2015-2016 Events

In the Continuum

By Danai Gurira & Nikkole Salter
September 2-5, Barnelle Theatre
Directed by Kevin Wetmore

In the Continuum puts a human face on the devastating impact of AIDS in Africa and the United States through the lives of two courageous women living worlds apart. An African-American woman in South Central L.A. and a television newscaster in Zimbabwe experience a weekend of life-changing revelations in this story of parallel self-discoveries, denials, and empowerments.

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Chavez Ravine

By Culture Clash
October 9-17, Strub Theatre
Directed by Edgar Landa

Based on historical documents and personal interviews, Chavez Ravine tells the story of how, in the 1950s, the titular neighborhood in Los Angeles was taken by eminent domain to build a Richard Neutra-designed public housing project. City politics thwarted the development, and the land instead became Dodger Stadium. A cast of twelve plays dozens of roles in this all-too-true satire of gentrification, urban power structures, community identity, and Los Angeles history and culture.

View production build photos.

The Colonel and the Birds

By Hristo Boytchev
October 29-November 7, Barnelle Theatre
Directed by Neno Pervan

Bulgarian playwright Hristo Boytchev's plays have been staged in more than forty countries on five continents. His latest play is The Colonel and the Birds - a female version of his The Colonel Bird. In a small psychiatric ward situated in a former monastery and lost somewhere in the mountains in the Balkans, six patients and a very young doctor are left to their fate. When UN planes accidentally drop military supplies in the compound, the patients begin to role play soldier.

Faculty Dance Concert

November 18-21, Strub Theatre

To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful. This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking.

~Agnes de Mill

All That He Was

By Larry Johnson and Cindy O'Conner
December 2-5, Barnelle Theatre
Directed by Judith Royer

LMU Theatre Arts' annual "Stages of AIDS" event this year is the musical All That He Was, a moving and surprisingly funny account of one man's struggle with AIDS. The deceased functions as host and narrator, invisible among the friends and family assembled to pay him final respects. Hoping for a day when the shattered pieces can come together, he leads them on a journey of shared reminiscences.

Almost, Not Quite, Just About

December 11, Strub Theatre
Directed by Dana Resnick

Best friends Benjamin and Casey are two struggling actors navigating through the ups and downs of their careers New York City. But when Casey starts dating a producer's daughter and faces the possibility of success in a television series, Benjamin feels left behind, questioning the politics of show business, his viability as a black actor, and his value as a person. almost, not quite, just about is set in the acting world but tackles universal questions:What is success? How do you find it? What happens if you don't find it? And how do you survive along the way?



A Student Directed Dance Experience

January 29-30, 2016 @ 8pm, St Roberts Auditorium

When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain spot on the floor. It's to enjoy each step along the way.

~Wayne Dyer

Chekhov Fest!

The Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov (in a new translation by Diane Benedict) directed by Diane


Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang directed by Dana Resnick

March 9 – 20, in rep

Barnelle Theatre & Strub Theatre

Three Sisters - 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19 (8pm), 12 (2pm)

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike - 10, 12, 16, 18, 20 (8pm), 13, 19 (2pm)

Anton Chekhov's masterpiece in a new translation, side-by-side with Christopher Durang's Tony Award-winning adaptation of Chekhov themes that doesn't require familiarity with Chekhov. The Prozorova sisters find life in their small town dull and dream of Moscow. Few other plays have ever conveyed more subtly the transitory beauty and sadness of the passing moment. Durang pulls no punches in his playful romp all over Chekhov, in a play which the New York Times noted, "Even if you've never read a word of Chekhov, you're likely to find plenty to make you laugh."

Student Dance Concert

April 13-16, Strub Theatre, 8:00pm

The dance can reveal everything mysterious that is hidden in music, and it has the additional merit of being human and palpable. Dancing is poetry with arms and legs.

~Charles Baudelaire

The Dance Faculty Showing

An Evening of Dance Faculty Performance

April 25, 2016, 7:00 pm, Burns Fine Arts Complex

I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself.

~Mikhail Baryshnikov

New Works Festival

April 27, 28, 29 & 30, Barnelle Theatre

LMU's annual presentation of student-written, student-directed, student-performed new plays. Come see the artists of tomorrow today!


The Dance Program Year End Celebration

April 28, 2016, 5:00pm, Murphy Recital Hall

Let us read and let us dance - two amusements that will never do any harm to the world.


Additional Events


October 10, Murphy Recital Hall

A performance by Chan Park, preceded by a lecture from Dr. Ah-Jeong Kim (CSUN)

Traditional Korean musical storytelling, performed by a master of the form.

Ghosts of Monticello

An Experimental Opera co-sponsored by CFA & SFTV

music by Garrett Fisher | libretto by Carmen Gillespie & Tim Appelo

visual design by Tori Ellison

October 16, 17, 18, Murphy Recital Hall


October 23, Foley Lawn, FREE

Our annual Beatles tribute concert to raise money for the Sam Wasson Scholarship Fund

The Haunting of Hannon 3 in 3D: Little Dead Riding Hood

October 23 (8pm) & 24 (3pm) Foley Library, FREE

Once again Theatre Arts takes over Hannon Library for a literary haunted house -

students performing scenes from famous horror novels and fairy tales.

Artists Speak

November 7 at 2:30 pm – Murphy Hall

LMU Students share original works of written, visual, media or music, dance, theatre performing arts based on an annually selected social justice theme.

Voices of Justice Performances

February 20 & 21 at 2:30 pm – Murphy Hall

Based on dramatized narrative writing from the Fall '15 Voices of Justice Class.

Reception following in Dunning Courtyard

Feb 20: Restorative Justice: Stories from The Francisco Homes – Transitional Living for Men

Feb 21: Stories of Homelessness and Hope from OPCC


Senior Dance Thesis

April 17, Strub Theatre