California State University Long Beach has announced its 2016–2017 season:
A View from the Bridge (September 23 – October 8)
By Arthur Miller
Directed by Jeff Paul
Celebrating the 100th birthday of prolific American playwright, Arthur Miller (Death of a Salesman, The Crucible). When a longshoreman agrees to help his wife’s family, the consequences have ripple effects revealing jealousies and affairs.
Stop the World, I Want to Get Off (October 7 – October 16)
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley
Directed by Joanne Gordon
This British musical follows the performer Littlechap in his pursuit of worldly success where he often attempts to stop the world before it spins out of control.
Elements (November 12 – November 19)
Written and Directed by Ezra LeBank and Rebecca Nakano
Sally and Avi are stuck in their cookie-cutter lives never noticing one another, but when the four elements intervene to wake them from their daily existence, they are brought together. A physical theater performance using acrobatics, ensemble movement, mime, and contemporary dance.
The Duchess of Malfi (December 2 – December 11)
By John Webster
Directed by Rob Clare
A Duchess marries beneath her class only to meet a nightmarish fate when her brothers seek revenge in this tale of greed, ambition, love, and lost innocence.
She Kills Monsters (February 17 – February 26)
By Qui Nguyen
Directed by Edgar Landa
After the death of her sister, a young woman stumbles into a journey of self-discovery and action-packed adventure in this heart-pounding homage to the nerd (and warrior!) inside us all. Fairies, ogres, and 90s pop culture references create the world fantasy role-play games in Qui Nguyen’s dramatic comedy.
The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin (March 10 – March 25)
By Kirsten Childs
Directed by Jaye Austin Williams
Viveca, a bubbly black girl, sings and dances her way through the confusing worlds of racism, sexism, and Broadway showbiz until she is forced to face her reflection and decide if the most important thing she needs accept, is herself.
Mad Gravity (April 14 – April 23)
By William Missouri Downs
Directed by Craig Anton
Absurdity ensues when a pair of high school sweethearts convince their polar opposite parents to meet.
Good Boys and True (April 28 – May 13)
By Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Directed by Hugh O’Gorman
The privileged life of a high school senior at St. Joe’s School for Boys threatens to collapse when a disturbing video circulates around campus.