2006 Theatre Archive

Evil Empire: Gensis

  • January 6-7, 13-14, 2006
  • (Studio Theatre)

A collection of humorous sketches by CSUEB students Rob Mueller and Alex Buckley and directed by Rob Mueller, Nate Maggio, Alex Buckley, Jesse Miller and Brian Turner. Not appropriate for young children. 

  • February 3-5 2006
  • Eric Kupers Dance Festival Director
  • (Univ. Theatre)

The Renaud-Wilson Dance Festival honors the legacy of dance advocate, choreographer and CSUEB professor emeritus Laura Renaud-Wilson. Laura remains deeply committed to spreading the joy and power of dance and has done so through highly creative, effective and often inspiringly outrageous methods. We hope to continue that spirit here at CSU East Bay and throughout the region. Tonight’s program seeks to stimulate inquiry into dance’s relationship to social activism: Should dance be responsible to comment on and shape the events of the day?

Bee Hive

  • February 24-25 March 3-5, 2006
  • Directed and choreographed by Darryl Jones
  • Musical Director Marianna Wolff
  • Additional choreography: Laura Ellis, Nina Haft
  • (Univ. Theatre)

Where can you see Tina Turner, Petula Clark, Janis Joplin, The Supremes, Cher and Aretha Franklin all on the same stage?  In BEEHIVE, Larry Gallagher’s fast paced, hilarious, trip back to the 60’s rock music and dance from a uniquely female point of view. 

La Ronde

  • April 20-23 2006
  • By Arthur Schnitzler
  • Directed by Dawn Monique Williams
  • (Studio Theatre)

The play is divided into ten self contained scenes or vignettes, each between one man and one woman,” said director Dawn Monique Williams. This play explores the psychology of sex and gender while looking at authority and the way in which the sexual encounter affects it.

  • May 3 2006
  • By Nina Haft & Eric Kupers
  • (Univ. Theatre)

The Contemporary Jewish Dance/Theatre event is part of the Jewish Culture and History Series. Never before seen on the same stage-a not-to-miss happening demonstrating the dynamic and eclectic spirit of Bay Area dance. Through the years, modern dance has attracted a wide range of Jewish choreographers with a shared focus on community, questioning authority, social commentary, consciousness-raising and intellectual inquiry- this collection of the Bay Area’s Jewish artists are particularly dedicated to the power of dance as a contemporary language. The performance features Dandelion Dancetheater, Deborah Slater Dance Theater, Ellen Bromberg, Nancy Karp+ Dancers, Nina Haft & Company and special guests.


  • May 5-6, 2006
  • By Neil Simon
  • Directed by Marc Jacobs
  • (Univ. Theatre)

A side-splitting comedy the whole family can enjoy.  The town of Kulyenchikov has been cursed with chronic stupidity for 200 years.  Out of desperation they hire a young, newly graduated school teacher to break the curse, and he has only 24 hours to do it.  

  • May 19-20, June 2-4, 2006
  • Co-directed by Nina Haft, Melissa Hillman.
  • (Studio Theatre)

Performance Fusion; short performances choreographed and directed by department majors; Culminating performances by Dance and Theatre majors: Julie Brown, Denise Hampel, Tomoko Kabeya, Matias Mattson, Helen Nesteruk, Keiko Otaka, Kristin Peralta. 

Highlands Summer Theatre 2006

  • July 14-16, 21-22, 2006
  • By Moliere
  • Directed by Dawn Monique Williams and Ulises Alcala
  • (Studio Theatre)

Moliere’s commedia based family farce: fathers, sons, abduction, love, money, and then there’s Scapin, who, in service, weaves a hilarious web of mistaken identities, double talk, and deceit. “This is a boldly colored and witty version with an updated approach,” said Alcala. A special abridged performance will be presented July 23 at the San Francisco Theatre Festival at Yerba Buena Gardens. This show also will tour to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Scotland, for performances Aug. 7-19 at the Rocket at Demarco Roxy Art House.

Highlands Summer Theatre

  • August 4-5, 11-13, 2006
  • Book by Jay Thompson, Marshall Barer and Dean Fuller,
  • Music by Mary Rodgers, & Lyrics by Marshall Barer
  • Directed by Darryl V. Jones 

The show is musical mayhem set in a fairy tale world. It's more than “The Princess and the Pea” put to music. Winnifred gains Dauntless's heart by swimming the moat and it isn't a pea that causes her sleepless night. A scheming queen, a mute king, distraught damsels, and awkward knights inhabit this castle where court romances and silliness abound to the melodic tunes of both hilarious and romantic songs. 

Highlands Summer Theatre The Last Five Years

  • August 17-20, 2006
  • By Jason Robert Brown,
  • Presented by Rich Cooper
  • (Studio Theatre)

A contemporary song-cycle musical that ingeniously chronicles the five year life of a marriage, from meeting to break-up…. or from break-up to meeting, depending on how you look at it.  The Last Five Years is an intensely personal look at the relationship between a writer and an actress told from both points of view.

Angels in America

  • November 3-4, 10-12, 2006
  • By Tony Kushner
  • Directed by Marc Jacobs
  • (Studio Theatre)

Considered one of the greatest plays of the American theatre, Angels in America is the winner of two Tony Awards and the 1991 Pulitzer Prize for drama. It is moving and funny, theatrical and deeply American in its attitudes and political concerns. Angels’ is comprised of two full-length plays; CSUEB will be performing Part One, Millennium Approaches. The play occurs in 1986 and mixes magical realism with high comedy as it presents the America of the Reagan era as a nation at a political, spiritual and sexual crossroads. It is a meditation on what it means to live and die and be connected. "Angels in America is the broadest, deepest, most searching American play of our time."-Jack Kroll, Newsweek. 

  • November 29 2006
  • By Eric Kupers
  • (Univ. Theatre)

Everything you thought you knew about dance, turned on its head. ALL SIZES—ALL ABILITIES. A performance showing the culminating of the Fall Quarter dance for all abilities class. Special guest artist Neil Marcus.


  • December 1-2, 2006
  • Produced by Nina Haft and Eric Kupers with the CSUEB Dance Faculty
  • (PE 140)

Ice (formerly called Winter Wonderland) is a showcase of dance performed by CSUEB students. All styles and levels are included in this family friendly celebration -- hip hop, modern, musical theater, ballet, jazz, physical theater, ballroom, capoeira and more! The CSUEB Dance Ensemble shows student choreography as works in progress; our Dance Team (Eclectic Pulse) is featured, as well as other student dance clubs and groups. Faculty choreography is also performed as part of our multicultural feast of dance. 

  • December 15-16 2006
  • Based on the story by Charles Dickens
  • Adapted by Marc Jacobs
  • Directed by A. Fajilan
  • (Univ. theatre)

This holiday classic will warm your heart and become one of your family's favorite traditions.