1988 Theatre Archive

  • January 21-23, 1988
  • By Mark Olwell
  • (Univ. Theatre)

This new play written by a Cal State student from the department centers the play on two people in a waiting room. Mark proclaims this one act as "absurdist theatre."

  • February 6-7, 1988
  • By William Shakespeare
  • Adapted for Children and directed by Charles Pagano
  • Assistant Director Lisa Saaz
  • February 26, 27 March 3-5, 1988
  • By Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman
  • Directed by Will Huddleston
  • (Univ. Theatre)

It's been fun to think of "You Can't Take It With You" as a highly symbolic play, which it is not. But what if the Vanderhof household is a symbol of all of American society? How much diversity and unemployment can the Vanderhof household withstand, before it blows up? Hart and Kaufman have a wonderful way of convincing us that it’s actually quite a lot.

  • April 9, 1988
  • (Univ. Theatre)

Queen Elizabeth and her court will once again preside over the event, and a special workshop emphasizing the performance of Shakespeare will be given. For high school actors and technicians.

  • April 15, 1988
  • Coordinated by Regina Cate & Gail Frey
  • Directed by Edgardo de la Cruz
  • (Univ. Theatre)

Cal State faculty will sing, dance and who knows what else in the Faculty Follies, a talent show designed to raise money for a new faculty club. A new faculty club is needed because the current facility will be destroyed when construction begins on the Carlos Bee Blvd extensions.

Blue Window

  • April 29-30, May 6-8, 1988
  • By Craig Jones
  • Directed by Ric Prindle
  • (Studio Theatre)

Seven up-scale professionals at a cocktail party reveal the private needs underlying their wit and confidence. First University production.


  • May 13-15, 1988
  • Directed by Chris Pagano
  • (Studio Theatre)

Inventive, interpretive original Readers Theatre dramatic production.

The Tales of Hoffman

  • May 20-22, 26-28, 1988
  • By Jacques Offenbach
  • Directed by Douglas Nagel
  • (Univ. Theatre)

An opera, in English, about imaginative and fantastic tales of bizarre love affairs set in half-real worlds, suffused with sensitive and diaphanous music.

The One Act Festival

  • June 3-5, 1988
  • By Various Playwrights
  • (Studio Theatre)

The annual showcase, produced and directed by advanced directing students.

  • July 29-31, August 4-7, 1988
  • By Arthur Miller
  • Directed by Edgardo de la Cruz
  • (Studio Theatre)

History becomes transformed into poetry when past events evolving without plan or insight are transfigured by a playwright’s sense of humanity into a structured story about the transcendence of the human spirit over social pressures that would demean it.

  • August 12-14, 18-21, 1988
  • By Charles Strouse and Lee Adams
  • Directed by Ric Prindle
  • (Univ. Theatre)

One of the most captivating musical comedies of our times --- satirical, imaginative and hilarious!

Apocalyptic Butterflies

  • October 28-29, November 3-6, December 9-10, 1988
  • By Wendy MacLeod
  • Directed by Ric Prindle
  • (Studio Theatre)

A first college production of a new and eccentric comedy, it depicts two generations coping with life in the backwoods of Maine.

Great God Brown

  • November 17-18, 25-26, 1988
  • By Eugene O'Neil
  • Directed by Edgardo de la Cruz
  • (Univ. Theatre)

The story pivots around the tense relationship between two men, Dion Anthony, and his best friend, Billy Brown. Dion is the epitome of an artist tormented by his own sensitivity and materialistic society. Billy is a pragmatic even in his youth.