What do you get when you put two characters in a room? Dysfunction. That is, according to three one-act plays produced by students from the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance at California State University, Dominguez Hills. The short comedic works, which look at dysfunctional relationships in modern society, will be performed in the Edison Theatre, located in the University Theatre Complex, on April 18, 19 and 20 at 8 p.m., and April 21 at 2 p.m.
Anton Chekhov’s 1899 work “A Tragedian in Spite of Himself” is co-directed by Ruben Morales, a junior double majoring in theatre and psychology, and senior theatre arts major Stephen Farbman. In the timeless play, a Russian man visits a close friend, in a desperate attempt to obtain his help. What ensues is a darkly comedic decent into madness.
Senior theatre major Paola Carbajal directs “Chocolate Cake,” a feminist play by contemporary American writer, actress and director Mary Gallagher, that reveals the story of Delia and Anne Marie, who meet during a conference in 1983 and share secrets that they had both been too ashamed to reveal. The play is an emotional rollercoaster, and makes us wonder whether a nice slice of chocolate cake will help both women to stay sane.
The production of “I Bring You Flowers,” a 1973 play written by American poet and playwright William Lang, is directed by CSU Dominguez Hills alumnus and graduate student Rahmon Ford (Class of ’09, B.A., theatre arts). It is the story of a young couple trying to overcome a personal loss that had a serious impact on them. Their journey of recovery faces both obstacles and discoveries, and they learn that the fine line between reality and illusion is not clearly drawn.
Tickets are $15 for general admission and $12 for students and senior citizens. Group rates are available. For more ticket information and to purchase tickets online, visit www.csudh.edu/theatre/tickets.htm. For other payment options, call the box office at (310) 243-3589.
The University Theatre is located off Toro Center Drive/Tamcliff Street on the campus of CSU Dominguez Hills, 1000 E. Victoria St. in Carson. Visitor parking permits are $4 and can be purchased at kiosk machines located in each lot. For a campus map, visit www.csudh.edu/VisitUs/campusmap.shtml.
For more information about the student one-acts or the CSU Dominguez Hills Theatre and Dance program, contact the theatre office at (310) 243-3588 or visit http://cah.csudh.edu.