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Kasimir and Karoline

Directed by Larissa Lury

@ Theodore and Adele Shank Theatre

November 12 - 20

About the Play

About the Playwright

Jobs are scarce, the country's in debt, yet everyone loses money on beer, roller coasters and love. America 2010? No, Germany, 1930s. In one night at Oktoberfest, von Horváth's characters vie for a sense of worth, in a game of calculation and chance. Surrounded by music, amidst talented circus freaks and a zeppelin circling over-head, they fall in with the world's most beautiful and dangerously manipulative power: love.


Odön von Horváth met his death by a fluke: on a Paris street during a storm, a rotten branch blew from a tree and hit his head. It was June 4, 1938. By that time, his writing and actions had earned him Nazi disapproval and had forced him to leave Germany. In his pocket on the night he died, he held a cigarette carton on which he'd scribbled the poem:

"And people will say
in far away blue days
It will become clear
What is false and what is true
What is false will perish
Although it rules today.
What is true shall come—
Although it dies today."

His plays and novels are funny, dirty, beautiful, imaginative and evocative, not preaching any one kind of truth, but exploring humanity with a ridiculous and striking honesty that few playwrights have managed. Like Chekhov, he carves characters so specific in their selves and circumstances that they illuminate the world around them and around us so that suddenly we see both anew.


About the Director

Larissa Lury is a director, actor, acrobat, and a second-year candidate for an MFA in Directing. For UC San Diego, she directed Oyster by Ron McCants for the Baldwin New Play Festival and Gruesome Playground Injuries by Rajiv Joseph. Her past projects include: The Soap Myth (Dog Run Rep/Pat Blake); A Life of Numbers and If the Cushion Fits, Sit for Youth Ink! (McCarter Theatre); The End of My Tour and My Abraham (Passage Theatre); Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (The Loft Theatre); The Person, The Snout and the Plant and Fish Display (Ensemble Studio Theatre); So She Said (Abingdon Theatre/Small Pond Productions); I Need You (Under St. Marks); Detritus (Prospect Theatre/Six Figures/The Combustibles); Accentuate My Ramble (Trilogy Theatre), as well as workshops of new plays by Crystal Skillman and Emily Conbere. In 2005, she was given an AREA Award for Project Development from chashama for the site-specific Porch Plays. She has had the pleasure to assistant direct for Emily Mann, Anne Kaufmann, Kenny Leon and Michael Unger. She was the Ensemble Studio Theatre Resident Director in 2008-09, a volunteer director for The 52nd Street Project, and is an Affiliated Artist with New Georges. Larissa received a B.S. from Northwestern University.


The Cast

The Creative Team

Natalie Birriel - Maria
Josh Brody - Speer
Carol Cabrera - Vendor
Cate Campbell - MC
Alfonso Campos - Strong Man
Zoe Chao - Juanita
Mark Christine - Rauch
Miranda Dainard - Connected Woman
Sara Garcia - Erna
Heather Geiser - Vendor
Zach Harrison - Schurzinger
Zachary Martens - Kasimir
Hugo Medina - Franz
Jenni Putney - Karoline
Danielle Rollins - Connected Woman
Dan Sharpiro - The Midget
Taylor Shurte - Elli
TBD - Johann
Director -Larissa Lury
Production Stage Manager -Lauren Juengel
Scenic Designer -Gaeun Kim
Costume Designer -Sarah Cogan
Lighting Designer -Sherrice Kelly
Sound Designer -Nick Drashner
Dramaturg -Julie Burelle
Assistant Director -Josh Brody
Asst. Stage Managers -Laura Zingle
Lauren Wong
Asst. Scenic Designer -Timothy Nottage
Asst. Costume Designer - -Halei Prichard
Asst. Costume Designer -Orli Nativ
Asst. Sound Designer -Emily Jankowski-Pezic



Wed,Nov. 10,7:00 pm PREVIEW
Fri,Nov. 12,8:00 pm OPENING
Sat,Nov. 13,2:00 pm MATINEE
Sat,Nov. 13,8:00 pm  
Thu,Nov. 18,8:00 pm  
Fri,Nov 19,8:00 pm  
Sat,Nov 20,8:00 pm CLOSING

Located at: Theodore and Adele Shank 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 Theodore and Adele Shank 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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