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WMCT? Local theater updates from Heather Parish, the artistic director of The New Ensemble.
Some of you may have noticed that I've taken some time off from directing over the past year. It has been a fulfilling year "off", to be sure! In the past 10 months I've had the pleasure of acting in two productions with Good Company Players in Fresno, one opening this weekend! I've learned a lot by acting for other directors and clearing away the cobwebs accumulated from several years of directing and producing local theater.  Changing roles in my theatrical work and switching gears for a while has definitely been worth it! And I encourage audiences to do the same. If you love musicals, take a chance on a language play or some Shakespeare. If you're all about comedies, try a drama. If you usually stick to plays you've heard of, take a leap on something brand new to you. You never know what switching gears will get you! ~H.P.

Opening Soon!

Les Liaisons
Based on the 1782 novel of the same name, Good Company Players' "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" exposes the manipulations and machinations of the Vicomte de Valmont, a man with an appetite for seducing women, and the Marquise de Merteuil, a lady bent on a particular kind of vengeance.  In 1987, the play was nominated for a Tony Award. The 1988 film adaptation, "Dangerous Liaisons", won three Academy Awards and was nominated for four others, including best film.

By Christopher Hampton. Directed by Karan Johnson at the 2nd Space Theater
April 24th - June 19th. Tickets: $18/$15 students and seniors.  
559-266-0660 or 800-371-4747 or online at https://tickets.gcplayers.com/2ndspace/



The COS Theatre Department's Experimental Theatre Ensemble presents
METAMORPHOSES
Taking inspiration from the epic collection of transformation myths by the Roman poet Ovid, playwright Mary Zimmerman has created a theatrical experience that’s both sensory and visceral, combining humor, pathos, and the inevitability of the unknown in one enormously powerful work. This 90-minute production captures the essence of Ovid’s meditation on love—its power and fragility, its cruelty and whimsy, its ability to nurture and destroy. 

Written by Mary Zimmerman. Adapted from David R. Slavitt’s translation of The Metamorphoses of Ovid. Directed by David Rasner & Chris Mangels

April 25, 26, May 1 & 2 – 7:30 pm / April 27, May 3 – 2:00 pm
TICKETS: General: $12 / Students & Seniors: $10
Student Discount Night 5/1: $8 (Must show student body card)
Available online at: http://weblink.donorperfect.com/metamorphoses
Or from the COS Theatre Box Office - Mon - Fri from 12-5pm. Call 559-730-3907 for reservations. Rated PG-13. Features mature themes.

 
Fresno State University Theatre presents William Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello, which chronicles the downfall of the Moorish general at the hands of his lieutenant, Iago, through a plot fueled by jealousy and vengeance. The cast includes some of Fresno State's brightest talent as it closes out the theatre department's 2013-2014 season. 

Directed by Brad Myers. 
Performance Dates: May 2, 3, 6-10 at 8:00 p.m.
May 4 at 2:00 p.m.
Tickets at www.fresnostate.edu/TheatreArts; or 559-278-2216
Prices: Students $10; Faculty/staff, Alumni, Seniors & Military $15; General $17
Also On Stage:
TMIAn original work from the new Curtain 5 Theatre Group.  Performed at the Fresno Soap Co. (formerly the Broken Leg Stage). Staged by Andrew Champagne.
Directed by Jerry Palladino.  
April 25 - May 3.
Tickets and Info

Last of the Boys. Written by Steven Deitz. 
Visalia Community Players 
Directed by Irene Morse and Nancy Holley.
Fierce, funny and haunting, this increasingly relevant play explores the legacy of war and its human cost. 
May 9 - 24 
Tickets and Info: www.visaliaplayers.org

Closing in May:
The King and I.  Roger Rocka's Dinner Theater. 
Good Company Players. 
Now through May 18th. 
Read the Review!
You should follow Camille Gaston's blog, Random Black Girl, on Tumblr. "This blog will shed light and celebrate the unique experience of the Black girl performer."

Her posts have been humorous, insightful and celebratory as she carves out a place for herself in our local theater world. Trust me, Camille demands attention. And she deserves it!
Auditions - Upcoming Musicals:
Good Company Players for WEST SIDE STORY and THE ADDAMS FAMILY.  Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 10A.M.*Note: West Side Story has unique opportunities for bilingual performers. Director Julie Lucido says she'd like approach this production in the vein of the 2008 Broadway revival, including some singing in Spanish, if possible with the cast.  Full Information for both shows.

Clovis Centerstage for THE MUSIC MAN. Saturday, May 10th. Registration 9:30 a.m. Audition begins at 10 a.m. Full information

Visalia Community Players for the Central Valley Premiere of the musical BONNIE AND CLYDE. May 11 and 12 at 6:30 p.m. Full Information


New Season Announcements: 
In case you somehow missed it via social media or the Fresno Beehive, here is Fresno State University Theatre's 2014-2015 season, chock full of new material and stimulating iconic works. 

And also, The Visalia Community Players 2014-2015 Season is a blend of highly-rated contemporary plays and works beloved by audiences. 
For a full list of area theater groups and links to their websites, click to What's My Call Time? Area Theater Listings

You can read more about the local theater scene at these sites:

Fresno Beehive: Donald Munro

Kings River Life:  Local Theatre or Local Live

And don't forget to check the The Fresno Bee's SEVEN section or the Visalia Times-Delta's CHOICES section every Friday for area arts listings, news, and reviews. 

I am sorry that I cannot include a comprehensive list of theatrical events in each newsletter, but feel free to send me any announcements of upcoming shows you may know of. Simply reply to any of the newsletters! -Heather
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