Theatre & Dance 2016-2017 Season

Spring productions

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 Anna in the Tropics
By Nilo Cruz • Directed by Fidel Gomez

September 23-October 9, 2016

September 23, 24, 29, 30, October 1, 6-8 at 8 pm
September 25, October 1, 2, 8, 9 at 2 pm
Young Theatre 


Winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize, this lovely play is hailed as “enticing and exotic” by Variety, but the Miami Herald says it best: “The words of Nilo Cruz waft from a stage like a scented breeze. They sparkle and prickle and swirl, enveloping those who listen in both a specific place and time—and in timeless passions that touch us all.” This poetic and poignant play is set in a Cuban-American cigar factory in Florida in 1929 where cigars are rolled by hand while lectors entertain the workers and divert them from their monotonous jobs. The arrival of a new lector is a cause for celebration, but when he begins to read aloud from Anna Karenina, he unwittingly becomes a catalyst in the lives of his avid listeners, for whom Tolstoy, the tropics and the American dream prove to be a volatile combination.

Please be advised this production contains cigar smoke, herbal cigarettes, haze effects and gun shots.

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Italian American Reconciliation
By John Patrick Shanley 
Directed By Maria Cominis

October 7-30, 2016

Oct. 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 at 8 pm
October 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30 at 2 pm
Hallberg Theatre

 


Huey has a problem: while he is safely divorced from his shrewish first wife (who shot his dog), he feels he cannot regain his “manhood” until he woos and wins her one more time. This lighthearted romantic comedy by the author of Moonstruck is hailed as “lovely” and “bathed in moonlit madness” by The New York Post. The New York Times writes: “Shanley is telling us a tall tale but he does it with so much humor, so much winsome charm that it is almost irresistible.”

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Antigone
Directed by Travis Donnelly
In a new version by Owen McCafferty

October 14-30, 2016

October 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29 at 8 pm
October 30 at 2 pm
Arena Theatre (CSUF campus)

Single Tickets $5 (students) / $10


The war has ended, but with peace comes conflict. Antigone's brother Polyneices lies on the battlefield where he fell, his burial outlawed by Creon, the new king of Thebes. Should Antigone obey Creon, or must she follow her conscience and lay her beloved brother to rest? Fresh and timeless, Sophocle's masterpiece offers a profound reflection on the nature of power, democracy, and human rights. Owen McCafferty's muscular new version was premiered by Prime Cut Productions as part of the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen's. 

Please be advised this production includes strobe effects which will be used several times during the performance.

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Fall Dance Theatre
Coordinated by Gladys Kares

October 20-30, 2016

October 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 at 8 pm
October 23, 30 at 2 pm
Little Theatre  

 


Waltz and Peasants Pas de Deux, an excerpt from the classical ballet, Giselle, is choreographed Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot and staged by professor Muriel Joyce. CSUF dance student Jessica Vela’s piece, The Dogma Affect, is choreographed to the music of Colin Stetson. Ask and Tell is choreographed by guest artist Joshua D. Estrada-Romero to the music of Jeroen Van Veen and Arvo Pärt. Modern contemporary jazz piece Disintegrated Image is performed to the music of Bedroom Eyes and choreographed by Victor Sanchez. 

Guest director Daniel Jaber’s contemporary hip-hop piece, Weirdland, explores how falling in and out of love changes us. When it Pours, it Pours on All of Us is choreographed by student artist Nadine Tran and takes a brief look into how mental disorders affect individuals and those around them. Faculty member Macarena Gandarillas uses the music of Chantal Chamberland and Oris Rush to choreograph her jazz piece, On the Rocks.

Scenic coordination is by Mauri Ann Smith, lighting coordination is by Debra Garcia Lockwood, costume coordination is by Bruce Goodrich, hair/makeup coordination is by Juliette Lunger and sound design is by Max Lippman

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Pride and Prejudice
Adapted by Jon Jory from the novel by Jane Austen Directed by Mark Ramont

November 4-20, 2016

November 4, 5, 10-12, 16-19 at 8 pm
November 12, 13, 19, 20 at 2 pm
Young Theatre 


The beloved Jane Austen returns to the CSUF stage in this refreshingly fast-paced, witty and wildly romantic new adaptation. Finding a husband is hardly independent-minded Elizabeth’s most urgent priority. However, with four sisters, an overzealous match-making mother, and a string of unsuitable suitors, it’s difficult to escape the subject. When she meets the handsome but enigmatic Mr. Darcy, she is determined not to let her feelings triumph over her own good sense – but the truth turns out to be slipperier than it seems. Is it possible for Elizabeth and Darcy to look beyond his pride and her prejudice, and to make the best match of all?

