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  • Writer's pictureMolly Adea

Molly Adea CAST in Gruesome Playground Injuries by Rajiv Joseph, directed by Carla Harting

Molly Adea has been cast as Kayleen in Gruesome Playground Injuries!!! Come see her perform in the Arthur Wagner Theatre at UCSD!

Directed by Carla Harting

About the play

Kayleen and Dougie are friends whose lives collide, split and intersect over a 30 year span. This revealing and funny play is explored as an ensemble, with a company inhabiting these two characters who, despite some bloodshed, try to make their way to each other.

About the Playwright: Rajiv Joseph

Rajiv Joseph is a Pulitzer Prize finalist and an award winning playwright. Rajiv has been called “daring, magnificent, and virtuosic” by the L.A. Times. Rajiv Joseph wrote Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (a 2010 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize), Huck and Holden, Gruesome Playground Injuries, Animals Out of Paper, The Monster at the Door, and The North Pool. He is the book-writer and co-lyricist for the upcoming musical, Fly, adapted from JM Barrie’s novel, Peter Pan. Rajiv Joseph received his BA in Creative Writing from Miami University and his MFA in Playwriting from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He served for three years in the Peace Corps in Senegal, West Africa. Rajiv has been awarded a United States Artists Grant, the Whiting Award, the Glickman Award, and the National Endowment for the Arts Outstanding New American Play grant. (Silk Road Rising)

About the Director

Carla Harting is an actor who has worked extensively in New York and all over the country. Carla has collaborated with Sarah Ruhl on several of her new plays, including the premiere of Dead Man’s Cell Phone at Playwrights Horizons, Eurydice at Yale Rep and Second Stage Theatre, as well as Passion Play at Arena Stage. New York theatre credits include Dreams of the Washer King (Playwrights Realm), Kid-Simple (Summer Play Festival), Valparaiso (Rude Mechanicals), Jimmy Carter Was a Democrat (Clubbed Thumb, Performance Space 122, The Kitchen), Freakshow and Late: A Cowboy Song (Clubbed Thumb), Be Aggressive (Soho Repertory Theater) and Straight Up & with a Twist (New Georges). Her regional work includes Goldie, Max & Milk (Florida Stage), Legacy of Light, A Delicate Balance, and Passion Play (Arena Stage), The Lady from Dubuque (Seattle Repertory Theatre)), The Scene, After Ashley, Kid-Simple, Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls and The Blue Room (various Humana Festivals at ATL), Night and Day (The Wilma Theater), What the Butler Saw (South Coast Repertory), Uncle Vanya, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Imaginary Invalid, and Zoot Suit (San Diego Repertory Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (La Jolla Playhouse), Our Country’s Good (Signature Theatre Company, DC) and The Bright and Bold Design (The Studio Theatre, DC). In San Diego, Carla’s recent work includes Outside Mullingar (San Diego Rep), Betrayal (North Coast Rep), Fool For Love (Cygnet), and August Osage County (The Old Globe) for which the cast received a Craig Noel Award for Best Ensemble. Carla’s film and television credits include Never Forever with Vera Farmiga, “Law & Order” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.” Carla received her BA from the College of William & Mary and an MFA in Acting from UCSD.

The Creative Team

Director – Carla Harting Scenic Designer – Bobbie Helland Costume Designer – Brooke Rector Lighting Designer – I Teng Sou Sound Designer – Justin Livengood Assistant Director – Ashlyn Barnett Dramaturg – Kristen Tregar Production Stage Manager – Mona Gutierrez Asst. Stage Manager – Blake Ramirez Production Assistants – Hannah Hillman, Vera Long

Performances at the Arthur Wagner Theatre

Wednesday June 7 @ 7:30PM

Thursday June 8 @ 7:30PM

Friday June 9 @ 7:30PM

Saturday June 10 @ 2:00PM

Saturday June 10 @ 7:30PM

(Information taken from the UC San Diego Theatre and Dance website)

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