Director Series performances are directed by our senior undergraduate directing students and our first and second year graduate students in The John Wells Directing Program. Director Series works offer audiences opportunities to experience the visions of the next generation of leaders as well as bold new perspectives on 21st century theatre-making.
These productions partially fulfill the educational requirements of the School of Drama's BFA and MFA programs.
Director Series Times
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 8 pm
Tickets are free and will be available at the box at the box office ON THE DAY OF PERFORMANCE.
I'm Very Into You
Kathy Acker and McKenzie Wark
Adapted and directed by Sara Lyons
Why am I telling you all this? Partly ‘cause the whole queerness/identity thing for me stretches through everything, absolutely everything. Slipping between straight/gay is child's play compared to slipping between writer/teacher/influence-peddler whatever. I forget who I am. You reminded me of who I prefer to be.
In 1995, Kathy Acker and Ken Wark met at a conference in Australia and fell into a fast and furious love affair. After Acker returned to San Francisco, they started exchanging emails, arguing about gender theory and falling in love as they delved into their own struggles to understand gender and sexuality. I'm Very Into You glimpses into how intimacy and relationships are redefined online—underscored by these writers' radicalism, lust, and desire to be together.
Directed by Stephen Eckert
The shepherd nipt with biting winter's rage
Frolics not more to see the painted spring,
Than I do to behold your majesty.
Edward II is the story of a King pulled in multiple directions. We follow King Edward as he navigates the politics of fear and sex through the aristocracy’s opposition to his same-sex partnership. Their aggression in the face of his relationship with Gravestone mirrors the heteronormative culture we see today, which often vilifies queer individuals because of misunderstanding and fear. But what if this fear wasn’t baseless?
Gruesome Playground Injuries
Directed by Zoe Clayton
You've always been able to mend my wounds.
Doug and Kayleen are two physically and emotionally injured people. In this play, Rajiv Joseph shows us what happens when people can only connect with each other through pain. Gruesome Playground Injuries is a love story, but instead of flowers and chocolates, cuts and bruises are the ways that these characters show their love.
Peter Sinn Nachtrieb
Directed by Ariel Zucker
If the first archaic cells on Earth just did what they were supposed to do, being generally unimpressive for millions of years instead of having that one day, literally one day, where two of them did something different, and merged and became a whole new thing... If that didn't happen many times... Well then the rest of life wouldn't have happened. None of this had to happen. But it did. And it's beautiful.
Jules has predicted the end of the world. Thanks to a misleading Craigslist ad, Jo has joined him in an underground research lab where they find themselves to be the modern day Adam and Eve—if Adam were gay and Eve hated babies. This is a creation legend like no other. Goldfish, tampons, karate chops and much more await you in boom.
Directed by Joe Hill
Try not to be angry, tell them who you are, and let go of those who cannot hear you.
Hybrid is an immersive digital adventure that starts with video shot around the world, then weaves it together with movement to create a tangible experience with and for the audience. This intimate interactive experience will challenge the bounds of cinematography and use the participation of everyone in the room to create an exchange between cultures.