2010/11 Season

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Rabbit Hole


This Pulitzer Prize-winning play deals with the ways family members survive a major loss.

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Dracula


This adaptation of Bram Stoker’s classic novel combines wickedly clever language with an often nightmarish world to create a Dracula as you’ve never seen before.

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Venus


This Obie Award-winning play is based on the 19th Century exhibition of Saartjie Baartman – the Venus Hottentot, a South African woman who was exhibited in a cage throughout Europe – features our second year M.F.A. in Acting students.

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Be Aggressive


This sparkling satire about a 17-year-old cheerleader illustrates the superficial values so prevalent in Southern California.

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Is He Dead?


This comedy has a young painter of genius, in love but in debt to a villainous picture- dealer, fake his own death to achieve success while passing himself off as his own sister. Now a rich “widow,” he must find a way to get out of a dress, return to life, and marry the woman he loves.

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The Colored Museum


Award-winning writer/director George C. Wolfe satirizes the black experience in America in the 1980s, presenting eleven scenes – or museum exhibits – of exaggerated images of black life.

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Too Clever By Half


A tale of one man’s mission to finagle his way into upper-class society, no matter what it takes, Too Clever By Half is a social commentary on how far an individual will go to gain wealth and power.

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Cabaret


In 1931 Berlin, as the Nazis are rising to power, the Master of Ceremonies welcomes you to the infamous Kit Kat Club, featuring cabaret singer Sally Bowles, and encourages you to leave your troubles outside. This classic musical features the songs Willkommen, Don’t Tell Mama, Two Ladies, Tomorrow Belongs to Me, as well as the rousing title song, Cabaret.

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Around the World in 80 Minutes


No passports required for this trip as the USC School of Theatre Repertory Dance Company takes you around the world through music and dance.

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Anna Karenina


Anna Karenina, the “grande dame of St. Petersburg society,” forsakes everything – her marriage, her son and her position in society – for the dashing Count Vronksy with tragic consequences.

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Balm in Gilead


In a café frequented by heroin addicts, prostitutes and thieves, two people come together in an attempt to escape the boredom and suffering in their lives.

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The House of Bernarda Alba


Repression, passion, conformity and the effects of men upon women are explored during a period of mourning in the Andalusian house of Bernarda Alba, a woman who wields total control over her five daughters.

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On the Town


When three sailors disembark in New York City for their 24-hour leave, an archeologist, a taxi-cab driver and “Miss Turnstiles” show them what it is like to live on the town. The score features several popular and classic songs, among them New York, New York, Lonely Town, I Can Cook, Too and Some Other Time.

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The Green Bird


School of Theatre faculty member David Bridel has translated this 18th Century Italian fairy tale about a dysfunctional royal family that showcases our second year M.F.A. in Acting students.

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Naga-Mandala


From acclaimed Indian play- wright Girish Karnad, this story-within-a-story has a cursed playwright, who must stay awake all night in a temple, meeting the spirit of a “story” who slipped out of an old woman’s mouth as she snored.

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Dance Migration


New work by members of the current USC School of Theatre Dance Repertory Company combine with classic routines by talented returning alumni choreographers for an exciting dance event that is not to be missed.