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The Revenger's Tragedy

Directed by Christopher Ashley
Quinn Martin Guest Chair in Directing

@ Sheila and Hughes POTIKER Theatre

February 11 - February 20


About the Play

About the Playwright

The Revenger's Tragedy, a Jacobean revenge tragedy of which Shakespeare’s Hamlet is the most well known example, was once attributed to Cyril Tourneur. Contemporary scholars, however, consider the play to be of Thomas Middleton’s authorship due to its earthy – even obscene—style, irreverent tone and grotesque subject matter: all of which typify Middleton’s comedies. The play was first produced in 1606 in the purely Jacobean style of a vivid and often violent portrayal of lust, greed, ambition, and corruption in an Italian court. Sans the usual Jacobean ghost, the play, nevertheless typifies the satiric tone and cynicism of much Jacobean tragedy. The play fell out of favor at some point before the restoration of the theaters in 1660; however, the play experienced a revival in the twentieth century among directors and playgoers who appreciate its affinity with the temper of modern times.

About this Production

As we move into the second decade of the twenty-first century, UC San Diego Theatre and Dance Department’s Quinn Martin Guest Chair in Directing and first-ever Director in Residence at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), Christopher Ashley directs the department’s riches of artistic talent and Calit2’s technological innovators in transforming Middleton’s 16th century bloodlust melodrama into a reality show for one of American TV-viewing audience’s most programmed and popular TV obsessions.


Thomas Middleton, the son of a London master bricklayer, was educated first at Queen's College (without a degree) and was then admitted at Gray's Inn in 1593. He published three volumes of verse by 1600, and it is believed that he had already begun to write for the stage at that time. His earliest surviving independent play, Blurt, Master Constable was printed in 1602. Middleton was an industrious, prolific writer. Among his many works are the citizen comedies -- Admiral's Men, A Mad World, My Masters, A Trick to Catch the Old One, and Michaelmas Term. He collaborated with Thomas Dekker on the comedies The Honest Whore [Part I], The Family of Love, and The Roaring Girl. For the adult companies, he also wrote his masterpiece, A Chaste Maid in Cheapside. These comedies expose bourgeois vice in contemporary London in a satiric tone. He also collaborated with William Rowley on A Fair Quarrel, The World Tossed at Tennis, and the tragicomedy The Changeling. One of Middleton's last plays, Women Beware Women (c.1625), was a tragedy where the final “slaughter” scene verged on comedy, a matter that persuaded critics that Middleton was also the author of The Revenger's Tragedy (1607).


About the Director

Christopher Ashley has served as La Jolla Playhouse’s Artistic Director since October 2007, most recently directing Playhouse commission Restoration by Claudia Shear. During his tenure, he directed the acclaimed musicals Xanadu and Memphis (which opened on Broadway October 2009), spearheaded the Resident Theatre program and helped develop the EDGE series. Broadway credits: Xanadu (Tony nomination), All Shook Up and The Rocky Horror Show (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations). Off-Broadway: Blown Sideways Through Life, Jeffrey (Lucille Lortel and Obie Awards), The Night Hank Williams Died, Fires in the Mirror (Lucille Lortel Award), among others. Regional: Sweeney Todd and Merrily We Roll Along (Kennedy Center Sondheim Celebration), They All Laughed, Lucky in the Rain (Goodspeed Musicals) and Without Walls (Mark Taper Forum). Film/TV credits: Jeffrey, Blown Sideways Through Life for PBS’s American Playhouse. Mr. Ashley is the recipient of the Princess Grace Award, the Drama League Director Fellowship and an NEA/TCG Director Fellowship.


The Cast

The Creative Team

Vindice- Johnny Gill
Duke- Hugo Medina
Spurio- Zachary Harrison
Lussurioso- Ross Crain
Hippoloto- Mark Christine
Junior- Kyle Anderson
Antonio- Bowman Wright
Duchess- Marshel Adams
Ambitioso- Maritxell Carrero
Supervacuo- Maren Bush
Gratiana- Jessica Watkins
Castiza- Jenni Putney
Piero/Judge/ Noble- Anne Stella
Dondolo/ Gloriana- Megan Robinson
Nencio/Keeper- Natalie Birriel
Noble/ Officer- Brianna Hill
Noble- Sarah Lee
Servant/ Officer- Thanh Ta
Officer- Steve Kirch
Sordido- Abel Valdez
Servant/ Noble/
Gentleman/ Officer
- Laurence Varda
Director - Christopher Ashley
Asst. Director - Jeffrey Wienckowski
Executive Asst.
to Director
- Rick VanNoy
Scenic Designer - Robert Tintoc
Lighting Designer - Stephen Siercks
Costume Designer - Sarah Cogan
Sound Designer/
- Alyssa Ishii
Co-Composer - Taylor Fu
Digital Media Designer - Ian Wallace
Asst. Scenic Designers - Gaeun Kim
- Sylvia Trinh
Asst. Lighting Designer - Rebecca Bonebrake
Asst. Sound Designer - Ginge Cox
Dramaturg - Naysan Mojgani
- Shirley Fishman
Vocal/Dialect Coach - Eva Barnes
Production Stage Manager - Deirdre Rose Holland
Asst. Stage Manager - Kevin Robert Fitzpatrick
Asst. Stage Manager - Emily C. Hayes
Production Assistant - Asuka Anderson



Thu,Feb. 11,7:00 pm PREVIEW
Fri,Feb. 12,8:00 pm OPENING
Sat,Feb. 13,2:00 pm MATINEE
Sat,Feb. 13,8:00 pm  
Tue,Feb. 16,8:00 pm  
Wed,Feb. 17,8:00 pm  
Thu,Feb. 18,8:00 pm  
Fri,Feb. 19,8:00 pm  
Sat,Feb. 20,8:00 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 Thursday, February 11th at 7:00 pm is offered at the reduced ticket prices of $15/$10/$8.


Production Photos

Photos by Colin McGurk

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