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PRODUCER, EXECUTIVE AND UCLA PROFESSOR PETER GUBER HONORED WITH UCLA MEDAL




Peter Guber, chairman and CEO of Mandalay Entertainment, was presented with the UCLA Medal, the highest honor for extraordinary accomplishment that may be bestowed upon an individual by UCLA, in a ceremony at UCLA Chancellor Gene Block’s residence on Monday, Dec. 4.

A longtime Hollywood executive and producer of movies that have earned 50 Academy Award nominations, he is also a part owner of the NBA champion Golden State Warriors and the National League champion Los Angeles Dodgers.

In addition to his other endeavors, for more than 40 years Guber has taught highly popular classes at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, where he also an executive board member, and at the Anderson School of Management.

“Peter is as passionate about his teaching as he is every other aspect of his career,” Chancellor Block said before making his presentation to Guber. “It’s clear that he values the opportunity to contribute and prepare the next generation for success — whether it’s in entertainment, sports or any number of other industries. His commitment is evident in the fact that, despite all he’s worked on throughout his career, Peter has never — to anyone’s knowledge — missed a year of teaching.”

That dedication, Block noted, was recognized by Gov. Jerry Brown last summer, when he appointed Guber to a 12-year term on the University of California Board of Regents.

During his remarks, Guber said he considered it a gift to be able to help and mentor students. “The way they learn, the way they ask questions — when you see you can touch people, it can change your life,” he said. “They get so much from it. Sharing with them, their journey, the joys of their journey, we’re fostering them to be curious. For me to be able to be part of that is a great honor. I dedicate myself to the years ahead to do even better.”

Teri Schwartz, dean of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, praised Guber for his service and leadership.

“I could not be more proud or thrilled for Peter Guber, who has been a long-time friend, mentor, supporter, faculty member and executive board member at TFT,” she said. “He has galvanized and inspired students in his amazing classes and has been a groundbreaking leader across the entertainment industry. The UCLA Medal represents the highest honor one can receive at UCLA and I could not think of anyone more deserving than Peter to receive this distinguished award and great honor.

“All of us at TFT congratulate Peter and wish him continued success in all that he undertakes both at UCLA and in his illustrious career.”

Guber’s generosity and leadership have been felt beyond UCLA TFT; he is also a founding member and the chair of the board of advisors for the UCLA Anderson Center for Management of Enterprise in Media, Entertainment and Sports. He has previously served as a member of the UCLA Foundation Board of Trustees.

“Peter Guber is extraordinarily deserving of the UCLA Medal, the most prestigious honor our university bestows,” said Judy Olian, the Anderson School’s dean and holder of the John E. Anderson Chair in Management. “Peter has been a trailblazer in entertainment, sports and business, with a string of successes that few achieve in one, let alone multiple fields. Remarkably, throughout his very hectic professional career, he has always taught at UCLA. With his hunger for lifelong learning, his intellectual curiosity, broad knowledge of business and entertainment, and infectious enthusiasm, he has impacted generations of young people.

“We are so lucky that Peter’s passion for education has been directed toward UCLA, and I am thrilled that he is being recognized with this special honor.”

Prior to Mandalay, Guber was chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment, chairman and CEO of Polygram Entertainment, co-founder of Casablanca Record & Filmworks and president of Columbia Pictures. Guber produced or executive produced (personally or through his companies) films that garnered five Best Picture Academy Award nominations (winning for Rain Man in 1989) and box-office hits that include Midnight Express, Flashdance, The Color Purple, Batman, The Kids Are All Right and Soul Surfer, among others. He is an owner of Dick Clark Productions, a leading independent producer of television programming such as the perennial hits American Music Awards, Golden Globe Awards and So You Think You Can Dance.

Guber is also a noted author whose works include Shoot Out: Surviving Fame and (Mis)Fortune in Hollywood, from which AMC’s TV series of the same name was adapted, and for which he served as host during the show’s seven-year run. His most recent business book, Tell to Win: Connect, Persuade, and Triumph with the Hidden Power of Story, became an instant No. 1 New York Times bestseller.

The UCLA Medal was established in 1979 and is awarded to those who have earned academic and professional acclaim, and whose work demonstrates the highest ideals of UCLA. Past recipients include entertainment luminaries Samuel Goldwyn, Rob Reiner, David Geffen and Francis Ford Coppola, as well as writer Toni Morrison, President Bill Clinton, architect I.M. Pei, UCLA basketball coach John Wooden, Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun and UCLA alumna and astronaut Anna Lee Fisher.


