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Highlands Summer Theatre

  • July 26, 2011

By Diane Daniel

The Cal State East Bay Department of Theatre and Dance invites the public to enjoy its Highlands Summer Theatre, beginning with “An Evening with Lorca, Shepard, and Chaikin,” running July 28-31 and Aug. 6-7. That show will be followed by “Secrets EXposed,” to be performed Aug. 4-6 and Aug. 12-13. Both will take place at the Studio Theatre.

Senior Chalia La Tour, recipient of the 2011 Friends of the Arts Theatre and Dance scholarship, will direct the first segment of "An Evening with...," titled "Savage/Love." LaTour will be assisted by lecturer Ulises Alcala. "Savage/Love was written by Sam Shepard and Joseph Chaikin. La Tour, Amy La Faille ‘10, and Anthony Johnson will choreograph the piece, and Dana De Guzman ‘11 will provide the music. The piece, composed of various poetic vignettes commenting on the many facets of love in its beauty and sorrow, will incorporate dance, music, voice and movement to examine the ramifications of the loss of human touch and physical interaction in the digital age.

Alcala and La Tour will reverse roles for the second segment, “Yerma,” a new, short version of a play dealing with restrictive Spanish views of marriage, child bearing, and machismo. Written by Federico Garcia Lorca, this version has been newly adapted by Alcala (including much of the original Spanish language), with original music by Dana De Guzman, and choreography by La Faille.

Performances will be in the Studio Theatre at 8 p.m. on July 28-29, with a 2 p.m. start on July 31 and Aug. 6-7. On July 28, all seats will be $5. Tickets for all other performances range from $5-15. They may be reserved at: or by calling (510) 885-3118.

“Secrets EXposed,” the second show, deals with what is mystical and meaningful to college students today.

A. Fajilan, assistant professor of theatre and dance, and her students will direct the series of short original works. Performances explore the ways people hide their feelings and intentions in various relationships. The evening performances also feature “Exoneration,” a powerful and gritty short play by CSUEB Professor Stephen Gutierrez.

The performances for "Secrets EXposed" Aug. 4-6 and Aug. 12-13 will begin at 8 p.m., with all tickets for the Aug. 4 performance selling for $4. Tickets for all other performances will range from $4-12. They may be reserved at: or by calling (510) 885-3118.

Campus parking is $2 per hour at meters, or $5 per day, per vehicle from 5 p.m. Friday-midnight Sunday and weekday evenings – payable at kiosk machines that accept dollar bills and quarters.

CSUEB welcomes persons with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodation upon request. Please notify event sponsor in advance at (510) 885-3118 if accommodation is needed.

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