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Alice's Wonderland

September 22 – October 1, 2017
Studio Theatre
A California Repertory Production

Alice’s Wonderland reimagines Lewis Carroll’s classic story as a whimsical acrobatic journey into the curious universe of Alice’s imagination. In this new adaptation, six actors transform into long hallways, mad hatters, and everything in between while Alice uses the power of her imagination to figure out just who she really is. A wild adventure filled with high-energy and acrobatics, Alice’s Wonderland is sure to captivate children and adults alike!

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Creative Team
Directed and Written by Ezra LeBank
Music by Don Nichols
Scenic Design: Hongda Zhu
Costume Designer: Amanda Martin
Lighting Design: Kit Baumer
Makeup Design: Mickey Jones
Stage Manager: Jewell Zuniga
Cast
Alice: Camryn Hohneker
Cheshire Cat: Malik Proctor
Queen: Pat Tabari
Mad Hatter: Gaelyn Wilkie
Catepillar: Daniela Naranjor
White Rabbit: Carles Denton

Machinal

October 13 – 21, 2017
University Theatre
A California Repertory Production

The roaring 1920’s liberated the minds and spirits of many women, with shorter hair, shorter skirts, and a reason to party decorating every corner of the country. Helen, on the other hand, feels trapped by her life circumstances and paints a bleaker, more authentic picture of this decade of American history. Working a low-level secretarial job and living with her mother, she decides to marry a wealthy businessman to free herself, only to find that she merely moved from one cage to another.

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Creative Team
Directed by Julianne Just
Scenic Design: Lin Xiyu
Costume Design: Sarah Lindsey
Lighting Design: Szu Yun Wang
Sound Design: Chris Porter
Make-up Design: Tiffany Tseng
Stage Manager: Robert Wyllie
Cast
Helen/Young Woman: April Sigman-Marx
Doctor/2nd Man/Judge: Chris Bange
1st Man/Man: Riel Paley
Jones/Husband: Tom Trudgeon
Filing Clerk/Bell Boy: Bryce Maniex
Mother/Nurse: Leslie Valdez
Man/Lawyer for the Defense: Brendan Backman
Stenographer/Woman: Alejandra Machado
Telephone Girl/2nd Reporter: Saby Ramírez Chajón
Man/Baliff/Priest: Joshua Kemmling
Adding Clerk/Waiter-Bartender: Jose Vargas

WOKE!: A Revolutionary Cabaret

November 3 – 12, 2017
Studio Theatre
A California Repertory Production

The 2016 Election shook America to its core, and forced its citizens to face the realities of racism, gender bias, LGBTQ rights, climate change, and class warfare. WOKE!: A Revolutionary Cabaret engages in a dialogue through hip hop, spoken word, and even some well-known Tweets and current news stories, culminating in a poignant, passionate protest. Devised by Joanne Gordon in collaboration with Alexandra Billings (co-star of Amazon’s Emmy Award-winning show Transparent) and an ensemble of over twenty performers, WOKE! calls our community to activism.

WOKE! launches 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.

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Creative Team
Directed by Joanne Gordon
Music director: Jarod Sheahan
Choreographer: Brian Moe
Scenic Design: Merve Caydere Dobai
Costume Design: Lesley Su
Lighting Design: Kit Baumer
Sound Design: Kate Fechtig
Stage Manager: Megan Beretta
Ensemble
Alexandra Billings, Christopher Berg, Rob Bergman, Christine bowie, Adriano Brown, Angel cabera, Ryan Chiu, Tara Coffey, Olivia Davis, Charles Denton, Bonnie Dolan, Zerenade Ho, Yoon Park, Jennifer Richardson, Nicole Royster, Aliyah Smith, Jonathan Talberg, Jasmine Vang, Tay Villet, Carolina Xique

Polaroid Stories

November 17 – December 2, 2017
University Theatre
A California Repertory Production

In this contemporary collage of classical mythology and real life stories of street kids, Polaroid Stories weaves a world where myth-making and storytelling equips the characters to transform their reality and survive a system that erases and ignores them. Polaroid Stories mixes poetry and profanity to tell a kaleidoscopic tale of young people living on the streets, trying to escape the vice grip of poverty and addiction, and finding love and light within this darkness.

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Creative Team
Directed by Eric Hoff
Scenic Design: Ulyana Chava
Costume Design: Amanda Martin
Lighting Design: David Zahacewski
Sound Design: Carinne Carrillo
Stage Manager: Kenny Nauta

Ensemble

Echo: Mia D'Kari
Eurydice: Matalia Caraballo
G: Luis McLean
Narcissus: Jarod Duncan
Orpheus: Isidro Manuel
Persephone: Kayla Manuel
Philomel: Janelee Rodriguez
Gaelyn Wilkie

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The Dreamers Project: Aquá y Allí (Here and There)

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

This world premiere ‘verbatim theatre’ piece tells the stories of the “Dreamers”: the more than 750,000 immigrants brought to the US as children and now able to work or study here through the DACA Program (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). The threatened future of DACA disrupts the fabric of those 750,000 lives: their schools, jobs, friends, and families. Our community serves as a microcosm to this nationwide discussion: over 200,000 Dreamers live in California, with almost 1,000 of them studying here at Long Beach State.

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.


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 – 18, 2018
University Theater
A California Repertory Production

A group of actors gather to tell the little-known story of the first genocide of the twentieth century. As the full force of a horrific past crashes into the good intentions of the present, what seemed a far-away place and time is suddenly all too close to home. Just whose story are they telling?


Antigone X

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

Refugee camps engulf the ancient city of Thebes, now in ruins. Police violence, terrorists, predators, and demagogues abound. Who dares to defy authoritarian rules and follow the higher laws of love and decency? Antigone X mediates on love, power and war in a contemporary fashion, based on the classic by Sophocles, adapted by LA-based writer Paula Cizmar.


End Days

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

Rachel Stein is a sixteen-year-old Goth and Atheist surrounded by a wacky universe of people. Her mother began a close, personal relationship with Jesus. Her father hasn’t changed out of his pajamas since 9/11. Her new neighbor, a sixteen-year-old Elvis impersonator, has fallen for her hard. And the Apocalypse is coming Wednesday. Her only hope is that Stephen Hawking will save them all.


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