Writer's Block (2021)

November 4 - 7, 11 - 13, 2021 in Spanos Theatre

Have you ever wondered where stories come from? Journey with us to find out how the Sparks work their magic at StoryCorp. They churn out page after page, volume after volume, of your most beloved tales. From Romeo and Juliet to Transformers, they've thought of it all and deposited their ideas straight into the brains of the world's most brilliant storytellers! But what happens when they are faced with a sinister force that threatens their imagination? What happens when the system they work within starts working against them? Find out how the Sparks defend their dreams, creative freedom, and storytelling itself. You may even find yourself weighing in on their struggle and guiding them as they navigate StoryCorp.

Writer's Block Online Production Program

Ticketing and venue information

General Statement: In accordance with regulations announced by the California Department of Public Health, guests attending ticketed events at the Performing Arts Center must either present proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the performance start time or a negative COVID-19 antigen (rapid) test taken within 24 hours of the performance start time. Masks will also be required, regardless of vaccination status, at all times in the Performing Arts Center unless actively eating or drinking. Check for full health & safety protocols*Policies subject to change if guidelines are modified by the California Department of Public Health. 

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Nicki Butler - NOVELLA
Taylor Wendell Lozano - BOSS
Maya Sjoblom-Powell - STACEY
Ashley Tokarzewski - DEBBIE
Layli Veach - MAE

Artistic/Production Team

Hala Baki, Director
Thomas John Bernard, Costume Designer
Brian Healy, Scenic/Lighting Designer
Clint Bryson, Technical Director
Laina Babb, Costume Shop Manager

Genevieve Marguerite Bjork-Nelson, Asst to Lighting Design
Clare Cantus, Assistant Scenic Design
Anna Cohen, Dramaturg
Hannah Drechsel, Asst to Scenic - Props
Weihan Du, Dramaturg
Megan Hunt, Asst to Scenic - Props
Heidi Le Huynh, Assistant Stage Manager & Outreach
Courtney Ann Kaia, Outreach
Rachel Kupfer-Weinstein, Asst to Lighting Design
Rylee Terry, Assistant Costume Designer
Becky Van Zant, Stage Manager
Maddie Webb, 2nd Hand Assistant Draper
Jackie Yeung, Asst to Scenic - Props

Shashank Aswathanarayana, Music Composer


Advaitha Sai Shankar Bhavanasi
Kacie Hennessy
Marie Frances
Max Kennel 
Lucie Labrecque
Taylor Lozano
Ella Marchal
Alexis Morse
Nichole Riffenburgh
Claire Wiater

Genevieve Bjork-Nelson, Light Board Operator
Max Gardenswartz, Sound Board Operator
Michelle Pellegrin, Props / Stagehand
Theo Puleston, Light and Sound Tech / Follow Spot Operator
Maryellen Wood, Props / Stagehand

Special Thanks

Asst. Prof. Ramón Esquivel for lending us his playwriting magic. Kira Weiss (Cello/Vocals) and Shravan Murlidaran (Keyboard/Vocals) for their musical talents.

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