California State University, Dominguez Hills will host a livestreamed production of “Reader’s Theatre,” a faculty-led project that allows students to take the director’s seat. The project will feature three one-act plays by comedic playwright Christopher Durang. The show will run September 29 and 30, and October 1 and 2 at 7 p.m.
Developed by the Theatre Department, “Reader’s Theatre” is a learning project in which student directors are mentored throughout the design and rehearsal process, culminating in a production that brings their vision to life. Selected student directors Matthew Lopez and Kirsty Lynn will explore the collaborative efforts of set design, sound and light design, and character development while guided by faculty mentors Stafani Baez and Brian Stevens.
“I am really looking forward to working with a production team and seeing what it’s like to work with professionals in their fields – like set, costumes, and lighting,” Lynn said. “I want to see their feedback, their ideas, and concepts.”
Lopez is also eager to learn the ins and outs of the entire production process. “As an undergrad, there aren’t many opportunities to direct, so I’m really thankful for this chance to take a swing at it,” he said. “I’m both excited and nervous.”
Faculty mentor Brian Stevens shares the students directors’ enthusiasm. “I don’t think there’s any joy greater than being present for someone’s first experience of discovering their artistic process,” he said. “Bearing witness to Kirsty and Matt’s entry into directing a theatrical piece, and working with them to realize their vision is exciting!”
The show will feature Business Lunch at the Russian Tea Room, For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls, and The Actor’s Nightmare, all one-act comedies by Christopher Durang. Durang is known for his satiric, and often absurd comedy style. These selected one-acts laugh at the idea of making it big in Hollywood, and at the stuffy, high-brow worlds of literature and theatre.
On selecting the material, faculty mentor Stefani Baez said: “Durang reminds us all that it’s okay to laugh at the things that we, as society, often take so seriously. And I think we all could use a laugh right about now.”
Tickets: Livestream tickets are $15 per night. Live audience tickets are $15 per night as conditions allow in response to COVID-19. To reserve a ticket, visit https://www.csudh.edu/theatre-arts/buy-tickets/
Contact: Call the CSUDH Performing Arts Department at (310) 243-3589, or email at PerformingArts@csudh.edu.
Note: The show features adult themes and language and is not advised for children under 12.