Opening this Weekend: Carmen Jones, Comedy of Errors, Sins of Sor Juana.

Opening May 2 – 4, 2019 in the Fresno area:

Carmen Jones

CJ_FINAL.pngThis University Theatre production at Fresno State is based on Meilhac & Halevy’s adaption of Prosper Merimee’s “Carmen”, written by Oscar Hammerstein II, music by Georges Bizet. This Fresno premiere is directed by Thomas-Whit Ellis and runs May 3 – 11, 2019 in the John Wright Theatre in the Speech Arts building on the campus of Fresno State.

The Fresno State production features an all African-American cast. It will also, for the first time, be presented with an entirely new, original concept. Director Thomas-Whit Ellis has updated the setting of the story from a 1940s parachute factory, to a 1970s fictionalized version of an historically black college.

“The major thing with this production, which hasn’t been done before, is it’s taking place on a black college campus during the early 70’s,” says Professor Ellis. “This lends itself to black college life; step shows, black nationalism, etc. We also see a schism between the black fraternity/sorority community and the non-college educated workers who render support services to those students. It’s a basic visual backdrop to the storyline.”

University Theatre Information   and   Tickets Online

May 3 – 4 & 7 – 11, 2019 @ 7:30 p.m.
May 5 @ 2:00 p.m.

The Comedy of Errors

coeThe Woodward Shakespeare Festival enters its 15th season of FREE Shakespeare in the Park with one of the Bard’s earliest comedies, THE COMEDY OF ERRORS. Laughter will ring out under the stars as Shakespeare’s hilarious tale of mistaken identity takes the outdoor stage. A young man and his servant arrive in town unaware that each of them has a separated at birth identical twin already there. This can’t end well—or maybe it can, but not before the unexpected double vision leads to furious wives, scandalized family members and general mayhem.

THE COMEDY OF ERRORS is directed by Ellicia Elliott, making her California directorial debut.

May 2-18, Thursday, Friday, Saturday evenings 8:00 PM.

Woodward Park at 7775 N. Friant, Fresno.  Enter via Friant Entrance.


The Sins of Sor Juana

sor juana

Near/Far Theatre presents The Sins of Sor Juana, a play by contemporary playwright
Karen Zacarías exploring the poetry and passions of Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz–one of Latin America’s most iconic literary icons–set to the backdrop of the world she lived in, the Church and Court of 17th century colonial Mexico.

With Original Music by Fresno composer EJ Hinojosa
Direction/Design team: Julia Reimer, Kiki Reza, Broderic Beard, Shannon Brewington, Joseph Medina

May 3-4, 10-11 (Fridays/Saturdays) at 8 pm
May 5 and 12 (Sundays) at 7:30 pm

Presented at The Hall, at *Willow Avenue Mennonite Church
2529 Willow, Clovis, CA 93612

$15 General, $12 Students with ID
Cash only at the door.   Online via Brown Paper Tickets.

Also running this weekend:

9 to 5 at Reedley’s River City  Theatre

Brighton Beach Memoirs at Good Company Players’ 2nd Space Theatre

Three Musketeers at College of the Sequoias in Visalia.

Little Women at Playhouse Merced

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