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Carpenter Center Dance Series

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

Les Ballets Trockadero De Monte Carlo

Saturday, January 20 at 8pm & Sunday, January 21 at 2pm     
Carpenter Performing Arts Center
Tickets begin at $50

The funniest night you’ll ever have at the ballet! The “Trocks” return to the Carpenter Center after five sold-out appearances! The “ballerinas” of this all-male company bring hilarity and awe with a unique combination of ballet, parodies and physical comedy—along with pieces that show off the performers’ impressive dance abilities.


Carpenter Center WOW! Series

Mummenschanz: you & me

Saturday, February 3 at 8pm          
Carpenter Performing Arts Center    
Tickets begin at $45

Dazzling audiences for more than 45 years, this Swiss-based troupe transcends cultural barriers and sparks the imagination with its unique, nonverbal theatrical style. Bringing to life the large-scale masks they’re famous for, and adding a dose of uncanny acrobatics, their brand new creation, you & me, is a visually stunning spectacle that celebrates the timeless love and mutual joy between the audience and performers of MUMMENSCHANZ!

CSULB Dance

Contemporary Dance Concert – the Undergraduate Choreography Showcase

February 15-17 at 8pm and Saturday matinee at 2pm
Martha Knoebel Dance Theater         
Tickets: $20/$16

Undergraduate dance majors in Dance present original choreography.

California Repertory Company

The Dreamers Project: Aquí y Allá (Here and There)

Devised by Andrea Caban and Julie Granata Hunicutt
February 16-25
Studio Theatre

The Dreamers are students and adults without legal status who were brought into America by their parents as children. The story of their journeys and their fight to call America home is told in this production devised in collaboration with the California-Mexico Studies Center. Featuring testimonials and interviews from DACA students and community members, these stories of personal struggle invite the question: who gets to dream the American Dream?

California Repertory Company

We are Proud to Present a Presentation about the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South West Africa,
From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915

Jackie Sibblies Drury
March 9-18

University Theatre

Six actors work to create a presentation about a little-known genocide in Africa. As they seek the story behind the facts, questions emerge: What is the story, exactly? Who are the people inside it? Who gets to tell it? As histories converge and lines get blurry, the artistic exploration gives way to…something else; leaving yet another question: Can we ever escape our own story?

Carpenter Center WOW! Series

New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players: Pirates of Penzance

Saturday, March 10 at 8pm 
Carpenter Performing Arts Center
Tickets begin at $50

Set sail with this classic Gilbert and Sullivan comedy that boasts one of the most famous patter songs in musical theatre history—“Major-General’s Song!” Throw in a band of tenderhearted pirates, a young man named Frederic, a bevy of beauties, a brash Pirate King and you’ve got what The New York Times calls “an endearing production with high musical standards and spirited performances!”

CSULB Dance

MFA Thesis Concert

March 15-17 at 8pm
Martha Knoebel Dance Theater        
Tickets: $20/$16

MFA in Dance Candidates Nate Hodges, Francesca Jandasek, and Courtney Ozovek present original choreography created while in residency at CSULB.

California Repertory Company

Antigone X By Paula Cizmar

Based on the play by Sophocles
March 23-April 8

Studio Theatre

Thebes is now a ruin surrounded by refugee camps. Police violence, terrorists, predators, demagogues abound. This contemporary meditation on love, power, and war is based on the classic by Sophocles. In this multi-media adaptation, LA-based writer Paula Cizmar poses a question that has lingered for two thousand years: Who will dare defy authoritarian rule and follow the higher laws of love and decency?

Carpenter Center WOW! Series

Aquila Theatre Company: Hamlet

Saturday, March 24 at 8pm 
Carpenter Performing Arts Center

Tickets begin at $45

Aquila’s Hamlet sheds new light on this tragic story through its innovative use of movement, design, sound, and superb acting to vividly explore the depths of rage, madness, love and death brought about by a culture of obsessive personal ambition. Aquila’s productions of Shakespeare are “beautifully spoken, dramatically revealing and crystalline in effect.” The New Yorker

California Repertory Company

End Days by Deborah Zoe Laufer

April 27-May 12
Player’s Theatre

This award winning play is centered on sixteen-year-old goth atheist Rachel Stein and the wacky universe of people in her orbit: Her mother is busily awaiting the Rapture; her father hasn’t changed out of his pajamas since 9/11; her new neighbor is an Elvis impersonator who has a crush on her; on top of all that, the Apocalyse is approaching. Will Stephen Hawking be the one to save them all?

CSULB Dance

Dance Showcase

May 2 at 6pm
CSULB Dance Complex, Studio 3

Free Admission

Dance majors, dance minors, and CSULB students present work learned in Dance technique courses during the spring semester.

CSULB Dance

Formal/Informal – original MFA choreography

May 11 at 4pm
Martha Knoebel Dance Theater
Free Admission

MFA in Dance students present works created during their second semester of residency at CSULB.