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Upcoming Performances
Gruesome Playground Injuries

by Rajiv Joseph

directed by Carla Harting

June 7 - 10

Arthur Wagner Theatre

About the Play

Kayleen and Dougie are friends whose lives collide, split and intersect over a 30 year span. This revealing and funny play is explored as an ensemble, with a company inhabiting these two characters who, despite some bloodshed, try to make their way to each other.
About the Playwright
Rajiv Joseph is a Pulitzer Prize finalist and an award winning playwright. Rajiv has been called “daring, magnificent, and virtuosic” by the L.A. Times. Rajiv Joseph wrote Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (a 2010 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize), Huck and Holden, Gruesome Playground Injuries, Animals Out of Paper, The Monster at the Door, and The North Pool. He is the book-writer and co-lyricist for the upcoming musical, Fly, adapted from JM Barrie’s novel, Peter Pan. Rajiv Joseph received his BA in Creative Writing from Miami University and his MFA in Playwriting from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He served for three years in the Peace Corps in Senegal, West Africa. Rajiv has been awarded a United States Artists Grant, the Whiting Award, the Glickman Award, and the National Endowment for the Arts Outstanding New American Play grant. (Silk Road Rising)
About the Director

Carla Harting is an actor who has worked extensively in New York and all over the country. Carla has collaborated with Sarah Ruhl on several of her new plays, including the premiere of Dead Man’s Cell Phone at Playwrights Horizons, Eurydice at Yale Rep and Second Stage Theatre, as well as Passion Play at Arena Stage. New York theatre credits include Dreams of the Washer King (Playwrights Realm), Kid-Simple (Summer Play Festival), Valparaiso (Rude Mechanicals), Jimmy Carter Was a Democrat (Clubbed Thumb, Performance Space 122, The Kitchen), Freakshow and Late: A Cowboy Song (Clubbed Thumb), Be Aggressive (Soho Repertory Theater) and Straight Up & with a Twist (New Georges). Her regional work includes Goldie, Max & Milk (Florida Stage), Legacy of Light, A Delicate Balance, and Passion Play (Arena Stage), The Lady from Dubuque (Seattle Repertory Theatre)), The Scene, After Ashley, Kid-Simple, Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls and The Blue Room (various Humana Festivals at ATL), Night and Day (The Wilma Theater), What the Butler Saw (South Coast Repertory), Uncle Vanya, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Imaginary Invalid, and Zoot Suit (San Diego Repertory Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (La Jolla Playhouse), Our Country’s Good (Signature Theatre Company, DC) and The Bright and Bold Design (The Studio Theatre, DC). In San Diego, Carla’s recent work includes Outside Mullingar (San Diego Rep), Betrayal (North Coast Rep), Fool For Love (Cygnet), and August Osage County (The Old Globe) for which the cast received a Craig Noel Award for Best Ensemble. Carla’s film and television credits include Never Forever with Vera Farmiga, “Law & Order” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.” Carla received her BA from the College of William & Mary and an MFA in Acting from UCSD.

Director's Statement

coming soon

The Cast

Doug – James Berardo
Doug – Alex Galan
Doug – Mrigank Khemka
Doug – Josiah Glesener
Doug – Kyros Shen
Doug – Jake Sutton
Doug – Andrew Walters
Kayleen – Molly Adea
Kayleen – Paloma Dominguez
Kayleen – Serina Estrada
Kayleen – Chloris Li
Kayleen – Mary Catherine Lopez
Kayleen – Fedra Ramirez
Kayleen – Hannah Reinert
Kayleen – Andrea von den Boogaard
Doug Understudy – Tharindu W. Fernando
Kayleen Understudy – Christina Chen

The Creative Team

Director – Carla Harting
Scenic Designer – Bobbie Helland
Costume Designer – Brooke Rector
Lighting Designer – I Teng Sou
Sound Designer – Justin Livengood
Assistant Director – Ashlyn Barnett
Dramaturg – Kristen Tregar
Production Stage Manager – Mona Gutierrez
Asst. Stage Manager – Blake Ramirez
Production Assistants – Hannah Hillman, Vera Long

Performances Parking & Location

Located at: Arthur Wagner 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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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

Please note: No late seating; no refunds.

Theatre & Dance Faculty, Staff & Majors Only >>


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