University Theatre at Cal State San Bernardino
2015 - 2016 50th Anniversary Season

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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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Moliere's Tartuffe

Molliere's "Tartuffe"
Adapted by David Ball,

Now at Palm Desert Campus!

December 5 - 6, 2015

Directed by Terry Donovan Smith. It’s the late 1960s, and Orgon, a wealthy family man, has taken in a stranger by the name of Tartuffe. Tartuffe appears to be an extremely pious and devout man of religion, and Orgon regards him almost as a saint. Offering the stranger his best food and drink, Orgon places the needs of his guest above those of his wife and children, who believe Tartuffe is nothing more than a con man who pretends to be of the highest moral authority, but does not practice what he preaches.

Brimming with music, costumes, props and scenery from the 1960s, this unique take on “Tartuffe” will be directed by theatre department chair Terry Donovan Smith. “Tartuffe” opens Nov. 13-22, with eight performances at 8 p.m. each night; and 2 p.m. matinee performances on Nov. 15, 21 and 22.

The show will then move to the Palm Desert Campus for two additional performances the weekend of Dec. 5.

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The Arabian Nights by Mary Zimmerman

"The Arabian Nights"
Written by Mary Zimmerman,

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.

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Frank Loesser and Abe Burrows'  "How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying"

Frank Loesser and Abe Burrows'

"How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying"
Book by 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.

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