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The Drowsy Chaperone
Music and Lyrics by Lisa Lambert & Greg Morrison
Book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar  
Directed by Sarah Ripper • Musical Direction by Mitchell Hanlon • Choreography by William F. Lett

November 18-December 11, 2016

November 18, 19, December 1-3, 8-10 at 8 pm November 20, December 3, 4, 10, 11 at 2 pm
Little Theatre 

 


Winner of five Tony Awards (including Best Book and Best Original Score), The Drowsy Chaperone is a joyous send-up of the Jazz age musical featuring one show-stopping song-and-dance number after another. With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life and the musical begins as the man in the chair looks on. Mix in two lovers on the eve of  their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not so bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone, and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight. Hailed by New York Magazine as “The Perfect Broadway Musical.”

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The Two Gentlemen Of Verona
By William Shakespeare • Directed by Mark Ramont

February 24-March 12, 2017 

February 24, 25, March 2-4, 9-11 at 8 pm
February 26, March 4, 5, 11, 12 at 2 pm
Young Theatre

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Shakespeare’s setting is rapturous and romantic Verona, Italy. Best pals Valentine and Proteus bid a sad farewell as Valentine is off to explore the world and Proteus plans to stay home to pursue his love for the young maid, Julia. What follows is one of the Bard’s most engaging, enjoyable romantic comedies!  “That man that hath a tongue, I say is no man, if with his tongue he cannot win a woman.”

12 x 16 dance

12' x 16' Dance
Coordinated by William Lett

March 2-March 4, 2017

March 2, 3, 4 at 8 pm
March 4 at 2 pm
Grand Central Theatre

Tickets: 
$10 General Admission
$5 Student Admission with ID
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Tallgrass Gothic

Tallgrass Gothic
By Melanie Marnich • Directed by James R. Taulli

March 10-April 9, 2017

March 10, 11, 16-18, 23-25, April 6, 7, 8 at 8 pm March 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, April 8, 9 at 2 pm
Hallberg Theatre

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Laura falls in love with a man who offers her an escape from her rural home and controlling husband. Featuring core members of CSUF’s MFA acting class, this haunting, explosive play captures the love, longing, isolation, desire and fear of the classic Jacobean tragedy The Changeling. Set in the Great Plains of the Midwest, Laura’s hunger for a new beginning sets off a violent chain of events that lead her to a profound and terrifying understanding of her true nature. 

Adult language and content. Please note this production will contain cigarette smoke.

GCAC

The Dining Room
By AR Gurney • Directed by Dr. Joe Arnold

March 17- April 8, 2017 

March 17, 18, 23, 24, 25; April 5, 6, 7, 8 at 8 pm
Arena Theatre at Cal State Fullerton

Tickets: 
$10 General Admission
$5 Student Admission with ID
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Bernarda Alba Musical

Music, lyrics and book by Michael John LaChiusa    
Directed by Kyle Cooper

April 14-29, 2017

April 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29 at 8pm
Grand Central Theatre

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Andrew Lippa's Wild Party

Andrew Lippa’s Wild Party 
Book, Music & Lyrics by Andrew Lippa 
Based on the poem by Joseph Moncure March
Directed by Jeremy Lewis 
Musical Direction by Mitchell Hanlon
Choreography by William F. Lett

April 21-May 7, 2017

April 21, 22, 27-29, May 3-6 at 8 pm
April 23, 29, 30, May 6, 7 at 2 pm
Young Theatre 

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This is a jazzy, 1920s musical whodunit. Lovers Queenie and Burrs decide to throw the party to end all parties in their Manhattan apartment. Accustomed to living life on the edge, Queenie’s wandering eyes land on a striking man named Black. As the decadence reaches a climax, so does Burrs’ jealousy which erupts and sends him into a violent rage. Gun in hand and inhibitions abandoned, Burrs turns on Queenie and Black. The gun gets fired, but who’s been shot? This steamy Off-Broadway prohibition tale roared its way into Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Obie Awards.

Recommended as “Adults Only.”

Spring Dance Theatre

Spring Dance Theatre 
Coordinated by Gladys Kares

May 4-14, 2017 

May 4, 5, 6, 11-13 at 8 pm
May 7, 14 at 2 pm
Little Theatre

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Single tickets on sale April 6, 2017

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Escape your daily routine and experience this eclectic showcase of lyrical movement as the CSUF Dance program's award-winning dancers and choreographers demonstrate their grace, talent, and hard work.

Grand Central Theatre

Spring BFA Cabarets
Coordinated by Mitchell  Hanlon

May 16-19, 2017 

May 16, 17, 18, 19 at 7 & 9 pm
Grand Central Theatre

Free Admission.
Tickets are required for guaranteed seating

Tickets available at the Clayes Performing Arts Center Box Office beginning
 April 18, 2017