Posted: December 7, 2017

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Shelleen Greene

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Shelleen GreeneShelleen Greene’s research interests include Italian cinema, race and representation, Black European studies, postcolonial studies, digital feminist studies, and globalization and visual culture. Her book, Equivocal Subjects: Between Italy and Africa – Constructions of Racial and National Identity in the Italian Cinema (Continuum Press, 2012) examines the representation of mixed-race subjects of Italian and African descent in the Italian cinema, arguing that the changing cultural representations of mixed-race identity reveal shifts in the country’s conceptual paradigms of race and nation. Her recent work has been published in ADA: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology and Future Texts: Subversive Performance and Feminist Bodies (Parlor Press, 2015). Her work has also been published in From Terrone to Extracomunitario: New Manifestations of Racism in Contemporary Italian Cinema: Shifting Demographics and Changing Images in a Multi-Cultural Globalized Society (Troubador Press, 2010) and Postcolonial Italy: Challenging National Homogeneity (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).

She has presented at the University of Bologna, Italy; Queen Mary, University of London; the Calandra Italian American Institute, CUNY; the Society for Cinema and Media Studies annual conference; the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center at Indiana University; and Brown University.

Prior to UCLA TFT, Greene was an associate professor of writing & critical thinking at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Bard College and her Ph.D. in Program in Visual Studies from University of California, Irvine.

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BOOKS

Equivocal Subjects: Between Italy and Africa – Constructions of Racial and National Identity in the Italian Cinema. London and New York: Continuum Press, 2012.

BOOK CHAPTERS

“The New ‘Material Girls’: Madonna, ‘Millennial’ Pop Divas, and the Politics of Race and Gender.” Future Texts: Subversive Performance and Feminist Bodies. Edited by Vicki Callahan and Virginia Kuhn. Anderson, SC: Parlor Press, 2015. 13-26.

“Buffalo Soldiers on Film: Il soldato afroamericano nel cinema neorealista e postbellico italiano” (“Buffalo Soldiers on Film: The African American Soldier in Italian Neorealist and Postwar Cinema.”). L’Africa in Italia: per una controstoria postcoloniale del cinema italiano (Africa in Italy: Towards a Postcolonial Counterhistory of the Italian Cinema). Edited by Leonardo De Franceschi. Rome: Aracne, 2013. 93-108.

“La diaspora africana in Italia: immigrazione e identità nazionale in Waalo Fendo di Mohammed Soudani ed in Western Union: Small Boats di Isaac Julien.” (“The African Diaspora in Italy: Immigration and National Belonging in Mohammed Soudani’s Where the Earth Freezes and Isaac Julien’s Western Union: small boats”) in Un Nuovo Cinema Politico Italiano? Volume 1 (A New Italian Political Cinema? Volume 1). Edited by William Hope, Luciana d’Arcangeli, and Silvana Serra. Leicester, UK: Troubador, 2013. 187-198.

ARTICLES

“Bina 48: Race, Gender, and Queer Artificial Life.” ADA: A Journal of Gender, New Media and Technology. (2016) Issue 9. DOI: 10.7264/N3G44NKP.

“Talking About Whiteness: Using Digital Pedagogy to Interrogate Racial Privilege.” Critical Pedagogies in Neoliberal Times. Cinema Journal Teaching Dossier Vol. 3(2). Eds. Courtney Bailey and Julie Wilson. June 2015.

 

BOOK REVIEWS

Habeas Viscus: Racializing Assemblages, Biopolitics, and Black Feminist Theories of the Human. Alexander Weheliye. Duke University Press: Durham and London, 2014. 209 pp. Somatechnics. 6.1 (2016): 119-122.

“The Italian ‘Race’ and Its Discontents.” Bianco e Nero: Storia dell’identità razziale degli italiani. Gaia Giuliani and Cristina Lombardi-Diop. Milan: Mondadori Education S.p.A., 2013, 206 pp. g/s/i (gender/sexuality/Italy). August 2015.

Affirmative Reaction: New Formations of White Masculinity. Hamilton Carroll. Durham: Duke University Press, 2010, 221 pp. The Journal of Popular Culture. 45. 4 (August 2012): 917-920.

CATALOGUE ESSAYS

“Isaac Julien’s Expeditions.” Isaac Julien: Expeditions. Christina Dittrich ed. Milwaukee, WI: Milwaukee Art Museum, 2012. 30-59.

