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Sept. 13, 2007


Cal State Dominguez Hills Theatre Arts Department
Announces its 2007-2008 Theater Season

Carson, CA The California State University, Dominguez Hills Department of Theatre Arts has come up with an ambitious program for its 2007-2008 season, starting with Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun” and ending with possibly the boldest anti-war play ever written, the 411 B.C. Greek comedy “Lysistrata.”

The season begins Oct. 12 with “A Raisin in the Sun,” directed by Donis Leonard, associate professor of theater arts. Taking her title from Langston Hughes’ poem “Harlem,” playwright Lorraine Hansberry shines the theater’s floodlights on the issue of racism in America and how it affects the dreams and lives of African Americans. The play runs through Oct. 21 and takes place in the university’s intimate Edison Studio Theatre.

Next up is the Nov. 9 premiere of an original CSU Dominguez Hills play, “The Little College on a Hill.” Two CSUDH alumnae, Brenda Killian and Naomi Buckley, culled through hours of interviews with past and present students, faculty and staff to pen this play that tells the story of Cal State Dominguez Hills. Directed by Bill DeLuca, professor of theater arts, the play focuses on the connections between education and the real world. It is the second production of the recently formed Dominguez Bridge Theatre Company, which is committed to producing community-related theater throughout the South Bay. “The Little College on a Hill” runs through Nov. 18 and will be performed in the University Theatre.

In the spring, the season continues with the department’s One-Act Play Festival from Feb. 22 to March 2. The festival showcases student works.

The season ends with the production of Greek playwright Aristophanes’ “Lysistrata.” With the message ‘make love, not war,’ the play centers on Lysistrata as she leads a sex strike with other women in town in an attempt to convince their husbands to end what the women consider to be a senseless war. “Lysistrata” has been adapted numerous times during the 20th and 21st centuries and has been performed throughout the country most recently in reaction to the Iraq War. The CSUDH production, directed by visiting director Marla Gam-Hudson, runs from April 18 to 27 in the University Theatre.

All performances take place weekends, with Friday and Saturday shows at 8 p.m. and Sunday shows at 2 p.m. Individual ticket prices are $12 or $10 for students and senior citizens. 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 (310) 243-3589. Online ordering is also available at www.zaptix.com (browse “California”).

See the attached 2007-2008 Season synopsis for more detailed descriptions of the plays.

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

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.

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About Department of Theatre Arts -- Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre and with memberships in the California Education Theatre Association and the Southern California Educational Theatre Association, the CSUDH Theatre Arts Department stages major theatrical productions each season in either its 485-seat University Theatre or the more intimate 70-seat Edison Studio Theatre. In addition to producing actors and actresses, the department also educates students to be part of the community. Through its Teatro Dominguez multicultural theatre company students take on leadership roles in touring original and ethnic shows to local K-12 schools; its Black Theatre Program provides courses, touring shows and workshops that illuminate the black experience for people of all ages and ethnicities; and the newly formed Dominguez Bridge Theatre Company creates and produces original plays that tell the story of the surrounding communities.

About CSU Dominguez Hills -- California State University, Dominguez Hills is a highly diverse, urban university located in the South Bay, primarily serving the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The university prides itself on its outstanding faculty and friendly, student-centered environment. Known for excellence in teacher education, nursing, psychology, business administration, and digital media arts, new degree programs include computer science, criminal justice, recreation and leisure studies, social work, and communication disorders. On campus is the Home Depot Center, a multi-purpose sports complex that hosts world-class soccer, tennis, track and field, lacrosse, and cycling.




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