San Diego Mesa College is premiering a new, ensemble-created, experimental theatre
production of UN-SHELTERED. This is an original play about homelessness based upon
the compelling interviews conducted by Mesa College Experimental Theatre students
with San Diego’s downtown homeless. The stage play premieres on Tuesday, April 12,
and runs through April 17 at the Apolliad Theatre at Mesa College.
Over a year in the making, the UN-SHELTERED project began in partnership with Father
Joe’s Villages and last year resulted in a series of vivid monologues that chronicled
the extraordinary stories of the many people who have experienced homelessness in
San Diego. This year’s entirely rewritten, new production of UN-SHELTERED fully dramatizes
some of those stories in an exciting, provocative, and powerful new play.
Sheldon Deckelbaum, faculty with the Mesa College Drama program, is the author and
director of the project. In speaking about theatre and the play he says, “Theatre
takes place in a special time and space that permits us to enter worlds otherwise
unseen or ignored. UN-SHELTERED offers a unique glimpse into the sometimes unseen
and frequently ignored world of homelessness.”
“What makes this play so riveting, inspiring and oftentimes funny is the sheer humanity
of the people whose stories we were fortunate enough to capture,” Deckelbaum adds.
“Their struggles, hopes, dreams and failings transcend homelessness to remind us that,
whatever our circumstances, we human beings share much in common.”
UN-SHELTERED is portrayed by students enrolled in Deckelbaum’s experimental theatre
class. The performance will be staged out-of-doors on the Mesa College loading dock
adjacent to the Apolliad Theatre, resulting an outdoor Shakespeare-in-the-park like
atmosphere. Several performances will include post-show discussions with the theatre
artists, staff from Father Joe’s Villages, as well as some of the homeless men and
women whose stories were used in creating the play.
UN-SHELTERED runs from Tuesday, April 12, through Sunday, April 17. All performances
start at 6:30 p.m. General Admission tickets are $10; students with identification,
$5. The play is set on the loading dock area on the north side of the Apolliad Theatre
(Building C-100). Paid parking adjacent to A-Overflow lot. Seating includes both picnic
blankets on the ground and chairs on the loading dock. Chair seating is available
if requested in advance and there is seating and access for disabled individuals.
All audience members should be prepared for cool weather and may bring additional
blankets and/or low-rise portable chairs for seating on the ground. Dressing warmly
is encouraged. In the event of rain, the production may relocate inside the theatre.
For additional information, visit www.sdmesa.edu/drama or www.sdmesa.edu/calendar
Tags: Dramatic Arts, Theater, Homeless