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Upcoming Performances
  Wagner New Play Festival 2018


directed by Bea Basso

Show dates:
Wednesday, May 9th @ 7:30pm
   Saturday, May 12th @ 7:30pm
   Tuesday, May 15th @ 7:30pm
   Friday, May 18th @ 7:30pm
   Saturday, May 19th @ 7pm  

Location:   Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre


Three moms, a stay-at-home dad, and a nanny watch their kids play at Mommy-Baby Meetup. One mom is the queen bee and one is here to shake things up. The dad just wants to fit in, and the nanny doesn’t say a word. When catastrophe comes, the five of them have to figure out how to survive a war and each other. MOTHERS examines the primal heartache of raising children in a disintegrating world.

About the Playwright

Anna Moench's plays have been produced at 59E59, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Flea, NYU Tisch, the Old Vic, Indiana University of PA, Dance Theater Workshop, FringeNYC, and beyond. Awards include a NYFA Fellowship, a Jerome Fellowship, a Van Lier Fellowship, the Jerome Travel Grant, two EST/Sloan commissions, and residencies at Yaddo, Baltimore’s CENTERSTAGE, and BRIC Arts. Current and upcoming productions include The Pillow Book at Baltimore’s Cohesion Theatre, coproduced by Strand Theater, and In Quietness at NYC’s Walker Space with Dutch Kills Theater. 

About the Director

Bea Basso is ensemble member with Affinity Project, whose pieces have been presented at CounterPulse, furyFactory, A.C.T.’s Costume Shop, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and one of them named one of “five wildest theatrical moments of 2015” (with Wooster Group and Rude Mechs) by KQED/Theater Junkie. Bea co-devises, performs, and directs an in-process series on migration and dislocation with actress Valentina Emeri, produced at Diasporas Festival and Cutting Ball Theater in San Francisco. She has launched and dramaturged many new play processes with writers including Julia Cho, Ursula Rani Sarma, and Christina Anderson. As a producer, she recently served as A.C.T.’s Director of New Work, and curates a platform for artists practicing north and south of the Tijuana/San Diego border. Bea’s co-translations/adaptations have been produced at A.C.T., Santa Cruz Shakespeare, and OSF. She has taught at Yale University School of Drama, A.C.T., and recently created the UCSD undergraduate class “Collaborative Practices in Contemporary Performance”. She is a graduate in theater and classics from the University of Padua, Italy, and of Wesleyan University’s Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance.​

The Cast

VICK – Amara Granderson
ARIANA – Janet Fiki
MEG – Nicole Javier
TY – David Price
GLADYS – Mo Rodvanich

The Creative Team

Director – Bea Basso
Scenic Designer – Yi-Chien Lee
Costume Designer – Dorottya Vincze
Lighting Designer – Justin Beets
Sound Designer – Steven Leffue
Vocal Coach – Ursula Meyer
Dramaturg – Shirley Fishman
Assistant Directors –  Ayla Guttman, Micaela Martinez
Assistant Scenic Designer – Chi-wei Lin
Assistant Lighting Designer –  Eunice Kim
Production Stage Manager – Nicholas Lambros Smith
Assistant Stage Manager – Maggie Allen, Mariah Tobin

Performances Parking & Location

Located at:   Sheila and Hughes Potiker 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.






May 9th

May 12th

May 15th

May 18th

May 19th





Advance tickets for this production are available Monday-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 – Comp Request for Mothers >>


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