From twerking, Trump and penises to the gender swapped roles, Lysistrata, the musical of the season at SF State, stepped forward to make a statement on stage.
Based on an ancient story based around a myth, this musical told the story with a modern twist on
The Laramie Project, a production at SF State by the theater department, was supposed to open on Thursday, Oct. 12. However, like the rest of campus due to the fires, the play was shut down and opened the following week instead.
The cast, consisting of
One year after the world commemorated the onset of World War I with candlelight vigils, SF State's theatre department will put on their second main stage production of the year, a '20s-themed rendition of "Much Ado About Nothing," at the Little Theatre Thursday, Nov. 19.
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The familiar sound of popcorn kernels firing away in the microwave signals the beginning of movie night at the home of SF State theatre majors Lauren "Lo" Prentiss and Rosie Anderson. While the two share giggles from the comfort of their living room on weekend
Absinthe Green, a dramatic production teeming with mystery, obsession and gunplay, will open the Fringe Goes Long series Sept. 25.
Fringe Goes Long, SF State's annual series of full-length, one-act plays, features student compositions. Fringe is an instructional program that began in 1994 and grants student writers the opportunity to
The illustrious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art opened its doors to 11 students from the U.S. and one from Canada. Through the Performing Arts Abroad program, SF State theatre majors Allison Doody and Danielle Schreiner were selected to participate in RADA’s comprehensive dramatic arts seminar
Before being diagnosed with the painful musculoskeletal condition Fibromyalgia halfway through his sophomore year of college, 24-year-old Nathan Barone associated being a man with his ability to play sports.
"It forced me to surrender and understand I won't be able to do the things that were part of
The sounds of accusatory shouts and heavy fist-pounding punctured the silent hillside neighborhood of Rockridge in Oakland as several sets of footsteps darted across the wooden floors of the cream colored cottage at the end of Pedestrian Way.
Amongst the domestic upheaval, SF State creative writing major Adam Ambriz stood in the corner peering over his laptop,
Donned in gruesome face masks, members of SF State's dance company's writhed about the stage in a nightmarish dance of demons inspired from ancient Japanese folklore.
The company's upcoming dance piece, "Kijo," is just one of the many multicultural works featured in this year's University Dance Theater concert "Return and Renew."
The annual spring concert
Dressed in immaculately curled wigs and dramatic 17th Century garb, the characters of French classic play "Learned Ladies" pit love and knowledge against each other in an over-the-top family feud.
SF State's theater arts department debuted its spin on Moliere's classic satire in the Little Theatre March 5. With a
After months of practice, edits and rewrites, theater students will premiere student-written plays at their annual Fringe Goes Long event.
Beginning three years ago, Fringe Goes Long was created as a program for the theater arts community. Full-length plays are edited throughout the semester and performed in
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While a crowd of eager students stood in the halls awaiting her presence, actress Annette Bening slowly toured the rooms of her alma mater’s theatre department, reminiscing about directors she worked with, the old lights in a dressing room and the very stage on which she last
It’s a tale of two SF State actors; an alumna and student rejoining their craft in their roles as mother and son as they traverse through the beginning of life in the production of “Yeast Nation (the triumph of life).”
Juliana Lustenader, who graduated from the
The second annual College of Liberal and Creative Arts Opening Day gave students a reason to brag about their work Sunday afternoon in a festival full of talent and creativity.
Activities throughout the day included live theatre, art, dance, the Afro-Cuban jazz ensemble, poetry and award-winning
“One Man Show” tells the story of a hopeful playwright’s dream gone wrong -- a story an SF State alumni turned into their debut film with a small budget and a devoted team.
Director Matthew Cassani and Assistant Director Sterling Cook are graduates of the cinema
Blake Cianciarulo never dreamed of working in theater when he was little. His dream began in high school when the drama teacher approached the track team for some help moving a set into the theater for a musical they were rehearsing. But Cianciarulo, now 20
An Oscars-esque awards show is making its way down the red carpet this week in the style of BECAfest 2014. The only difference: the audience will be cheering for fellow SF State students.
BECAfest emulates Hollywood’s awards shows in its annual showcase of broadcast department students
With titles involving knives, spaghetti, girl mathletes and a bus full of memories, SF State’s The Fringe gathers unique plays penned by students and promises a fun close to the run of productions this semester.
