Department of Theater 2015-16 Season

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

*For RUSH EVENTS, seats are complimentary. Please arrive at the theater at least 30 minutes prior to show time. Seats will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. No reservations or tickets are required for these shows.

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

Unless otherwise noted, undergraduate acting students from the Department of Theater perform in all productions.

Fall 2015

November

Cloud 9

By Caryl Churchill
Directed by April Shawhan

In this hilarious and raunchy play from preeminent playwright Caryl Churchill, the sexual repression of a Victorian family is liberated by their inexplicable transportation to modern London.

Performances
Nov. 6-7 and 10-14, 2015 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015 at 2 p.m.
1340 Macgowan Hall

LIFE ON THE PRACA ROOSEVELT
(Das Leben auf der Praca Roosevelt)

By Dea Loher, Translation by David Tushingham
Directed by Marike Splint
Featuring M.F.A. actors from the Department of Theaterz

An intriguing drama from Loher, one of Germany’s leading contemporary playwrights, Life on the Praça Roosevelt spotlights the lonely individuals who live and work near a busy square in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Performances
Nov. 13-14 and 17-21, 2015 at 8 p.m.
Little Theater

LAINIE'S CABARET
A CELEBRATION OF FRANK SINATRA: 100 YEARS

Conceived and directed by Lainie Kazan
Featuring the UCLA Jazz Orchestra; Directed by Charley Harrison

Film, television and Broadway star Lainie Kazan directs undergraduate performers in the Ray Bolger Musical Theater Program as they transport audiences to the world of Ol’ Blue Eyes.

Performances
Nov. 19-21, 2015 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015 at 2 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015 at 3 p.m.
Freud Playhouse

 

Winter 2016

January-February

EURYDICE

By Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Darcie Crager

Dying on her wedding day, Eurydice struggles to remember her lost love on her journey through the Underworld. In this contemporary retelling of the classic myth, a young woman braves torrents of water, forgetfulness and nasty people.

Performances
Jan. 29-30 and Feb. 2-6, 2016 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 at 2 p.m.
Little Theater

OPERA: COSI FAN TUTTE

Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte
Conducted by Neal Stulberg; Stage Direction by Peter Kazaras

False identities, deception and a battle of wits drive this comic opera: Two soldiers make a bet that their lovers will not betray them. Presented in collaboration with Opera UCLA, UCLA Philharmonia and the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.

Performances
Feb. 12 and 19, 2016 at 8 p.m.
Feb. 14 and 21, 2016 at 2 p.m.
Freud Playhouse

March

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Ellen Lauren
Featuring M.F.A. actors from the Department of Theater

In one of the most beloved comedies from the Bard, four lovers romp in the forest on a warm summer night and are joined by royalty, itinerant actors and fairies.

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

The 2016 MFA ONES

Original work by M.F.A. Playwriting students

LAYLA LEVY LAYLA By Kit Lascher; Directed by Shichang Charles Jin
SOLICIT THIS By Joe Samaniego; Directed by Evelina Stampa
Performances: March 9 and 11, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

THE QUEEN OF TENT CITY By Anna Fox; Directed by Jayongela Wilder
THE GIFT By Scott Barnhardt, Sachandra Grandoit, Patrick Hurley, Josh Segal and Paula Vesala; Directed by Brendan Hartnett
Performances: March 10 and 12, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

All performances at 1473 Melnitz Hall | This is a RUSH Event.*

The Trojan Women

By Euripides
Translation by Carl Mueller

Directed by Angela Lopez and Michelle Gong

Performances
March 10-12, 2016 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 2 p.m.
1340 Macgowan Hall

 

Spring 2016

May

RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN'S CAROUSEL

Music by Richard Rodgers, Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Original dances by Agnes de Mille; Stage direction by Jeremy Mann; Musical direction by Dan Belzer

After a lifetime of mistakes, Billy Bigelow returns to Earth for one day to right the wrongs of his misguided youth and to help his lonely daughter in this classic musical. A Ray Bolger Musical Theater production

Performances
May 6-7, 10-14, 2016 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 2 p.m.
Freud Playhouse

May-June

THE TRAGEDY OF CARMEN

Adapted from Bizet’s opera by Marius Constant, Jean‐Claude Carrière and Peter Brook; English translation by Sheldon Harnick
Conducted by Maxim Kuzin; Stage direction by Brendan Hartnett

A gypsy, a soldier and a toreador form a fiery love triangle in this adaptation of the classic opera.

Performances
May 27-28, 31 and June 2-4, 2016 at 8 p.m.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 2 p.m.
Little Theater

June

AN EVENING OF DEVISED WORK

Projects devised and performed by the first-year M.F.A. Interdisciplinary Program in Acting and Directing

Performances
May 26-27, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
1340 Macgowan Hall
This is a RUSH Event.*

DESIGN SHOWCASE WEST

Held at UCLA TFT each year, Design Showcase West is the only national entertainment design showcase on the West Coast featuring the work of students graduating from the nation’s top university design programs, including UCLA; UC San Diego; UC Irvine; UC Davis; CalArts; NYU; University of Missouri, Kansas City; University of Texas at Austin; University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Exhibits range from costume design to set, sound and lighting design.

Event details
Saturday, June 4, 2016
Free and open to the public from 2-5 p.m.
Freud Playhouse

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