2005 New Plays Fest

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Feb. 7, 2005

Margie Yu
Public Affairs Specialist 
(323) 343-3047



Cal State L.A. 
Office of Public Affairs 
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Fax: (323) 343-6405

For immediate release:

Cal State L.A. presents an evening of four one-act plays

WHEN: February 23-26: Wednesday, Thursday & Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.
WHERE: STATE PLAYHOUSE, CAL STATE L.A. – Eastern Ave. exit of the San Bernardino (10) Fwy., at the intersection of the 10 and 710 fwys.
TICKETS: General Admission, $12; students and senior citizens, $8.
PARKING: Public permit dispenser parking is available at 50 cents per hour in Lots C, F and G or upper level of Parking Structure II.
INFO: Reservations—call the Cal State L.A. Box Office, (323) 343-4118.

Four one-act plays, written by CSULA student playwrights—The Sunset Myth by Vince Tycer, Maria of the Light by Margaret Hernandez, Gravedigger by Eric Luthi, and In Baptists Gone Bad and the Passing of a Peace Pipe by a Shoshone Princess by Jill Brennan—were selected from a field of more than fifty for this year’s John Lion New Plays Festival at Cal State L.A.

“I’m so proud of the way the Festival has been developing over these past nine years. Since 1997, the Festival has premiered over 49 new plays written by our undergraduate and graduate students,” says José Cruz Gonzalez, theatre arts faculty member and Festival director.

Margaret Hernandez’s Maria of the Light has been selected as a semi-finalist to the prestigious Bonderman National Youth Theatre Playwriting Workshop at the Indiana Repertory in April. Playwright Hernandez is a graduate student in the CSULA Creative Writing program. Her play was produced during her Theatre Arts playwriting course.

This year, the Festival will publish its second book with all four of this year’s play scripts including The Funk, a play by Kathleen M. Switzer from the 2003 Festival. “Publishing the plays adds a special element to the work that allows for a future life beyond its production here at CSULA,” says Stephen Rothman, chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance at Cal State L.A.

THE JOHN LION NEW PLAYS FESTIVAL 2005 will open on Wednesday, February 23, 8 p.m., followed by performances on February 24 through 26—running Thursday and Friday evening at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.

The Ninth Annual New Plays Festival at Cal State L.A. has been named in memory of John Lion, honoring his achievement in theatre and education. Lion who passed away on August 1, 1999, was producing director of the American College Theatre Festival at the Kennedy Center. Prior to his tenure at the Kennedy Center, Lion’s work as founder of the Magic Theatre in San Francisco made him an icon of the American Theatre. His residency at the “Magic” saw the theatre receive 10 Obie Awards, literally scores of Bay Area Theatre awards, and the Margo Jones Award. He was the author of publications on diverse topics dealing with the theatre. Lion held appointed positions on prestigious panels including the National Endowment for the Arts and Rockefeller Council.

WORKING FOR CALIFORNIA – California State University, Los Angeles is a comprehensive university at the heart of a major metropolitan city. The 175-acre hilltop campus is located five miles east of Los Angeles’ civic and cultural center. Since 1947, Cal State L.A. has been a leader in providing quality higher education. Today, the campus comprises a faculty of internationally recognized scholars and artists, and more than 20,000 students with a wide variety of interests, ages and backgrounds that reflect the city’s dynamic mix of populations. Cal State L.A. is one of 23 campuses in the CSU system. The University is noted for the Luckman Fine Arts Complex and critically-acclaimed Luckman Jazz Orchestra; its focus on alternative energy technology; the unique Early Entrance Program for gifted youngsters; the first of its kind Charter College of Education; and a renowned forensic science graduate program, among many others.

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