INVITED ESSAYS

“Il soldato americano.” (“The American Soldier in Italian Neorealist and Postwar Film.”) Italia A/R: Migrazioni nel/del cinema italiano (Italy A/R: Migrations to/from the Italian Cinema). Daniela Aronica and Vito Zagarrio, eds. Special Issue, Quaderni del CSCI, No. 8 (Annual Journal of Italian Cinema, The Center for the Study of Italian Cinema, No. 8) (2012): 177-179.

“Il Mulatto.” Italia A/R: Migrazioni nel/del cinema italiano (Italy A/R: Migrations to/from the Italian Cinema). Daniela Aronica and Vito Zagarrio, eds. Special Issue, Quaderni del CSCI, No. 8 (Annual Journal of Italian Cinema, The Center for the Study of Italian Cinema, No. 8) (2012): 208-209.

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Don Mancini

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Writer-director-producer Don Mancini created the Child’s Play franchise, the phenomenally successful series of horror movies featuring “Chucky,” the killer doll. Mancini wrote the screenplay for all seven films in the series, and directed Seed of Chucky (2004); Curse of Chucky (2013), which won Best International Feature at Montreal’s Fantasia Film Festival; and the franchise’s latest, Cult of Chucky, which was released in October 2017.

Mancini conceived the screenplay for the original Child’s Play in 1988, while an undergraduate student at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. In television, Mancini has been a writer-producer on NBC’s Hannibal, HBO’s Tales From the Crypt and SyFy’s anthology series Channel Zero. He has also appeared as a judge on Syfy’s reality competition series Face Off and Food Network’s Halloween Wars.

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Christopher Borey

Christopher Borey teaches Introduction to Screenwriting and Introduction to Film and Television Directing at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.

He grew up primarily in the Midwest and did his undergraduate work in film theory at the University of Michigan. After graduating, he moved to Los Angeles to partner with his brother and begin working as a screenwriter. Their first script, Open Grave, made the Blacklist in 2006 and launched their careers. Although they began in horror, they quickly branched into other genres including action, science fiction and drama. Borey continued to work as a screenwriter while he pursued his M.F.A. in directing at UCLA TFT.  While there, his short film At Falling Rock was a Directors Spotlight winner and also won the award for best screenplay.

Borey continues to work with his brother. They are currently working on multiple features on assignment, including an adaptation of a best-selling novel and a biopic.

 

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UCLA TFT grad student Liz Buda takes first place at the Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards

“GoldwynUCLA School of Theater, Film and Television screenwriting graduate student Liz Buda was named the first-place winner at the 62nd Annual Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards on Monday, Oct. 30, earning the $15,000 first-place prize for Zero Hour, one of four finalist scripts in contention from UCLA TFT.

John Goldwyn, president, and Tony Goldwyn, vice president, of the Samuel Goldwyn Foundation, announced the winners during the evening ceremony at the UCLA Faculty Center.

Joey Siara received the second-place prize ($7,500) for his script Goslinged. In a tie, the $4,000 third-place prize went to Godwin Itai Jabangwe for his script R.O.V.E.R. and Eric Mallory Morgan for his script Hole in the Sky. Morgan is a repeat winner. His script Tonya won the first-place prize in 2016.

The awards were started by Samuel Goldwyn, Sr. in 1955 at UCLA to encourage young film, stage and television writers. The awards are open to all students at any University of California campus and screenplays, teleplays and stage plays are accepted. Previous Goldwyn Awards winners include filmmakers Francis Ford Coppola, screenwriters Pamela Gray, Colin Higgins and Eric Roth, and novelist Jonathan Kellerman, among others.

The judges for this year’s Awards were Channing Dungey, president of ABC Entertainment; Chris Selak, executive vice president and head of worldwide scripted television for Lionsgate; and actress, producer and activist Kerry Washington.

Former winners of the Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards have written 893 films, television series and made-for-TV movies. These productions have won a total of 41 Academy Awards with 154 nominations, 74 Golden Globe Awards with 384 nominations, and 210 Emmys with 1,080 nominations. Many previous winners are also popular authors who, collectively, have published more than 164 books including many New York Times bestsellers.

  
 

Posted: October 31, 2017

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Nicholas La Terza

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“NickNicholas LaTerza teaches the graduate-level Producers Program class “Contracts and Negotiations” at UCLA TFT.

He is a veteran transactional lawyer and business affairs executive with experience in both theatrical features and television, and is currently associated with The Point Media in Beverly Hills, serving a broad range of industry clients.

