News Release| Theatre Arts and Dance Department; Cal State L.A.

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Cal State L.A.’s stage transforms into 14th century France

Student-actors don ‘Red Noses’ for winter production

Los Angeles, CA  -- A story about a priest who finds that laughter eases fear and suffering in the midst of France’s Black Plague in 1348, “Red Noses” transcends time and offers a familiar scent to humanity and religion.

Featuring a troupe of Cal State L.A. student-actors as clowns, the performance will be staged Feb. 25-27 and Mar. 3-4 and 6, at the State Playhouse on the CSULA campus. The winter production is presented by CSULA’s Department of Theatre Arts and Dance.

The playwright, Peter Barnes, writes in his forward to the play: “‘Red Noses’ is a letter from a transfigured world, much like ours, where statues come to life and human beings turn to stone. It’s a letter wishing you good thoughts, but chiefly, good feelings.”

The dark comedy follows the main character, Father Flote, who discovers that “Heaven’s to be had with (his) humiliation. God wants peacocks not ravens, bright stars, not sad comets, red noses not black death. He wants joy.” As the world crumbles around them, Flote and his band of “red-nosed zanies” go out into the country to spread happiness.  

“In CSULA’s production,” said CSULA Professor Meredith Greenburg, the play’s director, “Flote’s followers include a nun who is longing for intimacy, a mute who communicates in the language of bells, a blind juggler and his assistant, a stuttering comic, dancing Siamese twins, joined literaly at the hip, and two blood-thirsty warriors that happen to be gentle artists on the inside.”

She added, “The Church, the flagellants and the corpse-pickers are their enemies; jealous of the attention the Floties receive, until the plague ends. Then a darker time begins—the return to normality.” 

Written in 1978, and first produced in 1985, “Red Noses” is a recipient of the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play.

Tickets are $16 general admission, $12 for seniors/students and $8 for CSU students. For ticket reservations, go to /dept/theatre_dance/purchasetickets.php For details, call (323) 343-4110.


WHAT:           Red Noses,” presented by the Theatre Arts and Dance Department at Cal State L.A. 

WHEN:           Feb. 25-Mar. 6, 2011.

Feb. 25-26 and Mar. 3-4 at 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 27 and Mar. 6 at 2:30 p.m.

WHERE:         State Playhouse, on the Cal State L.A. campus. The University is located at the Eastern Avenue exit, San Bernardino (I-10) Freeway, at the interchange of the 10 and 710 Freeways. Public (permit dispenser) parking available in Lot 5 or upper level of Parking Structure C.  For campus map or directions: /univ/maps/cslamap.php

INFO:             Admission is $16 for general, $12 for seniors/students and $8 for CSU students. For ticket reservations, go to /dept/theatre_dance/purchasetickets.php For details, call (323) 343-4110.

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