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Join College of the Sequoias Performing Arts for a trip back in time to Merry Olde England!

Featuring performances by our talented

Dance, Instrumental, Theatre, and Vocal ensembles

– as well as special guests from the community –

this one-night-only streaming event is the perfect way

to celebrate the rebirth of our world

after more than a year of great challenges!

ONE-NIGHT-ONLY

Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 7:00 in the Evening

FREE OF CHARGE

REGISTER FOR A LINK TO THE PERFORMANCE BY VISITING HERE!

The Bright Lights of Broadway, an outdoor cabaret, is being presented by the Visalia Players at the Ice House Theatre. Based on the requirements of Tulare County Health Officials, mask wearing and social distancing are required. Masks will be worn by all participants and audience members. The only exception will be the cast while performing their musical numbers. Audience members, who bring their own chair, will receive a $2 voucher that can be used for snacks and drinks. Evening performances are at 7:30 p.m. 4/30, 5/1, 5/7 and 5/8; matinees are at 2:00 p.m.5/2 and 5/9.

Enchanted Playhouse in Visalia
We are back!! Introducing The Reluctant Dragon!
Sponsored by Visalia Breakfat Rotary
June 10-11, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.
June 12, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.
Performing at Grace Lutheran Church/Grace Christian School Field
Tickets $5.00
To follow state guidelines all seats will be assigned and all tickets must be pre-sold.
To reserve tickets please call 972-7027



Newest University Theatre production tackles gender norms.

Fresno State University Theatre is pleased to announce the fifth virtual production of
our 2020 -2021 mainstage season, “The Agony of Ecstasy” written by Sabina Berman, translated by Adam Versenyí,
and directed by Gina Sandí-Díaz. The production, which was filmed in the Dennis and Cheryl Woods Theatre, will
stream online May 7-15, 2021.
“The Agony of Ecstasy” is a compilation of four short plays exploring the performative aspects of gender norms and
the power struggle at the heart of human relationships. “The Moustache” introduces us to a couple who struggles to
accept their true selves and has resorted to using a fake mustache to ‘perform’ gender in public; “The Love
Nest” explores the toxic patriarchal construct of femininity in the triad of “virgin,” “mother,” and “whore”; “The
Pistol” is about a married couple that fights over the control of a pistol the husband brought home for protection. Or
is there an ulterior motive? Finally, in “Teeth”, a sadistic dentist and his nurse terrorize the mouth of a client
although, she could just be hallucinating it all. We shall see. This production delivers punch after punch, in a
rollercoaster of emotion and passion.
“Many factors are at play when we select the shows that become our season and this year was particularly difficult
due to the pandemic,” says Sandí-Díaz. “We had to work with significant restrictions and so, I was searching for a
versatile piece and I wanted something the students could relate to. For multiple reasons, this piece was the right fit.
I was excited to break it apart with the students because there are so many layers of meaning in the relationships
Berman crafted in these stories. We had intense conversations about the subtle and not-so-subtle violence that
patriarchal gender norms impose on people. These conversations are not only intellectually rewarding, but they
develop empathy, connectivity, and compassion, something we all needed and appreciated.”
The production was rehearsed and filmed following strict Federal, State, and University protocols to ensure a safe,
clean, and socially-distant production environment.
The cast includes Diego Barba, Cecilia Cantu, Cynthia Carranza, Joshua Clark, Alexis Gonzales, Krishan Joshi, Emily
King, Juanita Mendez, and Andrew Trevino.
May 7-8 and May 11-15 performances stream at 7:30 p.m. PST and May 9 performance streams at 2:00p.m. PST
A talk back with translator, Adam Versenyí will take place at 3:30pm on Sunday, May 9th. Audience members can
register for the talkback by visiting bit.ly/AgonyTalkBack
General Admission streaming access is $15 General Admission and $10 for students.
For more information, contact the box office at 559.278.7512 or universitytheatre@csufresno.edu.

The Agony of Ecstasy
FACT SHEET
WHAT:
The Agony of Ecstasy: Four One-Act Plays on Gender
Written by Sabina Berman
Translated by Adam Versenyí
Directed by Gina Sandí-Díaz
Approx. Run Time: 60 minutes
WHEN:
May 7 – 8 and May 11 – 15, 2021 @ 7:30pm
May 9, 2021 @ 2:00 p.m.
Talkback with translator Adam Versenyí, May 9th at 3:30pm.
Registration: bit.ly/AgonyTalkback
WHERE:
Streaming online via ShowTix4U. Tickets and stream access available at
fresnostate.edu/theatrearts
TICKETS:
$15 – General Admission
$10 – Students
Tickets are only available for purchase via our website and with a credit card. All major
credit cards accepted.
Available for purchase at: www.fresnostate.edu/theatrearts

Student-run company doubles down on original student works.

The Experimental Theatre Company (ETC) is pleased to present “Shelter-in-Plays: Part Two”, the second installment of original virtual plays. “Shelter-in-Plays: Part Two” is entirely, written, directed, produced, and performed by Fresno State students and will premiere on Friday, April 16, 2021 on the official University Theatre YouTube channel.

