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Experimental Theatre Company does murder mystery

While Halloween may have passed, the theatrical nature of the holiday lives on in “And Then There Were None.” The upcoming Fresno State Experimental Theatre Company’s production takes the celebrated novel by Agatha Christie and transforms it into an immersive ...

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Real representations of depression exposed on stage

The Experimental Theatre Company at Fresno State featured a physical embodiment of depression with it’s production of “4.48 Psychosis” on April 22. The play, written by by English playwright Sarah Kane,  focuses on three characters and their lives. The interpretation ...

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‘Hands Up’ don’t shoot

“7 Playwrights, 7 Testaments” On Sept. 30, Fresno State’s University Theatre had its opening night for the first production of the school year, Hands Up: 7 Playwrights, 7 Testaments. Directed by Professor Thomas-Whit Ellis, Hands Up is a play written ...

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A supernatural tale of forbidden lovers

The University Theatre is presenting a contemporary version of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” opens Friday. Kathleen McKinley, theater arts professor and director selected “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” because its magic and enchantment themes go well with the Halloween season. ...

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‘Cabaret’ brings edge to campus

Fresno State University Theatre will present “Cabaret,” a 12-time Tony Award winning musical, beginning Dec. 5 and running until Dec. 14. Cabaret is an edgy play where its characters hide behind violence, drugs and sexuality to help escape the dangerous ...

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‘The Maids’ play set to debut on Halloween

Fresno State’s newest theater play will debut on Halloween for what director Ruth Griffin calls a “gripping” production of symbolist poet Jean Genet’s “The Maids.” The play is a highly melodramatic and stylized piece, Griffin said. “If I can think ...

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Fresno State play tackles ‘RACE’

“RACE,” originally by playwright David Mamet, comes to the stage at Fresno State under the direction of Thomas Whit-Ellis. Its opening will take place at the Woods Theatre in Speech Arts Building on Oct. 3 at 8 p.m., and the ...

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‘The Velveteen Rabbit’ Comes To Life

  Fresno State’s Experimental Theatre for Young Audiences starts Spring 2014 tour of ‘ The Velveteen Rabbit’ By Royce Dunn Special To The Collegian The classic dream of a stuffed toy rabbit becoming real was brought to life Saturday when ...

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Contemporary Dance Ensemble closes out “Joy! Shout!”

Fresno State dance ensemble finished their last “Joy! Shout!” Through these performances, students get to experience dancing in front of an audience.

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Theatre arts begins season strong with fully-loaded schedule of six performances

The department of theater arts is ready for this fall semester and coming spring semester with its jam-packed line-up of plays.

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‘Brontë’ performance draws a large crowd

Three sisters who lived more than 150 years ago in a remote parsonage in the United Kingdom remain to this day the most prolific siblings in English literature and they endure as an inspiration to countless authors, playwrights and filmmakers.

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Local high school theatre students buzz hair for roles

When an actor has packed on an extra 30 pounds or an actress has shaved her head for a leading role, some may rationalize the action by quoting the amount of money they will be getting for it. But how do we rationalize it for a local high school’s play?

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Fresno State theatre celebrates 100 years of production

Near the corner of McKinley and Wishon Avenues, a small ensemble of Fresno State students gathered for the school’s first ever theatrical production. It was 1912, and the Fresno State Normal School’s Dramatic Club was to perform its first play.

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African-American theatre puts on classic play

Starting this month, Fresno State’s African-American Theatre will perform a play that director Thomas-Whit Ellis said is “one of the most important works underscoring the collective voice of African-American women.”

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University Theatre puts on 2nd show of the season

The curtain goes up on the play, Eastern Standard, on October 29th. Check out what to expect from this romantic comedy.

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Staging the show: Part 1

In the Part 1 of Staging the Show, Fresno State students audition for the musical "Time Again in Oz."

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‘Jenny Sutter’ finds home at Fresno State

“Welcome Home Jenny Sutter will provide a great forum for dealing with the issue and that is what important art is all about,” Director Kathleen McKinley said.

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“Picnic” challenges social norms

“Life will never be the same when a handsome, mysterious stranger jumps off a train and into the lives of a group of women in a small, mid-western town,” according to playwright William Inge’s production of “Picnic.”

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