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 hired…Game 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."
—  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." —  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." —  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.” — 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.” — Paul Taylor for The Independent

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

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, Time TBD
1330 Macgowan Hall

WINTER 2016

MAINSTAGE

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.” — 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.” — 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
Dates TBD
Location TBD

“José 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.” — 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.” — 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.” — Alan R. Hall, Front Row Center

OFF MAINSTAGE
(non-ticketed, online reservations)

Project III

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

Performances
Feb. 23-25; March 2-4; 9‐11 and 16-18, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Saturdays, Feb. 25, March 4, 11 and 18, 2017 at 2 p.m.
1340 Macgowan Hall

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

Directing Continuum

A showing of work from undergraduate directing students.

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

SPRING 2017

MAINSTAGE

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.” — 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.” — BroadwayWorld.com

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

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
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” — Patrick Hurly, That Awesome Theatre Blog

“A thrill ride…the musical version of a haunted house” — TheaterMania

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

OFF MAINSTAGE
(non-ticketed, online reservations)

An Evening of Devised Work

Collaborative works written and presented by the first-year M.F.A. artists.

Performances
Dates TBD
1340 Macgowan Hall

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

Project II

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

Performances
June 8-10, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 2 p.m.
1330 Macgowan Hall

M.F.A. Ones

Performances
Dates TBD
Location TBD

The Shakespeare Project

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Joe Olivieri

A studio presentation of one of Shakespeare's greatest plays.

Performances
Dates April 2017
Location TBD

A Movement Project

Directed by Tom O’Connor

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

Performances
Dates TBD
Location TBD

TICKET AND PARKING INFO

Tickets: CTO (310) 825–2101; www.tft.ucla.edu/theatertickets

Parking: $12. Structure 3 (245 Charles E. Young Drive East)

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