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2022-23 Season

Fall 2022 Productions

Small flyer for Keely and Du listing director and dates with line drawings of metal bed and rocking chair

Keely and Du

CW: abortion, discussion of sexual assault, violence, intimate partner violence, forced pregnancy, religious abuse

Keely wants to terminate her pregnancy.  But on her way to the clinic, she is abducted.  She wakes up in a basement, hundreds of miles from where she was, restrained to a bed.  Across from her sits an older woman named Du, who has been assigned to watch over and care for Keely, while Keely carries her pregnancy to term.  Working under guidance from Walter, a religiously-motivated pro-life organizer, Du does her best to convert Keely to a pro-life stance.  On the surface, the characters’ conflicting viewpoints seem predictable, with clear villains and heroes delineated on either side.  But as the taut narrative unfolds, the characters and audience are faced with a reality that is far more complex and complicated than pro/anti labels could ever encompass.

Venue: Arena Theatre

Performance Dates: October 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13

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References to Salvador Dalí Make Me Hot

Strange and magical things happen in a moonlit backyard on the edge of the California Mojave Desert.  In the hot desert plains of Fort Irwin and the town of Barstow, the Cat plays teasingly with a dangerously seductive Coyote, and the Moon plays music for restless Gabriela awaiting her husband Benito’s return from the Afghanistan war. He arrives, broken and distant, and the reality of their relationship seems as strange as the apparitions that appear each night under the black blanket of the star flooded nights. Playwright Jose Rivera, explores the scars of war on those who fight it and those who get left behind and asks the question, “What happens when one person’s deepest needs turn into another’s prison walls?”

"I say the deepest secrets and the most confusing mysteries aren't on the moon, they're in the heart of the person who lies next to you in bed every night.” -- Gabriela

Venue: State Playhouse

Performance Dates: October 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29

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OLD BLOOD

You're invited to our one-night only world premiere of Old Blood!

On Monday, October 31st in the State Playhouse.  Come dressed in costume!  (Yes, "functional adult who survived 2020" counts as a costume.)

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Loop Group, or, Shia LaBeouf's Version

On a Los Angeles sound stage, seven Spanish-speaking actors assemble to “loop” or dub background vocals for a Hollywood film about a Mexican narco-trafficker. The day takes a very unexpected turn when the star of the film shows up with an unusual request!

Venue: Luckman Intimate Theatre

Performances Dates: November 9, 10, 12, 13, 16, 17, 18, 19

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Fighting Back! Defending and Reclaiming Our Rights

The rise in white nationalism and fascism across the US has fueled hate-filled backlashes at immigrants, women, the LGBTQIA+ community, and the Indigenous, Black, Brown and Asia-American communities.   But we fight back! Drawing from personal experiences, news reports, manifestos, and theories, we will use our voices as artists to create an original theatrical production that inspires us all to push back against hate and oppression and keep pushing forward for justice and equity.

The semester will culminate with a public showing of a draft of the project, which will have a full production in the Spring semester. Participation in this Fall project is not obligatory to participate in the Spring.

Rehearsals meet as part of TA 4890 Advanced Creative Workshop, Tues & Thurs, 6-8:45 pm