Book by Dean Pitchford & Walter Bobbie
Music by Tom Snow
Lyrics by Dean Pitchford

Director and Choreographer: AeJay Mitchell
Musical Director: Sierra Dee Rankin
Assistant Choreographer: Cat Reyes

In a moment of clarity and righteous protest during this musical,
we hear an exasperated Ren explain,“ ‘There is a time to every
purpose under heaven - a time a laugh and time to weep. There is
a time to mourn and there is a time to dance.’ There was a time for
this law, but not anymore. And this is our time. Our time to
celebrate life. That’s the way it was in the beginning, the way it’s
always been and that’s the way it should be now.”
Footloose is a call for us all to unleash the shackles of grief, of loss, of
fear, of repression. It demands us to stand up to those who seek to
silence our joy. What an apropos musical journey for us all.
See you on the dance floor! - AeJay Mitchell

Performance Dates:

Friday, March 13, 2020, at 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 14, 2020, at 7:30 pm

Friday, March 20, 2020, at 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 21, 2020, at 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 22, 2020, at 2:00 pm

Location: University Theatre

**This show was canceled due to the COVID-19 State of California stay-at-home order.**




Cal State University East Bay

Department of Theatre and Dance

in association with Theatre Rhinoceros




by Dominique Morisseau

Directed by Darryl V. Jones

Streamed Performance Dates: November 6th at 7:30 pm
On-Demand Streaming November 7th until November 15th
Performance Location: Online Streaming of Recorded Zoom Movie
Check out our Blood at the Root Study Guide for more information about the play and the playwright.
BLOOD AT THE ROOT. A striking new ensemble drama based on the Jena Six; six Black students who were initially charged with attempted murder for a school fight after being provoked with nooses hanging from a tree on campus. This bold new play by Dominique Morisseau (Ain't Too Proud, Sunset Baby, Detroit '67, Skeleton Crew) examines the miscarriage of justice, racial double standards, and the crises in relations between men and women of all classes.
Moving, lyrical, and bold, Blood at the Root probes the complexities of race, individual freedoms, and what justice means when biases have been normalized. When the central character, a black female student named Raylynn, decides it's time for a change in her high school, she sits under a tree around which only white students regularly gather. In response—as was the case in Jena—nooses are subsequently hung from that tree, causing many black students to erupt in protest. Things come to a head when six black students, including Raylynn's brother, attack a white student and are brought up on trumped-up charges.
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Producer & Choreographer: Nina Haft & Eric Kupers
Performance Dates:
Program #1 - Friday, December 4 at 7:30 pm
Program #2 - Saturday, December 5 at 2:30 pm
Program #3 - Saturday, December 5 at 7:30 pm
Location: Virtual Viewing in Zoom
MELT is a weekend dance showcase of
powerful performance, created and performed by
Theatre and Dance students.
Join us in the community as we give voice to our bodies, minds, and spirits!


US in the U.S. & A. Fajilan 



What Had Happened Was...

Dramatized Testimonies of How We Are Holding Up

Part One: The Past

Directed by Tyler Jeffreys


Created by CSUEB Students


This production will examine the oppression and destructive nature of White Supremacy. Taking a step further, we are renaming it "Supremacy Culture." The anxiety, depression, and body dysmorphia we suffer from, along with the mass incarcerations and day-to-day bigotry, are all symptoms of this hate-fueled culture. If we are to defeat this monster, we have to figure out what it really is and what fosters its growth. This problem is much bigger than race relations between Black and White.

US in the U.S. hopes to expose the causes of the Supremacy Culture and help us all realize that we can make changes for the better of all persons. We must learn from the mistakes of the past in order to have a better today and create an even better tomorrow for all.


December 11-12 at 7:00 pm


December 13 at 2:00pm


Performance Location:

CSUEB Theatre and Dance YouTube Channel
US and the U.S. YouTube Channel
Each performance will be followed by a Community Circle hosted on Zoom.