Dead Mans Cell Phone
March 1 – 10
Dead man’s Cell Phone
by Sarah Ruhl
An incessantly ringing cell phone in a quiet café. A stranger at the next table who has had enough. And a dead man—with a lot of loose ends. So begins Dead Man’s Cell Phone, a wildly imaginative new comedy by playwright Sarah Ruhl, recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Grant and Pulitzer Prize finalist for her play The Clean House. A work about how we memorialize the dead—and how that remembering changes us—it is the odyssey of a woman forced to confront her own assumptions about morality, redemption, and the need to connect in a technologically obsessed world.
Directed by Patrick Larmer
Fridays, Saturdays 8pm; Sundays, 5pm; Thursday, 4pm
Performance Lab D-10, Palomar College, San Marcos campus
$12 General, $10 Seniors and Staff, $8 Students
March 8th, 6-6:50pm Room D-5
Cellular Communication, Talking in the 21st Century: how the cell phone has effected our ability to think and to communicate.
Panelists: Chris Sinnott (faculty, Theatre & moderator), Pat Larmer (faculty, Theatre & director), TBA (faculty, CSIS), TBA (faculty, Child Development)
Palomar Coffee Talks invites teachers and students to participate in this integrative learning project. Pablo Picasso famously described art as, “A lie that reveals the truth.” We offer performances and public gatherings that provide an occasion to analyze aspects of our society and the human condition from the multiple perspectives provided by differing academic disciplines. For the Fall of 2015, we are focusing on two questions raised by Bertolt Brecht’s provocative play THE GOOD PERSON OF SETZUAN: What does it mean to be a ‘good’ person? Is it possible to be good and stay good in our society? Ways of participating include but are not limited to: • Add your class to the list of participating by clicking here.. • Join us for our Coffee Talk on October 8th following the 4PM performance of The Good Person of Setzuan. • Offer extra credit for attending the Coffee Talk and or a performance. • Commit to at least one class discussion on the two questions and how they relate to your discipline. • Create some expression of the discussion that can be shared with other participants on our website, facebook, twitter feed #goodperson, or Right Here On Campus (see next bullet). • Contribute your expressions to a sculptural display at the entrance to the theatre in the Performing Arts Courtyard. • Some possibilities: o What is a good person? – in eight words or 144 characters. Make lots of these. o Characterize the discussion in 8 words or 144 characters. Make several of these. o Share a simple statement or conclusion that came from the discussion. Whole class or small groups. o Generate a list of related questions specific to your discipline. o Describe, express or articulate some of the pressures to act ‘badly’ or questionably that you have experienced. Individual or small groups. o Help us create a site-specific public art piece in the Performing Arts courtyard – that will evolve throughout the semester. o Share a response on our Tumblr page. Words & Images accepted. Connect Your Classes...
Coffee Talk on Thursday, April 21 after the 4PM performance (approximately 5:45 PM) Respondents: Homayra Yusufi-Marin grew up in San Diego but was born in war torn Afghanistan. Her family immigrated to the United States during the Cold War and she’s called San Diego home ever since. Ms. Yusufi has spent the past five years working as a Policy expert at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) focusing on immigration and education policy. Ms. Yusufi completed her masters in Public Policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. She recently chose to become a stay at home mom and is enjoying her days with her one year old daughter. Katia Hansen, J.D. is the President & CEO of UURISE – Unitarian Universalist Refugee and Immigrant Services and Education, a nonprofit organization advancing justice and human rights for immigrants and refugees. Katia has over 20 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations in San Diego County, and in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota. For 15 of those years she has worked on issues related to immigration and human rights, including anti-human trafficking work in Lithuania, and in Thailand. Katia has been with UURISE since its inception in 2007, first as a founding member of the Board of Directors, transitioning through different roles until she became President & CEO in May, 2015. In each of these positions, Katia is thrilled to be able to blend her education and experience as an attorney and social worker with her passion for social justice, empowering people and advocating for systemic change. Ramla Sahid is the founder and executive director of the Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans (PANA). She is responsible for overseeing the organization’s growth as the leading voice for refugees in San Diego. Ramla has over a decade of experience in community leadership and nonprofits, and is committed to advocacy and policy projects that address racial disparities. In her previous role as a community organizer, Ramla facilitated processes that generated people-led, effective campaigns. She lead the successful campaign to develop a Restorative Justice Pilot program in City Heights as an alternative to the punitive court system in an effort promote safety, and reduce the over-reliance on the incarceration of racial minorities. As a past fellow of the Women’s Policy Institute, a program of the Women’s Foundation of California, Ramla ...
The subject of The Refugee Crisis is ripe with critical thinking and community building opportunities across many disciplines: Who are the refugees living in our community and attending our classes and where have they come from? What are the root conditions that result in 59.5 displaced people worldwide? What is the relationship between western colonialism and the current refugee situation? What is the ethical/moral obligation of western nations to address the crisis? What historical American values are challenged by our response to the refugee crisis? What is the relation of racism, religious intolerance and Xenophobia to our national response? What effect will global climate change have on the refugee situation? Use the comments box to add your questions...
Read the review of our production of The Good Person of Setzuan in the Telescope Newspaper.
In response to our Coffee Talk theme, The Telescope Newspaper conducted interviews on campus asking a variety of people, “What does it mean to be a good person?”
The Telescope Newspaper wrote an excellent article about the Coffee Talk for The Good Person of Setzuan.
We want your help choosing the final play of our season. Is there a play that you want to see at Palomar Theatre? Is there a theme or a subject that you think we should address? The only criteria are that it must have at least 8 characters and it cannot be a musical. Use the comment box below to submit your suggestion.
The whole world seems to be experiencing a critical juncture. Everywhere we look conflict and crisis foment uncertainty. How can our political, economic and social structures respond to the rising tide of environmental degradation, climate change, ideological extremism, unemployment, poverty, disease, racial injustice and war? How do individuals cope with the instability and uncertainty of their fragile situations. Our performance projects and associated public forums will explore these questions and look for innovative thinking and solutions. One thing is certain, we cannot hope to face these situations alone. Let’s seize the opportunity form community around our common struggles....
In our current political and economic climate, what are the obstacles and challenges to creating a well-informed citizenry capable of grappling with the difficult choices that face our nation?
Click on the “Read More” button below to go to the entry page for Connecting Classroom. Use the comments box to enter the names of the classes you teach that are participating in this project . Optionally, you can include the meeting times. Participation is as simple as incorporating discussion of a relevant topic into your classroom.
Click the “Enjoy Participating” tab on our Welcome Page for some specific suggestions of ways to participate.
Look for classes that meet at the same time and consider sharing your discussions and insights together.