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Heart of Spain - A Musical of the Spanish Civil War

Directed by Peter Glazer
Written by Peter Glazer and Eric Bain Peltoniemi

October 21-30, 2016
Playhouse Production // Zellerbach Playhouse
Tickets: $13 - $20

In conjunction with the 80th anniversary of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), TDPS presents HEART OF SPAIN. This moving new musical follows a diverse group of American volunteers – collectively known as the Abraham Lincoln Brigade – across the Atlantic, over the Pyrenees, and into battle.

About the Spanish Civil War: In July 1936, General Francisco Franco—with the backing of Hitler and Mussolini—attempted to wrest Spanish leadership from the democratically-elected government. In response, 30,000 volunteers from 52 countries (including 2,700 from the United States) volunteered to fight against the fascist coup and protect the Spanish Republic. The International Brigades fought on the front lines; served as doctors, medics and nurses; and took other roles in the effort to fight off Franco and his collaborators, in hopes of avoiding a larger war in Europe. It was a bitterly fought conflict, which Franco finally won in 1939 when he marched into Madrid. Hitler invaded Poland six months later.

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Reentry: The Process of Resilience

November 17-20
Created, Choreographed and Directed by Joe Goode
Studio Production // Durham Studio Theater

Reentry: The Process of Resilience is a new physical theater work derived from interviews with veterans who are currently enrolled at, or are recent graduates of, UC Berkeley. Based on an ongoing project of the Joe Goode Performance Group ("The Resilience Project"), the work explores how these brave individuals have learned and worked to be resilient as they reintegrate into civilian life. The aim of the piece is not heroization, but to celebrate the humanity of these ex-military men and women, and to recognize how much they have to teach us about the tenacity of the human spirit.

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Fall Choreography Showcase, Program A

December 8 and 9

Showcase // Zellerbach Room 7

Students in our fall choreography course present their original solos & duets. Take a night and come see the future of dance!

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Fall Choreography Showcase, Program B

December 8 and 9
Showcase // Zellerbach Room 7

Students in our fall choreography course present their original solos & duets. Take a night and come see the future of dance!

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Polaroid Stories

March 3-12
By Naomi Iizuka // Directed by Margo Hall
Playhouse Production // The Playhouse

A visceral blend of classical mythology and real life stories told by street kids, Polaroid Stories explores a desolate, dangerous urban jungle where myth-making collides with reality. What is real? Is there truth? What about fate? Based on interviews with young prostitutes and street youth, and drawing from Ovid's Metamorphosis, the play mixes poetry and profanity to show how young people, pushed to the other edges of society, fabricate their lives amid anger, love lost, violence, confusion, homelessness and addiction.

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Love and Pride

March 16-19
Written and directed by TDPS student Sy Desiree Jordan

Zellerbach Room 7

This original musical follows characters that identify with a variety of points along the spectrums of gender and sexuality as they decide how to express (or conceal) their identity. Along the way, they navigate situations that emerge in their personal and professional lives because of their personal identifications, like coming out, transitioning, job discrimination and homelessness, while striving to find their inner truth and love others for who they truly are. Featuring original music by the band The Skye, with lyrics by Sy Jordan.

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Berkeley Dance Project 2017

April 20-29
Inspired by the theme "Digging Deep"
Playhouse Production // The Playhouse

Berkeley Dance Project 2017, featuring new works by Bay Area choreographers Krista DeNio and James Graham, explores how we communicate with each other as humans, and the connections we have to our world and the organic life and elements that surround us. 

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