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The Gradient

by Steph Del Rosso

directed by Steph Del Rosso

Preview:  May 1 @ 7:00pm
Show dates: May 8 & 13 @ 7:30pm,
                       May 11 & 17 @ 8pm,
                       May 18 @ 2pm

Theodore and Adele Shank Theatre

About the Play

Tess just landed a job at sleek tech start-up The Gradient: a center where men accused of sexual misconduct are sent to be rehabilitated. The clients go in with a lifetime of toxic male conditioning and emerge as new men, sensitized, redeemed. It sounds too good to be true, and maybe it is. When Tess meets a client who says all the right things, she's forced to to question her most basic assumptions about what is true and what is real. The Gradient asks what it means to say I'm sorry and whether it's possible for people to truly change.


About the Director

Steph Del Rosso is a third-year MFA playwright, television writer, and educator. Her play 53% Of is the second-place recipient of the Paula Vogel Award in Playwriting, presented by the Kennedy Center. Her play Fill Fill Fill Fill Fill Fill Fill received its world premiere at The Flea in 2018, and will be published by Dramatists Play Service Inc. Other plays include Machinalia (JACK), Are You There? (UCSD), Flee (Seven Devils Playwrights Conference), Mean Well, Sister Play, and You’re Crazy (a play with karaoke). Her work has been developed at Soho Rep, Clubbed Thumb, New York Stage and Film, Colt Coeur, The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Judson Memorial Church, Caldera Arts, Theater Masters, The Disquiet International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal, and others. She is an alum of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab and Clubbed Thumb’s Early Career Writers’ Group.

Check out Steph in the WNPF Interview Series on YouTube >>

Director's Statement

coming soon

The Cast

Tess – Christine Penn
Jackson – Garrett Schulte
Natalya – India Gurley
Louis – Cornelius Franklin
Clients 1-9 – Ben Little

The Creative Team

Director: Steph Del Rosso
Scenic Designer: Miranda Friel
Costume Designer: Daniella Toscano
Lighting Designer: Mextly Almeda
Sound Designer: Stephen Jensen
Dramaturg: Kristen Tregar
Intimacy Coordinator: Jessica Steinrock
Fight Coordinator: Adam Mclean

Stage Manager: Andrew Gutierrez
Asst. Stage Manager: Kiko Lu
Asst. Stage Manager: Justin Livengood

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 1st

May 8th

May 11th

May 13th

May 17th

May 18th

7:00pm - 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 The Gradient >>


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