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“The Little College on a Hill” Opens Nov. 9



Photos by Roberto Vazquez; captions below

“The Little College on a Hill” Opens Nov. 9

The California State University, Dominguez Hills Department of Theatre Arts is pleased to announce its second play of the 2007-08 season, “The Little College on a Hill.” The production opens Friday, Nov. 9, for a two-weekend run.

“The Little College on a Hill” is the result of the Dominguez Bridge Project, an ambitious undertaking to interview Cal State Dominguez Hills graduates, faculty, staff and students from the past 40-plus years of the university’s history. CSUDH alumnae Brenda Killian (Class of '01) and Naomi Buckley ('00) used details culled from those interviews to write the play.

The Little CollegeThe story revolves around three students trying to finish a documentary about the university. They — and, in turn, the audience — listen and watch as the stories of the university come to life. Before their task is done, one student will make a decision that will change the rest of his life.

“Little College” is being directed by professor of theatre arts Bill DeLuca, who directed “The Carson Bridge Project” in 2006, which involved interviews with over 100 local residents. It was the first community-based production by the department and spurred the creation of the Dominguez Bridge Theatre Company, which combines faculty, staff, alumni, students and the community in an attempt to build bridges between the university and the residents of the South Bay of Los Angeles.

In order to truly represent the community, “Little College” features a 35-member cast that mixes current students like Amber Jackson and Mauricio Amaral; faculty members Joyce Johnson (’72 & ’86), Jheri Crisostomo and Leon Cohen; staff members including Rosemarie Marcotte (’85), Sheila Butts, Marlene Frantz and Mark Kerr (’07); and alumni including Sunee Foley, (’00), Dan Weinell, (’73), and Phil Bray ('03).

The Little College“There aren’t any universities I know of that have used theater to reflect upon their own issues and history in this specific way, gathering stories from their community, and putting them onstage,” DeLuca said. “Also, the cast includes current students, alumni, staff members and faculty, which is not something you find in university theatre anywhere.”

Performances will take place two weekends only, Nov. 9 and 10 and Nov. 16-18, with Friday and Saturday shows at 8 p.m. The performance on Sunday Nov. 18, will be at 2 p.m.

Individual ticket prices are $12 or $10 for students and senior citizens. Special group rates are available for groups of 10 or more. Season subscriptions are $35 or $30 for students and senior citizens. Tickets may be purchased by calling the box office at (310) 243-3589. Online ticket purchasing is also available at (browse “California”).

The University Theatre complex, which includes the 475-seat University Theatre and the more intimate Edison Studio Theatre, is located on the campus of CSU Dominguez Hills off Toro Center Drive/Tamcliff Street at Victoria Street in the city of Carson. Metered parking lots are within walking distance. Permits are $3 and can be purchased at yellow kiosk machines near each lot.

For more information, call (310) 243-3588.

- Amy Bentley-Smith

Photos above: Ingrid Interiano, Jerron Mitchell and James Knudsen uncover the history and heart of Cal State Dominguez Hills in "The Little College on the Hill."

Playwrights Brenda Killian (Class of '01) and Naomi Buckley (Class of '00) take rehearsal notes with Bill DeLuca, professor of theatre arts and director of "The Little College on the Hill."

The ensemble cast of "Little College on the Hill" rehearses a rally scene, depicting the activist
spirit of the campus.

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Last updated Monday, November 7, 2007, 11:42 a.m., by Joanie Harmon