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UCSC Center for Monster Studies Presents The Festival of Monsters

Featuring Presentations by Members of the Department of Performance, Play & Design
Friday, May 20, 2022 - 7:00pm to Sunday, May 22, 2022 - 5:00pm

The UC Santa Cruz Festival of Monsters will be a weekend of scholarship, social events, and art focused on monsters and their hidden meanings. Scholarly presentations are framed by a film screening, theater events, a book reading, and a fabulous Monsters’ Masquerade Ball. All events, except Amduat, are free and open to the public. The Monsters’ Ball requires an RSVP.

Schedule of Events:

7 p.m.—Der Golem film screening @ UC Santa Cruz, Digital Arts Research Center (DARC) Room 108. Free. 


9-10:30 a.m.—Monstrous Nationhood panel @ UC Santa Cruz, DARC Room 308. Free. Moderated by Prof. Elizabeth Swensen (PPD)

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.—Grendel’s Mother staged reading @ UC Santa Cruz, DARC Room 308. Free. A new, feminist adaptation of the story of Beowulf, this performance is directed by playwright Kirsten Brandt (PPD) and stars Kinan Valdez (PPD), Artis Anderson, Patty Gallagher (PPD), Zoe Adams, and Abi Coomes.

1:30-2 p.m.—Riva Lehrer reads from Golem Girl @ UC Santa Cruz, DARC Room 308.  Free.

2:15-3:45 p.m.—Making the Contemporary Monster roundtable @ UC Santa Cruz, DARC Room 308.  Free.  Moderated by Monster Studies Center Director Michael M. Chemers,

8 p.m.—Monsters’ Masquerade Ball @ The Tannery World Dance & Cultural Center, 1060 River St Suite #110, Santa Cruz. Free, but RSVP necessary. 


3 p.m.—Amduat: The 12 Hours of Ra @ UC Santa Cruz, Theater Arts eXperimental Theater. $8-$18. Tickets available at Graduate Student, Laura Boutros' Amduat.