CSUSB Department of Theatre Arts 2019-2020 Season Main Content
CSUSB Presents our 2020-2021 Season of Love, Hope, and Change
“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans” - John Lennon (via Allen Saunders)
CSUSB’s Department of Theatre Arts is back with our 2020-2021 Season of Love, Hope, and Change.
As the weird, wild ride of 2020 continues, we are facing head-on the many challenges and steep learning curves that building a season of theatrical performances, while distance learning, is creating... but of course this is theatre, and the show must go on!
There have been some changes to our planned schedule of performances. First and foremost, we have made the difficult decision to cease production on Once Upon A Mattress as many of our principal actors have graduated, and professor Tom Provenzano begins his retirement. Additionally, Love Letters and PPG reunion has been postponed once again until our spring semester.
Our new performance schedule includes two devised productions that will be created and recorded via the Zoom platform. These plays will be released on line for all our patrons and subscribers to enjoy, with the hope that we will return to the Barnes stage for the spring semester.
We understand there is a chance these plans may be altered once again, but rest assured if we’re allowed to perform, the well-being of our patrons and students is paramount, and we will adhere to all necessary protocols to keep everyone safe.
With the fluid state of our upcoming season, we’ve made the difficult decision to discontinue subscription renewals this year, though we will still offer our subscribers their normal season ticket discount for their individual ticket purchases.
For additional information, please contact the Theatre Box Office at (909) 537-5884 or email@example.com.
Mathematical Mayhem: Puppet Stories About Numbers and Math by Professor Johanna Smith will debut on Oct. 30. Originally conceived as a touring production for local elementary schools, Professor Smith brilliantly reconfigured the show to cater to distance learning for our younger audiences. The production will be available for virtual classrooms and from the comfort of your own home at no charge.
The Big Zoomtastic Musical Revue of 2020. Curated and directed by Lisa Lyons, Zoomtastic promises a surprise around every corner as students showcase their individual talents for you with musical numbers, dance performances, monologues, scenes, parodies, and so much more! The Big Zoomtastic Musical Revue will drop online Nov. 20 & 21.
Baltimore tells the story of Shelby, a naive African-American resident adviser for a group of freshmen at a four-year college - a job she neither wants, nor takes seriously. But after a racist caricature is drawn on the dorm door of one of her black students, and after mounting pressure from her students, her best friend and the new dean, she is forced to take action and reexamine her belief that she lives in a post-racial society. This timely play dives headfirst into the uncomfortable, yet necessary conversation of race relations in the modern society, designed to inspire empathy and discussion. Issues such as microaggressions, color blindness, and social segregation are talked about by a diverse cast. The play also references true events, including the riots in Ferguson, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the deaths of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Freddie Gray, and Sandra Bland.
CSUSB’s Department of Theatre Arts 2020-2021 Season of Love, Hope, and Change comes to a virtual conclusion with Naomi Iizuka’s Anon(ymous), based on Homer’s classic poem The Odyssey. This FINAL virtual performance, Directed by professor Kathryn Ervin, will drop on our Vimeo channel for four performances beginning May 14, 2021.
This contemporary adaptation of the 2,800-year-old classic features the struggles of young Anon, a quick-witted refugee from a war-torn nation as he wanders the American landscape determined to find his mother, who was ripped from his side during an accident at sea. Along his journey he crosses paths with many colorful characters - such as a teenage goddess and a cycloptic sausage maker - among other treacherous obstacles, but none are able to deter him from his destiny.
Originally commissioned and produced by The Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis, Iizuka’s Anon(ymous) takes the classic “heroes’ journey” and plays it through the eyes of the modern immigrant, with a twist of the fantastic.
Anon(ymous) opens Friday May 14, at 7pm, with two performances on Saturday May 15, 2pm & 7pm, and will conclude its run Sunday May 16 at 2pm. These dates are subject to change.