Theater

Comedy night gets underway at The Depot

September 7, 2018 Life News

Moonwalking hosts, jokes about depression and no sun –– it was all part of the fun at The Depot’s first comedy night of the fall semester, held on Wednesday from 6-9 p.m. With sign-ups starting at 5:30 p.m., the open mic event presented 28 SF State student comedians. In addition to jokes about their depression ...

“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, ...

Sucia: a Latina Cinderella story

March 7, 2018 Life

She travels far. All the way to allá [there].” This line embodies the spirit of “Sucia,” a girl who is determined to reach her dreams after she realizes that she cannot be herself in a place where no one else is like her. Even if it means leaving home, she’s eager to see herself represented ...

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 ...

Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing welcomes the roaring ’20s

November 17, 2015 Life

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. SF State’s version of the show is set in 1919, one year after ...

Roommates and co-stars lead main stage in Stop Kiss

October 5, 2015 Life

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 nights, the roommates’ prose is far different during the week as ...

SF state’s fringe plays begins with absinthe green

September 15, 2015 Life

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 work on the final stages of script development. The show’s director, theatre ...

SF state students selected for international dramatic arts seminar

August 26, 2015 Life

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 this summer. Doody, a senior, traveled to London for an ...

CockTales promotes student discussion on gender through performance

April 22, 2015 Life

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 my identity as man,” Barone said. “It left me ...

Mermaids, murder and love come to life in student playwright

April 21, 2015 Life 2 Comments

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, taking notes of stage direction as the actors of his play “Puddles” rehearsed ...

Dancers to demonstrate women strength through concert

April 8, 2015 Life

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 will exhibit the ensemble’s performance artistry through six ...

“Learned Ladies” play educates using comedic satire

March 10, 2015 Life 1 Comment

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 fast-paced whirlwind of verse and farce, the plot dials ...

Fringe Goes Long offers diverse plays written by students

December 8, 2014 Life

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 their entirety by actors and actresses who perform the ...

BECA students ready for their close-up in upcoming awards show

May 13, 2014 Life 1 Comment

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 and their work throughout the year. This is the ...

Annual Fringe festival offers unique plays by students

May 7, 2014 Life

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 mix of plays written by undergraduate and graduate students ...

Shakespeare play gets a makeover in ‘Beatrice and Benedick’

April 20, 2014 Life

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 Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing,” a play involving trickery ...

Filmmaking alumnus determined to attend Cannes Film Festival

March 11, 2014 Life 2 Comments

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” and “The Spot”. Photo by Ryan Leibrich / Xpress Andrew Cathey ...

Screenwriter Sam “Batman” Hamm talks on genre writing

February 22, 2014 Life 1 Comment

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 Genre screenwriter Sam Hamm might not want to be a one-hit ...

Michael Grais gives advice to SF State screenwriting students

February 17, 2014 Life

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 to share his experiences in the profession and advise ...