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Nov. 12, 2003
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CSU Dominguez Hills University Theatre Welcomes Aliens
in Critically Acclaimed Comedy, “Tales of the Lost Formicans”

CARSON, Calif: – California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) continues a powerful season of theater productions with the critically acclaimed “Tales of the Lost Formicans,” to be presented over the next two weekends, Nov. 14-15 and Nov. 21-23, in the CSUDH University Theatre.

Directed by William DeLuca, CSUDH professor of theatre, “Tales of the Lost Formicans” is a wistful family comedy by Constance Congdon about alien archaeologists confused by their collection of artifacts from a planet called Earth. A human family's search for love parallels the quest of the alien visitors to understand our absurd human world.

“Congdon has given us a jewel of theatrical writing,” Deluca said. “This play is truly a humorous look at the human frailties of family dysfunction, the challenges of child rearing, paternal care and the constant battle of the sexes.”

“Tales of the Lost Formicans” shows at 8 p.m. on Nov. 14, 15, 21 and 22, and on Nov. 23 at 2 p.m.

Profile of the Director

William DeLuca is a director, writer and teacher from New York. He has worked at the Guthrie Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, and the Yale Repertory Theatre, and has taught acting and directing at colleges in New Hampshire, Ohio, New Jersey and California. DeLuca has directed many shows, including “Twelfth Night,” “Antigone,” “Fences” and ”For Colored Girls who have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf.” For CSUDH, DeLuca teaches Directing, Playwriting, Theatre History, Drama Literature and others.

He is also the project director of Teatro Dominguez a multicultural theatre company of students, faculty, and staff devoted to cross cultural enhancement at CSUDH. For Teatro Dominguez, he has directed numerous contemporary works along with original plays based on multicultural folktales that tour the greater Los Angeles area. Teatro Dominguez also brings artists and touring companies such as Culture Clash and the Mark Taper Forum to the CSUDH campus and sponsors the annual Women’s Play Festival.

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