LaTerza earned his B.S. and M.A. in English literature from Villanova University and his J.D. from the University of Toledo. He began practice with the firm of Kaplan, Livingston and became a partner with Sidley Austin. Thereafter, he held senior posts at New World Pictures, Largo Entertainment and Alliance Atlantis. Additionally, La Terza has written several screenplays and was represented by the William Morris Agency. A former professional pianist/vocalist and songwriter, he has had a nationally released CD and still performs regularly.

LaTerza holds voting memberships in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, as well as the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

A member emeritus and former co-chair of the UCLA Entertainment Law Symposium, La Terza also teaches courses in entertainment law and movie finance in the law schools at UCLA, UC Irvine and University of Miami.

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Shirley Davis is executive vice president, physical production at Alcon Entertainment. The Alcon Production group has overseen projects such as Dolphin Tale and its sequel; Joyful Noise; Beautiful Creatures; Prisoners; Transcendence; Point Break and Blade Runner 2049, starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford.

Davis has been the production executive on films in multiple states and countries; most recently she dealt with a myriad of film incentives on Point Break, which filmed in 11 countries and four states. Previously she was the vp, physical production at The Film Department where the TFD Production group oversaw Law Abiding Citizen and A Little Bit of Heaven.

Davis has also worked in film and TV production, since 1995, as a freelance line producer and production manager for most of the major studios and HBO Films, among others. In addition to film and television production, Davis has been a co-executive producer for a number of digital projects, including those for Mark Burnett Productions, MTV Networks, AOL and Yahoo.

Davis started her career in international sales distribution at Hearst Entertainment and Orion Pictures. She is a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Producer Guild of America.

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Carrie the Musical

Music by Michael Gore, Lyrics by Dean Pitchford; Book by Lawrence D. Cohen, based on the Stephen King novel
Musical Direction by Dan Belzer, Stage Direction by Nick DeGruccio
Vocal Direction by Jeremy Mann, Choreography by Lee Martino

Plagued by bullies at school and an oppressive mother at home, an awkward teenager finds her telekinetic powers and discovers she has the final revenge. Based on the smash novel, this musical delivers the legend of Carrie in a new and exciting way.

Performances
June 2-3, 6-10, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 2 p.m.
Little Theater

“A blood-spattering triumph” ó†Patrick Hurly, That Awesome Theatre Blog

“A thrill rideÖthe musical version of a haunted house” ó TheaterMania

“A full-throttle theatrical experience ó Cirque du Soleil meets Disneyland, with pig’s blood” ó Los Angeles Times

Stupid F#@king Bird

By Aaron Posner; Sort of adapted from The Seagull by Anton Chekhov
Original Music by James Sugg; Directed by Michelle Gong

A young director and a young actor rage against an older generation of artists and everyone discovers just how disappointing love, art and growing up can be. In this funny, irreverent new remix of Chekhov’s The Seagull, the timeless battle between young and old searches for the meaning of it all.

Performances
April 21-22; 25-29, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 2 p.m.
Little Theater

“The show is smart enough to have it both ways: It mines The Seagull for classical heft even while giving it the bird.” ó Washington Post

“Angsty, raw, and real, this play does not shy away from the hard, but well-discussed philosophical questions about art, reality, love and life and what it all means.” ó BroadwayWorld.com

“Öan accessible and unfailingly delightful jaunt into misery (or maybe we should say compromised happiness)ÖIt’s absorbing in its every glance and revealing in its every sigh.” ó Washington City Paper

OFF MAINSTAGE
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An Evening of Devised Work:
How to Survive an Unnatural Disaster

Collaborative works written and presented by M.F.A. artists.

WARNING: This production contains strong emotional content and themes dealing with grief and loss.

Performances
May 25-26, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
1340 Macgowan Hall

M.F.A. Ones

Original work by M.F.A. playwriting students

My Own Proper Atmosphere

By Cary Simowitz, Directed by Casey Stangl

Robyn, a second-year law student, has wanted to be a fast-track, ìbig lawî corporate attorney from the time she was 17. When an enigmatic, thoroughly fictional killer named Damien appears in her living room seeking a criminal defense attorney, however, Robynís life path veers forever off course.

Manic Mayhem, Inc.

By Jeffrey Limoncello, Directed by Bob White

An aspiring theater professional attempts to escape the clutches of her B-movie studio internship…from Hell!

Performances
June 9, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
June 10, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
1340 Macgowan Hall

OFF-OFF MAINSTAGE
(non-ticketed, no reservations)

The Shakespeare Project

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Joe Olivieri

A studio presentation A Midsummer Night’s Dream as part of the UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative Dream Revolution.

