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Surf Orpheus

Book and Lyrics by Corey Madden
Music by Bruno Louchouarn
Directed by Corey Madden
Choreographed by Jacques Heim

@ Sheila and Hughes POTIKER Theatre
UCSD Theatre District/La Jolla Playhouse

Box Office: (858) 534-4574

May 13 - 17

About the Play

About the Director/Author

Surf Orpheus blends music, movement, and myth into a contemporary musical theatre experience. Researched and developed over two years at the University of California, San Diego Theatre and Dance department, the creators have re-envisioned this ancient love story through the lens of Southern California’s surf culture, the sounds of contemporary music, and images of the beach, the sea, and our dreams.


Click HERE to veiw a slideshow of the Surf Orpheus

Corey Madden works in theatre, opera and dance-theatre as both a director and a writer. Madden has directed at the Kennedy Center, the Public Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Ojai Playwrights Festival, the Playwrights Center in Minneapolis, University of Washington, Summer Nights at the Ford and for Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles where she was the Associate Artistic Director from 1993-2005 and the Producing Director of its innovative theatre for youth from 1999-2007. Selected recent work: In 2007 Madden directed the world premiere opera Keepers of the Night by Donald Sturrock and Peter Ash in Los Angeles. Her first full-length play, Worth was read in May at the Pasadena Playhouse. Madden is currently under commission and will premiere a new interdisciplinary work for Childsplay in Tempe, Arizona. In 2006 Madden directed the critically praised version of Zeal Theatre’s The Stones collaborating with choreographer, Jacques Heim. This production is set to tour nationally in 2009.  Madden has taught at California Institute of the Arts, UCLA, University of Washington, University of Texas and the North Carolina School of the Arts where she was trained. In 2005 she won Los Angeles Women in Theatre’s Rainbow Award.

About the Composer

About the Choreographer

Composer, Bruno Louchouarn was born in France, raised in Mexico City and moved to America in 1990 to work in film music. He studied artificial intelligence in Paris and obtained a Ph.D. in music composition at UCLA. He teaches music, multimedia, and cognitive science at Occidental College. Premieres of his new music have been performed throughout Los Angeles at venues including UCLA’s Royce Hall and the Getty Center. He has extensive film and commercial credits in both the United States and Mexico, including the futuristic cantina music in Total Recall.
Recent music for theatre: In May his original music and sound will be featured in Paul Lazarus’ new production of Of Mice and Men at the Pasadena Playhouse. In August 2008 he will compose the score for Agamemnon adapted and directed by Stephen Wadsworth at the Getty Museum. Fever Dream by Sheila Callaghan, director-Jessica Kubzansky.  One Flea Spare by Naomi Wallace, director-Jamie Angell.
Recent new music: Spring 2009, Images Surfacing, University of Akron in a new dance by choreographer, Sydney Spohn. November 2007, It Happened One Night ; new music and video piececommissioned and performed in Los Angeles by Ensemble Green. ReTouR; music and video, The California EAR Unit; RedCat in Disney Hall, 2006.

Jacques Heim was born in Paris. He earned a BFA in Theatre, Dance and Film from Middlebury College, and then was awarded a Certificate for Analysis and Criticism of Dance from the University of Surrey in England. Heim moved to Los Angeles in 1989 and attended California Institute for the Arts, receiving an MFA in Choreography. In 1992, Heim founded Diavolo Dance Theater. Heim received the 1992 Martha Hill Choreography Award by the American Dance Festival, and the 1992 Special Prize of the Jury at the 6th Saitama International Dance Festival in Saitama, Japan. He was nominated for the CalArts/Alpert Awards in the Arts for Dance in 1996 and again in 2000. In 1998 and 1999 Heim was nominated for a Lester Horton award for Best Choreography. In 1999, Heim received a James Irvine Foundation Fellowship in choreography, and a Fellowship from the Brody Arts Fund. In the summer of 2001, Heim was one of three choreographers chosen to create a piece for the Ballet Pacifica Annual Choreographic Workshop. He has been named one of the “Faces to Watch in the Arts” by the LA Times and one of the “100 Coolest People in LA” by Buzz Magazine. Heim recently completed several years teaching Intensive Movement for Actors at UCLA, and Cal State LA. In 2002-2004, Heim choreographed the long-running KA, the newest permanent show for Cirque du Soleil, which premiered in April of 2004 at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas.  In 2006, Jacques created choreography for The Stones, a theatre piece produced by Center Theatre Group at the Douglas Theater. In September 2007 he was commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic to choreograph a new piece, “Foreign Bodies,” based on a score by Esa-Pekka Salonen, He has most recently worked in television on BBC America’s “Dancing with the Stars,” and Bravo’s “Step Up and Dance.”  During all this time, Jacques has taken Diavolo to Europe, South America and Asia, as well as their annual tours of North America.

The Cast

The Creative Team

Madeleine Allen
Trixi Agiao
Leslie Armstrong
Matthew Bovee
Jasmine Broderick
Carol Cabrera
Heather Cadarette
Christina Cervenka
Jessica Cummings
Jared Dager
Hector Fletes
Christine Herde
Arthur Huang
Kelly Lockwood-Larson
Nick Louie
Gregg Moody
Jose Rodrigues
Ian Sanderson
Phoebe Sanderson-Osborne
Emily Star
Calvin Tsang

Book and Lyrics by Corey Madden
Music by Bruno Louchouarn
Directed by Corey Madden
Choreographed by Jacques Heim
In conjunction with UC, San Diego Department of Theatre and Dance

Production Stage Manager - Erin G. Albrecht
Scenic Designer -
Steven Kemp
Costume Designer -
Whitney Adams
Lighting Designer -
Matthew Bright
Sound Designers -
Bruno Louchouarn and David Corsello
Musical Director/Asst to Composer - Brandon Baruch
Asst. to Director -
Lisa Goins
Asst. Choreographer -
Garrett Wolf
Asst. Stage Manager - Euojin Lee
Asst. Stage Manager - Matthew Valenti
Asst. Scenic Designer - Christie van Eyken
Asst. Costume Designer - Kate McKnight
Asst. Costume Designer - Jaymee Ngernwichit
Asst. Lighting Designer - Sean Keehan
Asst. Lighting Designer - Amanda Wilczynski
Production Assistant - Diana Galvez
Production Assistant - Cherrie Go



May 12, 7 pm Preview
May 13, 8 pm Opening
May 14, 8 pm
May 15, 8 pm
May 16, 8 pm
May 17, 2 pm
May 17, 8 pm Closing

Located at: Mandell Weiss 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.

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Parking Passes Not Required: Saturdays and Sundays


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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 the Potiker Theatre.

General Admission: $15
UCSD Faculty/Staff and Seniors (over 62): $12
UCSD Students/UCSD Alumni Association (with ID): $10
*Preview performance on Monday, May 12th at 7:00pm is offered at the reduced ticket prices of $12/$10/$8


Reserve Tickets

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