The Fringe is an annual spring festival comprised of an eclectic
The setting: San Francisco, 1945. The people: nurses and Navy men. The adaptation: Shakespeare's “Much Ado About Nothing.” The point: forget everything you think you know about opera.
SF State professor Christine Brandes is bringing a unique approach in her musical, "Beatrice and Benedick," based on
Blue lights canvass the stage. The guitar strums. A woman sings slowly. A beat. Another slams poetic rhymes. They jive. They thrive. Off each other’s lines. Their lives. Then silence. Back to reality.
“In Hollow Time” sets all the right tones with its smooth and soulful
[caption id="" align="alignright" width="600"] Members of the University Dance Theatre perform a piece entitled "(re)mission" during the dress rehearsal for "Lifesaving Maneuvers" Wednesday, April 9. Photo by Tony Santos / Xpress[/caption]
Members of the campus community sat in awe of the grace in the dancers’ movements
Ben Ridgway, assistant professor of cinema and animation advisor, works in the Fine Arts Building animation room, Friday, April 4. Photo by Tony Santos / Xpress
A cosmic flower is a pulsating, circling shape of pastel yellows, blues and pinks. A cosmic flower unfolding is
A cinema professor has the chance to take home $10,000 if his documentary is chosen as the winner of the Golden Gate Awards during the 57th San Francisco International Film Festival–but he says money is at the back of his mind right now.
"I am more
Lan Yan filmmakers, Pawara Soh, Jamie Oliveira, Danielle Schmidt, Sany Lu, and Lena Zeng in the seats of the Sundance Kabuki CInema for CAAMFest 2014 Sunday, Mar. 16. Their film Lan Yan will be screening at New People Cinema March 17. Photo by Lorisa
Screenwriter Pamela Gray hit the audience with sobering statistics, ruins of reality and continual cynicism in her discussion on writing and selling the female-centered screenplay. Then she really got to the negative side of the industry.
Gray kept this blunt outlook going, with bits of
View the gritty, sexual atmosphere of the opening dance number and you’ll know this isn’t your average school play; hear the hip-hop and R&B background music and you’ll sense that this is going to be a cool, modern take on a classic; listen to the
Andrew Cathey, director (right), and Zachary Ready, co-director (left), pose behind drying film in the halls of the Fine Arts building Monday, Mar. 10, 2014. Cathey's team, Pocket Pool Productions, has been invited to the Cannes Film Festival for its films "Being a Man"
Screenwriter Sam Hamm during his speech in Coppola Theatre, located in the Fine Arts Building, Thursday, Feb. 20. Hamm is the second of three guest speakers featured in a screenwriting series hosted by Assistant Cinema Professor Julian Hoxter. Photo by Tony Santos / Xpress
It takes a brave man to make jokes about actor Steven Seagal, but considering screenwriter and producer Michael Grais worked closely with him on a film, surely Seagal would let it slide.
Thursday, Feb. 13, Grais faced the future screenwriters of SF State in Coppola Theatre
SF State will get a little taste of Hollywood when screenwriter Michael Grais comes to campus to speak about the profession's evolving presence in the city.
Grais is set to speak from 5:15 - 7:55 p.m. on Feb. 13, at Coppola Theatre. He is the first
[caption id="attachment_54180" align="alignnone" width="799"][media-credit name="Ryan Leibrich" align="alignnone" width="799"][/media-credit]Johnny Symons, assistant professor in the cinema department, sits in front of the computer he uses to edit his film "Out Run" Tuesday, Feb. 4. Symons' film is about LGBTQ candidates' experiences running for office in the Philippines.[/caption]
Cole Stratton, David Owen, and Janet Varney pose with C-3PO at a party at Adam Savage's studio after the performance of Night of the Shorts IV: Riffizens on Patrol at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco Jan. 24, 2014. Photo by Jakub Mosur /
A local alumni theater group, in the early stages of a promising third season, gives post-graduate hope to SF State's theatre majors.
Do It Live! Productions has brought lesser known, “small screen” adaptations of various European plays to its audiences since its establishment at SF State in 2011.
SF State's Brown Bag Theatre class is not held in a paper bag, rather the name of the class is inspired by a 1920s tradition.
"I think it probably even goes back to prohibition days when you used to carry around illicit liquor in a brown
Theater students dressed in 18th century garb and periwigs stood in a hall of the Creative Arts Building as they prepared themselves for their most recent play, "The Stage Mutineers."
The musical comedy had its first showing in the Studio Theatre at SF State Nov. 7