The Caucasian Chalk Circle

By Bertolt Brecht

Translated by Alistair Beaton

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 a post-war land dispute in the Caucasus Mountains and a young servant who risks her life 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.

This theater-in-the-round presentation features live performances of original songs, as well as intricate scenic design, costuming, and puppetry!

Presented in approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes, including one 10-minute intermission.


Fall Choreography Showcase 2019

Directed by Joe Goode

December 12–13, 2019

Zellerbach Hall, Room 7

The Fall Choreography Showcase highlights the work of promising, emerging choreographers. With the guidance of Professor Joe Goode, an award-winning dance theater artist, TDPS students present original solos and duets.

Presented in two programs of five pieces, with an approximate run time of 50–60 minutes per program.

Program A: Dec. 12 (5pm) and Dec. 13 (8pm)


Eden Cayabyab
Jeze Fabijanic
Ariel Hsieh
Grace Hunter
Rowan Wells-Edwards

Program B: Dec. 12 (8pm) and Dec. 13 (5pm)


Randall Belyea
Joyce Chan
Aubrey Langer
Swetha Prabakaran
Cole Yambrovich

Free Admission with Reservation


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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