How to Defend Yourself
By Lily Padilla
Directed by Marti Lyons
Production Photos from How to Defend Yourself at the 43rd Humana Festival with Actors Theatre of Louisville
Molly Adea - Nikki | David Ball - Andy | Anna Crivelli - Brandi |
Abby Leigh Huffstetler - Kara | Ariana Mahallati - Mojdeh | Jonathan Moises Olivares - Eggo | Gabriela Ortega - Diana
Playwright: Lily Padilla | Director: Marti Lyons | Dramaturg: Jessica Reese | Scenic Designer: Kimie Nishikawa | Costume Designer: Dina Abd El-Aziz | Lighting Designer: Heather Gilbert | Sound Designer: Luqman Brown | Movement Director: Stephanie Paul | Fight Director: Drew Fracher | Stage Manager: Jan Hubert
Brandi starts teaching her peers self-defense after fraternity brothers assault one of her sorority sisters. Visceral and provocative, How to Defend Yourself examines the impact of rape culture, on campus and beyond.
Production photos from Self-Conchas at OnStage Playhouse
Molly Adea - Shelly
Hannah Trujillo - Concha
Lupe Saucedo - Consuelo
Written by Wendy Maples, Crystal Mercado, Veronica Burgess, Carlenne Lacosta, Reanne Lacosta, Nicole Odiawa, Natalie Ovalle, Mel Rico, Sinai Rico, Natalie Tommasino, Alejandra Villanueva, Sofia Zaragoza
Self-Conchas is about three San Diego girls - a Chicana, a Filipina, and a Mexicana - explore their immigrant identities all while surviving their first year in a new territory: middle school.
By Bocon Arts and TuYo Theatre
Directed by Wendy Maples and Crystal Mercado
Wagner New Play Festival
Molly Adea - Nikki | Mary Rose Branick - Kara | Ariana Mahallati - Mojdeh | Fedra Ramirez - Diana | Trevor Rintzler - Eggo | Garrett Schulte - Andy | Andrea Van Den Boogard - Brandi
Scenic Designer: Yi-Chien Lee | Costume Designer: Annie Le | Lighting Designer: Minjoo Kim | Sound Designer: Steven Leffue | Dramaturg: Gabe Greene | Production Stage Manager: Amber R. Dettmers
Seven college students gather for a DIY self-defense workshop after a sorority sister is raped. HOW TO DEFEND YOURSELF explores what you want, how to ask for it, and the insidious ways rape culture steals one's body and sense of belonging.
How to Defend Yourself
By Lily Padilla
Directed by Kim Rubinstein
By Caryll Churchill
Directed by Jon Reimer
Production photos from The Skriker at UCSD
Molly Adea | Cassandra Gutierrez | Yan Chen | Olivia Torres | Ceres Trinh | Sylvette Teman | Jalani Blankenship | Ryan Martinez | Erin Li | Isabele De Lima | Sarah Gray | Alexandra King | Levani Korganashvili | Emma Langton | Stephen Lightfoot | Natalie Lin | Andrew Olson | August Robinson | Jamie Scangarella
Scenic Designer: Nancy Chao | Costume Designer: Samantha Englander | Lighting Designer: Michelle Yang Xiao | Sound Designer and Composer:James Reid| Dramaturg and Vocal Coach: Kristen Tregar | Music Director: James Forest Reid | Assistant Director: Farah Dinga | Production Stage Manager: Bryan P. Clements | Assistant Stage Managers: Hope Binfeng Ding, Hazel Park
An ancient fairy that shapeshifts into various people as it pursues Lily and Josie, two teenage mothers whom it befriends, manipulates, seduces, and entraps. Blending naturalism, horror and magical realism, The Skriker is a fantastical story of love, loss, and revenge.
What of the Night
By Maria Irene Fornes
Directed by Katie Pearl
Molly Adea | Mary Rose Branick | DeLeon Dallas | Janet Fiki | Kyle Hester | Nicole Javier | Levani Korganashvili | Kim Monks | Allyn Moriyon | Jenna Nimri | Mo Rodvanich | Alexandra Velazquez | Anna Younce
Scenic Designer: Matthew Herman | Costume Designer: Junior Bergman | Lighting Designer: Brandon H Rosen | Sound Designer: Zhongran Carren Wang | Assistant Scenic Designer: Hsi-An Chen | Assistant Costume Designer: Chris Flagstad, Katie Mai | Assistant Lighting Designer: Mextly Almeda | Assistant Sound Designer: Mae Ann Ross | Production Stage Manager: Ashley Martin | Asst. Stage Manager: Willie Mae Michiels, Jacob Halpern-Weitzman
What of the Night? is a tender and brutal telling of the impossibility of love and the spiritual disintegration that happens when the stranglehold of poverty-- or the forces of great wealth--infiltrate the inner workings of our lives and relationships.
By Duncan Sheik, Steven Sater
Directed by Nicole McEntee
Production photos from Spring Awakening with Muir Musical at UCSD.
Molly Adea | Justin David Sullivan | Austyn Myers | Kevin Maneffa | Andres Lagang | Angelina Shea Harris | Miranda Evans | Chris Thomas | Christopher Hutchinson | Erin Li | Natalie Lydick | Martha Sheets | Edward Chen | Jared Baumgartner | Edward Orea | Chloris Li | Karlie Garcia | Jacob Ugalde | Shayne Cole | Andrew Paiva
Stage Manager: Kendra Toy| Music Director: Cedric Agatep | ASM: Michael Wogulis | Costume Designer: Layla Forghani | Lighting: Ben Hsu | Sound: Jonathan Ang
The winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, told by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater. Spring Awakening explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with a poignancy and passion that is illuminating and unforgettable. The landmark musical is an electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality and rock and roll that is exhilarating audiences across the nation like no other musical in years.
25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Directed by Brandon Sherman
Musical Director Benjamin Goniea
An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box.
Directed by Todd Hulet
Musical Director Marc Marger
Production Photos from Legally Blonde the Musical at Camino Real Playhouse.
Elle Woods appears to have it all. Her life is turned upside down when her boyfriend Warner dumps her so he can attend Harvard Law. Determined to get him back, Elle ingeniously charms her way into the prestigious law school. While there, she struggles with peers, professors and her ex. With the support of some new friends, though, Elle quickly realizes her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world.