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A Reading

by Dave Harris

directed by Maddie Williams

Show date:  Friday, May 17 @ 2:00pm                       

Arthur Wagner Theatre

About the Play

coming soon
About the Playwright
Dave Harris is a poet and playwright from West Philly. His plays include EVERYBODY BLACK (Actor's Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival 2019), WHITE HISTORY (Victory Gardens Ignition Festival, finalist O'Neill, semi-finalist The Relentless Award), INCENDIARY (Venturous Fellowship at The Lark, NNPN/The Kennedy Center MFA Workshop), EXCEPTION TO THE RULE (Roundabout Underground Reading Series, finalist O'Neill), and TAMBO & BONES (Black Swan Lab at Oregon Shakespeare Fest, SPACE on Ryder Farm) amongst others. He is a member of The Working Farm at SPACE on Ryder Farm, a Cave Canem Poetry Fellow, and a 2018 Venturous Fellow at The Lark. His first full-length collection of poetry, Patricide, will be published in May 2019 from Button Poetry. Dave received his B.A. from Yale and is a second year MFA playwright at UC San Diego.

Check out Dave in the WNPF Interview Series on YouTube >>
About the Director

Madison Mae Williams (Maddie) is very excited to begin her PhD here at UCSD! Born and raised on Cape Cod, Maddie attended Hampshire College as an undergrad, where she received her BA concentrating in Musical Theatre, Poetry, and Africana Studies in May 2018. Her two-part thesis project consisted of directing and music directing a site-specific production of Next To Normal, and creating and performing a choreopoetic performance and collection entitled A FULL PLATE: Interludes and Movements. At Hampshire, Maddie also served as chair of the theatre program's Slotting Committee, a group made up of faculty members and graduating students responsible for organizing, planning, and selecting the shows that will be mounted during the upcoming fall and spring semesters. Some of her favourite past productions include The Importance of Being Earnest (director), HAIR (associate music director), and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (music director). Her research areas include identity, poetic/musical/theatrical form, Shakespeare, historic memory and trauma, the Black Power/Arts movement, and the uncanny. Maddie is interested in exploring the roles Black women play in creating, directing, and performing musical theatre, as well as the uncanny in theatrical performance, and using Shakespeare's works as a tool for queer, feminist, and decolonial work. She is a member of the Black Theatre Network.

Director's Statement

coming soon

The Cast

Tanya – Amara Granderson
Jasmine – Assata
Eric – Michael Rishawn
Marcus/Joshua/Manny – Corneilus Franklin
Markus/Gerard – Anthony Adu
Voice of Cops Who Are About To Die/
    Stage Directions – Cody Sloan
The Creative Team

Director – Maddie Williams
Sound Designer/Composer – Chris Lane
Production Stage Manager – Hazel Park
Assistant Stage Manager – Anna Younce

Performances Parking & Location

Located at: Arthur Wagner 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 17th

Advance tickets for this production are available only online through the "Click here for tickets" button above. You can leave a message at 858.534.4574 with questions and we will get back to you. You can also purchase online on your phone the night of at the theatre.

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

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 Incendiary >>


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