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Theatre Arts Presents “What About Me?”
CARSON, Calif. – The Theatre Arts Department at California State University, Dominguez Hills is presenting What About Me? a collection of four one-act comedies, which open on Friday, Nov. 12 at 8 p.m. in the Edison Studio Theatre with performances continuing through Nov. 21. The plays take a comedic and sometimes serious look at the importance of timing, change and self-discovery, while challenging traditional sex roles and the meaning of masculinity and femininity.
What About Me? is directed by CSUDH Theatre Arts alumna Brenda (Arrieta) Killian (Class of ‘01). Killian, just back from receiving a Master of Arts degree from the University of Kent in the United Kingdom, was invited back by Theatre Arts Department faculty to direct this second show of the theatre season.
The evening of one acts opens with the fast-paced comedy, “Reservations for Two,” written by Lori Goodman. The play explores the expectations that some women and men place on one another. Anne and Jim are at a restaurant on a first date. Anne manages to go on a tirade about the expectations of men and women and about men who have "burned" her in the past. Anne takes it out on poor Jim, and needless to say, the date goes from bad to worse.
Next up is “Beached,” written by Bernie DeLeo. The play centers on three old friends who reunite for a day at the beach. The afternoon goes awry as the girls find they can no longer relate to one another.
A “Sure Thing,” written by David Ives, is a surreal comedy about two strangers who work their way through a conversational minefield as an offstage bell interrupts and amends their path to falling in love.
Closing the show is “Lovers and other Strangers,” written by Renee Taylor and Joseph Bologna. This comedy features a married couple who can¹t figure out whose turn it is to commence love-making. The action escalates as what began as a simple discussion turns into a heated battle of the sexes.
When she was a student, director Killian was an active and integral member of the Theatre Arts Department. She acted in several productions and served as the artistic director for Teatro Dominguez, a campus ensemble that performs in area schools and throughout the community. By the time of her graduation, Killian had garnered nearly a dozen theatre awards and scholarships, including the esteemed PlayBox Award.
What About Me? opens Nov. 12 at 8 p.m., with performances Nov. 13 at 8 p.m., Nov.14 at 2 p.m., Nov. 19 at 8 p.m., Nov. 20 at 8 p.m., and Nov. 21 at 2 p.m.. All performances will be held in the CSUDH Edison Studio Theater at 1000 East Victoria Street in Carson. General admission is $10. Students and Senior Citizens pay $8. For information call (310) 243-3589.
California State University, Dominguez Hills • 1000 E. Victoria Street • Carson, California 90747 • (310) 243-3696
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