Summer Sessions Events

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August 10, 2017
7:30pm
UCSB Studio Theater
'Meanwhile There are Letters' by Declan Hughes

The fourth play in the 2017 LAUNCH PAD summer reading series, directed by Risa Brainin.

LAUNCH PAD in association with The Margaret Millar Charitable Trust presents Meanwhile There are Letters by Declan Hughes, based on the book Meanwhile There are Letters: The Correspondence of Eudora Welty and Ross MacDonald edited and with an introduction by Suzanne Marrs and Tom Nolan. In the middle of their lives, two of America’s greatest writers, Eudora Welty and Ross Macdonald, embarked on a friendship conducted largely through letters that blossomed into a devoted love affair. Using these letters as a starting point, Meanwhile There Are Letters charts the course of this fascinating relationship between two brilliant, lonely people in the middle of their lives whose great fortune it was to find each other.

For more information, please visit UCSB's Theatre and Dance website. 


August 3, 2017
8:00pm
HSSB Ballet Studio
Theater and Dance: Summer Dances

Summer Sessions 2017 will present Summer Dances, Wed. & Thurs., Aug. 2 & 3, 8pm, in the HSSB Ballet Studio. The program is full of variety, featuring choreography specifically created for the dancers enrolled in ballet, modern and jazz by Dance faculty Nancy Colahan, Valerie Huston and Delila Moseley. UCSB Dance graduates Chelsea Retzloff (2007) and Lauren Serrano (2011) will be performing new works as will Brandon Whited (Dance Faculty). Tonia Shimin (Professor Emerita) will offer a sneak preview into her new film currently in production, and Christina Sanchez of Santa Barbara Dance Theater will perform the powerful solo Cante Flamenco, created in 1944 by Jane Dudley. Lighting for these new works will be designed by UCSB Theater graduate Andrew Schmedake. 


August 3, 2017
7:30pm
UCSB Studio Theater
'Staging The Daffy Dame' by Anne Garcia-Romero

The third play in the 2017 LAUNCH PAD summer reading series, directed by Risa Brainin.

In the present, on the campus of a California public university, Lupe, a Latina theatre professor, directs a production of the 1613 Spanish Golden Age comedy, La Dama Boba (The Daffy Dame), by Lope de Vega, with a cast of four university students and two community professionals. Amidst budget cuts, diversity protests and faculty opposition, Lupe employs non-traditional casting as she attempts to stage a “bare bones” version of this classical comedy from the Spanish canon. In La Dama Boba, two sisters, Finea and Nise, are in love with a poor schoolteacher, Laurencio, but their lives are upended when their father, Octavio, arranges for Finea to marry a nobleman, Liseo. Nise, the elder sister, is educated while, Finea, the younger, is daffy. However, Finea gains a new kind of intelligence through the power of love. While Lupe directs her actors, tempers flare as conflicts arise when the company addresses issues of race, class and gender in portraying these roles. As opening night approaches, Lope de Vega’s comedy challenges the company to confront their own prejudices by asking the question: Can love help us overcome our differences and truly lead us to a new kind of knowledge?

For more information, please visit UCSB's Theatre and Dance website. 


August 2, 2017
8:00pm
HSSB Ballet Studio
Theater and Dance: Summer Dances

Summer Sessions 2017 will present Summer Dances, Wed. & Thurs., Aug. 2 & 3, 8pm, in the HSSB Ballet Studio. The program is full of variety, featuring choreography specifically created for the dancers enrolled in ballet, modern and jazz by Dance faculty Nancy Colahan, Valerie Huston and Delila Moseley. UCSB Dance graduates Chelsea Retzloff (2007) and Lauren Serrano (2011) will be performing new works as will Brandon Whited (Dance Faculty). Tonia Shimin (Professor Emerita) will offer a sneak preview into her new film currently in production, and Christina Sanchez of Santa Barbara Dance Theater will perform the powerful solo Cante Flamenco, created in 1944 by Jane Dudley. Lighting for these new works will be designed by UCSB Theater graduate Andrew Schmedake.