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CSULB Theatre Arts Kicks off Spring Semester with She Kills Monsters
Posted on Feburary 6th, 2017
A YOUNG WOMAN’S ACTION-PACKED JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY
LONG BEACH, CA, January 2017 – California State University Long Beach (CSULB) Theatre Arts presents She Kills Monsters, written by Qui Nguyen, and directed by Amanda McRaven with movement by Julie Granata Hunicutt. This hyper-theatrical comedy playing February 17 to February 26 at the Studio Theatre kicks off an eclectic season of shows at CSULB.
She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes, a young woman who finds a notebook written by Tilly, her recently deceased younger sister. Age kept the two sisters apart in life, but after Tilly’s sudden death Agnes leaps into the fantastical world of Dungeons & Dragons in a desperate attempt to understand the sister she barely knew. Agnes stumbles into a journey of revelatory self-discovery, but as she dives deeper into her sister’s domain, the lines between reality and game begin to blur, clashing with family expectations and putting Agnes’s real-world relationships at risk. Agnes must decide what is most important – the memories of her family, or the possibilities of her own future.
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Revenge Tragedy The Duchess of Malfi Takes the Stage at Cal State Long Beach
Posted on November 8th, 2016
ACCLAIMED SHAKSPEAREAN DIRECTOR DISSECTS CLASSICAL TEXT TO REVEAL RAW HUMAN NATURE
California State University Long Beach (CSULB) Theatre Arts Department presents The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster playing December 2 to December 11 in the Studio Theatre on the campus of CSULB. The Duchess of Malfi, a macabre Jacobean play first performed in 1613, is directed by internationally-renowned Shakespeare teacher and director Rob Clare.
Set against the backdrop of a raw and exposed land, this production shares the bloody and evocative story of a widowed Duchess who is left in a prominent political position with great wealth after the death of her husband. When the Duchess and Antonio, a man in her service, confess their love for one another they are secretly married. Discovering their sister’s betrayal, the Duchess’s brothers are driven mad by greed and will stop at nothing to control their sister’s power, leading to mutual destruction. Click here to read the full press release.
Acrobatics and Dance in World Premiere of Elements
Posted on October 27th, 2016
WRITER/DIRECTOR OF OFF-BROADWAY HIT "FLIGHT" FOCUSES ON CLIMATE CHANGE
Elements tells a powerful story of humans and nature colliding through acrobatic physical theatre. Set against the backdrop of our modern world, Sally and Avi are two strangers stuck in their cardboard-cutout lives, never noticing one another. Enter the elements, who shake Avi and Sally from their daily haze, changing their lives and the world around them.
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Alexandra Billings and Joanne Gordon Team Up For Stop The World, I Want to Get Off
Posted on September 15th, 2016
MUSICAL PROVES THAT LIFE IS A CIRCUS WHILE BRINGING FOCUS TO LIFE’S TRUE VALUES
CSULB Theatre Arts Department’s University Players’ presents Stop the World, I Want to Get Off with book, music, and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley, directed by Joanne Gordon. This quirky British musical features Alexandra Billings from Amazon’s Transparent as Evie and plays in the Studio Theatre on the CSULB campus October 7, 2016 through October 16, 2016. Click here to read the full press release.
Cal Rep Opens 2016-2017 Season with Arthur Miller’s A View From The Bridge
Posted on August 29th, 2016
CSULB CELEBRATES ARTHUR MILLER’S CENTENNIAL WITH TIMELESS AMERICAN CLASSIC
California Repertory Company (Cal Rep) at California State University, Long Beach announces the opening of its 2016-2017 season with Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge, directed by CSULB alumnus Jeff Paul. The Broadway production of A View from the Bridge recently received the 2016 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play. Cal Rep’s staging of this timeless classic runs September 23-October 8 in the recently renovated University Theatre. This intense examination of human nature – the dangers of obsessive jealousy, xenophobia, and homophobia verses the inherent instinct for survival – was a powerful comment on current events when it was written in 1955, and resonates still. Click here to read the full press release.
CSULB Theatre Arts Announces 2016 – 2017 Season
Posted on July 14th, 2016
EXPLORE CULTURE AND HISTORY IN ARTISTICALLY DRIVEN THEATRE SEASON AT THE BEACH
The CSULB Theatre Arts Department has selected and announced the productions for the 2016–2017 season. The season was selected with aims to make an immediate and meaningful connection to contemporary audiences through the work of budding and veteran artists, according to Olivia Sather of the Season Selection Committee. “By including a variety of theatrical productions we allow something for everyone in a community that reaches beyond the students on campus into the culturally diverse city of Long Beach,” said Sather. Audiences this season can expect a variety of classic plays, contemporary comedies, and compelling dramas, including two rarely produced musicals and an original movement piece. Click here for more information about each show and to read the full press release.