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The Venetian Twins

by Carlo Goldoni

translated by Michael Feingold

directed by Jesca Prudencio

March 5 - 12, 2016

Mandell Weiss Theatre

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About the Play

When twin brothers Zanetto, the eccentric millionaire, and Tonino, the charismatic conman, arrive in Verona unbeknownst to each other; so does intrigue, confusion and chaos as the town chases these dangerously desired visitors.

About the Playwright
Carlo Goldoni was an Italian playwright and librettist from the Republic of Venice. His works include some of Italy's most famous and best-loved plays. Audiences have admired the plays of Goldoni for their ingenious mix of wit and honesty. His plays offered his contemporaries images of themselves, often dramatizing the lives, values, and conflicts of the emerging middle classes. (wikipedia.com)
About the Director

Jesca Prudencio is a director, choreographer, and community based artist. She has directed new plays, musicals, and dance theater works with companies including The Movement Theatre Company, Fresh Ground Pepper, Ping Chong + Company, and the Asian American Arts Alliance at venues like Joe’s Pub, 3LD, FringeNYC, University Settlement, and The Old Vic in London as part of the TS Eliot US/UK Exchange. Her site-specific dance pieces include We Walk, We Stop and Nothing Matters When We’re Dancing in NYC, and America! at UC San Diego.

As a member of Ping Chong + Company, she has worked as a writer, director, and facilitator on a dozen interdisciplinary and documentary theater projects, and including co-writing and directing Listen To Me: voices of survivors of child sexual abuse and those who help them presented in the Bronx and Manhattan. She directed and choreographed a new musical The Firebird at NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. Jesca recently directed Campo Maldito by UC San Diego MFA playwright Bennett Fisher, which premiered here at the 2014 Wagner Theater Festival. This UC San Diego production toured to the NY International Fringe Festival and the San Francisco Fringe with sold-out houses, a NYTimes Fringe pick, and Best of the SF Fringe Award. Jesca has a BFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and is the artistic director of People of Interest, a theater company dedicated to producing engaging work that provides a voice for the voiceless and addresses contemporary social issues.

Director's Statement

In my production of Venetian Twins, I am interested in exploring elements of commedia dell'arte with loud athletic physical comedy. After a summer studying with a commedia master and traveling to playwright Carlo Goldoni's beloved Venice, Italy, it is my goal to breathe new life into these archetypes and create a laugh out loud theatrical experience.

The Cast

Rosaura - Katherine Ko
Columbina - Mary Glen Fredrick
Professor Balanzoni - Terrance White
Brighella - Mo Rodvanich
Zanetto / Tonino - Hunter Spangler
Pancrazio - Yonatan Gabeyehu
Beatrice - Lorena Martinez
Florindo / Arlechhino - Macgregor Arney
Lelio - Volen Illiev
The Creative Team

Director - Jesca Prudencio
Scenic Designer - Zhao "Raphael" Mingshuo
Costume Designer - Melissa Ng
Lighting Designer - Gwickyoung Ko
Sound Designer - Grady Kestler
Dramaturg - Jim Short
Assistant Scenic Designer - Samantha Rojales
Assistant Costume Designer - Amanda Bergman
Assistant Lighting Designer - Joel Britt
Assistant Sound Designer - Carter Wogahn
Second Asst. Scenic Designer - Ja Rim Yang
Production Stage Manager - Liz Fiala
Asst. Stage Manager - Jackie Mullen, Plato Seto

Performances Parking & Location

Located at: Mandell Weiss 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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Mar. 11

Mar. 12
7:00pm     PREVIEW

7:00pm     PREVIEW

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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