A new project from the UC Davis Institute for Exploration in Theatre, Dance and Performance hopes to collect stories from families who have been affected by University of California tuition increases.
The project is seeing to “uncover and share these stories of resilience, courage, hardship and struggle — the realities of everyday life in difficult times,” according to a news release. “This performance research project is intended to gather and disseminate stories from the extended UC Davis community and place them in dialogue with current political debates and media sound bites.”
Plans call for the work-in-progress to be shown first on May 16, at an as-yet-undetermined location, on the eve of the UC Day of Action in Sacramento, as well as in a limited-seating workshop production May 21-22 in Lab A in Wright Hall at UCD.
Informational interviews and auditions will take place from 7:15 to 10 p.m. April 3 in the Firehouse (adjacent to the Music Building) on the UCD campus. Those interested in taking part should prepare a one-minute piece of text to perform, such as a monologue, newspaper story or poem. It need not be memorized.
To register, email [email protected]. A sign-up sheet with time slots is also available in Art 101.
Those who don’t wish to take part on stage are still welcome to send their stories or to volunteer by contacting the same email address.
The full name of the ongoing project is Facilitating Analyzing Communicating Engaging Through the Stage, or FACETS.
Led by department of theater and dance professors Jon Rossini and Peter Lichtenfels and production manager Eric Steggall, FACETS seeks to provide analysis of contemporary cultural conditions through theater and performance.