Summer, 2020. The summer when the world as we knew it changed forever. The summer I was tapped to serve as our department’s Artistic Director. Under quarantine and in the midst of global upheaval, I began the meaningful work of shepherding the creative work that our students would first embody, and then share with our audiences. I quickly discovered that that which I’ve always known to be true—namely that Story is Medicine—began taking on even greater meaning and depth. That first season our Storytelling collective produced work that was an unflinching reflection of our reality. This second season has aspired to bring us all a much-needed breath of fresh air with work that stirs empathy and fosters understanding. And in this upcoming third and final season of my tenure, it is with great joy and excitement that I share a season that we believe coalesces the intentions of the two previous seasons, while continuing to do all we can to put Good Medicine out into the world through the stories we choose to tell.
Presenting the Department of Theatre, Film, and Digital Production’s 2022-23 Season:
CABARET Book by Joe Masteroff, Music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb
November 3-12 2022 | ARTS Studio Theatre
Daring, provocative, and exuberantly entertaining, this 1966 musical explores the dark and heady life of Bohemian Berlin as Germany slowly yields to the totalitarian regime of the Third Reich.
THE WIDOW OF VALENCIA by Lope de Vega
February 16-25, 2023 | ARTS Studio Theatre
Granted unexpected social freedom after her husband's death, a young woman plots to protect her reputation by day while enjoying her lover at night, using her wits to fool everyone and keep one step ahead of her increasingly complicated schemes. Lope de Vega’s commedia masterpiece from 1600 crackles in a new translation by UCLA’s Diversifying the Classics group.
YELLOW FACE by David Henry Hwang
May 11-20, 2023 | ARTS Studio Theatre
David Henry Hwang’s self-referential, soul-searching romp is a full-throttle comic attack on bigotry and the American theatre, straddling the line between reality and fiction, questioning what race really means, and exploring how politics and media interact and influence our society--ultimately asking us to reflect on who we really are as human beings.
PLAYWORKS by UCR Undergraduate and MFA Playwrights
May 31-June 1, 2023
NEW PLAY FESTIVAL by UCR MFA Playwrights
June 7-8, 2023
Original short films by students
April 20, 2023
We hope you will join us as we embark on this exciting next chapter in our Storytelling journey at UCR.
Kimberly Guerrero, Artistic Director
Department of Theatre, Film, and Digital Production
University of California, Riverside