San Diego REPertory Theatre Presents the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of ‘Uncanny Valley’

San Diego REPertory Theatre Presents the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of ‘Uncanny Valley’
March, 2015 Client News
SAN DIEGO – April 10, 2015 – San Diego REPertory Theatre (San Diego REP) presents “Uncanny Valley” by Thomas Gibbons and directed by Jessica Bird. Previews for the National New Play Network rolling world premiere production begin April 11, 2015. Opening night is Saturday, April 18, 2015 and runs through Sunday, May 10, 2015 in the Lyceum Space.

Chasing immortality by downloading your thoughts and memories into an everlasting human-shaped computer may sound like science fiction, but current research in robotics and artificial intelligence makes it possible now. The challenge is to get past the “uncanny valley,” the discomfort people experience when seeing electronic recreations of human being that are not quite believable.

This National New Play Network rolling world premiere proposes modern science as the creator of human life on earth and redefines what it means to be human in the 21st century. “Stuffed with fascinating food for thought this taut, smart drama is the kind of play audiences expect from San Diego REP,” says Sam Woodhouse, co-founder and artistic director, San Diego REP.

Claire, played by Rosina Reynolds, is a neuroscientist who has devoted her entire life to crafting a non-biological being. Her latest attempt is named Julian, played by actor Nick Cagle. As he is “born” over the course of the play, going from just a head to a fully functional body, Claire teaches Julian what it is to be human. But as anyone who has ever raised a child knows, we have no idea how this new being we have created will turn out. So when Claire finally comes face to face with her creation, she is shocked to discover who is staring back at her.

Reynolds has appeared in seven previous REP productions including “Doubt,” “The Clean House,” and “Cymbeline.” Regionally she has performed at Theatreworks, San Jose REP, La Mirada Theatre and in multiple roles for The Old Globe Theatre.

Nick Cagle, who plays the role of Julian, has performed with the REP in “The Exit Interview.” Regionally he has performed at La Jolla Playhouse, Laguna Playhouse and in Los Angeles with the Antaeus Company and The Geffen Playhouse, among other credits.

Calendar Listing
“Uncanny Valley”
By Thomas Gibbons
Directed by Jessica Bird
NOTE: 90 minutes running time, no intermission

Dates: April 11-May 10, 2015
(Opening: Saturday, April 18, 2015)

Performances are Tuesday (first week only) at 7 p.m., Wednesdays at 7 p.m., Thursdays at 8 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., and Saturdays at 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Theatre: Lyceum Space
San Diego REPertory Theatre
79 Horton Plaza
San Diego, Calif. 92101-6144

Prices: Tickets start at $31 to $75 / Students $18 / Military $20
Discounts for groups and seniors available.
San Diego REP Box Office (619) 544-1000
For group sales, call Kristen Schweizer at (619) 231-3586 ext. 617.
Tickets available for purchase online at www.sdrep.org.
Four hours free parking in the Horton Plaza Garage with validation at the theatre.

Surround Event Schedule for “Uncanny Valley” as of April 10, 2015
Calling all curious souls! Join us in the lobby of the Lyceum Theatre for a mixture of entertainment and enlightenment before (and sometimes after) the show. These Surround Events are free and open to the public. Grab a beverage or a snack from our bar, soak in the activities and then enjoy the show. Tickets are available at the Box Office.

SATURDAY, APRIL 11, 2015
BEFORE THE 8 p.m. SHOW
BIKE SD: CYCLE TO THE THEATER NIGHT!

You are cordially invited to participate in a healthy, earth conscious, theatrical evening. Support sustainable, clean energy, nurture your heart, stimulate your mind and save $10 off the price of a theatre ticket when you bike to The REP on April 11. Enjoy BIKE SD’s complimentary valet when you arrive at the Lyceum. Bikers go to sdrep.org and use the code BIKESD for $10 off your standard ticket price!

SUNDAY, APRIL 12, 2015 at 6 p.m.
BEFORE THE 7 p.m. SHOW
LIVE ON STAGE: SAN DIEGO CREATIVE ARTS

Start your evening with some throwback music before you step 40 years into the future with Uncanny Valley. Talented young singers from San Diego Creative Arts take the stage to entertain you with music that time travels through the past, the present and the future. Directed by Laura Hodge.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15 at 6 p.m.
BEFORE THE 7 p.m. SHOW
WICKED WEDNESDAY
FILM SCREENING: “GENETIC ROULETTE”

The news media bombards us with messages about how science is changing the food we eat. Is this for the better or the worse? Enjoy a pre-show screening of an award winning documentary which will suggest some answers. “Genetic Roulette – The Gamble of Our Lives” was named the 2012 Movie of the Year by the Solari Report and the Top Transformational Film of 2012 by AwareGuide.

THURSDAY, APRIL 16 at 7 p.m.
BEFORE THE 8 p.m. SHOW
TALKIN’ THEATRE WITH TODD: MEET THE PLAYWRIGHT

Join REP Associate Artistic Director Todd Salovey as he sits down with “Uncanny Valley” playwright Thomas Gibbons to talk about the fascinating origins of his new play. Gibbons is playwright-in-residence at InterAct Theatre Company in Philadelphia, which has premiered eight of his plays. The prolific writer is the recipient of seven playwriting fellowships and awards, including the NAACP Theatre Award, two Barrymore Awards for Outstanding New Play, and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts.

