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The Jefferson Middle School Monthly

by Mara Nelson-Greenberg

directed by Carla Harting

Preview:  May 6 @ 7:30pm
Show dates:  May 10-16 @ 7:30pm,
                       May 18 @ 7pm

Theodore and Adele Shank Theatre

About the Play

There’s something amiss at Jefferson Middle School. Women are going missing, Cora may be turning into a doll, and MJ has tubes growing out of his belly button. The editors of the school paper are going to get to the bottom of all of it. A coming of age comedy that dives into the dark underbelly of life in 21st century America, THE JEFFERSON MIDDLE SCHOOL MONTHLY explores what it means to become an adult in a world where the adults have messed everything up.

About the Playwright
Mara Nelson-Greenberg is a second-year MFA Playwriting student who grew up in Brooklyn, NY. Her work has been developed at Clubbed Thumb, Playwrights Horizons, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Theater Intime, and WildWind Performance Lab, among others. Her short plays have been produced by Little Theater at Dixon Place, Ensemble Studio Theater, TinyRhino, Yes Noise, Communal Spaces, #serials at The Flea and Hansel and Gretel Pocket Utopia. She is a member of EST/Youngblood, a New Georges Affiliated Artist, and an alum of Clubbed Thumb’s Early Career Writers Group.

About the Director

Carla Harting is an actor who has worked extensively in New York and all over the country. Carla has collaborated with Sarah Ruhl on several of her new plays, including the premiere of Dead Man’s Cell Phone at Playwrights Horizons, Eurydice at Yale Rep and Second Stage Theatre, as well as Passion Play at Arena Stage. New York theatre credits include Dreams of the Washer King (Playwrights Realm), Kid-Simple (Summer Play Festival), Valparaiso (Rude Mechanicals), Jimmy Carter Was a Democrat (Clubbed Thumb, Performance Space 122, The Kitchen), Freakshow and Late: A Cowboy Song (Clubbed Thumb), Be Aggressive (Soho Repertory Theater) and Straight Up & with a Twist (New Georges). Her regional work includes Goldie, Max & Milk (Florida Stage), Legacy of Light, A Delicate Balance, and Passion Play (Arena Stage), The Lady from Dubuque (Seattle Repertory Theatre)), The Scene, After Ashley, Kid-Simple, Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls, and The Blue Room (various Humana Festivals at ATL), Night and Day (The Wilma Theater), What the Butler Saw (South Coast Repertory), Uncle Vanya, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Imaginary Invalid, and Zoot Suit (San Diego Repertory Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (La Jolla Playhouse), Our Country’s Good (Signature Theatre Company, DC) and The Bright and Bold Design (The Studio Theatre, DC). In San Diego, Carla’s recent work includes Outside Mullingar (San Diego Rep), Betrayal (North Coast Rep), Fool For Love (Cygnet), and August: Osage County (The Old Globe) for which the cast received a Craig Noel Award for Best Ensemble. Carla’s film and television credits include Never Forever with Vera Farmiga, “Law & Order” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.” Carla received her BA from the College of William & Mary and an MFA in Acting from UC San Diego.

Director's Statement

coming soon

The Cast

Mr. Whitney – David Price
Alex – Xavier Clark
MJ – Anthony Adu
Dana – Assata Hefner
Sasha – Arianna Mahalatti
Cora – Jalani Blankenship
Alisha – Siobhan O’Reilly
Mr. Stover – Hayden Emerson

The Creative Team

Directed by: Carla Harting
Scenic Designer: Nicholas Kim
Costume Designer: Samantha Englander
Lighting Designer: Mextly Almeda
Sound Designer:   Stephen Jensen
Dramaturg: Jim Short

Production Stage Manager: Jacob Halpern Weitzman
Assistant Stage Manager: Alex Luong

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 6th

May 10th

May 14th

May 15th

May 16th

May 18th

7:30pm - Preview

7:30pm - Opening




7pm - Closing

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 The Jefferson Middle School Monthly >>


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