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Danton's Death

Directed by Quinn Martin Guest Chair in Directing, Dominique Serrand


@ Mandell Weiss Theatre

February 19 - February 28

About the Play

About the Playwright

With passionate characters in epic spaces, Danton’s Death takes place after King Louis XVI and his queen are beheaded. Charismatic leader Danton sees the massive use of the guillotine as a kind of shadow logic to the seeming benevolence of the law erected in the desire of the masses to be free.


Georg Büchner (1813-1837) was born in Hessen, Germany. His father, a scientist and rationalist, primed him from an early age with a scientific approach to the world, which would later manifest itself in the sharp, realistic, and critical nature of his writing. In his twenties he became embroiled in his country's political arena, helping plot a conspiracy against the Hessian government. In an attempt to mobilize the peasantry, he published a famous revolutionary political tract, The Hessian Courtier. Because of his radical political involvement, Buchner was eventually forced to flee Germany altogether for Zurich. After settling there, he relinquished his political fervor and developed a politically-disillusioned outlook that manifested itself deeply in his three plays, Danton's Death, Leonce and Lena, and especially his ultimate effort, Woyzeck. In addition to these, Büchner completed the introspective story, Lenz, and a play based on the life of the Venetian wit Pietro Arentino. Despite the short length of his literary career, Büchner contributed immeasurably to the dramatic canon and being considered "the inexhaustible source of modern drama," he never considered himself a playwright by profession.

About the Director

Paris native Dominique Serrand was Artistic Director and co-founder of Theatre de la Jeune Lune. He studied at the Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris. Dominique has acted, conceived, directed and designed for most Jeune Lune productions for more than 25 years, concentrating more on directing.

Dominique's directing credits include The Kitchen, Lulu, The Bourgeois Gentleman, Romeo and Juliet, Red Noses, 1789, Children of Paradise: Shooting a Dream, Three Musketeers, The Pursuit of Happiness, Queen Elizabeth, Tartuffe, Gulliver, The Seagull, The Miser, The Little Prince and Amerika or The Disappearance. He staged several operas including The Magic Flute, Cosi Fan Tutte, Don Juan Giovanni, Figaro, and Carmen. Dominique's directing stages include Berkeley Repertory Theatre, The La Jolla Playhouse, Yale Repertory Theatre, American Repertory Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Alley Theatre, The Guthrie Theater, and the Children's Theatre Company, amongst others. Dominique has been knighted by the French Government in the Order of Arts and Letters.

The Cast

The Creative Team

Marshel Adams - Saint-Just
Kyle Anderson - Philippeau
Matt Bovee - Paris
- 2nd Citizen
Maren Bush - Lucille
- Deputy from Lyons
Maritxell Carrero - Legendre
- Mercier
- Marion
Christina Cervanka - Adelaide
- Woman
Lorene Chesley - Lacroix
- Ballad Singer
Ross Crain - Robespierre
- Fabre
- Amar
- Fouquier
- Laflotte
Sara Garcia - Julie
Demetrius Greene - Chaumette
- Beggar
Bianca Harlow - Several Women
Zachary Harrison - Herman
- Dumas
- Simon
Spencer Howard - Thomas Paine
- Legendre
- Collot
Meghan McCauley - Rosalie
- Young Man
- Billaud
Evan Powell - Herault-Sechelles
- Dillon
Daniel Shapiro - Barere
- 1st Citizen
Emily Star - Simon’s Wife
Jessica Watkins - Camille
Bowman Wright - Danton

Director - Dominique Serrand
Production Stage Manager - Sandra M. Kroll
Scenic Designer - Kristin Ellert
Costume Designer - Rachel Shachar
Lighting Designer - Stephen Sakowski
Sound Designer - Christopher M. Luessmann
Dramaturg – Laura Brueckner
Movement Coach – Alicia Peterson Baskel
Asst Director – Tom Dugdale
Asst Stage Managers - Hannah Wichmann,
                                        - Evangeline Rose Whitlock
Asst Scenic Designer - Colin McGurk
Asst Costume Designer - Alina Bokovikova
2nd Asst Costume Designer - Anna Murray
Asst Lighting Designer - Sarah Cogan
Asst Sound Designer - Omar Ramos
Production Assistant – Lea Cano



Thu, Feb. 19, 7:00pm PREVIEW
Fri, Feb. 20, 8:00 pm OPENING
Sat, Feb. 21, 8:00 pm
Thu, Feb. 26, 8:00 pm
Fri, Feb. 27, 8:00 pm
Sat, Feb. 28, 2:00 pm MATINEE
Sat, Feb. 28, 8:00 pm CLOSING

Located at: Mandell Weiss 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


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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 Mandell Weiss Theatre.

General Admission: $20
UCSD Faculty/Staff and Seniors (over 62): $12
UCSD Students/UCSD Alumni Association (with ID): $10
*Preview performance on Thursday, February 19 at 7:00pm is offered at the reduced ticket prices of $15/$10/$8

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