|Movers + Shakers|
|A Play With Songs
Conceived and Created by Stein | Holum Projects
In collaboration with MFA Students from UCSD
Theatre & Dance
Book by Deborah Stein
Music by James Sugg and Daniel Kluger
Lyrics by Deborah Stein and James Sugg
Directed by Suli Holum
February 13 - 21, 2016
Mandell Weiss Forum Theatre
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|About the Play
MOVERS + SHAKERS uses song and farce to explore the virtual mating habits of our 21st Century political elite, inspired by Anthony Weiner’s problems with texting and Sarah Palin’s aggressively unapologetic retrograde femininity. During a routine campaign stop in small town Wisconsin, Congressman Darren Finn and his hardworking campaign staff tangle with the local community as they try to do damage control on an out-of-control dick pic. This new play explores at how technology has melted borders between good behavior and bad, and how that same technology has encouraged exhibitionism in our most private behaviors.
|About the Playwright
Deborah Stein is co-artistic director of Stein | Holum Projects (SHP), a laboratory for creating new theatre works. She has written and co-directed (with creative partner Suli Holum) Chimera (created in residence at HERE, where it premiered in the 2012 Under the Radar Festival; subsequently nominated for a Drama Desk Award; upcoming at the Gate in London) and The Wholehearted (premiere at ArtsEmerson in April 2014; upcoming at the Kelly Strayhorn in Pittsburgh). SHP has workshopped new works at Philadelphia FringeArts, Kelly Strayhorn, Playwrights’ Horizons, Clubbed Thumb, the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, and at Perry-Mansfield. Other plays include God Save Gertrude, Wallflower, Heist!, The Aerodynamics of Accident, and Natasha and the Coat. Deborah has also worked collaboratively with Joseph Chaikin, Dominique Serrand, Lear deBessonet, and most frequently the Pig Iron Theatre Company, with whom she collaborated since 2000 on six original works. Her work has been produced and developed nationally at Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, the Theatre @ Boston Court, the Guthrie, Seattle Rep, Stages Rep, the Women’s Project, and the Wilma Theatre, among others; and internationally in Poland, Ireland, Edinburgh (the Traverse) and Prague. Her writing has been published in Theatre Forum, Play: A Journal of Plays, and The Best American Poetry of 1996, Vice, and Hanging Loose. Deborah has taught writing and theatrical collaboration at Yale School of Drama, NYU/Tisch, Princeton, Northeastern, St. Olaf, Parsons and received her MFA from Brown University, where she studied with Paula Vogel. She has received the NYSCA, the Bush Artist Fellowship, two Jerome Fellowships and a McKnight Advancement Grant at the Playwrights’ Center, and is a proud alumna of New Dramatists.
|About the Director
SULI HOLUM is a performer, playwright, director, and choreographer based in Brooklyn, NY. She is a founder and former Co-Artistic Director of Pig Iron Theatre Company where she established herself as a collaborative playmaker. With diverse training that includes Lecoq, Viewpoints, puppetry and various dance forms, Holum creates work that is highly physical and transformative. Her first original solo show, THE LOLLIPOP PROJECT, was developed through an Independence Foundation Individual Artist Fellowship and a Shell Fellowship in Drama from the National Institute of Education in Singapore. She partnered with collaborator Deborah Stein to create the solo work CHIMERA, which premiered at part of the Public Theatre’s Under the Radar Festival in partnership with HERE. Playwriting commissions include 1 BEACH ROAD, created with Redcape Theatre (UK) and FIGHTING FOR DEMOCRACY at The National Constitution Center. She wrote and co-directed WANDERING ALICE with Nichole Canuso Dance Company, and adaptedOedipus at Colonus for Emmanuelle Delpech’s skate park site-specific OEDIPUS AT FDR. Selected acting credits: Off-Broadway: Hot ‘n’ Throbbing, Courting Vampires, Live Girls, Lebensraum (Drama Desk Award); Regional: Arena Stage: Born Yesterday(Helen Hayes Nomination); Humana Festival: At the Vanishing Point, Phoenix; and work with The Talking Band and The Theatre of a Two Headed Calf. Holum’s original work has received development support from the Workhaus Collective, Swarthmore Project, Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, The Orchard Project, Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, The Playlabs Festival at the Playwrights Center, NACL, Perry Mansfield New Works Festival and Actors Theatre of Louisville, and the Creativity Fund at New Dramatists. She is an alumna of the HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP) and a recipient of a 2010 TCG Fox Resident Actor Fellowship.
A farce with songs, this new play explores the virtual mating habits of our 21st Century political elite, inspired by Anthony Weiner’s problems with texting and Sarah Palin’s aggressively unapologetic retrograde femininity. Created by Stein | Holum Projects in collaboration with UC San Diego MFA students in the Dept. of Theatre & Dance.
|The Creative Team
Playwright - Deborah Stein
Director - Suli Holum
Set Designer - Charlie Jicha
Lighting Designer - Anthony Jannuzzi
Costume Designer - Danae McQueen
Sound Designer - Steven Leffue
Musical Director - Kyle Adam Blair
Choreographer - Erin Tracy
Assistant Director - Emilie Whelan
Assistant Lighting Designer - Brendon Rosen
Assistant Costume Designer - Annie Le
Production Stage Manager - Morgan Zupanski
Asst. Stage Managers - Jessie Medofer, Kasson Marroquin
|Performances||Parking & Location
Located at: Mandell Weiss Forum 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 Mandell Weiss Theatre.
General Admission: $20
UCSD Faculty/Staff/Alumni Association, and Seniors (over 62): $15
UCSD Students/UCSD Alumni Association (with ID): $10
Theatre & Dance Faculty, Staff & Majors Only >>
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