Performance
Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
Sunset Recreation Center Amphitheater

Project II

Two exciting plays from M.F.A. first-year directors

Nine

By Jane Shepard, Directed by Aya Saleh

Cowboy Mouth

By Sam Shepard, Directed by Sylvia Blush

Performances
June 8-10, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
1330 Macgowan Hall

The Lainie Kazan Project

Directed by Lainie Kazan

A studio presentation of songs.

Performances
June 10-11, 2017 at 8:30 p.m.
Monday, June 12 at 3:00 p.m.
1473 Melnitz Hall

Old, Blue, Borrowed, New

Directed by Tom O’Connor and Dacun Jung

A class presentation of movement and its impact in theatrical work.

Performances
Monday, June 12, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
1473 Melnitz Hall

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Opera: Cendrillon

Based on the version of Cinderella by Charles Perrault
Music by Jules Massenet, Libretto by Henri Cain; Conducted by Christopher Ocasek;

Stage Direction by Peter Kazaras;
Choreography by Kevin Williamson

This witty production is a new take on the Cinderella fable, complete with a wicked stepmother, a lost slipper and a clock about to strike midnight. Featuring graduate and undergraduate designers from the Department of Theater and undergraduate actors from the School of Music. Presented in collaboration with Opera UCLA, UCLA Philharmonia and the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. Performed in French with English supertitles.

Performances
Feb. 17 and 24, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 19 and Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017 at 2 p.m.
Freud Playhouse

“This is not quite the Cinderella story we all know. There are no mice, no pumpkins; instead, Massenet and his librettist Henri Cain seek to magnify the human drama in between the lines of Perrault’s fairytale.” ó The Guardian

Helen

By Euripides  
Translation by Carl Mueller
Directed by Michael Hackett

In the aftermath of the Trojan War, Helen finds herself stranded in a foreign land with a husband who believes she is an imposter. In this lyrical variation of the myth, Euripides presents a complex portrayal of a misunderstood heroine. Featuring M.F.A. actors from the Department of Theater.

Performances
March 9-11 and 14-18, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Saturdays, March 11 and 18, 2017 at 2 p.m.
Little Theater

“Euripides’ Helen is a bold experiment in the flexibility of tragedy.” ó Dustin Dixon in “Euripides’ Comic Muse: Cratinus’ Nemesis in Euripides’ Helen”

Sonnets For An Old Century

By Jose Rivera
Directed by Angela Lopez

Between life and afterlife, individuals tell their tales of sunsets, lovemaking and hallucinatory visions. Funny, lyrical and poignant, Jose Rivera’s monologues create a meditative dreamscape of existence. Interactively and experientially presented in a non-traditional performance space.

Performances
March 12-15, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
March 12, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.
Freud Playhouse

“JosÈ Rivera, a recipient of many theater awards who also writes for television and movies, should be commended for remaining faithful to the art of the stage.” ó Theatermania

“Now we have a Spoon River Anthology to call our own, a work whose scope and insights begin to suggest an Our Town for our generation.” ó Byron Woods, The Independent

“This is a deceptively simple work. Yet it builds in its intensity as each storyteller brings his or her own story to life. These are people that we would meet on the street; they are ordinary souls. But their stories are not.” ó Alan R. Hall, Front Row Center

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Project III

Four exciting plays from M.F.A. second-year directors

1340 Macgowan Hall

The Emigrants

By Slawomir Mrozek
Directed by Evelina Stampa

Performances
February 23-25, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
February 25, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.

I Am the Wind

By Jon Fosse
Directed by Charles Jin

Performances
March 2-4, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
March 4, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.
Freud Playhouse

The Chairs

By EugËne Ionesco
Directed by Ying Yan

Performances
March 9-11, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
March 11, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.
Freud Playhouse

Venus

By Suzan-Lori Parks
Directed by Jayongela Wilder

Performances
March 16-18, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

OFF-OFF MAINSTAGE
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Directing Continuum

A showing of work from undergraduate directing students.

Performances
Feb. 15-17, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
1330 Macgowan Hall

FALL 2016

MAINSTAGE

The New Play Festival 2016

1340 Macgowan Hall

Cheap Laughs
By Josh Segal, Directed by Roxie Perkins
Van Macaw didn’t kill a guy. The audience loved his response to the heckler during his stand-up. One suicide later, Van’s career is on the skids. Will he seek redemption? Or will he rise above this trivial distraction and focus on what really matters: Getting some cheap laughs?

