theater

“Hair” brings in sold out crowd opening night

May 2, 2018 Life

Tie-dye and vintage costumes graced the hallways of the Creative Arts building in honor of “Hair: The American Tribal Love Rock Music,” an SF State musical production directed by Laura Wayth. Opening night drew in a sold-out crowd and non-stop cheering from the audience after each musical number. Tyler Brilla, a communicative disorder major, described ...

Student costume designer prepares for production

April 18, 2018 Life

Fabric is plastered all over the walls of Room 122 in the Creative Arts building, alive and vibrant. Rachel Herscher is seen scurrying around the room, picking up clothes and accessories from fabric tables and dressing up the actors in potential costumes for this year’s theater production of “Hair.” Herscher is a fourth year SF State ...

The Fringe: short stories written and directed by students

March 9, 2018 Life

The anticipation inside Room 104 of the creative arts building was at an all-time high. Actors in costumes and directos all scurry around the room putting final touches to their plays. As he calmly sits in his chair in the front row of the theater and observes his actors practicing his short play, Refugio Garcia, ...

Eye popping play premiers

December 13, 2017 Life

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 a rendition written for the modern audience. The musical ...

Laramie: the show went on

October 25, 2017 Life

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 around 60 people, had been working on the play since ...

Annual Greenhouse Theatre Festival brings scripts to life

April 19, 2016 Life

An awakened puppet, a lovable narcissist, a crippled coal miner and online lovers – these are just a few characters that will soon jump from page to stage at the annual Greenhouse Theatre Festival. Plays that “bend form and perception” will be read at Z Space and the Poetry Center as collaboration between the creative ...

Student talent takes center stage in ‘The Fringe’

April 5, 2016 Life

Over the course of the past year, theatre arts major Jennifer Marte has been up late laboriously writing about rape, relationships, mental health and self-worth to prepare for her short play “Comm 150.” The show premiered Tuesday, April 5, at 7 p.m. in Room 104 of the Creative Arts Building. “Comm 150” is centered around ...

Chekhov’s ‘Seagull’ takes flight at SF State’s Little Theatre

March 4, 2016 Life

“10 minutes to curtain!” the stage manager enthusiastically shouts into a backstage dressing room where an array of theatre students hurriedly rush to apply their make-up and rehearse lines before the show begins. “Thank you 10!” the student actors reply, and immediately there is a noticeable energy shift across the room. “The Seagull,” a play by Anton Chekhov, ...

Comedic play brings humor to Day of the Dead celebrations

November 5, 2013 Life

“The Still Life Cabaret,” a comedic play coupled with song and dance, highlights the significance of Día de los Muertos. Written and directed by SF State professor Carlos Baron, the play focuses on a group of children who have passed away and return to their homes on the day of the dead to catch a ...

Back to school shows to see in August and September

August 26, 2013 Life

Summer is coming to an end and it’s about that time to jump out of bed and chase down MUNI, crash that impacted class and wait in a winding line to purchase books. But it’s also time to get acclimated to school and take advantage of the fun, friendly student-priced opportunities SF State has to ...

Film and theater students collaborate on short film

May 19, 2013 Life

[set_id=72157633498982996] Photos by Virginia Tieman / Xpress Narrative directing is a class that brings together writers, performers and cinema majors who collaborate for one main goal — to make a short film. For this course’s final project, the students collaborated with the advanced cinematography class and the writing and performing for film and theater class ...

VIDEO: SF State student director revamps Greek classic, 'Eurydice'

January 29, 2013 Life

Ben Calabrese is captivated by the action unfolding on stage; two star-crossed lovers, one on a table and the other on a chair, lean in for a passionate kiss when suddenly the table slips out from underneath. And so goes the unexpected nature of a show’s rehearsal and its focused director, who observes and takes ...

Original student plays to hit big stage at One-Act Fringe

October 10, 2012 Life 2 Comments

This fall, the biannual One-Act Fringe series expands as students are challenged in adapting their performances to a larger format at McKenna Theatre, the main stage in the Creative Arts Building. Every semester for the past 15 years, SF State students of all majors and class standings have been given the chance to write and develop ...