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April 10, 2001
DH-00-TW-248
Contact: Tim Woodhull

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

California State University, Dominguez Hills makes history with first theater production shown via television and the Internet

The curtain will go up on history April 28 when California State University, Dominguez Hills presents a stage play that is shown live simultaneously on television and the Internet.

Unlike many stage plays produced for television, this production will be broadcast live directly from the theater, not a studio.  The Dominguez Hills Theater is one of the only college campuses in the country wired for live television broadcasts.  In addition, three, special low-light digital cameras make it possible for university to broadcast the play using theater lighting, not television lighting, and without disrupting the theater audience. One of the cameras is a remote, wireless camera that can change location and shoot the production from the wings of the theater.

The Shakespearean comedy will be reach a potential television audience of more than 2.5 million viewers.  The play will be seen on channels LA@36; City View Channel 16 in Santa Monica and Malibu; and Channel 6 in Torrance.  Viewers outside of Southern California will be able to see the broadcast on the Internet by going to http://www.csudh.edu/dominguezonline.

Dominguez Hills has prepared and posted a teacher’s guide on the website, which will help teachers in high schools and community colleges discuss the play with their students.  The ADTECH consortium will distribute the teacher’s guide to 14 school districts throughout the South Bay, from Torrance to Culver City.

“It is part of our mission to share the richness of this University with the community,” said Warren Ashley, director of Mediated Instruction and Distance Learning, and Executive Producer of the broadcast.  “We hope this will be the first of many broadcasts of theater, music, dance and other performances.”

Performances of the play will also take place on April 27, and May 4,5 and 6.  Ticket information is available at 310-243-3589.

For further information about the broadcast, contact Warren Ashley, director of Mediated Instruction and Distance Learning, at (310) 243-2272.  Information about the broadcast and stage performances can also be found at www.csudh.edu/dominguezonline.

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