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January 28, 2009 > 'Tongues' performs theatre festival

'Tongues' performs theatre festival

For the first time in more than two decades, a Cal State University East Bay (CSUEB) theatrical performance has been invited to take part in the Region VIII Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival at California State University, Fullerton.

"Tongues" is a dance/theatre/music whirlwind written by Sam Shephard and Joseph Chaikin and directed/choreographed by Eric Kupers, and is half of "Solo/Tongues," which was performed on the CSUEB campus in December.

In preparation for the Southern California competition, audiences will have one more opportunity to see "Tongues" at a benefit preview at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, February 8.

"Tongues," created and performed with a multi-racial, intergenerational, physically integrated cast of dancers, actors and musicians, with and without disabilities, investigates a flood of memories, emotions and insights during one man's last moments of life.

"I'm thrilled to be remounting "Tongues" in both the Bay Area and Southern California," said Kupers. "There are so many different influences, artistic forms and groups of people converging in the work that we weren't aware of how powerful it would be until it all came together at show time. Now we get to delve deeper and more expansively this second run into the profound subject matter of mortality, facing the unknown and acknowledging the diverse voices that make up who we are," adds Kupers.

Thomas Hird, Professor of Theatre and Dance and Department Chair, added, "One inspirational aspect of this dance theatre interpretation of 'Tongues' is Professor Kuper's wheelchair choreography. You have to see it to know what I mean. Kupers has been teaching Mixed Ability Dance for several years and wants to expand to a full degree or option in inclusive dance. See 'Tongues' and you will discover more evidence that disability is no barrier to artistic performance," said Hird.

Tickets to the preview are $10 general, $7 youth (age 3-18), seniors (55+) and alumni, and $5 for CSUEB students. They may be reserved at, or by calling (510) 885- 3118. Parking is $5 per vehicle per day.

Tickets to the February 13-14 performances at Fullerton are available by registering for a day pass for the festival:

Tongues - CSUEB Benefit Performance
Sunday, February 8
7:30 p.m.
University Theatre
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward
(510) 885- 3118

Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Performance
Friday, February 13. 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 14, 2 p.m.
CSU Fullerton, Little Theatre (PA 104)
Attendance requires festival registration at

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