After the success of the first “Shelter-in-Plays” installment, The Experimental Theatre Company decided to produce a second installment in the series. The productions were developed, rehearsed, and produced entirely over Zoom. No face-to-face meetings were ever held while these productions were in development.

“We had such great success with the first installment of ‘Shelter-in-Plays’ that we decided to make it a two-part series,” says ETC Chair Dylan Murphy. “We love being able to give Fresno State students an opportunity to have their original work developed and produced through our student-run theatre company. We are so excited to share with you all of their hard work.”

The original virtual plays include “Love Letters from Someone Who’s Not in Love” written by Emily King and directed by Alexis Gonzalez, “Marital Madness” written and directed by Santiago Batista, “Así es la Vida” written and directed by JJ Valentin, and “The Interview” written and directed by Arashnoor Gill.

“Shelter-in-Plays: Part Two” will stream FREE on the University Theatre YouTube Channel beginning with the premiere on Friday, April 16, 2021 at 7:30pm and continuing indefinitely. A special pre-premiere Facebook Live will also be held on April 16th at 7:00pm on the University Theatre Facebook page. The Facebook Live will include the writers and directors of the original virtual plays.

For more information, contact the box office at 559.278.7512 or universitytheatre@csufresno.edu.

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“Love Letters from Someone Who’s Not in Love”:
“Love Letters from Someone Who’s Not in Love” is a poem compilation from four different perspectives on the central theme: love. Each poem, or letter, are odes to all facets of love—-unrequited love, former love, love for life, and love for the self.

“Marital Madness”: Two couples struggle with a wild love affair. Love and lies consume one another as each of these people try to seek their true desires

“Así es la Vida”: Life is full of obstacles. For Estella, her individuality and womanhood are eager to see the light. We follow her journey as she learns beyond the phrase, “Así es la Vida”.

“The Interview”: After having gone through a rough year in the pandemic and finding no success on the job front, Brian prepares to go in for one more job interview. Brian is stunned when the interviewers inform him that they have received a transcript of his internet history from the beginning of the pandemic to his interview date. The interviewers allege that the transcripts are just to “cross reference Brian’s answers,” but the interview takes an unexpected turn as the interviewers uncover more details and searches from Brian’s history.


We’re ba-ack! Good Company Players is ready to raise the curtain — and the rafters – once again!

For the safety of our guests and performers, we are going to start small with “In The Meantime”; cabaret nights to complement Chef Eric’s delicious meals at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater. “In the Meantime” mini-concerts will feature one or two of GCP’s top performers each evening April 23rd through May 16th.

Dinner will be served first, along with a video of highlights of GCP’s past. Then the audience will mask up and, for the first time in over a year, be entertained by some of their favorite GCP vocalists!

Tickets can be purchased here!

Nunsense — It’s what we’ve been praying for!

Disaster strikes rather hilariously at a small convent in Hoboken where the cook has accidentally poisoned most of the parish. All but 5 sisters remain and with the health inspection board on their way, the sisters devise a plan to pay for the burial… by putting on musical variety show! Nunsense is light-hearted with a charming score and an opportunity for GCP’s brilliant cast to to deliver a knock-out! Featuring Biz Fiester, Camille Gaston, Janet Glaude, Emily Pessano, and Dorie Sanders.

Rated PG. Call 559-266-9494 for tickets.
Please be advised that due to the changes in tiers and capacity allowed, our floor plan is currently in flux, but we will take your name and date requested and call you back as soon as we are able to determine the nuber of seats available at your requested performance.

Good Company Players’ Theatre Thrift and Artists’ Bazaar Returns!
Just in time for Mother’s Day! Pay a visit to Good Company Players’ 2nd Space Theatre on Saturday May 1st and Sunday May 2nd from 11 am to 6 pm at GCP’s 2nd Space Theatre at 928 E. Olive. Find all kinds of vintage and lightly used contemporary clothing, jewelry, shoes, accessories as well as vinyl records, books, music, furniture and home goods in addition to handmade crafts.

Keep your eyes peeled for Good Company Players’ 2021 offering of Spring & Summer Classes for Young People and Adults…

We are preparing a plan for safely offering in-person classes for the community and hope to have all the details ready in the next few weeks. If you wish to receive emails regarding classes and auditions for GCP, sign up at gcplayers.com or call our business office at 559-266-0211.

Good Company Players season at Roger Rocka’s:
5/20 – 7/11 Nunsense – Divinely funny!
7/15 – 9/12 Daddy Long Legs – Brand new, heartwarming and romantic.
9/16 – 11/7 Addams Family – Monstrously entertaining!
11/11 – 1/9/22 Elf – An over-sized holiday hit!

Good Company Players at 2nd Space:
Love Letters June 6 – June 13, 2021
This Random World June 18 – August 8, 2021
Barefoot in the Park August 13 – October 10, 2021
Holly Jolly Holidays November 5 – December 19, 2021

You may reserve by calling our Box Office at (559) 266-9494. It’s currently open Tuesday through Thursday from Noon to 5, Friday and Saturday from Noon to 6:30, and Sunday from 10 to Noon. You can purchase tickets on their website here.

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