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Ghosts of Lote Bravo

California Repertory Company

The Ghosts of Lote Bravo by Hilary Bettis
Directed by Denise Blasor

September 20-30
Matinees on September 22, 29 and 30
Studio Theatre
Tickets: $18/$20/$23

In Cuidad Juarez, Mexico young girls often disappear. Many turn up murdered. Juanda Cantu’s daughter, Raquel, is one of these girls. Through visions offered by La Santa Muerte, Juanda is shown Raquel’s past only to discover that her daughter had hopes, dreams and courage Juanda knew nothing about. The Ghosts of Lote Bravo is a play about great hope amid relentless violence, poverty and grief.


Carpenter Performing Arts Center Arts for Life Event

Shakespeare Aloud

Saturday, Sept 8, Sept 22, and TBA at 10:45 AM
Carpenter Performing Arts Center

On a designated Saturday each month, Shakespeare Aloud will host a free reading of each of Shakespeare’s 37 plays, one per month until the entire canon is complete. Community members are warmly invited to participate as readers (no experience or audition required) or as audience members. Shakespeare Aloud provides the opportunity to hear all the plays, to become readers, and to listen to and work with others. Shakespeare Aloud readings are presented in collaboration with the CSULB Department of Theatre Arts and is held at the CSULB Theatre Arts Building on the corner of 7th Street and East Campus Drive.


Carpenter Performing Arts Center Wit and Wisdom Series|

An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin

Saturday, September 29 at 8pm    
Carpenter Performing Arts Center
Ticket prices vary

The incomparable Lily Tomlin returns to provide comical insights and wildly witty observations about the human condition while talking her audience on what The Washington Post calls a “wise and howling funny” trip. Armed with more than a dozen of her timeless characters—from Frankie, of the Netflix’s hit show, to Ernestine and Edith Ann—Tomlin is one of the most celebrated comedians in American comedy and an entertainer of the highest caliber!


Carpenter Performing Arts Center Cabaret Series

Mostly Broadway starring David Burnham

Wednesday-Thursday, October 3-4 at 7pm         
Carpenter Performing Arts Center
Tickets may be purchased with or without dinner

Broadway star David Burnham (Wicked, A Light in the Piazza) unleashes a strong, confident baritone that soars into the tenor range. San Francisco Chronicle proclaims, “Burnham gives a joyously electric performance!”


Variance – the BFA Concert

October 11-12 at 8pm, October 13 at 2&8pm
Martha Knoebel Dance Theater
Tickets: $20/$16 

BFA in Dance majors Sarah Culotta and Allie Miks, Catalina Eddy, and Nancy Rivera Fernanda Gomez present original choreography.  Also on the program is an original dance created by guest artist Kevin Williamson and a solo choreographed by Professor Keith Johnson.


California Repertory Company

Dear Harvey  by Patricia Loughrey
Directed by Peter Howard

October 11-20
Matinee on October 14
University Theatre
Tickets: $18/$20/$23

Extensively researched and beautifully constructed, this documentary-style ensemble play recounts the life and lasting impact of groundbreaking LGBT activist and politician Harvey Milk, as told by the people who knew him best. Spoken word combines with multimedia and music as an ensemble cast moves in and out of the identities of real-world figures whose lives were forever altered by Milk's too-short career. This spirited play reaffirms his impact and the continued relevance of his campaign towards equality, four decades after his assassination.


California Repertory Company

The Funfair  by Simon Stephens
Directed by Will Detlefsen

November 1-11
Matinees on November 3, 10, and 11
Studio Theatre
Tickets: $18/$20/$23

A recession. Unemployment is rife, the economy is flat-lining and people are partying until they drop. Between the rollercoasters and the merry-go-rounds, the freak-shows and the blaring music, the ice-cream stalls and booze, the lives of the couple Cash and Caroline spin out of control. In short scenes, Stephens depicts the isolation and creeping disintegration of a society that is stuck on an endless merry-go-round: a world of brutality and banality; where every emotion is determined by economics; and where people’s dreams are completely shaped by consumerism. In such a world, what chance does love have?


Carpenter Performing Arts Center Dance Series

CONTRA-TIEMPO with Las Cafeteras

Saturday, November 10 at 8pm     
Carpenter Performing Arts Center    
Ticket prices vary

This bold, multilingual dance company draws on their Los Angeles roots by fusing Salsa, Afro-Cuban, Hip-Hop, urban, and contemporary dance to create an invigorating blend of culturally engaging work. CONTRA-TIEMPO teams up Las Cafeteras, the infectious east LA band that has taken the music scene by storm with their Son Jarocho sound, for joyUS justUS exploring joy as the ultimate expression of resistance.


CSULB Dance and the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music

Fusion – A collaboration between CSULB Dance and
the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music Orchestra

November 16 and 17 at 8pm
Carpenter Performing Arts Center 
Tickets: $25/$20

The Department of Dance and the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music present original dance works choreographed by Dance faculty Rebecca Bryant and Rebecca Lemme, Julio Medina, and Andrew Vaca to beloved classical music performed by the Bob Cole Conservatory Symphony. The program also features Gloria, by famed American choreographer Mark Morris, featuring the first-ever collaboration between CSULB Dance, the Bob Cole Conservatory Symphony, and the award-winning CSULB Chamber Choir.


California Repertory Company

The Drunken City by Adam Bock
Directed by Marya Mazor

November 29-December 8
Matinee on December 8
University Theatre
Tickets: $18/$20/$23

Off on the bar crawl to end all crawls, three twenty-something brides-to-be find their lives going topsy-turvy when one of them begins to question her future after a chance encounter with a recently jilted handsome stranger. The Drunken City is a wildly theatrical take on the mystique of marriage and the ever-shifting nature of love and identity in a city that never sleeps.



MFA Informal Choreography Presentation

December 7 at 6:30 pm
Dance Center Studio 4

New MFA in Dance students will present works created during their first semester of residency at CSULB.