CSUSB’s Department of Theatre Arts presents “fml: how Carson McCullers saved my life,” written by Sarah Gubbins and directed by Kristi Papailler, CSUSB assistant professor of theatre arts, opening March 10.

Written in 2012, “fml” is a powerful contemporary piece about the transformative nature of literature in the world. Catholic high school junior and artist, Jo, finds a kindred spirit in author Carson McCullers after reading the author’s famed novel, “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter.” Newly inspired and encouraged by her best friend as well as a trusted teacher, Jo begins to channel her art and emotion into a graphic novel about surviving high school until she becomes the target of a hate crime.

This look into the struggles of a young, modern, LGBTQIA+ individual unfolds as a series of chapters – enhanced with monologues and artwork taken from the pages of Jo’s graphic novel as she creates it leading to a truly unique and important theatrical experience.

“Jo, the protagonist in the play, represents a community that we don't often see onstage. She offers a positive and strong representation of a community that is underrepresented in theatre and one that many can identify with as she faces her bullies with courage and integrity,” says Papailler.

“fml: how Carson McCullers saved my life” takes the stage March 10-19.

“fml” contains language, violence, dating violence, resistance to bullying and suicide ideation that may not be suitable for anyone under the age of 17, but are designed to inspire conversation, strengthening community, creativity and friendship, all while helping to mitigate and raise awareness about bullying, dating violence and suicide ideation. Audience discretion is advised.

Tickets can be purchased from the CSUSB Theatre Arts Box Office or online at theatre.csusb.edu. Ticket prices are $6 for students and individuals under 17; $12 for faculty, staff, senior citizens and military/first responders; and $15 for adults 18-64. Group rate discounts are available.

All performances take place in the Ronald E. Barnes Theatre on the CSUSB campus.

Parking at CSUSB is $6 Monday-Friday and $3 on the weekend.

All production dates and times are subject to change to coincide with any health and safety guidelines established by the CDC. Follow the theatre’s Facebook account for the most up-to- date information.

For additional information, please contact the Theatre Box Office at (909) 537-5884 or theatrearts@csusb.edu.