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Joe Turner's
Come and Gone

Directed by Kyle Donnelly
Quinn Martin Endowed Chair Production

@ Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre

November 19 - December 4

Click here to see Joe Turner's Come and Gone mentioned in the San Diego Union Tribune!

About the Play

About the Playwright

One of August Wilson's shatteringly beautiful Pittsburgh Cycle plays, Joe Turner's Come and Gone follows the stories of inhabitants of a boarding house, from the cranky proprietor and his nurturing wife, the conjure man and the traveling peddler, and one of Wilson's most haunting characters, Herald Loomis, a man searching for his lost wife to make him whole.


August Wilson (1945 - 2005) was a prolific playwright who eloquently chronicled African American life. A Pittsburgh native, his most celebrated achievement is a 10-play cycle often referred to as the Pittsburgh Cycle, where each play is set in a different decade of the 20th century. All but one of the plays is set in Pittsburgh's Hill District neighborhood, where Wilson was raised. Each play depicts the love, lives, comedies, triumphs and tragedies of the African American experience. Wilson was the first African American to have two plays running simultaneously on Broadway and is one of seven American playwrights to win two Pulitzer Prizes for Fences (1985) and The Piano Lesson (1990). The Virginia Theater on Broadway was renamed the August Wilson Theater in his honor in 2005, and the African American Cultural Center of Greater Pittsburgh was renamed the August Wilson Center for African American Culture in 2006.


About the Director

KYLE DONNELLY most recently directed Natasha's Dream by Yaroslava Pulovich and Spoon Lake Blues by Josh Tobiesson at the O'Neill Theatre Festival. She directed the American premiere of Brian Friel's Give Me Your Answer, Do! Off Broadway for the Roundabout Theatre and has directed at the Old Globe Seattle Repertory, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Huntington Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Berkeley Repertory, Ford's Theatre, Court Theatre, the Humana Festival at the Actor's Theatre of Louisville, A Contemporary Theatre, Signature Theatre, Alliance Theatre, and other regional theaters around the country. She has had a long association with Arena Stage in Washington, DC , having been Associate Artistic Director from 1992 to 1998 and directed such productions as Well, She Loves Me, Born Yesterday, The Women, The Miser, Molly Sweeney, Dancing at Lughnasa (winner of Helen Hayes Award for Best Production), Summer and Smoke, A Month in the Country, The School for Wives, Misalliance, Polk County (Helen Hayes Award for Best New Musical), Plough and the Stars, Shakespeare in Hollywood and others.

She founded her own acting studio called the Actors'Center in Chicago which was a leading training center for actors in that city from 1982 - 1992. She is a member of SSDC and winner of the Alan Schneider award from TCG, AT&T Onstage Award, the Helen Hayes Award and the Joseph Jefferson Award and holds the Arthur and Molli Wagner Endowed Chair in Acting here at University of California, San Diego where she heads the M.F.A. Professional Actor Training Program.


The Cast

The Creative Team

Daivee-Chantel Allen - Molly Cunningham
Kyle Anderson - Seth Holly
Jervae Anthony - Vocalist
Ngozi Aqyanwu - Bertha Holly
Brian Bose - Reuben Scott
Ella Donnelly - Zonia Loomis
Gabriel Lawrence - Bynum Walker
Megan Robinson - Martha Pentecost
Daniel Rubiano - Rutherford Selig
Anne Stella - Mattie Campbell
Maurice Williams - Jeremy Furlow
Bowman Wright - Herald Loomis
Director -Kyle Donnelly
Choreographer -Sandra Foster-King
Production Stage Manager -Cate O'Brien
Scenic Designer -Colin McGurk
Costume Designer -Alina Bokovikova
Lighting Designer -Rebecca Bonebrake
Sound Designer -Blair Nelson
Dramaturg -Aimee Zygmonski
Asst. Director -Anthony Luciano
Asst. Stage Managers -Emily Hayes
Cheng-Yu Wei
Asst. Scenic Designer - Christopher Murillo
Asst. Costume Designers -Mary Rochon
Sophia Daud
Asst. Lighting Designer -Kristin Haye
Asst. Sound Designer -Joey Ma



Mon,Nov. 15,7:00 pm PREVIEW
Wed,Nov. 17,7:00 pm PREVIEW #2
Fri,Nov. 19,8:00 pm OPENING
Sat,Nov. 20,2:00 pm MATINEE
Sat,Nov. 20,8:00 pm  
Sat,Nov. 27,8:00 pm  
Sun,Nov. 28.7:00 pm  
Fri,Dec. 3,8:00 pm  
Sat,Dec. 4,2:00 pm MATINEE
Sat,Dec. 4,8:00 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 Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre.

General Admission: $20
UCSD Faculty/Staff/Alumni Association,
and Seniors (over 62): $15
UCSD Students/UCSD Alumni Association (with ID): $10

Production Photos

Photos by Colin McGurk

Of Interest:

TheatreForum - An international theatre journal since 1992
La Jolla Playhouse - UCSD is home to this Tony Award winning theatre
UC San Diego Home Page - UC San Diego's Main Web Site
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