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La Bête

written by David Hirson

directed by Marco

February 20 - 27, 2016

Theodore and Adele Shank Theatre
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About the Play

Written in rhymed couplets of iambic pentameter, the Molière-inspired story, set in 17th century France, pits dignified, stuffy Elomire, the head of the royal court-sponsored theatre troupe, against the foppish, frivolous street entertainer Valere, whom the troupe's patron, Princess Conti, wishes them to bring aboard. Despite Elomire's violent objections, the company is forced to perform one of Valere's own plays, which results in dramatic changes to the future of Elomire, Valere, and the company itself. (wikipedia.com)

About the Playwright
David Hirson is an American dramatist, best known for his award-winning Broadway comedies, La Bête and Wrong Mountain. He studied at Oxford and Yale University, where he received a bachelor's degree in English literature.
About the Director

Marco Barricelli was artistic director for Shakespeare Santa Cruz from 2008 to 2014. A graduate of The Juilliard School, he has been an actor, director and educator since 1982. He spent eight seasons with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival as an actor performing the title roles in Cyrano de Bergerac, Hamlet, Richard III, and Henry V, among many others. From 1997 to 2005, he was an Associate Artist at the American Conservatory Theatre (A.C.T.) in San Francisco, acting on the Geary stage, as well as directing and teaching in the Master of Fine Arts program. His A.C.T. performance credits include roles in A Moon for the Misbegotten, The Real Thing (Bay Area Theatre Critics’ Circle Award), American Buffalo (Bay Area Theatre Critics’ Circle Award), Enrico IV (Dean Goodman Award), Glengarry Glen Ross (Dean Goodman Award), The Invention of Love (Bay Area Theatre Critics’ Circle Award; Dean Goodman Award), A Streetcar Named Desire, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Three Sisters, Night and Day, Buried Child, Hilda, For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again, Beard of Avon, Celebration & The Room, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Mary Stuart, Insurrection: Holding History, Hecuba, and The Rose Tattoo (Drama-Logue Award), Vigil, among many others. He has also worked on Broadway, and with Long Wharf Theatre, Williamstown Theatre, the Guthrie Theater, the Old Globe Theatre, South Coast Repertory Theatre, Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Missouri Repertory Theatre, the Intiman Theatre, the Huntington Theatre Company, Virginia Stage Company, Center Stage Portland, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Kenyon Festival Theatre, and the California, Utah, and Illinois Shakespeare Festivals, among others. Television appearances include “L.A. Law” and a recurring role on the NBC series “Book of Daniel.”

Directing credits include Hamlet at Utah Shakespeare Festival, Glengarry Glen Ross at Denver Center Theatre Company (Henry Award), Miracle Worker at Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Twelfth Night at Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Betrayal at USC, Twelfth Night at UMKC, and many productions at the A.C.T. MFA Conservatory and the OSF school visit program, among others. He has performed voice-over work on many national commercials and several computer games, including "11th Hour," "Clandestiny," and "Manhunt 2."

Teaching acting has also taken him abroad to work with Accademia Silvio D’Amico in Rome, as well as Prima del Teatro in Tuscany, where along with his teaching duties, he created an exchange program between the MFA Conservatory at ACT and Prima del Teatro. He has translated Pirandello’s The Mountain Giants and Right You Are If You Think You Are, as well as co-translating and acting in a one-man adaptation of the Pirandellian novel One, No One…

Mr. Barricelli is also a Fox Fellow, the recipient of a Cherashore Foundation grant and L.J. Skaggs grant, and has been awarded an honorary MFA from American Conservatory Theatre.

Director's Statement

La Bete asks the question of where we draw the line between what is "high art" and "low-brow" audience-pleasing crass art. and which is more important. is the prime-directive of any arts organization to present work of the most profound integrity or is it to do whatever it takes to sell tickets? La Bete tackles this question allowing our audience to make up its own mind. the story is told through the lens of an 18th century theatre troupe and the prince, their sponsor. it is delightfully funny, moves very quickly, and each character speaks in hysterically clever rhyming couplets ... but we are left to make up our own minds as to what, ultimately, is of more importance: art or commerce.

My approach will be focused on period style and language skills, tasking our actors to deliver David Hirson's play through clarity of utterance and a sheer delight in "playing"!

The Cast

Valere - Mike Turner
Elomire - Martin Meccouri
Bejart - Kyle Hester
Princess Conti - Zakiya Markland
Dorine - N’Jameh Camara
Madeline Bejart - Kimberly Monks
De Brie - Andrew Gallop
Rene Du Parc - Deleon Dallas
Marquise-Therese Du Parc - Claire Roberson
Catherine De Brie - Jenny Grober
The Creative Team

Director - Marco Barricelli
Scenic Designer - Justin Humphres
Costume Designer - Dominique Hill
Lighting Designer - Chao-Yu Tsai
Sound Designer - Crystal Chan
Dramaturg - Kara Raphaeli
Production Stage Manager - Mandisa Reed
Asst. Stage Manager - Ashley Martin

Performances Parking & Location

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.






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7:30pm     OPENING



7:30pm     CLOSING

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 Mandell Weiss Theatre.

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

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