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Directed by Gabor Tompa


Due to adult situations and violence,
this production is not advisable for anyone under 13.

@ Sheila and Hughes POTIKER Theatre

April 27 - May 2

About the Play

About the Author

Ripped from the headlines? A soldier is driven to extreme behavior as he desperately tries to preserve his young common law family. Based on a true story, this 19th century German play asks harrowing questions about medical experiments and the military.

Woyzeck is often considered the first modern play. The character takes its origin from a fallow child who was found in Germany and then used as the object of experiments by doctors. Woyzeck, who is poor, is the servant/slave of a German Captain who treats him as an amoral and stupid lab animal, by starving and then brainwashing him. The play, unfinished, was written by a young medical student in such a cryptic, unnatural style that the scenes can be interchanged and much is left open for interpretation. A century later, after World War I, avant-garde theatre artists such as Bertolt Brecht and Georg Kaiser would use Woyzeck as a prototype for much of their work, thinking it the original “absurd” play.


Georg Buchner (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, Buchner 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, Buchner 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

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, Moličre, 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 and directed his first play for the department in 2008, Slawomir Mrozek’s Tango. Most recently, his 2008 premier new adaptation of Chekhov’s Three Sisters at the Hungarian Theatre of Cluj received seven UNITER Award for Excellence nominations by The Romanian Association of Theatre including for Best Performance and Best Director.

The Cast

The Creative Team

Josh Adams - Doctor
Matthew Bovee - Fool
  - Soldier
  - Monkey
  - Grandmother
Christina Cervenka - Soldier
  - Grandmother III
  - Katey I
  - Marie's Double I
Ray Dequina - Sergeant
  - Woyzeck Double III
  - 2nd Apprentice
  - Doctor
Al Evangelista - Soldier
  - Monkey
  - Woyzeck Double II
Spencer Howard - Carnival Barker
  - Soldier
  - Inn Keeper
Claire Kaplan - Marie
Michael Kelly - Drum Major
Daniel Isaac - Andres
  - Soldier
  - Woyzeck Double I
Meghan McCauley - Grandmother I
  - Barker II
  - Soldier
  - Marie's Double II
  - Katey II
Kendra Miller - Margaret
  - Grandmother II
  - Soldier
  - Marie Double III
  - Katey III
Justin O'Neill - Captain
Brett Rader - Jew
  - 1st Apprentice
  - Old Man
  - Soldier
Daniel Rubiano - Woyzeck
Director - Gabor Tompa
Choreographer- Rebecca Bruno
Scenic Designer - Kristin Ellert
Costume Designer- Jaymee Ngernwichit
Lighting Designer- Sarah Kranz
Sound Designer- Toby Jaguar Algya
Production Stage Manager- Tareena Devona Wimbish
Speech and Vocal Coach- Eva Barnes
Asst. Director- Samuel Hunter
Asst. Scenic Designer- Maximilian Lee
Asst. Costume Designer- Amanda Ramond
Asst. Lighting Designer- Jacob Miller
Asst. Sound Designer - Blair Robert Nelson
Asst. Stage Managers- Nicole Larkins
- Matthew Valenti
Music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Keith Jarrett, Shahrokh Yadegari, and
Toby Jaguar Algya



Mon, Apr. 27 at 7:00pm PREVIEW
Tue, Apr. 28, 8:00 pm OPENING
Wed, Apr. 29, 8:00 pm
Thu, Apr. 30, 8:00 pm
Fri, May 1, 8:00 pm
Sat, May 2, 2:00 pm MATINEE
Sat, May 2, 8:00 pm CLOSING

Located at: Sheila and Hughes POTIKER 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.



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 Sheila & Hughes Potiker Theatre.

General Admission: $20
UCSD Faculty/Staff and Seniors (over 62): $12
UCSD Students/UCSD Alumni Association (with ID): $10
*Preview performance on Monday, April 27th at 7:00pm is offered at the reduced ticket prices of $15/$10/$8

Reserve Tickets


Due to adult situations and violence,
this production is not advisable for anyone under 13.

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