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master class

by terrence mcnally
directed by ion associate artistic director Kim strassburger 

San Diego, CA – The next installment of ion theatre’s Off-the-Radar series – which last season included Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, Kin, and ‘night, Mother – is Master Class by Terrence McNally featuring Craig Noel Award winner Sandy Campbell* (Passion) as Maria Callas and helmed by ion Associate Artistic Director Kim Strassburger (Passion, Grey Gardens, Gypsy).

The 1970s. New York City. The Juilliard School. Maria Callas is teaching a master class before an audience. She is glamorous, commanding, and larger-than-life. Her first "victim" is a perky soprano who chooses to sing an aria from La Sonnambula, considered one of the most difficult, and one that Callas made famous. Before the student sings a note, Callas stops her—not wanting to hear the music “massacred”. And now what has started out as an in-demand, civil class taught by a master has become a platform for the indomitable diva. The drama ensues and the fireworks fly—the results are alternately hilarious and heartbreaking. The original 1995 Broadway cast featured Zoe Caldwell as Callas and Audra McDonald as Sharon. In 2011, it was revived on Broadway with Tyne Daly.

Joining returning ion artist Sandy Campbell are four performers making their ion debuts: Laura Bueno, Alexander Cammarata, Priti Gandhi and Daniel James Greenbush. Advisor/Dramaturge is Diana Ruggiero with Costumes by company member Mary Summerday and Production Design by Executive Artistic Director Claudio Raygoza with Producing Artistic Director Glenn Paris serving as Producer.

Opening September 26, 2015, Master Class begins previews September 18 and runs Thursday-Saturdays at 8pm and Saturdays at 4pm through October 17 at ion’s BLKBOX Theater located at 3704 6th Avenue, 92103, on the corner of 6th and Pennsylvania Avenues.
* Member Actors’ Equity Association



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“…Once again, ion shines a
piercing light on a dim corner
of society, a tightly focused
beam that deeply penetrates
…”
   
timesofsandiego.com

MISSION

ion forges bold, uncompromising theater that investigates the fiery, passionate, resilient nucleus of the human condition.

We do this by fiercely nurturing visceral, challenging new plays, through a rigorous training of actors, directors and technical artists in a multi-disciplinary approach, and by engaging new audiences through the savvy interweaving of technology and unforgettable theater.

ion theatre company members in 2009. Pictured clockwise from L, Sara Beth Morgan, Sylvia Enrique, Matt Scott, Brian Mackey, Courtney Fox Smith, Karson St. John, Steven Lone, Dana Hooley, Jennifer Kozumplik, Claudio Raygoza, Glenn Paris, Trina Kaplan and Morgan Trant. Photo courtesy of Michael Spengler, M Studio La Jolla.

ion theatre company members in 2009. Pictured clockwise from L, Sara Beth Morgan, Sylvia Enrique, Matt Scott, Brian Mackey, Courtney Fox Smith, Karson St. John, Steven Lone, Dana Hooley, Jennifer Kozumplik, Claudio Raygoza, Glenn Paris, Trina Kaplan and Morgan Trant. Photo courtesy of Michael Spengler, M Studio La Jolla.

Company member Catalina Maynard as Señora Julia wins back-to-back Critics Circle awards. She won Best Featured Performance in 2011 for her multiple roles in Angels in America.

Powerful Premieres

ion theater has ushered in a variety of world premieres including Julia in 2012, written and directed by Founder/ Executive Artistic Director Claudio Raygoza, which earned a nomination as Best New Play and won the award for Lead Actress in a Play. In 2014/2015, ion will launch 5 world premieres.

The San Diego premiere of The Little Flower of East Orange by Stephen Adly Guirgis featured a highly lauded, multiple award-nominated and multiple award-winning ensemble of actors including company members Trina Kaplan and Yolanda Franklin with returning ion guest artist Diep Huynh.

Daring Debuts

In addition to dozens of local, regional and West Coast premieres, ion has debuted many promising new writers to San Diego including two recent Pulitzer-winners, Quiara Alegría Hudes and Annie Baker and recent nominees Gina Gionfriddo and Rajiv Joseph.

High-schooler (R) Matthew Alexander made his professional acting debut at ion in the 2010 San Diego premiere of Song of Extinction by E.M. Lewis. In 2012, he led the design team for the robots in Heddatron.

Exciting Benchmarks

In addition to making plays, ion blazes other trails — in 2012, the company engineered San Diego's first-ever robot actors in partnership with High Tech High School for the West Coast premiere of Heddatron by Elizabeth Meriwether.  

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