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Rants and Raves: UBU

New Theater Company Takes Name From Rushmore Character

Michael Nieto rehearsing as the title character of

Credit: Beth Accomando

Above: Michael Nieto rehearsing as the title character of "UBU."

How could I resist a youth theater company that takes its name from the character Jason Schwatrzman played in the Wes Anderson film "Rushmore." The Max Fischer Players present "UBU" (tonight through Sunday at 8:00 pm at Space 4 Art).

Max Fischer was the ambitious, artistic, overachieving young man who staged avant garde theater at his local school. The Max Fischer of San Diego appears to be 19-year-old Tracy McDowell who founded the company with her former Canyon Crest Academy drama teacher, Michael Schwartz. They then partnered with the San Diego Puppetry Guild to present an adaptation of Alfred Jarry's "UBU."

I visited the Max Fischer Players just a couple days before opening night and got a backstage look at this spectacular evening of theatrical mayhem. Their energy, enthusiasm, and determination to break some rules inspired me to create this video portrait of their inaugural production.


KPBS arts reporter goes behind the scenes of the new production UBU.

Check out their FaceBook event.

And in case you can't remember Max Fischer from "Rushmore," here's a little reminder about the overachiever.


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Arts & Culture Reporter

opening quote marksclosing quote marksI cover arts and culture, from Comic-Con to opera, from pop entertainment to fine art, from zombies to Shakespeare. I am interested in going behind the scenes to explore the creative process; seeing how pop culture reflects social issues; and providing a context for art and entertainment.

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