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Friday, March 15, 2019

March 14 - 23, 2019 

Featuring SoCal Premieres, Diverse Voices, and Stories of Activism 


Artistic Director and Chair of the CSULB Theatre Arts Department Jeff Janisheski continues his 3rd season strengthening partnerships with artists in our community.  This season features artists from across the creative spectrum: Welcoming professional directors such has Ovation-nominated Kari Hayter and Bootleg Theater co-founder Jessica Hanna, and Bruce A Lemon Jr., Artistic Director of Watts Village Theater. Jeff Janisheski says, “Cal Rep’s spring season celebrates community: those that are already in our orbit, the new voices we champion, and the community partners and artists we want to work with.”


Cal Rep's spring season includes the premiere of CSULB Alumna Tahirih Moeller's A Live Mixtape featuring the diverse voices of Los Angeles County, beautifully woven together with hip-hop, rap, gospel, and opera. A Live Mixtape won 2nd place in the "Hip Hop Theatre Creator Award" at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. A Live Mixtape was further developed in 2018 when Moeller was Cal Rep’s Playwright-in-Residence.  


Directed by the Artistic Director of Watts Village Theater Company, Bruce A. Lemon, Jr. is an actor, director and radio host who works to reimagine his community through his work. A storyteller born and raised in Watts, California, Lemon has worked with numerous theatre companies in LA including LA Opera, Son of Semele, Company of Angels, Illyrian Players and many more. 


 Cal Rep is proud to present their final show of the 18-19 season with the esteemed Long Beach Opera. This dynamic collaboration weaves together Philip Glass' opera In The Penal Colony - adapted from Franz Kafka's short story - and incorporates devised elements created from interviews with Project Rebound, a group of formerly incarcerated students. Professional artists, students, and faculty will explore this urgent issue of capital punishment through workshops hosted by Long Beach Opera’s Community Advisory Committee and the CSULB Theatre Arts Department