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Strindberg’s haunting Ghost Sonata SF State’s Little Theatre

Felicia Hyde, Arts & Entertainment Editor
November 19, 2019
Filed under A&E, Campus, News

Eerie whispers of wind slowly creep into the audience's ears as figures of life and death from the 20th century make their way like zombies onto the stage. A milkmaid in a white and brown tattered dress groans and moans while crawling out of the floor. A person wrapped in tissue like garments ambles ba...

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

Seagull costume designs displayed on the wall at The Costume Shop inside the department of theater arts on Monday, Fed. 29, 2016. (Ryan Zaragoza / Xpress).

Jeremy Porr
March 4, 2016
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"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...

Broadway's hit 'Avenue Q' graces Little Theatre stage

Broadway's hit 'Avenue Q' graces Little Theatre stage

Jonathan Ramos
April 23, 2013
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“Avenue Q” could be described as Broadway’s little engine that could. In 2004, the show reached legendary status when it unexpectedly won the Tony award for best musical over the mega-blockbuster, “Wicked.” Since then the show has gained a massive following and is considered a staple in music...

Iconic production 'Our Town' hits SF State's Little Theatre

Iconic production 'Our Town' hits SF State's Little Theatre

Jonathan Ramos
March 12, 2013
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Click Here To See Photo Gallery Grover's Corner is a small town populated by 2,642 regular folks. They're mostly a God-fearing people with 85 percent identified as Protestant, 12 percent Catholic and the rest "indifferent." As one person noted, "It isn't a very important place when you think of ...

Pericles debut excites theatre department

Ensemble member Ariana Rodriguez lays on the stage inside the Little Theater as the opening night of Pericles, Prince of Tyre begins. The play premiered in The School of Theater & Dance on Thursday, Nov. 01, 2018. (David Rodriguez/Golden Gate Xpress)

Sarah Niderost
November 7, 2018
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The School of Theatre and Dance debuted “Pericles, Prince of Tyre” in the Little Theatre on Nov. 1 with an all-student cast, elaborate lighting and a unique set. “Pericles, Prince of Tyre” is an exciting play by Shakespeare where the main character journeys in search of a wife, finds he...

Actress Annette Bening revisits alma mater and treats theatre and cinema students to inspiring talk

Annette Bening sits in a dressing room in the Creative Arts Building Friday, Oct. 10, 2014.

Anna Hecht
October 11, 2014
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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 performed 34 years ago. Bening’s...

Sf State theatre arts extends annual One-Act Fringe Festival

Sf State theatre arts extends annual One-Act Fringe Festival

Devery Sheffer
April 9, 2012
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Most playwriting students at SF State never get to see their creations come to life on stage with actors, design or sound. This is exactly why Roy Conboy, head of the playwriting program at SF State, created the One-Act Fringe Theatre festival 15 years ago. Last semester, Conboy and three students spent their Thanksgiving break reading and disc...

‘Color your world’ lights up campus

Felicia Hyde, Arts & Entertainment Editor
October 15, 2019
Filed under A&E, Campus

The tearing of tape echoed in the background. The switches of light and sound boards clicked into place. Flashes of red, yellow and orange light warmed the stage.  Hurried footsteps paced back and forth across the stage as crew members rehearsed “Color Your World: A Children’s Musical.”...

Five-person London acting crew highlights Shakespeare

AFTLS actors Tricia Kelly (left) and Ffion Jolly (right) perform a
stormy scene as Jon Dryden Taylor and Fred Lancaster lift and
drop a tarp for effect behind them during a rehearsal for King
Lear at SF State Little Theatre on March 9, 2019. (Lola Chase/ Golden Gate Xpress)

Audrey Esomonu
March 12, 2019
Filed under Latest, Life

London actors visited SF State to share the timelessness of Shakespeare and teach a new style of acting. According to their website, Actors From The London Stage is one of the oldest established touring companies specializing in Shakespearean theater. The London-based company was developed by professor...

“Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles,” a story of the common immigration experience

Gabrielle Trejo, 21, is a communication major stands on stage inside the Little Theater for the final dress rehearsal of

Alexis Manzanilla
December 12, 2018
Filed under Featured, Latest, Life

Sexual assault, family separation and sometimes death are some of the outcomes of immigration for many families. “Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles” chronicles the journey of a family of three as they face these tragedies. “Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles” premiered at SF State on Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. in...

Sucia: a Latina Cinderella story

The casts of

Monserrath Arreola
March 7, 2018
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"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 an...

Theater production brings housing crisis stories to life

Regina Leon (right) and Elizabeth Johnson (left) act out a scene from Sofa Sin Casa
play at SF State on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. (Jeianne Baniqued/Xpress)

Jeianne Baniqued
December 6, 2016
Filed under Life

“Sofa Sin Casa (Couch With No Home)” hit the stage on Thursday night in Little Theatre and made politics personal through storytelling and music, addressing the growing issue of San Francisco’s housing crisis. Perry Fenton, assistant director of the play worked with director Roy Conboy, longti...

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