2015-2016 Performances

        Celebrating over 50 Years of Theatre & Dance

Fall 2015

Our Town

Written by: Thornton Wilder
Director: Darryl V. Jones
Dates: Nov 13, 14, 20 & 21 @ 8pm
Nov 22 @ 2pm
Location: University Theatre

Couched in the story of a fictional American small town in the early 20th Century, Our Town conveys the urgent necessity of living in the here-and-now and not being at the "mercy of one self-centered passion or another" as we navigate the labyrinth of life in an increasingly tech driven world. In song and movement, the CSUEB production will illuminate the passage of time from then to now without being about a faded glory of simpler yesteryears. After all, the "our town" of today reflects a modern, multi-cultural community where race, gender and sexual orientation are simply part of being human. Our Town is the 1938 Pulitzer Prize winning play by American playwright Thornton Wilder.


Producer & Choreographer: Nina Haft & Eric Kupers
Friday Dec. 4 at 8pm and
Saturday Dec. 5 at 2pm
Saturday Dec. 5 at 8pm
Location: Studio Theatre

These concerts introduce performers and work from across the campus and community. See the seeds of emerging work alongside bold experiments in movement. ICE-X is a production of the Inclusive Interdisciplinary Performance Ensemble


Written by: Aristophanes; Adapted by Ellen McLaughlin
Director: Velina Brown
Dates: Dec 11 & 12 @ 8pm
Dec 13 @ 2pm
Location: Studio Theatre

Originally performed in classical Athens in 411 BC, Lysistrata is a comic account of one woman's extraordinary mission to end the Peloponnesian War. Lysistrata persuades the women of Greece to withhold sexual privileges from their husbands and lovers as a means of forcing the men to negotiate peace – a strategy, however, that inflames the battle between the sexes.

Tickets are available to purchase 3 three weeks before opening night.

Winter 2016

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Music & Lyrics by: William Finn
Book by: Rachel Sheinkin

Director: Marc Jacobs
Choreographer: Laura Ellis
Music Director: Sierra Dee
Dates: Mar 4, 5, 11 & 12 @ 8pm
Mar 13 @ 2pm
Location: University Theatre

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a long one-act musical comedy, centering on a fictional spelling bee set in a geographically ambiguous Putnam Valley Middle School. Six quirky adolescents compete in the Bee, run by three equally quirky grown-ups. An unusual aspect of the show is that four real audience members are invited on stage to compete in the spelling bee alongside the six young characters. The 2005 Broadway production earned rave reviews, box-office success and was nominated for six Tony Awards, winning two including Best Book.

Tickets are available to purchase online 3 weeks before opening night.

Spring 2016

In the Beginning, God Created Difference

Choreographer: Eric Kupers
Dates: April 29, 30 and May 6 & 7 @ 8pm
May 8 @ 2pm
Location: Studio Theatre

The CSU East Bay Inclusive Interdisciplinary Ensemble (IIE) shares a large scale performance ritual honoring stories of birth and creation from diverse cultures. This original piece interweaves live Dance, Music, Physical Theater and Storytelling by students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members, with and without disabilities. Come experience new perspectives on our origins! Special Guest Contributors: CSUEB LEEP Taiko Ensemble, Masa Fukizumi, Caitlin Tabancay-Austin, Reese Johnson, and more.

Pilipino Cultural Night

Produced in cooperation wtih PASA

Supervised by A. Fajilan and Richard Olmsted
Dates: May 20 @ 7:30pm
May 21 @ 6:30pm
Location: University Theatre

An original, student - generated script blended with traditional folk dance and contemporary pop culture.

Performance Fusion

Program 1: May 27 & 28 @ 8pm
Program 2: June 3 & 4 @ 8 pm, June 5 @ 2 pm

This annual production is a senior showcase, highlighting theatre and dance student works developed over the year and culminating in a festival performance. Advanced students create and express themselves through a fusion of short plays, performance art, dance, and dance theatre.

Tickets are available to purchase online 3 weeks before opening night.

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