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directed by Gabor Tompa

@ Mandell Weiss FORUM
UCSD Theatre District/La Jolla Playhouse

Box Office: (858) 534-4574

February 15 - 23

About the Play

About the Author

Tango - by Slawomir Mrozek and directed by Gabor Tompa. A young man stages a revolution against his free-spirited parents so he can turn the family to traditional values.  But at what cost for a little order and clean linens? 

By Slawomir Mrozek. Further Information coming soon.

About the Director

Gabor Tompa (Head of MFA Directing program, Department of Theatre and Dance) received his training at the Theatre and Film Academy in Bucharest, Romania and began working as a professional director in 1981. Since then, he has directed more than 60 productions worldwide including plays by Shakespeare, Moliere, Chekhov, Beckett, Bulgokhov, Camus and Ionesco. In 1985 he was appointed Artistic Director of the Hungarian Theatre in Cluj, Romania, a post he has held up to the present time. He served as Head of Directing at the Theatre Academy in Tirgu Mures, Romania and has been a guest teacher at the State University of Cluj, Academie Theatrale de L'Union,   Limoges, Schauspielschule Freiburg, Brunel University, London, and Institut del Teatre Barcelona. Professor Tompa is the recipient of many awards (four times Best Director of the Year in Romania, Best Foreign Performance of the Year in England etc.) and has received widespread recognition in Europe for his physically adventurous and conceptually audacious productions of classic plays. He is directing worldwide including France, Germany, Spain, United Kingdom, Austria, Hungary, Ireland, Canada and Serbia.  He received the 2002 UNITER Award for Excellence for the many achievements of his career. His film, “Chinese Defense,” won the Best First Feature Award at the International Film Festival in Salerno, Italy in 1999 and was officially selected for the 1999 Berlin Festival. Mr. Tompa is also the author of several volumes of poetry and essays on the theatre. In addition to being the Head of the MFA Directing program, Professor Tompa teaches undergraduate courses in the History of Directing and in Directing.

The Cast

The Creative Team

Jessica Watkins     
Ross Crain     
Peter Wylie     
Brandon Taylor     
Rebecca Levy     
Rufio Lerma     
Lorene Chesley     

Director - Gabor Tompa   
Production Stage Manager - Jinny Parron   
Scenic Designer - Nikki Black   
Costume Designer - Maggie Whitaker   
Lighting Designer - Steven Sakowski   
Sound Designer - Chris Luessmann   
Asst Directors - Thomas Dugdale & Isis Misdary   
Asst Stage Manager
- Kevin Fitzpatrick
Asst Scenic Designer - Robert Tintoc   
Asst Costume Designer - Soohee Han   
Asst Lighting Designers - Stephen Siercks & Sarah Kranz   



Feb 14, 7 pm Preview
Feb 15, 8 pm Opening
Feb 16, 2 pm
Feb 16, 8 pm
Feb 21, 8 pm
Feb 22, 8 pm
Feb 23, 8 pm Closing

Located at: Mandell Weiss FORUM

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 the Mandell Weiss Forum Theatre.

General Admission: $15
UCSD Faculty/Staff and Seniors (over 62): $12
UCSD Students/UCSD Alumni Association (with ID): $10
*Preview performance on Thursday, Feb 14th at 7:00pm is offered at the reduced ticket prices of $12/$10/$8

Reserve Tickets

Complimentary Tickets (UCSD Theatre & Dance Department Faculty/Students/Staff ONLY)
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