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Performances with CSULB Theatre Arts


Cabaret

February 21 – March 3, 2019
Studio Theater
A California Repertory Production

In a 1930’s Berlin nightclub, the Master of Ceremonies promises the audience that they will forget all their troubles at the Cabaret! With the MC’s bawdy songs as wry commentary, Cabaret explores the dark, heady, and tumultuous life of Berliners navigating a world built on distraction and bent on destruction. Through raucous choreography and unforgettable songs, Cabaret creates a dark and dazzling mirror for our times.

Directed by Ovation Award-nominee Kari Hayter, who recently directed Parade at the Chance Theatre and Urinetown, The Musical for the Coeurage Theatre Company.

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The Revolutionists

March 21 – 29, 2019
Studio Theater
A California Repertory Production

Four badass women try not to lose their heads in this irreverent, rebellious comedy set during the French Revolution. Amidst the Reign of Terror, four renegades—an assassin, a spy, a writer, and, of course, Marie Antoinette—hang out, plot murder, find friendship, and try to beat back extremist insanity in Paris. Armed with sharp wit and even sharper knives, this comedy of liberté, égalité, and sororité considers how we actually go about changing the world.

Directed by Jessica Hanna Co-Founder, Producing and Managing Director of LA’s Bootleg Theater. She has worked as an actor, director, choreographer and producer all over Los Angeles with many companies and spaces including, Center Theatre Group, Open Fist, and Sacred Fools. Her focus has been on new work development with local artists.

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In the Penal Colony

April 25 – May 5, 2019
Studio Theater
A California Repertory Production

With two singers, ten actors and a string quintet, this pocket opera explores themes woven into Franz Kafka’s dystopian short story, In the Penal Colony – themes of capital punishment, morality and the darkness of the human spirit. This hybrid performance mashes together Glass’ opera with a devised theatre piece created from interviews with CSU students. Despite the brutality of Kaka’s images, the piece – like the short story itself – ultimately explores issues of humanism, idealism and personal transformation.

A Devising Democracy Production: Working with Theatre Arts Chair Jeff Janisheski the actors will create a devised, verbatim theatre piece connected to the opera which draws upon interviews with members of Rising Scholars and Project Rebound, a CSU groups of students who were formerly incarcerated.

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