TDPS 2019/2020 Season

Who Shot Miguelito?

By Sean San José

Directed by Sean San José

October 17–20, 2019

The Playhouse at Zellerbach Hall


Who Shot Miguelito? 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, this performance piece invites viewers to see, hear, and move with refugees, immigrants, first gens—and ghosts. Incorporating immersive video and lighting, an original score, and stories from UC Berkeley students, director Sean San José will reinvent the piece for a new cast and a new audience.

The Caucasian Chalk Circle

By Bertolt Brecht

Directed by Christine Nicholson

November 15–24, 2019

The Playhouse at Zellerbach Hall


This captivating play within a play 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.

Berkeley Dance Project 2020

Directed by Lisa Wymore

Choreography by TDPS Faculty, Students, and Visiting Artists

February 20–29, 2020

The Playhouse at Zellerbach Hall


In 2020, the annual TDPS 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


Nueva New York, 23rd Century. 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?

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, social status, and representation.