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Golden West College Theater Arts Department announces their 2016-2017 Season of Plays and Musicals to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Golden West College

Just announced, the Golden West College Theater Arts department 2016-2017 theater season promises to be one of its most exciting seasons to date. As part of the 50th Anniversary celebration of Golden West College, plans call for the Theater Arts department to produce four productions in its Mainstage Theater and two productions in its smaller Stage West Theater as part of the new Stage West Play Series.

The current Theater Arts department season continues to delight audiences. Remaining productions this season include QUILLS performing March 11-20 (for mature audiences ages 17 and over) and Cameron Mackintosh and Disney’s MARY POPPINS (April 29 – May 7).

Tickets to the 2016-2017 season will go on sale in March. Tickets for all Golden West College Theater Arts department productions are on sale 24-hours a day at www.gwctheater.com or through the box office at 714-895-8150.

The 2016-2017 theater season will offer an excellent lineup of productions featuring a talented and diverse group of authors, performers and designers.

 

Mainstage Theater

 

FROST/NIXON

By Peter Morgan
Directed by Tom Amen
October 7-16, 2016

FROST/NIXON is Peter Morgan’s searing behind-the-scenes look at the post-Watergate television interviews between British talk-show host, David Frost, and former president Richard Nixon. The play not only recreates the dynamic interviews themselves, but the complex and dramatic negotiations that preceded them.

In 1977, Richard Nixon was a pariah in American politics; a disgraced president who remained in seclusion behind the walls of his seaside estate. At the same time, David Frost remained an ambitious, jet-setting playboy who had yet to prove that he was capable of landing a “hard-news” story. But all of this was about to change when Nixon ultimately agreed to sit down with Frost for an extended series of tapings, the likes of which the nation had never seen before. For both Frost and Nixon, the risk was much the same; abject humiliation on national television. Yet both men were willing to roll the dice. For Nixon, the prize was an opportunity to restore his image with the American public, as well as an unprecedented fee of $600,000! For Frost the prize was much more primal: FAME!

Join us for this recreation of the legendary battle of wits between a slick British showman who became an overnight sensation, and an enigmatic master of debate, who remains one of the most controversial public figures in American history.

NOTE: This production contains adult language and situations, and is intended for mature audiences.

 

A PIECE OF MY HEART

By Shirley Lauro
Directed by Martie Ramm
November 11-20, 2016

A Piece of My Heart is a powerful work that explores the music and soul of a tumultuous era in our history. It is the true story of six courageous American women sent to serve in Vietnam in the late 1960’s and their struggle to make sense of a war that irrevocably changed them and the nation that shunned them. So powerful, it has been named “the most enduring play on Vietnam in the nation,” by The Vietnam Vets Association.   A Piece of My Heart was a finalist for The Susan Blackburn Prize and the winner of The Barbara Deming Prize for Women Playwrights and The Kittredge Foundation Award.

NOTE: This production contains adult language and situations, and is intended for mature audiences.

 

2017

 

REQUIEM FOR A HEAVYWEIGHT

By Rod Serling
Directed by Tom Amen
March 10-19, 2017

Rod Serling’s Tony Award winning study of an aging boxer on the ropes comes to life in this stark, powerful, and ultimately heartbreaking drama. Set in the 1950’s in New York City, Requiem for a Heavyweight pulls no punches in exposing the dark underbelly of our great American bloodsport.

Ravaged by years of battle in the ring, Mountain McClintock must now fight to hold onto the only thing he has left: his self-respect. But his predatory manager, Maish Resnick, has other ideas. Deep in hock to loan sharks and unwilling to allow his meal-ticket to walk away after fourteen years and 111 fights, Maish is determined to find another way to exploit Mountain’s unquestioning loyalty and trust. For Maish, it’s simply a matter of paying his debts and saving his own neck. For Mountain the stakes are much higher; it’s a matter of preserving his human dignity and saving his very soul.

Brutal yet tender, seedy yet sensitive, Requiem for a Heavyweight packs one hell of an emotional wallop!

NOTE: This production contains adult language and situations, and is intended for mature audiences.

 

HAIRSPRAY, The Broadway Musical

Directed and Choreographed by Martie Ramm
April 28 – May 7, 2017

Winner of 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Hairspray is a family-friendly musical event piled bouffant high with laughter, romance, and deliriously tuneful songs. It’s 1962 in Baltimore, and Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, has only one desire — to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden teen celebrity and must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network — all without denting her ‘do! You can’t stop the beat in this big and bold musical about one girl’s inspiring dream to dance.

 

 

Stage West Play Series

 

THE SHAPE OF THINGS

By Neil Labute
Directed by Rory Cowan
October 28-30
Stage West Theater

Can we forgive transgressions committed in the name of love? Of art? How far is too far? Neil Labute’s provocative play, The Shape of Things explores the dark undercurrents swarming below the surface of human interaction. What begins as a romantic, idealized ‘boy meets girl’ story ultimately evolves into a chilling exploration of human nature at its most sociopathic and destructive. Invoking the Bible, classical mythology, art theory, literature, and the conventions of dramatized romance, this play functions powerfully on several levels. Labute’s terrain is the battleground of the sexes, where the sincere desire for love conflicts with insecurity, vanity, and the viciousness of self-interest. The play concludes with an emotionally brutal ‘twist’ ending that is… twisted. Join us for what promises to be an unforgettable experience as we present one of the 21st centuries great plays by one of its most celebrated playwrights.

NOTE: This production contains adult language and situations, and is intended for mature audiences.

 

DOG SEES GOD: CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE BLOCKHEAD

By Bert V. Royal
Director to be announced
April 7 -9, 2017
Stage West Theater

Good Grief! When CB’s dog dies from rabies, CB begins to question the existence of an afterlife. His best friend is too burnt out to provide any coherent speculation; his sister has gone goth; his ex-girlfriend has recently been institutionalized; and his other friends are too inebriated to give him any sort of solace. A chance meeting with an artistic kid, the target of this group’s bullying, offers CB peace of mind and sets in motion a friendship that will push teen angst to the very limits. Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead is a haunting, hopeful and shockingly funny play.

NOTE: This production contains adult language and situations, and is intended for mature audiences.

 

For additional information on the Golden West College Theater Arts department and their current season of plays and musicals, visit www.gwctheater.com.