Dance & Theatre Events

Tickets and information for Theatre Arts Department Events are available over the phone (562-985-2256)
All other College of the Arts performance tickets or information is available at the College of the Arts Ticket Office
(562-985-7000) or through the COTA website www.cota.csulb.edu.

 

CSULB Arts Ticket Office:
Hours are Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm, and one hour prior to ticketed performances. Ticket prices are listed with general public admission costs first, senior/student/alumni/CSULB ID discount costs listed next.

 

Parking:
Parking on campus is available to the general public in all student lots when a $10-day pass is purchased. Day passes are available at the CSULB Parking Office or through the Yellow Kiosks located near the entrances of each parking lot. Patron parking outside of performance venues is available for $10 in attended lots on the afternoon or evening of performances. Additional information is available at www.csulb.edu/maps.

 

Carpenter Center Arts For Life Series

Shakespeare Aloud

Saturday, February 22 at 1pm – Much Ado About Nothing (2nd Half)
Saturday, March 7 at 1pm – Othello (1st Half)
Saturday, March 21 at 1pm – Othello (2nd Half)
Saturday, April 4 at 1pm – Pericles (1st Half)
Saturday, April 18 at 1pm – Pericles (2nd Half)
Saturday, May 2 at 1pm – Richard II (1st Half)
Saturday, May 16 at 1pm – Richard II (2nd Half)
Saturday, June 6 at 1pm – Richard III (1st Half)
Saturday, June 20 at 1pm – Richard III (2nd Half)
Los Altos Neighborhood Library (5614 E. Britton Drive, Long Beach 90815)

On designated Saturdays each month, Shakespeare Aloud hosts a FREE reading of one of Shakespeare’s plays. Community members are warmly invited to participate as readers (no experience or audition required) or as audience members. Readings begin at 1:00pm. Character names will be available; whoever wants to read out loud can choose a character. Anyone who wants to read along silently is also welcome. There will be one break halfway through each reading. During the break, readers at the table can give up their seats to anyone who would like a turn reading out loud. Some copies of the play will be provided, but readers are invited to bring their own.
Everyone is welcome! All voice, all dialects. Shakespeare Aloud is intended to be a fun exploration of Shakespeare, so bring your sense of humor!

 

California Repertory Company

In the Blood
By Suzan-Lori Parks, Directed by Desean K. Terry

February 13-March 1
Player’s Theatre        
Tickets: $23/$18/$20

In this modern day riff on The Scarlet Letter, Hester La Negrita, a homeless mother of five, lives with her kids on the tough streets of the inner city. Her eldest child is teaching her how to read and write, but the letter "A" is, so far, the only letter she knows. Her five kids are named Jabber, Bully, Trouble, Beauty, and Baby, and the characters are played by adult actors who double as five other people in Hester's life: her ex-boyfriend, her social worker, her doctor, her best friend and her minister. While Hester's kids fill her life with joy—lovingly comical moments amid the harsh world of poverty—the adults with whom she comes into contact only hold her back. Nothing can stop the play's tragic end.

 

CSULB Dance

The MFA Thesis Concert: The Quaking Place
Site Specific Work by Erin Reynolds

Friday, February 28 at 7:30pm at 4th Friday on 4th Street
Sunday, March 15 at 11:30am at Farmers Marketplace of Long Beach
Thursday, March 19 at 7:30pm at Steelcraft Long Beach

All performances are free.

 

California Repertory Company

Blood at the Root
by Dominique Morisseau, Directed by Bruce A. Lemon, Jr.

March 5-14
University Theatre     
Tickets: $23/$18/$20

A striking new ensemble drama based on The Jena Six; a group of Black high school students who were charged with attempted murder for a school fight after being provoked with nooses hanging from a tree on campus. This bold new play examines the miscarriage of justice, racial double standards, and the crises in relations between men and women of all classes and, as a result, the shattering state of Black family life.

 

CSULB Dance

The ACDA Baja Gala Concert

Saturday, March 7 at 6pm
Carpenter Performing Arts Center    
Tickets: $20

CSULB Dance hosts this year’s American College Dance Association Baja Region conference this year, and this concert serves as the public, culminating event where up to twelve dances selected from the nearly 50 presented during the conference by students from college dance programs throughout the region will be selected for inclusion by a panel of professional dance adjudicators.

