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October 22, 2007


“The Little College on a Hill” Opens November 9
Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Students Tell the Story of CSU Dominguez Hills

Carson, CA The California State University, Dominguez Hills Department of Theatre Arts is pleased to announce its second play of the 2007-08 season, “The Little College on a Hill.” The production opens Friday, Nov. 9, for a two-weekend run.

“The Little College on a Hill” is the result of the Dominguez Bridge Project, an ambitious undertaking to interview Cal State Dominguez Hills graduates, faculty, staff and students from the past 40-plus years of the university’s history. CSUDH alumnae Brenda Killian and Naomi Buckley used details culled from those interviews to write the play.

The story revolves around three students trying to finish a documentary about the university. They — and, in turn, the audience — listen and watch as the stories of the university come to life. Before their task is done, one student will make a decision that will change the rest of his life.

“Little College” is being directed by professor of theatre arts Bill DeLuca, who directed “The Carson Bridge Project” in 2006, which involved interviews with over 100 local residents. It was the first community-based production by the department and spurred the creation of the Dominguez Bridge Theatre Company, which combines faculty, staff, alumni, students and the community in an attempt to build bridges between the university and the residents of the South Bay of Los Angeles.

In order to truly represent the community, “Little College” features a 35-member cast that mixes current students with faculty members like Professor Emeritus Joyce Johnson and Jheri Crisostomo, staff members, both past and present, like Rosemarie Marcotte, Marlene Frantz, Leon Cohen, Mauricio Amaral, Joanie Harmon and Sheila Butts (many are alumni), and alumni like Sunee Foley, Dan Weinell, Mark Kerr, Amber Jackson and Phil Bray.

“There aren’t any universities I know of that have used theater to reflect upon their own issues and history in this specific way, gathering stories from their community, and putting them onstage,” DeLuca said. “Also, the cast includes current students, alumni, staff members and faculty, which is not something you find in university theatre anywhere.”

Performances will take place two weekends only, Nov. 9 and 10 and Nov. 16-18, with Friday and Saturday shows at 8 p.m. The performance on Sunday Nov. 18, will be at 2 p.m.

Individual ticket prices are $12 or $10 for students and senior citizens. Special 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 the box office at (310) 243-3589. Online ticket purchasing is also available at www.zaptix.com (browse “California”).

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.

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

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About the Theatre Arts Department-- 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. The theatre arts program is 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.

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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