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(The Post Office)

directed by Robert Castro

@ 157 Galbraith Theatre

Box Office: (858) 534-4574

February 27 - March 1

About the Play

About the Author

Dakghar was written in 1911 in a mood of profound Weltschmerz brought on by a series of bereavements and distress at a violent turn in the nationalist movement. What there is of a storyline is simplicity itself. Confined indoors on doctor’s orders, the fatally ill Amal yearns for freedom and open spaces, engages passers-by in eager conversation from the vantage of an open window and, fascinated by a new Post Office visible in the distance, develops a fancy that he will receive a letter from the King, an obviously allegorical personage. Amal represents the man “whose soul has received the call of the open road.” He makes a new world for himself, by his imagination and insatiable curiosity, and the passersby bring the world action to him.

Rabindranath Tagore was a Bengali poet, Brahmo Samaj philosopher, visual artist, playwright, novelist, and composer whose works reshaped Bengali literature and music in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He became Asia's first Nobel laureate when he won the 1913 Nobel Prize in Literature. Dakghar is one for which the playwright himself had a special fondness. He described the mood of the play as a passionate feeling of wanting to go somewhere far away combined with thoughts of death: the writing of the play was an expression of that restlessness.

About the Director

Robert Castro received his MFA degree in Directing from Yale School of Drama in 1998. He was later the recipient of a Fox Foundation Fellowship (2000) and a Van Lier Directing Fellowship (2003-2003). In addition, he has been a resident or associate artist at such significant venues as the Institute for the Arts and Civic Dialogue at Harvard University (1998-1999), the Mark Taper Forum (2003-2005), and El Teatro Campesino. Mr. Castro was a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab in 1998 and a member of the New York Theatre Workshop in 2000. Mr. Castro’s productions feature a formal and highly visual approach utilizing masks, stylized movement, and choreography. They have been mounted at some of the premier regional theatres and performance schools in the nation, including the Santa Fe Opera, the Mark Taper Forum, and the La Jolla Playhouse. Mr. Castro has been a frequent collaborator with some of the towering figures of the American stage such as director Peter Sellars. He has taught at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, in the “Speak to Me” Program, at San Francisco State University, in Chicano/a and Latino/a theatre, and courses in acting and directing.

The Cast

The Creative Team

Katarina Beckman
Carol Cabrera
Christina Cervenka
Aileen Cho
Tom Dadourian
Yasmine El-Azzeh
Anna Griffiths
Karina Gutierrez
Carolina Lombardi
Nick Louie
Simon Quiroz
Ian Sanderson
Dan Shapiro
San Tillis
Aidee Walker.

Director - Robert Castro
Production Stage Manager - Amanda Salmons
Scenic Designer - Amanda Wilczynski
Lighting Designer - Sean Keehan
Sound Designer - John Zalewski
Asst Stage Managers
- Meggie Danielson and Brian Dehr



Feb 26, 7 pm Preview
Feb 27, 8 pm Opening
Feb 28, 8 pm
Feb 29, 8 pm
Mar 1, 2 pm
Mar 1, 8 pm Closing

Located at: 157 Galbraith Theatre

Parking: Passes Required: Monday through Friday. Weeknight passes are $2 per vehicle and can be purchased at the parking kiosks near the Mandell Weiss Theatre. Please remember the space number you have parked in as you will need it at the kiosks.

Note: Kiosks 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 can not pay parking tickets.



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 157 Galbraith Theatre.

General Admission: $5
UCSD Faculty/Staff and Seniors (over 62): $5
UCSD Students/UCSD Alumni Association (with ID): $4
*Preview performance on Thursday, Feb 26th at 7:00pm

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