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March 2021

Michael Alexander

Dear Friends:

Welcome, again, to the CaltechLive! newsletter.

The highlight for this month is our presentation of San Diego Repertory Theatre's (SD REP) A Weekend with Pablo Picasso, written by and featuring Herbert Sigunza. Local theater fans may know Siguenza as one of the creative trio that founded Culture Clash—the country's premier Latinx comedic theater company. He also has a long relationship with SD REP where he has written, directed, and performed over the years.

This play was originally presented as a live production. With the challenges that the pandemic has thrown at the performing arts (along with so much else in our lives), SDRT worked with Siguenza and a team of filmmakers to transform the play into a movie, retaining many of the elements that define live theater while also taking advantage of the special artistic opportunities offered by film.

We are making the film available as an on-demand presentation from March 6 to April 4. I hope you will be able to join us. Siguenza is an extraordinary actor who is completely convincing as Pablo Picasso welcoming us into his studio in Southern France. Since we are in Picasso's studio, we are surrounded by many paintings throughout the movie; Siguenza painted them all.

At 7:30 p.m. on March 6 and again at 3 p.m. on March 28, you will have an opportunity to engage in a conversation with Sigunza, who will join us online to field questions and tell us about the challenges of converting a stage play into a movie.

As the local presenter of this SD REP production, we can offer members of the Friends of Beckman Auditorium a 20 percent discount on tickets. I encourage others interested in supporting our program's science and performing arts for youth activities to join and take advantage of this benefit.

Speaking of youth programs, our Science Journeys series has proven very successful in its online format. People who would never be able to drive to Caltech for a live event during a school day have been joining in online and hearing young scientists in our graduate program talk about their research while also encouraging young people to follow their curiosity and consider the sciences as a career. If you would like to see any of the first five Science Journeys we have presented, please visit the YouTube playlist.

Stay tuned for more exciting news coming up for the balance of the academic year. And, of course, we yearn for the time when all of us will gather again in Beckman Auditorium. Until then, stay healthy!