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Upcoming Performances
  Wagner New Play Festival 2018


directed by Dylan Key

Show dates:
   Thursday, May 10th @ 7:30pm
   Saturday, May 12th @ 2pm
   Saturday, May 12th @ 7:30pm
   Thursday, May 17th @ 7:30pm
   Saturday, May 19th @ 2:30pm 

Location: Theodore and Adele Shank Theatre


When you're on SEAL Team 5 and a new guy joins your fire team, you invite him over for dinner. That's just what you do. But what if his wife shows up splattered in artichoke dip and doesn't seem to know when to shut up? It's T-minus 2 months to deployment, so you better hope this dude's chaos will clear itself up once real shit hits the fan. SERE (a.k.a. Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape) asks what it means to be a soldier in today's America and what it means to love one.

About the Playwright

Ava Geyer is a second-year MFA Playwriting student. Awards and commissions from Princeton University include the Francis LeMoyne Page Award, an Alex Adams commission and the Stanley J. Seeger Fellowship. Recent projects include Invisible Thread at Second Stage Theatre in New York (assistant to Matt Gould and Griffin Matthews). BA: Princeton University, 2015.

About the Director

Dylan Key is a second-year MFA Directing candidate. His work has been seen at the La Jolla Playhouse (WoW Festival), Undermain Theatre, the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Actor's Lab, Kitchen Dog Theater, and site-specific work throughout Dallas. He spent five years as the Artistic Associate for Undermain Theatre and co-founded Shakespeare in the Bar and TRIBE, for which he was named a 2016 Dallas Mastermind. He has trained with Anne Bogart and the SITI Company, Marc Bamuthi Joseph and the Living Word Project, and is an alumni of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab. BA: University of Dallas UC San Diego Credits: Othello, (w)holeness (WNPF 2017).

The Cast

MALCOLM – Sidney Hill
CHRIS – Brandon O’Sullivan
ALEC – Allyn Moriyon
PAIGE – Christine Penn
DES – Gina Cioffi
MARI – Farah Dinga
ELLEN – Serina Estrada

The Creative Team

Director – Dylan Key
Scenic Designer – Samuel Keamy-Minor
Costume Designer – Christopher Flagstad
Lighting Designer – Mextly Almeda
Sound Designer – MaeAnn Ross
Vocal Coach – Ursula Meyer
Dramaturg – Gabe Greene
Research Dramaturg – Kristin Leadbetter
Assistant Director – Joyce Lai
Assistant Lighting Designer – Hazel Park
Production Stage Manager – Jacob Halpern Weitzman
Assistant Stage Manager – Rosanna Wong
Production Assistant – Chloe Miller
Sub Stage Manager –  Tyler Larson

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.






May 10th

May 12th

May 12th

May 17th

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 SERE >>


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