CSULB Theatre Arts Department Presents Celebration: LGBT Rainbow Cabaret

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Celebration: LGBT Rainbow Cabaret

As part of its new Affinity Series initiative, the CSULB Theatre Arts Department is proud to announce a devised performance on February 22nd, conceived and directed by Theatre Arts MFA graduate and faculty member Alexandra Billings and undergraduate Theatre Arts student Richard Rodriguez, and benefitting The Trevor Project. Celebration: LGBT Rainbow Cabaret will interpret and explore significant events and movements in the history of the LGBT community through song, dance, and the spoken word.

Celebration: LGBT Rainbow Cabaret is devised and performed by a cast of undergraduate theatre students, with direction and guidance from Billings and Rodriguez. The focus of the piece is not only to celebrate the history and tradition of the LGBT community, but also to portray the importance and necessity of finding one’s voice in a world that is often quick to silence those who are perceived to be different. Rodriguez emphasizes that understanding the past is crucial to bettering the present, saying, “By looking at the history of the LGBT community, we can give others the strength and confidence to continue to speak out in support of a community that has not had much representation until recently.”

In addition to co-directing, Alexandra Billings will also be hosting the event. Billings, a MFA graduate and current faculty member of the CSULB Theatre Arts Program, has had a successful professional career and was the first transgendered female to play a transgendered female on television. She has appeared in ER, Grey’s Anatomy, Karen Sisco, Eli Stone, and Romy and Michele – In the Beginning. She has also performed in a number of theatrical productions, and worked as a professional singer.

Admission to Celebration: LGBT Rainbow Cabaret is free, and donations to The Trevor Project will be accepted at the event. The Trevor Project is an exceptional organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBT youth, including educational programs and a national 24/7 suicide hotline. Additionally, several local Long Beach businesses have been offered sponsorship opportunities, and any surplus funds not used to cover event costs will be donated as well.

With the Affinity Series, CSULB has committed to presenting a series of performances, presentations, and panel events celebrating engagement on diverse, timely, and important social issues with our local and global communities. To finish the season, on May 11th in collaboration with the Carpenter Center’s Arts for Life, students and community members will present a special Mother’s Day devised performance of Questions for My Mother and faculty member Andrea Caban will perform her one-woman show, Questions My Mother Can’t Answer.

All events in the Affinity Series are free of charge, although seating is limited and seats should be reserved prior to each event. The event begins at 8pm and is located in the University Theatre on the CSULB South Campus, accessible via East Campus Drive. Convenient paid parking is located outside the Theatre Arts building in Lot 7. For information regarding reserving seats, please contact the box office at (562) 985-5526. For all other information, please call (562) 985-4500.

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