Thursday, October 18

Alumna Katie Torpey teaches a screenwriting class at the Ridgefield Playhouse in Connecticut. The class aims to teach students how to transform their personal life stories into cohesive film projects. (courtesy of Katie Torpey)

UCLA alumna inspires screenwriters to connect with their own stories in workshop

UCLA alumna Katie Torpey sits bent forward with her eyes closed, elbows resting on her knees, when she listens to people talk about their thoughts. Torpey is not a therapist, but a mentor for her students in a screenwriting class. Read more...

Photo: Alumna Katie Torpey teaches a screenwriting class at the Ridgefield Playhouse in Connecticut. The class aims to teach students how to transform their personal life stories into cohesive film projects. (courtesy of Katie Torpey)

Alumna Katie Torpey teaches a screenwriting class at the Ridgefield Playhouse in Connecticut. The class aims to teach students how to transform their personal life stories into cohesive film projects. (courtesy of Katie Torpey)


(Courtesy of Quantrell D. Colber/Universal Pictures)

Movie review: ‘Blockers’

“Blockers” is an embrace of female sexuality cleverly woven into a comedic film. Emphasizing social messages and laugh-out-loud jokes alike, the movie revolves around three high school girls who plan to lose their virginity on the night of their senior prom. Read more...

Photo: (Courtesy of Quantrell D. Colber/Universal Pictures)

(Courtesy of Quantrell D. Colber/Universal Pictures)

First-year theater students Isabella Urdiales Guzman and Lillie Muir, and second-year theater student Camila Rozo (left to right) star in UCLA's upcoming production of "Mala Hierba," which features an all-Latinx cast. The play uses visual and auditory design elements, including props and lighting, to further explore the story's characters and its focus on Latin American culture. (Niveda Tennety/Daily Bruin)

Romantic play explores class and gender roles, Latin American culture

A single onstage bed becomes the center of multiple different settings through the use of lighting effects in UCLA’s rendition of “Mala Hierba.” The play, which features an all-Latinx cast and focuses on Latin American culture, opens Thursday at Macgowan Hall. Read more...

Photo: First-year theater students Isabella Urdiales Guzman and Lillie Muir, and second-year theater student Camila Rozo (left to right) star in UCLA's upcoming production of "Mala Hierba," which features an all-Latinx cast. The play uses visual and auditory design elements, including props and lighting, to further explore the story's characters and its focus on Latin American culture. (Niveda Tennety/Daily Bruin)

First-year theater students Isabella Urdiales Guzman and Lillie Muir, and second-year theater student Camila Rozo (left to right) star in UCLA's upcoming production of "Mala Hierba," which features an all-Latinx cast. The play uses visual and auditory design elements, including props and lighting, to further explore the story's characters and its focus on Latin American culture. (Niveda Tennety/Daily Bruin)

Graduate student Caitlin Kagawa designed costumes for the School of Theater, Film and Television's mainstage production of “Steel Pier." Kagawa crafted period-specific costumes that would display the socio-economic conditions of the characters in the play, which is set in 1933 during the Great Depression. (Chelesea Zhang/Daily Bruin)

UCLA student layers historical and societal nuance in “Steel Pier” costumes

Caitlin Kagawa created an outfit specifically designed to be soaked with water onstage. The outfit is part of UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television’s mainstage production of the musical “Steel Pier.” The show, which opens Friday at the Freud Playhouse, takes place in 1933 during the Great Depression and tells the story of lower-class citizens competing in a dance marathon, a type of broadcast dance competition. Read more...

Photo: Graduate student Caitlin Kagawa designed costumes for the School of Theater, Film and Television's mainstage production of “Steel Pier." Kagawa crafted period-specific costumes that would display the socio-economic conditions of the characters in the play, which is set in 1933 during the Great Depression. (Chelesea Zhang/Daily Bruin)

Graduate student Caitlin Kagawa designed costumes for the School of Theater, Film and Television's mainstage production of “Steel Pier." Kagawa crafted period-specific costumes that would display the socio-economic conditions of the characters in the play, which is set in 1933 during the Great Depression. (Chelesea Zhang/Daily Bruin)