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Ghosts of Lote Bravo

Directed by Denise Blasor
September 20 – 30, 2018
Studio Theatre
A California Repertory Production

In Cuidad Juarez, Mexico young girls often disappear. Many turn up murdered. Juanda Cantu’s daughter, Raquel, is one of these girls. Through visions offered by La Santa Muerte, Juanda is shown Raquel’s past only to discover that her daughter had hopes, dreams and courage Juanda knew nothing about. The Ghosts of Lote Bravo is a play about great hope amid relentless violence, poverty and grief.

Directed by Denise Blasor, the Associate Artistic Director at Bilingual Foundation of the Arts and founding member of LAAFO, KOAN and East LA Classic Theater.

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Dear Harvey

Directed by Peter Howard
October 11 - 20, 2018
University Theatre
A California Repertory Production

Extensively researched and beautifully constructed, this documentary-style ensemble play recounts the life and lasting impact of groundbreaking LGBT activist and politician Harvey Milk, as told by the people who knew him best. Spoken word combines with multimedia and music as an ensemble cast moves in and out of the identities of real-world figures whose lives were forever altered by Milk's too-short career. This spirited play by CSULB Theatre Arts faculty member Patricia Loughrey reaffirms Harvey's impact and the continued relevance of his campaign towards equality, four decades after his assassination. In a partnership with the Long Beach Parks Department, Dear Harvey will be performed in Harvey Milk Park as a commemoration of the 40th anniversary of Harvey Milk's assassination.

Directed by Peter Howard, founding member of Cornerstone Theater Company and an innovative theater maker who focuses on using performances as a springboard for dialogue on challenging topics ranging from immigration to racial bias.

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The Funfair

Directed by Will Detlefsen
November 1 - 11, 2018
Studio Theatre
A California Repertory Production

A recession. Unemployment is rife, the economy is flat-lining and people are partying until they drop. Between the rollercoasters and the merry-go-rounds, the freak-shows and the blaring music, the ice-cream stalls and booze, the lives of the newly engaged couple Cash and Caroline spin out of control. In short scenes, Stephens depicts the isolation and creeping disintegration of a society that is stuck on an endless merry-go-round: a world of brutality and banality; where every emotion is determined by economics; and where people’s dreams are completely shaped by consumerism. In such a world, what chance does love have?

Directed by New York theatre maker Will Detlefsen who was awarded the 2013 Drama League Fellowship and has worked recently with Tony Taccone on Angels in America at Berkeley Rep.

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The Drunken City

Directed by Marya Mazor
November 29 - December 8, 2018
University Theatre
A California Repertory Production

Off on the bar crawl to end all crawls, three twenty-something brides-to-be find their lives going topsy-turvy when one of them begins to question her future after a chance encounter with a recently jilted handsome stranger. The Drunken City is a wildly theatrical take on the mystique of marriage and the ever-shifting nature of love and identity in a city that never sleeps.

Directed by Marya Mazor, an award-winning director who has produced at The Geffen Playhouse, Lower Depth Ensemble, The Chance, the Road Theatre, Walt Disney Imagineering, and many more.

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