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Sat April 6th

The Running Show

Sat April 6th

The Running Show

Saturday April 6th, 2024

Presented by

Monica Bill Barnes & Company


RSVPs are requested but not mandatory.


A 7-year-old falls in love with dance—40 years later, she works everyday to stay in the game. Created by Monica Bill Barnes and Robbie Saenz de Viteri, co-leaders of New York-based dance company Monica Bill Barnes & Company, this piece is both live documentary and performance. It features a large cast of San Diego dancers from 12-80 years of age who have learned their parts over the week leading up to the WOW Festival. Interviews incorporate their voices and stories into the show, giving the audience an unprecedented look into the life of a dancer as a new kind of sports hero: one who keeps moving against all odds.


Created by Monica Bill Barnes & Robbie Saenz de Viteri
Choreographed by Monica Bill Barnes
Written by Robbie Saenz de Viteri
Associate Producer: Elizabeth Furman
Rehearsal Director: Flannery Gregg
Lighting Designer: Tess James
Costume Designer: Kelly Hanson
Performed by Monica Bill Barnes, Robbie Saenz de Viteri, and Flannery Gregg with a local cast of San Diego dancers.

Monica Bill Barnes & Company was founded in 1997 as a New York based dance company. Since then Barnes has worked with many artists and performers, including long time collaborators/designers Jane Cox and Kelly Hanson and performer Anna Bass in developing relatable work with a subversive sense of humor.  Since 2013, MBB&CO has been co-led by Monica in partnership with Robbie Saenz de Viteri where the mission evolved to “bringing dance where it doesn’t belong.” They cross genres between dance, theater, storytelling, creative nonfiction, feminist treatises, and comedy. Their work has been honored by the Bessie Awards, the Lilly Awards, and the Chita Rivera Awards, as well as numerous foundations.

The Epstein Family Amphitheater is located in the Pepper Canyon Neighborhood on the UC San Diego campus.

Take the Trolley: The amphitheater is located next to the Blue Line Trolley, UCSD Central Campus Station. For more information about the trolley, visit the MTS website >

From the North: Take I-5 south and exit La Jolla Village Drive. Use the right lanes to turn right onto La Jolla Village Drive and take the first right onto Villa La Jolla Drive.

From the South: Take I-5 north and exit La Jolla Village Drive. Use the left lanes to turn left onto La Jolla Village Drive and take the first right onto Villa La Jolla Drive.

The closest parking structure is Gilman Parking Structure. UC San Diego requires parking permits 7 days a week. Permits can be purchased at permit machines or through the Parkmobile App. Visit UC San Diego Transportation for information on where to buy your permit, and costs.

Accessible Seating

Wheelchair-accessible seating is available in all seating areas for patrons in wheelchairs and their companions. 

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You may bring in empty refillable water bottles, small personal bags (16” x 16 “ x 8”). All bags are subject to search by security officers. We encourage that you dress in layers and for those who have tickets to the General Lawn Section to wear shoes without heels.  

Additional prohibited items include: strollers, large backpacks, flags, tobacco products, alcohol, cans, bottles, ice chests, picnic baskets, lawn furniture, weapons of any kind, umbrellas, pets, hula hoops, musical instruments, laser pointers, bicycles, and skateboards.  Cameras with a detachable lens of any kind and professional recording devices are not allowed, including GoPros. Scooters, skateboards, roller skates, and other recreational wheeled equipment are not permitted at the Epstein Family Amphitheater. UC San Diego is a smoke-free campus. 

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For the safety and comfort of all, you may not bring lawn chairs or furniture. The lawn is quite steep and not safe for lawn chairs. You can bring in personal seat cushions, blankets, or seating, as long as they fit your personal space and lie flat on the ground (no legs, no hard structure). We encourage the same for the stone bench seating areas on both General Admission and reserved seating shows.

Food and drink will be available for purchase in the venue. Please note: Food vendors are cashless.

Vendors at this event:

Snake Oil Cocktails

Big Squeeze Lemonade

Cocina de Tamales

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