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by Ava Geyer

directed by Joseph Hendel

Preview:  Apr. 30 @ 7:30pm
Show dates: May 7-16 @ 7:30pm

Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre

About the Play

When TV self-help guru Drew Capuano's compulsive masturbation comes to light, he retains the services of the only person who will still represent him: his power hungry twenty-four year-old female assistant. Meanwhile, survivor Mona Giotti works to make sure she's put Drew away for good. Monster is a brutal and brutally funny odyssey through America's media machine that puts perpetrator and survivor on an inevitable collision course of reckoning.

About the Playwright
Ava Geyer received her BA from Princeton University in 2015 and is currently a third-year MFA playwright at UC San Diego. Her play Monster was named a finalist for the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition and will receive a developmental reading at Alliance Theatre in March 2020. She was a finalist for 2019/2020 Jerome Fellowship at the Playwrights Center in Minneapolis. Her short play B-Storm (dir. Julie Kramer) will appear at Theatre Row in May 2019 as part of Theater Masters' Take Ten program honoring the best short plays by MFA playwrights across the country. Recent projects include SERE (Wagner New Play Festival 2018) and Baby Teeth (WNPF '17).

About the Director

Joseph Hendel is a second-year MFA Directing student from New York. He is a writer, director, and composer whose plays include Katzelmacher, USA (inspired by Fassbinder’s Katzelmacher, the cell), The Tasty Karp Hotel (Teatr Fredry in Gniezno, Poland), Playing with Masculinity (Have Art: Will Travel! Inc.), and Beware the Ides of Monday (the cell). Other directing credits: The Inner Circle (opera about Alfred Kinsey at the Brick Theater's F*ckfest), AVoid2Remember (Title:Point's?! Festival), Appendage (1st Irish Theater Fest) and works by Brecht, Ionesco, Pirandello, and Gilbert and Sullivan. He is a resident artist at the cell, a two-time member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and is trained in clown and Commedia by master clown teacher Christopher Bayes. He enjoys synthesizers, German-Jewish critical theory, and playing with his pet chihuahua, Molière. UC San Diego credits: Tambo and Bones for WNPF 2018, A Raisin in the Sun (AD).

Director's Statement

coming soon

The Cast

Drew – Michael Rishawn
Mona – Rebecca Futterman
Olivia – Amara Granderson
Liesl – Emily Stout
Man 1 – August Robinson
Man 2 – Ryan Martinez
Woman 1 – Ally McGreevey
Woman 2 – Farrah Dinga
Woman 3 – Serina Estrada

The Creative Team

Director: Joseph Hendel
Stage Manager: Topaz Cooks
Scenic Designer: Hsi-An Chen
Costume Designer: Natalie Barshow
Lighting Designer: Justin Beets
Sound Designer: MaeAnn Ross
Dramaturg: Will Jones
Intimacy Coordinator: Jessica Steinrock
Fight Coordinator: Adam Mclean

Asst. Stage Manager: Chloe Miller
Production Assistant: Nicole Kim

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.






April 30th

May 7th

May 11th

May 13th

May 15th

May 16th

7:30pm - Preview

7:30pm - Opening





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 Monster >>


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