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Camino Real

Directed by Adam Arian

@ Sheila and Hughes POTIKER Theatre

November 23 - December 5

About the Play

About the Author

Camino Real takes place in an imaginary police state at the end of the road where dreams come to die. The terminal end of the Camino Real is the torturous home of broken down heroes, withered beauties, lost lovers, blocked poets, and a boxing champ whose heart no longer works. The play is their struggle to escape: their struggle with whether or not they should even try. It is a paean to hope and despair in all of its forms, and to the eternal forces that drive us always to seek the light.


Tennessee Williams, the author of A Streetcar Named Desire, The Glass Menagerie, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, to name but a few of his masterpieces, is arguably our nation’s most important playwright. His characters are written with a sensitivity to what makes us human beings tick that is unmatched. The desires. The needs. The courage. The weaknesses. In Camino Real, Williams’ characters are untethered from the “kitchen sink” setting of most of his plays and are set free to fly against a wild and expressionist backdrop.


About the Director

Director Adam Arian is the winner of a 2008-09 Pâtté Award (San Diego’s Tony) for Outstanding Direction for his work on Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead. Also at UC San Diego, he directed The Attic Dwellers, and Clementine and the Cyber Ducks. Camino Real is Adam’s thesis production toward completing his MFA in March. Most recently he directed Fantasy Football: The Musical? at the NY Musical Theater Fest.  Also in NYC, he’s directed new works for the NY Fringe Festival, Reverie Productions, Prospect Theater Company, H.E.R.E., The Irish Arts Center, Barhoppers, The Kraine, and his own company, Brooklyn Rep. Regionally, he’s directed at the Williamstown Theatre Fest Workshop, and the Winnipesauke Playhouse. He served as Assistant Director to Christopher Ashley on the Broadway bound Memphis at the La Jolla Playhouse, and at 5th Ave. Theater in Seattle.

Other Assisting Directing:  Chris Ashley at Williamstown, David Warren at The Roundabout, and Andrei Belgrader at UCSD.  As an actor, Adam’s credits include:  National Tour:  The Scarlet Pimpernel, Off Broadway: Taming of the Shrew; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; The Bomb-itty of Errors. Regional: La Jolla Playhouse, Trinity Repertory Company, Hamptons Shakespeare Festival. TV: Law and Order, numerous commercials, and several “indie” films. He has a BA in Theater and Political Science from Brown University.


Director's Vision

Camino Real is a play for this moment in the history of the world and of our country. It speaks to the power of hope and courage. It speaks to me of the dream of America, and of all people; the dream of flight, of dignity, and of returning to our purest and best self.

Listen to Don Quixote: “Don’t! Pity Your Self! The wounds of the vanity, the many offenses our egos have to endure, being housed in bodies that age, and hearts that grow tired are better accepted with a tolerant smile – like this!”

Listen to Lord Byron: “There is time for departure even when there’s no certain place to go! … I’m going to look for one, now. I’m sailing to Athens. At least I can look up at the Acropolis, … and possibly, yes, still possibly, the old pure music will come to me again. Make Voyages! Attempt them! There’s nothing else…”

Listen to Barack Obama: ". . . when we have faced down impossible odds, when we've been told we're not ready or that we shouldn't try or that we can't, generations of Americans have responded with a simple creed that sums up the spirit of a people: Yes, we can.”

It is a play whose poetry sings to me, and whose characters I identify with powerfully and painfully.


The Cast

The Creative Team

Gypsy - Marshel Adams
Street Cleaner/Ensemble - Trixi Agiao
A Ratt - Kyle Anderson
Olympe/Ensemble - Heather Cadarette
Marguerite - Cate Campbell
Esmerelda - Zoe Chao
Abdullah/Ensemble - Michael Chen
Sancho/Loan Shark - Mark Christine
Gutman - Ross Crain
Byron - Zachary Harrison
Street Cleaner - Arthur Huang
Guard/Ensemble - Steve Kirch
Musical Instructor - Gabriel Lawrence
Survivor/Nursie - Zach Martens
Street Cleaner/Ensemble - Morgan McGreevey
Jacques Casanova - Hugo Medina
Baron du Charles - Evan Powell
Prudence/La Madrecita - Jennifer Putney
Kilroy - Patrick Riley
Don Quixote/Dreamer - Dan Rubiano
Lady Mulligan/Ensemble - Brentan Schellenbach
Guard/Ensemble - Jordan Solorio
Rosita/Ensemble - Joanna Stern
Vendor/Ensemble - Thanh Ta
Lord Mulligan/Ensemble - Mario Valerio

Director – Adam Arian
Production Stage Manager
                            – Kevin Robert Fitzpatrick
Scenic Designer – Ian Wallace
Costume Designer – Alina Bokovikova
Lighting Designer – James Tan
Sound Designer – Omar Ramos
Choreographer - Alicia Peterson Baskel
Asst Director - Larissa Lury
Asst Director - Mary Plant-Thomas
Asst Scenic Designer – Kathryn Lieber
Asst Costume Designer – Elisa Benzoni
Asst Lighting Designer – Sherrice Kelly
Asst Lighting Designer – Jill Kennedy
Assistant Sound Design - Nick Drasher
Asst Stage Manager – Evangeline Whitlock
Asst Stage Manager – Lauren Juengel
Asst Stage Manager – Asuka Anderson




Mon, Nov. 23, 7:00 pm   PREVIEW
Tue, Nov. 24, 8:00 pm   OPENING
Sat, Nov. 28, 2:00 pm   MATINEE
Sat, Nov. 28, 8:00 pm    
Wed, Dec. 2, 8:00 pm    
Thu, Dec. 3, 8:00 pm    
Fri, Dec. 4, 8:00 pm    
Sat, Dec. 5, 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


UCSD Faculty/Staff/Alumni
Association, and Seniors (over 62)


UCSD Students (with ID)


*Preview performance on Monday, November 23rd at 7:00 pm is offered at the reduced ticket prices of $15/$10/$8.

Reserve Tickets



Production Photos

Photos by Manuel Rotenberg

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