‘Romeo and Juliet’ Meets Puerto Rican Black Magic in ‘The Promise’ Staged By Theatre Department

The California State University, Dominguez Hills Department of Theatre and Dance presents its final theatrical production of the 2016-17 season, “The Promise,” directed by CSUDH alumnus and theatre arts faculty member Shonni Holmes. Performances are April 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 21 and 22 at 8pm, and April 9 and 23 at 2pm. in the intimate 70-seat Edison Studio Theatre on campus.

“The Promise” is a magical realist play written by award-winning Puerto Rican playwright José Rivera. It has been called “poetic in concept and symbolism,” (New York Post) “a modern-day tale of love, death – and love beyond it,” (LA Times) and an exotic, lush weave of the surreal and the real.” (LA Herald Examiner)

What:“The Promise”

When: April 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 21 and 22 at 8pm, and April 9 and 23 at 2pm.

Where: Edison Studio Theatre, California State University, Dominguez Hills, 1000 E. Victoria St., Carson, CA 90747

Tickets: $15 for general admission, and $10 for students and senior citizens. www.csudh.edu/theatre/tickets

In a Puerto Rican enclave in the United States, over-protective and superstitious Guzman finds out that his daughter has fallen in love with his rival’s son and he formulates a treacherous scheme using black magic traditions from Puerto Rico to keep the young lovers apart. However, he quickly learns that his manipulation has led to consequences he never imagined.

The Promise Poster“It’s a modern, magical show that presents the themes of family, love and death in an almost Shakespearean way — but with Puerto Rican twist,” Holmes says.

While “The Promise” hints at Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” and its star-crossed lovers, family rivalries, and father-daughter relationships, Rivera also uses the play to make a statement about the loss of Puerto Rican culture to American influence. In a Los Angeles Times interview published in 1988, when “The Promise” was first staged in Southern California, Rivera says of the play, “[T]o me, the important thing is that a very valuable and very beautiful culture is slowly being overcome by an alien culture. And that’s a great pity.”

“The Promise” contain some adult language and situations, and is intended for a mature audience.

Performances will be held in the Edison Studio Theatre April 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 21 and 22 at 8 p.m., and April 9 and 23 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for general admission, and $10 for students and senior citizens.  Group rates are available.

For more information and to purchase tickets online visit www.csudh.edu/theatre/tickets or for other payment options, call the box office at (310) 243-3589.

Parking is located near the CSU Dominguez Hills University Theatre Complex in Lot 3. Daily visitor parking permits are $6 and can be purchased, using cash, Visa, MasterCard, or debit cards, at kiosk machines located in each lot.

The university is located at 1000 E. Victoria St., Carson, CA. For a campus map, visit: http://www.csudh.edu/visitus.

For more information about the CSU Dominguez Hills Theatre and Dance program, contact the theatre office at (310) 243-3588 or visit: http://cah.csudh.edu/theatre.