Thursday, August 2, 2018

Drama and comedy as Grossmont College 2018-19 Theatre Arts season gets underway

The critically acclaimed masterpiece “Arcadia,” an adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Goloshes of Fortune,” and the dramatic comedy “She Kills Monsters” are among the classics headlining the Stagehouse Theatre’s 2018-19 season at Grossmont College.

Season and individual tickets are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased by calling (619) 644-7234 or by visiting . Parking is free.      
The new season opens with a production of “Arcadia,” a 1993 play written by Tom Stoppard delves into the relationship between past and present, order and disorder, certainty and uncertainty. Directed by Beth Duggan, “Arcadia” will be performed Oct. 4, 5, 6, 11, 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 6 and 13 at 2 p.m. 

 “The Goloshes of Fortune,” adapted by Elizabeth Wong and directed by Brian Rickel, will be performed the evenings of Nov. 2 and 3 at 7:30 p.m., and at 2 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Stagehouse Theatre. It also will be on tour at 15 San Diego County elementary schools from October through the first week of December. Set in Copenhagen, “The Galoshes of Fortune” centers on a set of time-traveling boots that underscores the importance of living in the present.

“She Kills Monsters,” a dramatic comedy by Qui Nguyen, first debuted in 2011 and details how a woman, through the game Dungeons & Dragons, learns more about her deceased younger sister than she never really knew. Directed by Jason Heil, “She Kills Monsters” will be performed Nov. 29 and 30, Dec. 1, 6, 7 and 8 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 1 and 8 at 2 p.m.

The Stagehouse Theatre’s 14th annual Inside the Actors Process features “Monsters, Magic, and Mischief,” a production that will be appearing at more than a dozen local high schools throughout the region as part of an ongoing effort at exposing teen audiences to the art of acting. Coordinated by Ben Cole, “Monsters, Magic, and Mischief” also will be performed at the Stagehouse Theatre on Feb. 1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 2 at 2 p.m.

The spring 2019 season continues with a production of “Spring Awakening,” which takes a critical look at the sexually oppressive culture of 19th century Germany and is considered a seminal work in the modern history of theatre. Directed by Meg DeBoard, “Spring Awakening” will be performed March 14, 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. and March 16 and 23 at 2 p.m.

 The 2018-19 season concludes with “Failure: A Love Story,” written by Philip Dawkins and directed by Brian Rickel. “Failure: A Love Story” is set in 1928, the last year of each of the Fail sisters’ lives. This funny, moving and profoundly wise play reminds us that in the end, all that remains is love. “Failure: A Love Story” will be performed May 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. and May 11 and 18 at 2 p.m.

For those wishing to purchase tickets in person, construction of a new performing and visual arts center is taking place adjacent to the Stagehouse Theatre, and that has resulted in the Theatre Arts Department office moving to a portable building at the southeast corner of Lot 1.