CSULB’s Affinity Series Spearheads Free Artistic Experiences in Long Beach

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The CSU Long Beach Theatre Department announces three exciting new initiatives that promise to provide unique opportunities for our students to collaborate with local and global community members. Championed by Chair and Artistic Director Anne D’Zmura, these programs will create artistic experiences and foster creative bonds that will educate and inspire all participants.

With the newly minted 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. The first event will be a presentation on October 7th in the Players Theatre by MFA Performance student Karole Foreman and her husband, CSULB School of Art Instructor Peter Zokosky. They will speak about and show a documentary on their experience teaching drawing, acting and creating a culminating production of Medea at the Asian University for Women in Chittagong, Bangladesh. This will be followed by a panel on November 4th in the Players Theatre with MFA Performance student and acclaimed TV and Film actress Roma Maffia, who will be accompanied by other industry professionals to discuss racial stereotypes in Hollywood. In early spring, the Affinity Series will present LGBT Rainbow Cabaret conceived by Theatre Arts Faculty member Alexandra Billings and student Richard Rodriguez. This project will be in partnership with local LGBT organizations. Finally, 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 Andrea’s one-woman show, Questions My Mother Can’t Answer.

Additionally, in conjunction with the Carpenter Center’s Arts for Life, CSULB is proud to announce Shakespeare Aloud, a monthly opportunity for community members to join together and experience the work of one of the world’s most celebrated playwrights. Taking place in the Theatre Arts building, room #241, on the CSULB campus, participants will have the opportunity to read and/or listen to all of Shakespeare’s works. All that is required for participation is a copy of the designated play for each month. Shakespeare Aloud will begin on October 26th with The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and continue on November 16th with The Comedy of Errors. Dates in 2014 are January 25th, February 22nd, March 29th, April 26th, May 31st, June 28th, July 26th, September 27th, October 25th, and November 29th. 2015 dates are January 31st, February 28th, March 28th, April 25th, May 30th, June 27th, and July 25th. All Shakespeare Aloud events begin at 11am.

Finally, CSULB announces EPIC (Educational Performance in Community). EPIC is a community-based arts initiative that will create theatre arts workshops in conjunction with community organization partners in Fall 2013. These workshops will serve as the catalyst for performance pieces that will tour local organizations and schools in Spring 2014. EPIC will be taught and coordinated by faculty member Ezra LeBank.

All events in the Affinity Series, including Shakespeare Aloud, are free, although seats must be reserved prior to each event. 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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