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Department of Theatre and New Dance Announces its 2018-19 Season

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The Cal Poly Pomona Department of Theatre and New Dance announces its 2018-19 season with six diverse shows for patrons to enjoy.

CPP’s recent conversion to the semester system had us tinkering with our calendar to consider our options for reworking everything we do here. In service to our patrons, we opted to retain our traditional six-play season by bookending University Main Stage performances with two Studio Theatre shows each semester.

Review our season offerings below and mark your calendars. Tickets will be available at and beginning early September. Spring semester shows will be available in January 2019. 

Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 for CPP alumni and $10 for senior citizens and CPP faculty/staff.

For patrons interested in the Southern California Shakespeare Festival, the above ticket links are valid to purchase tickets to see SCSF’s production of “Romeo and Juliet,” running Aug. 24-Sept. 9 at CPP.

Fall 2018 Semester

Private Lives

Written by: Noel Coward

8 p.m. Sept. 27, 28, 29, Oct. 4, 5, 6

2 p.m. Oct. 7

@ Studio Theatre (Bldg. 25, Rm. 110)

A European hotel sets the stage for romance, anger and comedy when divorcees Elyot Chase and Amanda Prynne discover they’re honeymooning with their new spouses in adjacent rooms. Elyot and Amanda realize their true feelings for each other and hatch a getaway plan from their new spouses – but trouble arises when old habits from their first failed marriage resurface.


Twelfth Night

Written by: William Shakespeare

@ University Theatre Main Stage (Bldg. 25)

8 p.m. Oct. 19, 20, 25, 26, 27

2 p.m. Oct. 28

William Shakespeare penned nearly a dozen beloved comedies, but Twelfth Night stands out as a masterpiece. Shipwrecked on the shores of Illyria (modern-day Croatia), Viola believes her twin brother and traveling companion has drowned. Assuming the disguise of a boy, she works in the court of Illyria’s Count Orsino. He tasks her as a middleman to unresponsive Olivia, who doesn’t requite his advances. Through the ordeal, Viola finds herself falling in love with Orsino herself, upping the stakes in this classic comedy.



Written by: Thomas Gibbons

8 p.m. Nov. 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17

2 p.m. Nov. 18

@ Studio Theatre (Bldg. 25, Rm. 110)

Shelita Burns is an African-American editor publishing the autobiography of an elderly, reclusive black woman named Libby Price. The book, “Bee-luther-hatchee,” wins a prestigious award and Shelita feels inclined to deliver it personally to Libby. Shelita finds herself furiously shocked when she discovers the author’s true identity, igniting conflict on the edge of the racial divide.



Spring 2019 Semester

Stop Kiss

Written by: Diana Son

8 p.m. Feb. 21, 22, 23, 28, March 1, 2

2 p.m. March 3

@ Studio Theatre (Bldg. 25, Rm. 110)

One late night in New York City’s West Village, Sara and Callie share a first kiss. The simple act enrages a bystander, who viciously attacks them. Sara is horribly injured in the assault and falls into a coma. Her ex-boyfriend, Peter, visits from St. Louis to help nurse her back to health, while Callie’s good friend George tries to help the situation. “Stop Kiss” is a story of relationships as they are formed, explored and ended.


The Skin of Our Teeth

Written by: Thorton Wilder

8 p.m. March 15, 16, 21, 22, 23

2 p.m. March 24

@ University Theatre Main Stage (Bldg. 25)

The Antrobus family lives in Excelsior, New Jersey when humanity’s trials come to them in a hand basket. The family becomes an allegory for humanity itself as it survives heat waves, Ice Ages, pestilence, plague and seemingly endless wars and other manner of tribulation. Through all the chaos, the family pushes forward as stubbornly as humanity has through its collective


References To Salvador Dali Make Me Hot

Written by: Jose Rivera

8 p.m. April 25, 26, 27, May 2, 3, 4

2 p.m. May 5

@ Studio Theatre (Bldg. 25, Rm. 110)

In Barstow, California, Gabriela welcomes the return of her husband Benito from the Gulf War. She entertains a surreal fantasy painted against the high desert landscape, punctuated by a talking coyote, moon and cat. Playwright Jose Rivera’s drama is built around a sense of magical realism that encourages viewers to release expectations of reality.


Dance concerts and festivals are TBA.