 

California Repertory Company

The Wolves
by Sarah DeLappe, Directed by Jessica Hanna

March 19-27
Studio Theatre           
Tickets: $23/$18/$20

Left quad. Right quad. Lunge. A high school girls soccer team warms up. From the safety of their suburban stretch circle, the team navigates big questions and wages tiny battles with all the vim and vigor of a pack of adolescent warriors. A portrait of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for nine American girls who just want to score some goals.

 

Carpenter Center Arts For Life Series

Versa-Style Dance Company

Friday, March 20 at 7pm     
Carpenter Performing Arts Center    
Free Admission

This highly energetic ensemble fuses dance styles that have cultural significance to local communities. Dances include Hip-Hop, Popping, Locking, Whacking, and Boogaloo as well as Afro-Latin styles such as Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, and Afro-Cuban.

 

CSULB Dance

The MFA Thesis Concert

Friday, March 27 at 8pm, and Saturday, March 28 at 2&8pm
Martha Knoebel Dance Theater        
Tickets: $22/$16

The Department of Dance presents original dance works choreographed by Queala Clancy, faculty member Keith Johnson and guest Shyamala Moorty.

 

Drum Tao 2020

Saturday, April 18 at 8pm   
Carpenter Performing Arts Center    
Ticket Prices Vary

Internationally acclaimed percussion artists TAO bring a modern, dynamic performance showcasing the ancient art of Japanese drumming. Combining highly physical taiko drumming with contemporary costumes, precise choreography and innovative visuals, the performers of this all-new production deliver an unforgettable, pulsating production that has audiences and critics raving about their “extraordinary talent.” (Chicago Tribune)

 

Sunday Afternoon Concert Series, Carpenter Center Arts For Life Free Lecture Series

Cultura – Celebration of Mexican Folklore

Thursday, April 23 at 7pm  
Carpenter Performing Arts Center    
Free Admission

Dr. Antonia Garcia-Orozco will provide context to the Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles with Villalobos Brothers and Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles with Jarabe Mexicano performances.

 

CSULB Dance

The Contemporary Concert

Wednesday-Friday, April 22-24 at 8pm
Saturday, April 25 at 2&8pm
Martha Knoebel Dance Theater         
Tickets: $22/$16        

Undergraduate dance majors in Dance present original choreography.

 

California Repertory Company

Zoot Suit  
by Luis Valdez, Directed by Jonathan Muñoz Proulx

April 30-May 10
Studio Theatre         
Tickets: $23/$18/$20

This critically acclaimed play by Luis Valdez, the first by a Mexican American to be produced on Broadway, cracks open the depiction of Chicanos on stage, challenging viewers to revisit a troubled moment in our nation's history. From the moment the myth-infused character El Pachuco burst onto the stage, cutting his way through the drop curtain with a switchblade, Luis Valdez spurred a revolution in Chicano theater.

 

CSULB Dance

Senior Dance Colloquium

Tuesday, May 5 at 6pm
Martha Knoebel Dance Theater        
Free Admission (limited seating – first come/first served)

Graduating BFA dance majors speak about their Senior Seminar Projects that took place throughout the Long Beach community during Spring 2019 and reflect upon their artistic education at CSULB.  For more information, contact Rebecca Lemme at Rebecca.Lemme@csulb.edu.

 

CSULB Dance

MFA First Year Spring Showing

Friday, May 8 at 4pm
CSULB Dance Center
Free Admission (limited seating – first come/first served)

 

Carpenter Center Dance Series

Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles with Jarabe Mexicano

Saturday, May 16 at 8pm    
Carpenter Performing Arts Center    
Ticket Prices Vary

Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles, the nation’s premier Mexican folk dance company, bring their graceful choreography and colorful, elaborate costumes to Carpenter Center. Sharing the stage is Jarabe Mexicano, whose dramatic, harmonized vocals have gained them acclaim across the country. A joyride through the songbook of Mexican Folk, Rock & Roll, and Tex-Mex, including a special performance to “Remember Me” from Disney’s Coco, the two Southern California break-out ensembles join together for a joyous, one-of-a-kind performance.