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Peer Gynt

by Henrik Ibsen

directed by Charlie Oates

Show dates:   June 6, 7, 8 & 9 @ 7:30pm,
June 9 @ 2pm

Theodore and Adele Shank Theatre

About the Play

The young Peer Gynt, cocky, rebellious, and sharply irreverent, leaves his family's home to strike out on his own. His journey becomes a quest and a lifelong pursuit of.... himself. On the way he meets up with a host of characters, commits crimes, travels to North Africa and eventually as a middle aged man, returns home. Though he doesn't deserve it, the woman who loves him is waiting for him.

About the Playwright
Henrik Johan Ibsen was a major 19th-century Norwegian playwright, theatre director, and poet. He is often referred to as "the father of realism" and is one of the founders of Modernism in theatre. He is the most frequently performed dramatist in the world after Shakespeare, and by the early 20th century A Doll's House became the world's most performed play. Learn more at Wikipedia.org
About the Director

Charlie Oates has performed on the streets in the U.S. and Europe, collaborated on new performance events with dancers and musicians, developed site specific performances for museums and unusual architectural spaces, created many performances for young audiences and performed his original solo works at theatres and festivals around the world.

Most recently, he has developed and directed several new projects including Save You, Hate Me in Berlin, directed Around the World in 80 Days at the Creede Repertory Theatre in Colorado, Fool for Love for Chalk Rep in Los Angeles and arranged the fights and movement for Herbert Siguenza's Steal Heaven at the San Diego Rep. During the past year, he directed a physical theatre adaptation of War of the Worlds at UCSD and Ben Fisher's new play, Damascus for the Wagner New Play Festival. His production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels played at the Creede Repertory theatre in the summer of 2016.

As a movement coach and fight choreographer Oates has worked at many theatres including the La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, Cincinnati Playhouse, San Diego Rep and the Denver Center Theatre Company. He has been a guest artist and teacher in many leading actor training programs in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Senegal, Sweden and China.

He was a recipient of the 2016 Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award at UC San Diego.

Director's Statement

Peer Gynt is an investigation of a life: the nuances of character, the impact of geography and culture on a person, the place of love and family and the definition of home. It is expansive in nature tracing Peer's travels through the mountains, his discovery of the mountain trolls through his exploration of Morocco before returning as an older and wiser man. In the end he is left to assess his life, something we all inevitably must do.

The Cast

Elizabeth Blackwell – Steward, Ingrid, Troll Maiden, Anitra,
    Fuchs, Stranger
Jalani Blankenship –  Ase, Hussein
Isabella Calabrese – Mad’s Mother, Old Man of the Mountain,
    Begriffenfeld, Helmsman
Vanessa Fitzpatrick – Helga, Schafman, Eberkopf, Button
    Moulder, Herdgirl
Jingtao Lei – Aslak, Guest Mikkel, Ship’s Captain
Brennen Mahon – Young Peer, Boatswain
Andrew Olson – Mads, Troll Child, Ballon, Lunatic Thin Person,       Herdgirl
Toshiaki Ono – Middle Aged Peer, Ingrid’s Father
Tatiana Quiapo – Solveig, Huhu
August Robinson – Old Peer, Solveig’s Father
Jamie Scangarella – Woman in Green, Herdgirl, Watch
Hailey Schneider – Solveig’s Mother, Troll Chamberlain, Cotton,
Simrandeep Singh – Mads’s Father, Voice (The Great Boyg),
   Trumpetblast, Mads' Father, Cook
Jane Yao – Kari, Egyptian, Crewman

Additional roles: Narration, Young Men/Women, Guests, Men/Women, Girls, Troll Women, Trolls/ Troll Children, etc. played by the company.

The Creative Team

Director – Charlie Oates
Scenic Designer –  Nancy Chao
Costume Designer –  Evan Kwong
Lighting Designer –  Hazel Hyunjung Park
Sound Designer –  Justin Livengood
Dramaturg –  Kristin Leadbetter
Assistant Director –  Blake Ramirez
Assistant Director –  Beren Yildirim
Assistant Scenic Designer –  Biying Ding
Assistant Scenic Designer –  Michael Wogulis
Assistant Costume Designer –  Samantha Englander
Production Stage Manager – Louis Chen
Assistant Stage Manager –  Teagan Rutkowski
Production Assistant – Charlie Dichen Cui

Performances Parking & Location

Located at: Theodore and Adele Shank Theatre

Parking Passes Required: Monday through Friday. Weeknight passes are $2 per vehicle from the vending machines located in the UC San Diego Theatre District/La Jolla Playhouse parking lots and entry display case. Please remember your parking space number. You will need it to purchase your parking pass.

Note: Machines take all major credit cards except Discover and when paying with cash you must use exact change, NO CHANGE GIVEN.

Parking Passes Not Required: Saturdays and Sundays


Cars without permits are subject to ticketing by UCSD Campus Police. The Theatre & Dance Department does not have the authority to waive and cannot pay parking tickets.





June 6

June 7

June 8

June 9

June 9
7:30 pm     OPENING

7:30 pm  

7:30 pm  

2:00 pm

7:30 pm     CLOSING

Advance tickets for this production are available Tuesday-Friday, noon to 6 pm by calling the Box Office at 858.534.4574 or in person at the Theatre District’s Central Box Office at the Sheila & Hughes Potiker Theatre.

At-the-Door tickets, if available, can be purchased one hour before show time at the performing theatre’s box office at Mandell Weiss Theatre.

General Admission: $20
UCSD Faculty/Staff/Alumni Association, and Seniors (over 62): $15
UCSD Students/UCSD Alumni Association (with ID): $10

Please note: No late seating; no refunds.

Theatre & Dance Faculty, Staff & Majors Only >>


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