester of firsts at City College: the first Chicano play and the first Shakespeare play in 17 years. You all have a lot to be proud of.

Special thanks to Duane Gardella, Rob Norberg, Elisa Benzoni, Bob Kostlan, and Andrea Singer for their design work. We're lucky to have you at City.

Stay tuned for announcements about upcoming events in the Drama Program! 

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Closing weekend of Midsummer


Only three more opportunities to see A Midsummer Night's Dream at City. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8:00 and Sunday at 2:00. Tickets are $10-15, CASH ONLY at the door, or you can buy them in advance on Eventbrite

Don't miss out!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Ice Cream Social Wednesday, October 25!

Interested in the Drama Program?
Come to an Ice Cream Social (yum!) on

    Wednesday, October 25
    from 3:30-5:00 in AH 413!

·       Meet other theatre students
·       Learn about transfer and degree/certificate requirements
·       Build your own ice cream sundae
·       Learn about spring semester productions and classes
·       Meet the drama faculty
·       Be the first to hear about the 2018-2019 season

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Midsummer is already half way through its run!


You guys, you don't want to miss this. It has everything: mushy love scenes, gorgeous poetry, one of the most amazing sets ever to grace the Saville Theatre, great acting, beautiful costumes and lights, and without a doubt, one of LONGEST and funniest death scenes in the history of western theatre.

Don't delay. Get your tickets on Eventbrite or at the door (cash only). Or sign up to usher, right outside of C 105 (interior door).

Friday, October 20, 2017

Opening Night! Opening Night! Opening Night!

Do you have your tickets yet? Go to our eventbrite site and get yours in advance (+small handling fee). If you buy at the door, it's CASH ONLY!

Break legs, everyone!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Want to see Midsummer for free?

Lots of usher spots available. Sign up outside of C105 (interior door). Arrive one hour before curtain and check in with the box office manager and/or Rob Norberg.

Please dress nicely (no ripped jeans/no T-shirts with writing on them) and keep your cell phones in your pockets. After the performance, help clean the theatre.

That's it!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Friday, October 13, 2017

Midsummer opens a week from tonight!

Want to see the show for free? Sign up to usher! Go to C 105 (interior door) and select the date you want to usher. Show up one hour before curtain, leave your cell phones in your pockets, and be semi-dressy. After the show, make sure the theatre is clean. 

That's it!


If you'd rather buy a ticket, go here to get yours in advance (+ small handling fee). Remember that it's CASH ONLY at the box office.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Do you like ice cream?

Interested in the Drama Program?
Come to an Ice Cream Social (yum!) on

    Wednesday, October 25
    from 3:30-5:00 in AH 413!
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·       Meet other theatre students
·       Learn about transfer and degree/certificate requirements
·       Build your own ice cream sundae
·       Learn about spring semester productions and classes
·       Meet the drama faculty
·       Be the first to hear about the 2018-2019 season


 



Questions: Katie Rodda, krodda@sdccd.edu

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Playwrights - Submit for New Play Festival 2018


San Diego City College Students.
The 3rd Annual Words, Words, Words: New Play Festival
Performances : March 9-18, 2018 - The Black Box Theatre at San Diego City College.

This year we are awarding cash prizes for themes and social topics related to the plays for next year's fest.

$250 for Best Play
$250 for Best LGBT Experience
$250 for Best African-American Experience
$250 for Best Hispanic Experience
 
Submission Guidelines:
·       If your play is selected you must enroll for the Spring 2018 semester at SD City College. If selected student playwright must be available on varying dates for workshops, talk backs and productions between Jan 30-Mar 18, 2018. No exceptions. If you have participated in previous New Play Festivals you may submit again.
·       All plays must be properly formatted. This means: 12-point font, Times New Roman or Courier font only. Monologues should not exceed 4 pages. Ten-Minute plays cannot exceed 10 pages.  No Exceptions on the page limits.
·       Monologues must have one character.
·       Ten-Minute plays should have no more than two characters. A third character is permitted as long as that character serves the play. No exceptions beyond three characters.
·       Ten Minute plays should have a single setting.
·       Selected Playwrights will be work-shopped the first two weeks of the Spring 2018 Semester. All plays are considered workshop productions and will be treated as such. This means that if your play is selected you will work with the dramaturg and director of your show to find its final form. Playwriting is a process and your play, if selected, will be treated as such. San Diego City College is an educational institution and is committed to the development of student writers. This means that all work is considered “in progress.”  It is the goal of The One Act Festival to foster new playwrights. That means that students must be malleable and open to continuing the development of their scripts.
·       The festival will be a collection of 6-9 selected monologues and 10 Minute Plays/monologues.
·       To submit email SDCityCollegeNewPlayFestival@Gmail.com with the log line: 2018 One-Act Festival Submission. Include all information in a single document in either Microsoft WORD or PDF. DO NOT cut and paste your play into the context of the email. Attachments only!
·       Happy writing!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Opportunities to usher for Electricidad

Hello,

We're still looking for two people to usher for the show: one on Friday night and one on Saturday. You need to show up at 7:00 (moderately dressy--no T-shirts w/ writing), check in with me and the box office manager, help get people in their seats, and then make sure the theatre is clean after the show is over. Cell phones must stay out of sight.

Sign up outside of C 105 (interior door).

Come find out what's happening in this scene!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Photos from Electricidad

We have the amazing Manny Rotenberg to thank for these amazing show photos. To see all of them, go here.

Only three performances remain, so don't wait to get your tickets. Go to our eventbrite site to get yours.





Friday, September 29, 2017

Opening Night! Opening Night! Opening Night!

Luis Alfaro's Electricidad opens tonight. Do you have your tickets yet? Go here to get them in advance (+ small handling fee) or buy them at the door with cash. Only $10 for students and $15 for general admission. Performances Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 and Sundays at 2:00. Must close October 8.


Come see Stephane Robles, Roxanna Camargo, Estefania De La Torre, Lizette Hernandez, Natalia Maggio, Omar Ramos, Roberto Castillo, Jr., Ana Karen Ibarra, and Martha Lopez break your hearts and rock your world.

Huge gratitude to Andrew Pacheco and Jessica Bravo.

Run time is ~90 minutes with no intermission. See you there!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Important DACA renewal information

Not theatre-related, but there is a DACA renewal workshop being held Friday, Sept. 29 from 3:00 - 4:30 in M 200. There will be computers available to assist in the renewal process, plus there is scholarship money to pay for the $495 renewal fee for City College students.

Please spread the word. 

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!!!