Who Shot La Miguelito?

Written and Directed by Sean San José

October 17–20, 2019

The Playhouse at Zellerbach Hall

This dynamic performance piece parallels the murder of a young street artist in San Francisco’s Mission District with the death of immigrant, working-class neighborhoods. Mapping the Mission in murals, tags, stickers, stencils, and socio-political protest art, the piece invites the audience to see, hear, and move with refugees, immigrants, first gens—and ghosts. Originally created for the San Francisco performance group Campo Santo, the piece will be made anew for UC Berkeley with an original score, immersive design, and student stories.


Workshop Performance: PINWHEELS

Written & Directed by Josie O. Basford

Oct. 23–24, 2019

Zellerbach Hall, Room 170

PINWHEELS is a musical comedy about finding personal truth amid familial dysfunction: every family has an outcast, even a family of clowns.

Free Admission, Reservations Required


The Caucasian Chalk Circle

By Bertolt Brecht

Directed by Christine Nicholson

November 15–24, 2019

The Playhouse at Zellerbach Hall

A captivating play within a play, The Caucasian Chalk Circle tells the corresponding stories of an agrarian land dispute and a young servant who sacrifices her own well-being to raise an abandoned child. Bertolt Brecht masterfully employs historification and distancing to reveal the hidden (and not so hidden) oppression of the powerless by the powerful. We are challenged not only to see the inequality inherent in power structures, but also to find ways to change our relationship to those structures—to find our way to justice, fairness, and compassion in the face of overwhelming odds.


Workshop Performance: FABLE

Written & Directed by Timothy L. Quirus

Preview: November 19, 2019

Performances: November 20–21, 2019

Durham Studio Theater

To gaze into her eyes would be to know all the secrets of the universe; rendering mankind into stone. The Mythologies of the triple goddess, as well as Medusa, continue to ripple through history to modern day culture, and mirror the human experience. Is her story complete? What has been left out, and why is the gorgon perpetuated as a monster for the modern world? A young man’s desperate choice, as well as self-acceptance, is at the heart of this re-telling, and collides within the mythological realm of FABLE; a world where gods and goddesses exist, and the matriarchy has become clandestine.

Content Warning: FABLE contains themes of violence; although not seen, rape will be discussed within the story.

Free & Open to the Public

No Reservation Required


Berkeley Dance Project 2020

Directed by Lisa Wymore

February 20–29, 2020

The Playhouse at Zellerbach Hall

In 2020, the TDPS annual dance concert will challenge choreographers, performers, and audience members to ask how dance and community can inform each other: How can dance create inclusive exchanges between audiences and dancers? How can dance making be a form of community making? How do communities use dance performance to bring forth new narratives and framings of the world? The program will feature student work from the Fall Choreography Showcase as well as new dances created by TDPS faculty and local guest artists.


The Arsonists

By Max Frisch

Directed by Patrick Russell

March 12–15, 2020

Durham Studio Theater

In a nameless town. At an unknown time. A community is on edge as arsonists wreak havoc in the night, going door to door, setting homes ablaze. When the self-assured businessman Biedermann finds himself face to face with the arsonists, will he be prepared for their cunning and coercive tactics?

As timeless as it is timely, Max Frisch’s cautionary comic parable on greed, apathy, and the power of persuasion has the urgency of a ticking time bomb.


Snowflakes, or Rare White People

By Dustin Chinn

Directed by Mina Morita

April 24–May 3, 2020 

The Playhouse at Zellerbach Hall

In 23rd Century Nueva New York, the dwindling white American population is protected by the federal government. Two of the last are brought to the Museum of Natural History as a living exhibit in the Hall of Caucasian Peoples, only to be freed by a sympathetic gift shop employee. Is society ready for their return?

Inspired by the “Hall of Asian Peoples” at the American Museum of Natural History and articles bemoaning the "dwindling majority" of white Americans, Dustin Chinn’s cuttingly smart comedy explores American conceptions of race and ethnicity, representation, and the precarity of social status.

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