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February 3, 2006
DH 06 RH07
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Black History Month: Jazz Musician Struggles with AIDS, Mortality, and His Family’s Fears in “Before It Hits Home”

Carson, CA— Cheryl West’s play, Before it Hits Home, will be performed from February 24 through March 5 in the University Theatre at California State University, Dominguez Hills. The performances are part of the Black History Month celebration at the university.

The drama is about a black bisexual jazz musician whose double life endangers both himself and his loved ones. When Wendal Bailey is stricken with AIDS, he returns home to regain his strength and hopefully find some comfort.  Instead, he is faced with his own mortality and the part of himself that he has tried to hide.  The family’s bond is stretched to the breaking point as its members struggle with the fact that AIDS has hit their home.

The production is being directed by guest artist D’Shaun Booker, who is an adjunct faculty member of performance at the University of Southern California. Booker has directed at The Richard Pryor Theatre, the West Los Angeles Christian Center, the Wilshire Ebell Theatre, and the Southland Cultural Center.  She is also founder and director of Arts Creating Unity, a nonprofit theatre organization.

Featured in the cast are CSUDH Theatre majors Karen Roberson, a senior, and juniors Samuel Simmons and Skylar Brown. Also in the cast is CSUDH theatre veteran Phil Bray(’03, Theatre), who has been in a number of CSUDH productions, and the university’s Director of Alumni Relations Sheila Butts.

Performances are at 8 p.m. on February 24 and 25 and on March 3 and 4, and at 2 p.m. on March 5. Tickets are $10, $8 for students and senior citizens, and group rates are available for 10 or more.

Dominguez Hills is at 1000 E. Victoria Street, off Avalon Boulevard between the 91 and 405 freeways. Parking is free.

For reservations, call (310) 243-3589.

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