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Student’s original play explores fantasy

Student's original play explores fantasy
Sottile (junior theater major Alex Freitas) shares his struggling story with the Artist (senior theater major Cole Wagner) in the play “Mission Selvaggio.” Directed by Cody Goss, “Mission Selvaggio” is about an artist who is inspired by the fictional characters he draws and changes his life after meeting them. “Mission Selvaggio” will be performed 7:30 Friday and Saturday in the Jane Dibbell... 

Theater Review: ‘The Dog’s Will’ exposes hypocrisy

Erum Jaffrey Arts Editor Samba, Brazilian culture and comedy hit the stage in the theater department’s latest production, “The Dog’s Will” by Brazilian playwright Ariano Suassuna. Directed by actress and artist-in-residence Alma Martinez, this play, originally called “Auto da Compadecida,” presents a satire of society and class structure of the northeastern Brazilian state of Bahia, one... 

Students take a chance at directing

Kayla Hockman Staff Writer The theater department hosted five student directed plays Thursday and Friday in the Jane Dibbell Cabaret Theater. The short plays were the final product of the six-student spring directing class. The class gave six students six weeks to prepare, cast and direct a short, 25-minute one-act production. Auditions for the shows were open to the community and University students. “It... 

Promiscuity reigns in Brecht’s ‘Baal’

Promiscuity reigns in Brecht’s ‘Baal’
Daniel Ramirez, senior theater major, and Jessie Bias, sophomore theater major, star in ULV’s adaptation of “Baal.” Directed by Bo Powell, the play was shown at the Dailey Theatre last weekend. Ramirez plays Baal, a poet who goes through different forms of addiction including sex, alcohol and being one with nature. He takes an interest in and seduces the innocent, pure Johanna, played by Bias.... 

Play depicts life on the streets

Play depicts life on the streets
Senior theater major Sonora Hernandez (Lily), argues with senior theater major Destiny Guillory (Dahlia) over helping each other out during hard times. Senior theater major Chase Montaño (Jasmine) is in the middle of it trying to calm them down in the “The Flower Society,” directed by alumna Maryanne Householder. It tells the story of homeless women on the streets and their will to survive out... 

Theater Review: ‘Spring Awakening’ rocks Pomona stage

Kristina Bugante Editor in Chief Stomping and frustrated German teens in wild haircuts, Doc Martens and 19th-century garb wailed their hearts out to a contemporary score in Pomona College’s rocking production of “Spring Awakening,” which ran Nov. 20-23 at Seaver Theatre in Claremont. “Spring Awakening,” a rock musical that premiered on Broadway in 2006, is based off the 1891 German play... 

‘Spelling Bee’ comes to life with audience

‘Spelling Bee’ comes to life with audience
Jessie Bias, left, plays the imaginary mother of shy Olive (Katie Ochoa) in the duet “The I Love You Song.” “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” a musical directed and choreographed by La Verne alumnus and professional director Zach Johnson, opened Nov. 13 in Dailey Theatre and continues through this weekend. The musical touched on the rigors of competition, with each participant of... 

One-man show takes a dramatic turn

One-man show takes a dramatic turn
Kristopher Lee Bicknell, performs in “Dramatis Personae” in the Jane Dibbell Cabaret. Written and directed by Sean Dillon and Curtin Krick, the one-man show transported the audience through the history of theater. However, the show doesn’t quite go according to plan. The audience is made to believe Bicknell’s show goes awry when the mishaps are really part of the performance. / photo by Julian... 

To improv or not to improv

To improv or not to improv
Members of Shakespearean improv group A Horse perform Sept. 20 in the Jane Dibbell Cabaret. Performers Amanda Barnes, Carolyn Marie Wright, Rollin Perry and John David Williams asked the crowd for titles of plays Shakespeare might write today and performed one tragedy and comedy in the form of Shakespearean dialogue. The event, hosted by Professor of English Jeffery Kahan, was the opener for the Shakespeare... 

‘Laramie Project’ approaches gay rights issues

Erum Jaffrey Assistant Editor Center stage stood six chairs, all in a circle facing the audience, below a perimeter of transparent screens that outlined the ceiling of the Jane Dibbell Cabaret, projecting images related to each scene. “The Laramie Project,” performed by the theater department, shared a poignant message about a hate crime that happened in the city of Laramie, Wyoming back in 1998. In... 
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