SAN BERNARDINO – A legendary war, poet, actress and big legendary hair take center stage with the new 2012-2013 theatre season at Cal State San Bernardino.
In November, “The Trojan Women: A Love Story” opens the season of four productions. The other three shows are “The Twists and Turns of Edgar Allan Poe,” “Hay Fever” and “Hairspray.” “Trojan Women” picks up its story after Troy’s great fall to Carthage. While the women mourn the loss of family, their city and civilization, a defeated Trojan hero falls again – this time for the love of a Carthaginian queen. Greek tragedy, opera and pop culture meet in this play by Charles Mees. The show contains strong language and adult content. It runs Nov. 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17 at 8 p.m., and Nov. 11 and 18 at 2 p.m.
“The Twists and Turns of Edgar Allan Poe” is a fun and curious traipse into the mysterious death of the poet. He died suddenly in 1849. All of the official records of his death have been lost and no known cause has ever been found. The play is suited for adults and children of all ages. The show runs Nov. 29 and 30 at 8 p.m., Dec. 1 at 2 and 8 p.m., and Dec. 2 at 2 p.m.
As much as Poe’s death is mysterious, the manners of a famous actress, Judith Bliss, and her family are bad – in that funny, crazy kind of way. “Hay Fever” is Noel Coward’s antics-rich story of a family entertaining (and carrying on affairs with) their guests at its quaint country home. The play runs March 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16 at 8 p.m., and March 10 and 17 at 2 p.m.
The season wraps up with “Hairspray,” the musical that won eight Tony Awards in 2003 after it hit Broadway. But it was Baltimore where the show’s main character, Tracy Turnblad – a big girl with big dreams and big hair – gets the big break. When a TV show hires Tracy, she inspires other teens, who fight for the right to dance, integrate the TV network and manage to find love while they’re at it. Producers describe the show as a “sing-out-loud” musical. It runs May 31 and June 1, 6, 7 and 8 at 8 p.m., and June 1, 2, 8 and 9 at 2 p.m.
For ticket information, call the CSUSB theatre box office at (909) 537-5884 or go to theatre.csusb.edu.