CSUSB Department of Theatre Arts 2018-2019 Season

Psycho Beach Party Opening November 9

“Ann Bowman, Dominatrix Empress of planet Earth! Has a catchy ring, don’t you think?”Chicklet

Psycho Beach Party by Charles Busch, a spoof of 1960s beach party/surfing movies and 1970s slasher schlock. Florence "Chicklet" Forrest is a not-so-innocent tomboy who longs to become the first female surfer at Malibu Beach. Chicklet also happens to have multiple personalities, including an African-American check-out girl, an elderly radio talk show hostess, a male model named Steve, and the entire accounting firm of Edelman and Edelman. Her most dangerous alter ego is a sexually voracious vixen named Ann Bowman who has nothing less than world domination on her mind. Oh, and did we mention there’s also a murderer on the loose? An ever-growing list of colorful suspects begins to emerge including surfer Kanaka, exchange student Lars, and even Chicklet's own mother.
Psycho Beach Party, directed by professor Tom Provenzano, will run Nov. 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17 at 8 p.m., Nov. 11, 17 and 18 at 2 p.m.
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The Paper Bag Princess and Other Stories by Robert Munsch is a collection of surprising and imaginative stories appropriate for younger audiences. It features puppets and simple Theatre magic to inspire a love of reading. This traveling performance will set down in the Black Box for ONE DAY ONLY. Children admission is free.

Directed by Professor Johanna Smith, The Paper Bag Princess will show December 1.
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Student New Play Showcase Opening Feb 7

The Student New Play Showcase Featuring plays written by current and former CSUSB students, the Showcase allows our talented pool of emerging playwrights the ability to test their work and receive feedback from a live audience.

Directed by Stephen Leigh Morris, The Student New Play Showcase opens February 7.
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Picnic Opening March 8, 2019

“I’m not one of those girls that jump in a hot-rod every time you boys turn the corner and honk.” – Madge
A bittersweet romance, with a slice of familial tension, a chunk of rivalry between the good boy and the bad boy, and just a dollop of mid-century sexism gives you the Pulitzer prize-winning drama Picnic by William Inge. It is Labor Day, in a small, Kansas town where two families are preparing for an annual picnic in their shared backyard. Troubles start when Hal Carter, a drifter, comes to town looking for work and visits his college friend, Alan. But when sparks begin to fly between Alan’s girlfriend Madge, and Hal, complications arise leading to unintended consequences.
Picnic, directed by Terry Donovan Smith, opens on the Barnes Theatre stage March 8, 9, 14, 15, and 16 at 8 p.m., March 10 and 17 at 2 p.m.
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In The Heights Opening May 31

"Hey guys it’s me. The biggest disappointment you know!" – Nina
On May 31, The Ellen Weisser Endowed Theatre Showcase presents our season’s grand finale: the Tony Award winning musical, In The Heights, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, with book by Quiara Alegria Hudes. Filled with salsa, hip-hop, soulful ballads and moments of pure musical bliss, In The Heights tells the tale of the vibrant melting pot of cultures in New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood: A place where descendants of Cuban, Dominican and Puerto Rican immigrants come together, where the windows are always open, and the streets explode with songs and rhythms of three generations. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams, and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. In The Heights is the winner of the 2008 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Choreography, and Best Orchestrations.

As Miranda said, "Our show is about home, and where you belong."

With a total of eight performances, In The Heights, directed by professor Kathryn Ervin, plays May 31, June 1, 6, 7 and 8 at 8 p.m., with matinee performances June 2, 8, and 9 at 2 p.m.
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