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Performances with CSULB Theatre Arts




Alice's Wonderland

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

In Alice's Wonderland Ezra LeBank re-imagines Lewis Carroll’s classic story as a whimsical journey into the curious universe of Alice’s imagination. In this new adaptation, six actors transform into long hallways, mad hatters, and mythical characters that lead Alice to explore her identity. A wild adventure filled with high-energy and high-flying, Alice’s Wonderland uses LeBank’s trademark style of acrobatic theater seen in Flight (nominated for "Best Show" at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and a hit at New York’s Fringe Festival). Alice's Wonderland will captivate children and adults alike!

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
Alice: Camryn Hohneker
Cheshire Cat: Malik Proctor
Queen: Pat Tabari
Mad Hatter: Gaelyn Wilkie
Catepillar: Daniela Naranjor
White Rabbit: Carles Denton


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

Sophie Treadwell's classic Machinal is a powerful drama that explores the deeply corrosive effects of misogyny in America. Machinal tells the story of Helen, a young woman who feels that every decision she makes merely moves her from one cage to another. This social imprisonment forces Helen to confront the question, is there any place a woman can truly be free? Directed by Julianne Just (co-artistic director of The Speakeasy Society), Machinal rings startlingly true for our times.

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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
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

Inside Look

Delve deeper into the production with an Inside Look of Machinal featuring a conversation with Director Julianne Just and Assistant Professor of Sociology Nancy Martin.
Food and discussion at 6:00pm with an early performance at 7:00pm

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WOKE!: A Revolutionary Cabaret

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

An original performance piece devised by Joanne Gordon in collaboration with Alexandra Billings (co-star of Amazon’s Emmy Award-winning show Transparent) and an ensemble of over 20 students, WOKE!: A Revolutionary Cabaret promises to be an explosion of music, movement, and expression. 2016 forced America to face realities of racism, gender bias, LGBTQ rights, and class warfare. WOKE engages these issues through hip hop, spoken word and song and 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
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, Naomi Iizuka's Polaroid Stories weaves a world where myth-making and storytelling equip 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 that asks us to contemplate the myths we create about ourselves. Directed by Eric Hoff (who recently directed at the Humana Festival at the Actors Theatre of Louisville), this production is a visceral and theatrical journey into the underbelly of street youth culture.

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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


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

The Voice Bank

A special event in partnership with the ALS Association's Golden West Chapter
December 10
Studio Theatre
A California Repertory Production

The Voice Bank tells the story of Terry, a woman who defies her ALS diagnosis to fight for the privilege to keep speaking. Andrea Caban plays both herself and Terry, struggling to manage Terry’s deteriorating speech through voice and accent training. Caban is not only faced with her patient’s adverse medical diagnosis but also the mounting fear that she might lose her own mother. The Voice Bank is a meditation on letting go.

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Spring Season

The Dreamers Project: 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.

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

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?

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?

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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