University Theatre at Cal State San Bernardino
2015 - 2016 50th Anniversary Season
2015 - 2016 50th Anniversary Season
CSUSB turns 50 this year, and the Department of Theatre Arts is celebrating by presenting two 60’s-themed shows. Tartuffe, a 17th century French farce reset in 1965 Southern California, will open the season and one of biggest hit musicals of the early ‘60s, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, will close it. In between, don’t miss the 1,400 year-old The Arabian Nights as retold by virtuoso playwright Mary Zimmerman and our Student New Play Showcase, which highlights CSUSB’s talented student playwrights. Both Tartuffe and The Arabian Nights will be presented on the CSUSB Palm Desert campus this season, too.
This year we also bid a fond farewell to long-time Technical Director Harlan Jeglin. Harlan made sure that the curtain rose on time for every CSUSB production for more than half the years that CSUSB has been operation! To honor Harlan, the Department is raising funds to name the scene shop in his honor. Please join us in supporting the Harlan Jeglin Scene Shop Fund by donating at the box office today.
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"Student New Play Showcase"
October 22 - 25, 2015
Directed By Johanna Smith. A celebration of the creativity of new and aspiring student playwrights. with the “Student New Play Showcase.” Featuring new, never-before seen plays written by current CSUSB students, these intimate stories new plays are read by a talented cast of actors in the our Black Box Theatre. The plays will be delivered in their rawest possible form: no costumes, props, or sets – , just an emotional performance with a focus on the material.
The “Student New Play Showcase” is a limited, 4-day only engagement with performances Oct. 22 - 25, 2015.
Adapted by David Ball,
November 13 - 22, 2015
Directed by Terry Donovan Smith. This wickedly powerful and provocative comedic classic from 1664 was the center of great controversy and censorship upon its release, and has now been masterfully adapted by David Ball, making it just as relevant and poignant as the day it first debuted. When a seemingly pious Tartuffe assimilates himself into the wealthy Orgon family, he gains access to the family’s home, throwing everyone into turmoil. As Orgon falls for the scoundrel’s ruse, Tartuffe’s deceit takes a dangerous turn.
“Tartuffe” opens Nov. 13, 2015, running for nine performances through Nov. 22, when the show will pick up and move to the Palm Desert Campus for three additional performances the weekend of Dec. 5. Contact our Palm Desert Campus at 760-341-6909 for additional information regarding those dates and ticket sales.
"The Arabian Nights"
Written by Mary Zimmerman,
Adapted from THE BOOK OF THE THOUSAND NIGHTS AND ONE NIGHT
March 11 - 20, 2016
Directed by Kathryn Ervin. For 1,001 nights the young maiden Scheherazade weaves spellbinding tales in an attempt to prevent her husband, the cruel ruler Shahryar, from executing her. Will her tales of love, lust, comedy, and dreams be enough to stay her cruel husbands blade?
With the recurring theme of how the magic of storytelling holds the power to change people. This adaptation offers a wonderful blend of the lesser-known tales from Arabian Nights, with a final scene taking the audience on a journey to modern day Baghdad and the dangers threatening the cultures vibrant history.
“The Arabian Nights” opens Mar. 11, 2016, running for nine performances through Mar. 20, when the show will pick up and move to the Palm Desert Campus for three additional performances Apr. 8-10. Contact our Palm Desert Campus at 760-341-6909 for additional information regarding those dates and ticket sales.
Frank Loesser and Abe Burrows'
"How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying"
Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert
Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Based upon the book by Shepherd Mead
June 3 - 12, 2016
Directed by Tom Provenzano. This musical production is a satirical tale of ambition, capitalism, caffeine addiction and questionable ethics. It follows young a window washer, Finch, on his meteoric rise to becoming chairman of the board, and his efforts to win the heart of secretary Rosemary along the way.
“How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” opens June 3 with nine performances through June 12.