SATURDAY, APRIL 19 at 1 p.m.
BEFORE THE 2 p.m. SHOW
ART + FUTURE + SCIENCE + TEENAGERS

“Uncanny Valley” projects a bold but very possible future for the human race 40 years from now. Regardless to what 2055 brings, we know it belongs to our children. Juvenile Court and Community Schools students present art work, essays and poetry inspired by their own science classes, and the fictional science of playwright Thomas Gibbons!

THURSDAY, APRIL 23 at 7 p.m.
BEFORE THE 8 p.m. SHOW
SAM’S SALON: THE UNCANNY SCIENTISTS

REP Artistic Director Sam Woodhouse hosts a one-of-a-kind conversation with two brilliant scientists from UCSD: Astrophysics professor Brian Keating, Ph.D. is the designer of the ultra-powerful Polarbear telescope, which was described as a “time machine” when it detected the after effects of “cosmic inflation” (a.k.a. the big bang that occurred 13.8 billion years ago); and UCSD Department of Cognitive Science associate professor Ayse Saygin, Ph.D., is an expert in artificial intelligence human’s perception of robots (aka the “uncanny valley”). Expect a powerful meeting of the minds discussing the truth behind the fictional science within “Uncanny Valley.”

FRIDAY, APRIL 24
AFTER THE 8 p.m. SHOW
MEET THE ARTISTS

After the show, join the cast of “Uncanny Valley” for an open discussion of the work onstage. Bring your questions and comments. Hosted by San Diego REP’s Casting Director Jacole Kitchen.

SATURDAY, APRIL 25
BEFORE THE 2 p.m. SHOW
BIKE SD: CYCLE TO THE THEATER DAY!
Bike SD’s goal is to establish San Diego as a world-class bicycling city by promoting everyday riding, and advocating for the building of a standard-setting bicycling infrastructure. Committed to positive change and safety, the group aims to empower and connect San Diegans in a livable, urban environment. Become a champion for these goals by riding to the theatre today and enjoy BIKE SD’s complimentary valet when you arrive. Use the code BIKESD at sdrep.prg for $10 off your standard ticket price!

SATURDAY, APRIL 25 at 7 p.m.
BEFORE THE 8 p.m. SHOW
AMIGOS DEL REP
Our favorite provocateurs from Amigos del REP invite you to participate in uncanny musings, music and dance. Originally coined by roboticist Masahiro Mori claimed people respond positively to robots while they look like robots, and negatively to robots when they look human (hint – this is the “uncanny valley!”). Amigos del Rep invites you to enjoy and ponder their efforts to chart the “uncanny valley” of theatre. Coordinated by John Padilla and Sylvia Enrique.

SATURDAY, APRIL 26 at 1 p.m.
BEFORE THE 2 p.m. SHOW
SCIENCE, ART, AND TECH (STEAM) LEARNING DAY
The San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering is the primary K-12 initiative of the Biocom Institute. Today’s event highlights and presents 12 student designs, out of 200 submissions, from the inaugural STEM Design competition. In addition to discovering the award-winning scientific artwork, you’ll get an insider’s scoop as to what you can expect for the 2016 Festival! Use the code STEMSD and $10 of your ticket will be donated back to the festival!

FRIDAY, MAY 1 at 7 p.m.
BEFORE THE 8 p.m. SHOW
BAR KNIGHTS: SMART PHONE TRIVIA
Forget the pen and pencil bar trivia you played in college, it’s time for the 2015 version of trivia! Bar Knights joins us for high-speed trivia. Just bring your smart phone and your smart self! Come early and grab a drink from our fully stocked bar at the REP.

SATURDAY, MAY 2 at 7 p.m.
BEFORE THE 8 p.m. SHOW
SIDESTAGE IMPROV: Uncanny Comedians
We never know where the comedy will go when improvisers from Sidestage Improv take the stage. But we always know it will be a good time with lots of laughs. Tonight’s improve session will be inspired by the comedy of machines we see every day.

IN THE LYCEUM GALLERY
San Diego Stage Hands & Designers
Unseen craftsmen and craftswomen imagine and then build much of what you see on the stages of San Diego theatres – displaying their skills in scenery, lighting, props and graphic design. Once a year, they join together to produce a visual arts show for the REP’s Lyceum Gallery. Enjoy the art of these talented theatre workers as they share their original creations on canvas, in sculpture, with jewelry, in mixed media, and more!

About San Diego REPertory Theatre
San Diego REPertory Theatre (San Diego REP) produces intimate, exotic, provocative theatre. We promote a more inclusive community through vivid works that nourish progressive political and social values and celebrate the multiple voices of our region. Founded in 1976, San Diego REPertory Theatre is downtown San Diego’s resident theatre, promoting a more inclusive community through work that nourishes progressive political and social values. The company produces and hosts over 300 events and performances year-round on its three stages at the Lyceum Theatre. In 38 seasons, we have produced 48 world premieres. We have produced 46 main stage shows by Latino/a playwrights and more than 22 plays written by or about African-American artists. The company has received more than 200 awards for artistic excellence from the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle, Patté Theatre Awards, NAACP, Backstage West, Dramalogue, and StageSceneLA. In 2005, the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle presented the REP with the Craig Noel Award “For 30 Years of Artistic Dedication to Downtown and Diversity.” San Diego REPertory Theatre feeds the curious soul. To learn more about San Diego REPertory Theatre, to purchase tickets, or make a donation, visit www.sdrep.org. Join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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