Performances
Nov. 3-5, 2016 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016 at 2 p.m.

Gamers
By Scott Barnhardt, Directed by Jeff Maynard
Violence. Cynicism. Sex. Lithuanian Pastry. The dog-eat-dog world of competitive eSports is not known for its sweetness. But when Paul Elliot Anderson, the world’s most optimistic orphan, is hiredÖGame Over.

Performances
Nov. 10-12, 2016 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016 at 2 p.m.

Monsters We Imagined
By Paula Vesala, Directed by Eric Hoff
The last encounter of a novelist and her obsessed fan, a teenaged boy. Can one damaged soul help another?

What if there’s a human under a monster’s bed?

Performances
Nov. 17-19, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 at 2 p.m.

The Winds of Ariston
By Patrick Hurley, Directed by Casey Kringlen
From Ancient Greece to present-day New York City, one man soars across time and space as untold gay histories collide with one another. Weathering the tragic winds of yesterday, he finally arrives on the cusp of a better tomorrow.

Performances
Dec. 1-3, 2016 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 at 2 p.m.

Three Sisters

By Anton Chekhov, Adapted by Sarah Ruhl 
Directed by J.Ed Araiza 

Olga, Masha and Irina long to leave their sleepy, backward provincial town and get back into the glamorous city of Moscow.†Contemporary playwright Sarah Ruhl gives a fresh look at the classic drama about big dreams stuck in a small town.

Performances
Nov. 4-5, 8-12, 2016 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016 at 2 p.m.
Little Theater

"Luminous!…A crisp, breezy new English version by Sarah Ruhl. Its fierce beauty suffuses every moment and reaches for immortality."

ó† San Francisco Chronicle

"Sarah Ruhl’s smart new translation…feels just right to contemporary American ears: Lean, colloquial and conversational for us, and true to Chekhov’s original." ó  Cincinnatti Enquirer

"Working with a crisp, breezy new English version by Sarah Ruhl (based on a literal translation)…Chekhov’s masterpiece [comes] to life as if it were taking place today. And 110 years ago." ó  SFGate

Our Country’s Good

By Timberlake Wertenbaker
Directed by guest director Monica Payne

This highly theatrical production, set in the midst of the colonization of Australia, examines issues of power, class, and whether or not those who are incarcerated deserve humane treatment.

Performances
Nov. 30-Dec. 3, 2016 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 at 2 p.m.
Little Theater

“A remarkable celebration of theatre’s potential to regenerate lost souls.” ó Evening Standard

“It brings to vivid, splendidly orchestrated life the earthy, scabrous humour amongst the convicts; the brutality of their treatment; and the fractiousness of the naval officers living on their nerves at the other side of the world.” ó Paul Taylor for The Independent

OFF-OFF MAINSTAGE
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Project II 

Four exciting plays from UCLA TFT M.F.A. second-year directors

Performances
Nov. 17-19 and Dec. 1-3, 2016 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 19 and Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 at 2 p.m.
1330 Macgowan Hall

Sunday in the Park With George 

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; Book by James Lapine
Directed by Jeremy Mann

Performances
Dec. 5-6, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.
Theater Lab, 1473 Melnitz Hall

The Capstone Readings

Exciting new works written by our undergraduate playwrights

Performances
Dec. 5-9, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.
1330 Macgowan Hall

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Timothy Stack

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“Tim
Tim Stack, who has more than 35 years of experience in the entertainment industry, began his career as an actor. He joined the Groundlings in 1980, working with such notables as Paul “Pee Wee Herman” Reubens and the late Phil Hartman. Small movie roles and TV guest shots led to him to getting his first series, ABC’s Reggie, in 1983; NBC’s Our Time in 1985; and Fox’s Parker Lewis Can’t Lose in 1989.  During this time, he also began writing. With two TV movies and some sitcom episodes to his credit, he got his first staff job in 1993 on the ABC series On Our Own. The following year, he was able to combine his two talents, acting and writing, by co-creating and starring in the E! Entertainment talk-show spoof Nightstand With Dick Dietrick. In 2000, he partnered with FX and Howard Stern for the Baywatch spoof Son of the Beach. Since then he has been a writer and producer on such shows as NBC’s My Name Is Earl, Fox’s Raising Hope, CBS’ The Millers and, most recently, Disney XD’s Kirby Buckets.

As a producer, he currently has a mini-series in development at HBO based on The Moulin Rouge, a 1950s Las Vegas hotel.