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Announcing our Exciting 2015-16 Season

A Streetcar Named Desire By Tennessee Williams

Directed by Stephen SchmitzStreetcar Named Desire poster

October 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10 at 7:30 pm

October 3 & 10 at 2:00 pm

One of the most celebrated plays of the 20th Century, A Streetcar Named Desire captured both the New York Critic’s Circle Award for Best New Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama following its debut in 1947, and solidified Tennessee Williams’ place as one of the Great American Playwrights. 

When Blanche DuBois, a wistful Southern belle with a checkered past, comes to stay with her sister and brother-in-law in a working-class neighborhood of New Orleans, tensions quickly escalate. As Blanche’s fantasy-driven world begins to crumble, Williams gives an unflinching look at a post-World War II America struggling with it’s own changing identity. 

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On The Verge  By Eric Overmyer

Directed by Beth DugganOn the Verge poster

November 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21 at 7:30 pm

November 14 & 21 at 2:00 pm

At the close of the 19th century, three Victorian lady travelers embark on an optimistic and absurd adventure of exploration into unknown territories. Alone, without men to accompany them, and armed with their wits, long skirts, pith helmets, and parasols, Mary, Fanny, and Alex soon discover that the topography they are surveying is not only geographic but chronologic—they are traveling though time as well as space. Finding themselves in the mid-20th century, each must decide for herself if she wishes to go back, stay, or move further onward. 

Eric Overmyer’s comedy On The Verge is itself a fantastical exploration: of customs and manners, of language and its strange evolution, of colonialism and idealism, and the limits of the imagination, if any really exist.

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Martians 

Directed by Jerry HagerMartians poster

December 4 & 5 at 7:30 pm

December 5 at 2:00 pm

“Ladies and gentlemen...this is incredible! An army from Mars has just landed on Earth!”

Orson Welles’ 1938 Halloween-night radio broadcast adaptation of H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds infamously sparked widespread public panic when listeners mistook the dramatic performance for actual news reports of an imminent alien invasion. Travel with us back in time as we offer a peek behind the scenes of the radio shenanigans at at the CBS Mercury Theatre, as a few talented actors pull off the greatest radio prank in history! 

Full of excitement, suspense, and imaginations running wild,

Martians! takes you on an out-of-this-world adventure!

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Inside The Actor’s Process: Discovery

Directed by Jerry HagerInside the Actor's Process poster

February 5 & 6 at 7:30 pm

February 6 at 2:00 pm

Marcel Proust said, “The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”

With each new play, and each new performance, an actor must discover their character by continually looking to the text with a fresh perspective. Each reading and re-reading of the script has the potential to unlock new discoveries and new ways of bringing the story to life for an audience.

This year, our popular high-school touring show focuses on poetic dialogue, soliloquies, and scenes to transport you Inside the Actor’s Process: Discovery.

Lucky Stiff Book & Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens

Music by Stephen FlahertyLucky Stiff poster

Directed by Geno Carr

March 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19 at 7:30 pm

March 12 & 19 at 2:00 pm

Unassuming English shoe salesman Harry Witherspoon is forced to take the embalmed body of his recently-murdered uncle on a vacation to Monte Carlo if he hopes to inherit six million dollars. If he is unable to pass off his uncle as alive, all of the money goes to the Universal Dog Home of Brooklyn!

Written by Tony Award winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Rocky, Seussical, Ragtime), Lucky Stiff is a zany, offbeat, hilarious murder mystery farce with a tuneful score, a well-oiled plot, diamond thieves and budding romance.

Oh, and did we mention there’s a corpse in a wheelchair?

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The Odd Couple By Neil Simon

Directed by Jeannette Thomas The Odd Couple poster

May 5, 6, 7, 12, 13,14 at 7:30 pm

May 7 & 14 at 2:00 pm

What do you get when you put an uptight neat freak in the same apartment with a slovenly slob? A recipe for laughter!

Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play, as well as being a successful movie and television series, The Odd Couple finds neurotic Felix being thrown out by his wife and moving in with his divorced friend, Oscar. Hilartiy ensues when Oscar’s untidy, yet happy life of excessive gambling, smoking, and drinking collides with Felix’s need to obsessively clean and criticize others.

Join us for Neil Simon’s classic comedy of mismatched roomies and discover that opposites sometimes do attract…riotous laughter!

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 SPECIAL EVENTS

Special Event performances are sold separately and they are not included as part of the Season Package pricing.  All Special Event ticket(s) are considered a donation to our Summer 2015 Conservatory.

Invisible

Written & Directed by Jerry HagerInvisible poster

September 4 & 5 at 7:30 pm  --  Room 220

$20.00 General Admission

$10.00 GCCCD Students

This one-man show, written and performed by Grossmont Theatre Arts faculty member Jerry Hager, is inspired by one man’s journey into a homeless community.  Invisible examines homelessness beyond what we see; asking the audience to suspend stereotypes and preconceived ideas.  A tribute to life and the spirit of human compassion.

Loves Me...Loves Me Not

April 1 & 2 at 7:30 pm  --  Room 220Love Me...Loves Me Not poster

$20.00 General Admission

$10.00 GCCCD Students

Love’s many facets are the subject of this special, comedic staged-reading fundraiser performed by Grossmont College Theatre Department Faculty, Staff, and special guests.

Two nights only! Bring a date and come laugh at love passionate, love spurned, love new, love old, love confused, and love met.   Some adult themes. Not appropriate for those under the age of 18.

 

Summer 2016 Conservatory

Around The World In 80 Days - July 2016Around the World in 80 Days poster

 The Grossmont College Summer Theatre Arts Conservatory program brings high school and college-age students together to perform family-friendly summer theatre in the Stagehouse Theatre. Student performers and technicians learn what it is like to work in a professional theatre by committing to daytime classes that teach specialized skills, as well as evening rehearsals and two weeks of performances.

Join us July 2016 for Around the World in 80 Days, that timeless tale of amazing adventure as Phileas Fogg attempts to circumnavigate the globe in less than 80 days in order to win a sizeable wager.

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Box Office Phone: (619)644-7234 (24-hour message). All reservations must be pre-paid prior to the performance you wish to attend. Theatre Arts Box Office, Building 22A/Room 200 A-1, at Grossmont College, near parking lot #1, next to Aztec mural. Box Office opens 2 weeks prior to every production. Hours: Monday - Thursday, 10am - 2pm and 1 hour prior to all performances.

Governing Board Members: Greg Barr, Bill Garrett, Edwin Hiel, Debbie Justeson, Mary Kay Rosinski
Student Members: Rafael Navarrete, Evan Esparza
Chancellor: Cindy L. Miles, Ph.D.
Grossmont College President: Nabil Abu-Ghazaleh, Ed.D.

Last Updated: 07/28/2015
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