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Performances with CSULB Theatre Arts

Spring Season

Dreamers: Aquí y Allá (Here and There)

February 16 – 25, 2018
Studio Theatre
A California Repertory Production

The Dreamers are students and adults without legal status who were brought into America by their parents as children. The story of their journeys and their fight to call America home is told in this production devised in collaboration with the California-Mexico Studies Center. Featuring testimonials and interviews from DACA students and community members, these stories of personal struggle invite the question: who gets to dream the American Dream?

The Dreamers continues the Devising Democracy Series: a four-year long endeavor of producing original, devised work that confronts the burning issues of our time. These productions link to other devised works on other CSU and UC campuses – to spark conversation around issues of democracy, action, and activism.

The California-Mexico Studies Center (CMSC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to research, develop, promote, and establish policies and programs between higher educational institutions and cultural organizations that will enhance the teaching, mobility and exchange of faculty, students, and professionals between California and the U.S. with Mexico and other nations in the Western Hemisphere. CMS Center was founded by the California State University Long Beach Professor Armando Vazquez-Ramos in 2010 as an extension of the California-Mexico Project that he has led since 1998 at the CSULB Chicano and Latino Studies department.

Creative Team
Directed by Andrea Caban and Julie Granata-Hunicutt
Conceived by Andrea Caban
Staged by Julie Granata-Hunicutt
Scenic Design: Paige Bossier
Costume, Hair and Makeup Design: Mai Kaneda
Lighting Design: Nathan Hawkins
Sound Design: Corinne Carrillo
Stage Manager: Sydnie Johnson
Performance Ensemble
Brendan Backman, Natalia Caraballo, Isidro Cortes, Charles Denton, Alejandra Machado, Daniela Naranjo, Leslie Valdez, Jasmine Vang, Jose Vargas, Carolina Xique, and Marc Young
Script Devising Ensemble
Andrea Caban and Julie Granata-Hunicutt with Brendan Backman, Paige Bossier, Natalia Caraballo, Isidro Cortes, Mia D'Kari, Charles Denton, Bonnie Dolan, Jorge Folgar, Nathan Hawkins, Sydnie Johnson, Mai Kaneda, Alejandra Machado, Daniela Naranjo, Saby Ramirez, Leslie Valdez, Jasmine Vang, Jose Vargas, Carolina Xique, and Marc Young

We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South West Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915

March 9 – 17, 2018
University Theater
A California Repertory Production

Six actors work to create a presentation about a little-known genocide in Africa. As they seek the story behind the facts, questions emerge: What is the story, exactly? Who are the people inside it? Who gets to tell it? As histories converge and lines get blurry, the artistic exploration gives way to…something else; leaving yet another question: can we ever escape our own story?

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Creative Team
Directed by Chris Anthony
Assistant Directors: Jennifer Elrod and Victoria Melkonyan
Choreographer: Aaron Mendelson
Scenic Design: Natalie Morales
Costume Design: Rosario Martinez and Ashley Trutanich
Lighting Design: David Zachacewski
Sound Design: David Goyette
Makeup Design: Clarissa Ramos
Stage Manager: Aliyah Smith
Actor 6/Black Woman/Another Sarah: Mercedes Cooper
Actor 5/White Woman/Sarah: Camryn Hohneker
Actor 4/Another Black Man: Ramon Edwards
Actor 3/Another White Man: Sean Warren
Actor 2/Black Man: Mark Oliver
Actor 1/White Man: Bryce Maniex

Antigone X

March 23 – April 8, 2018
Studio Theatre
A California Repertory Production

Thebes is now a ruin surrounded by refugee camps. Police violence, terrorists, predators, demagogues abound. This contemporary meditation on love, power and war is based on the classic by Sophocles. In this multi-media adaptation, LA-based writer Paula Cizmar poses a question that has lingered for two thousand years: who will dare defy authoritarian rule and follow the higher laws of love and decency?

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Creative Team
Directed by Jeff Janisheski
Choreographed by Francesca Jandasek
Scenic Designer: Xiyu Lin
Costume Designer: Maria Huber
Lighting Designer: Caitlin Eby
Composer and Sound Designer: Yiannis Christofides
Video Designer: Hsuan-Kuang Hsieh
Makeup Designer: Haley Fenninger and Maddie Focht
Stage Manager: Sabrina Loe
Antigone: Dorthea Darby
Esme: AnnaJane Murphy
Tiresias: Kayla Manuel
Eurydice: Rachel Post
Haemon: Malachi Beasley
Herm: Corduroy Chapman
Zeno: Erin Galloway
Creon: Tom Trudgeon

End Days

April 27 – May 12, 2018
Players Theatre
A California Repertory Production

This award-winning play is centered on sixteen-year-old goth atheist Rachel Stein and the wacky universe of people in her orbit: her mother is busily awaiting the Rapture; her father hasn’t changed out of his pajamas since 9/11; her new neighbor is an Elvis impersonator who has a crush on her; on top of all that the Apocalypse is approaching. Will Stephen Hawking be the one to save them all?

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Creative Team
Directed by Beth Lopes
Assistant Directors: Oscar Bautista and Cory Chapman
Scenic Design: Merve Caydere Dobai
Costume Design: Julie Park
Lighting Design: Szu-Yun Wang
Sound Design: Jeff Polunas
Hair Makeup Design: Keanu Regan and Tiffany Tseng
Stage Manager: Robert Wyllie
Nelson Steinberg: Matt Avery
Arthur Stein: Chris Bange
Sylvia Stein: Jennifer Richardson
Jesus/Steven Hawking: Charles Denton
Rachel Stein: Tara Coffey

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