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April 27, 2010 > Theatre Preview: Wayward

Theatre Preview: Wayward

An immersive dance/theatre event

"Wayward," is an immersive dance and theatre event that will lead audiences on a journey through and around the Cal State East Bay University.

Guests will assemble in the University Theater for the show. "Wayward" is rated R for mature content and non-sexual nudity, and will consist of two parts, both focused on issues concerning growing up, rites of passage and what it means to be an adult.

The opening act, "Big Red," was created and directed by Nina Haft, theater and dance assistant professor, as a contemporary riff on the classic fairy tale, "Little Red Riding Hood."

"Big Red" will take the performers and guests including those with special access needs to several non-traditional performance spaces in and around the theatre building, culminating on stage with the audience in a celebratory ritual circle, according to Haft.

The second half of the show will be a preview performance of "Dan Plonsey's Bar Mitzvah," a work directed by Eric Kupers, theater and dance assistant professor, with CSUEB students and alumni, Dandelion Dance Theater, and the band Daniel Popsicle, and co-presented by the Jewish Music Festival.

Dan Plonsey's Bar Mitzvah," invites audiences into a bizarre, joyful and unusual rite-of-passage celebration for composer Dan Plonsey a 50-year-old secular Jew who never had a Bar Mitzvah, and is now questioning what it means to be an adult and a member of a community. Interdisciplinary performers examine the nature of family gatherings, conformity versus individuality and social taboos. The full work will have its world premiere performances in July at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco.

Tickets to Wayward, at $15 general, $10 youth/senior/alumni, $5 for CSUEB students, may be reserved at or at (510) 885-3118.

Fridays and Saturdays
May 7, 8 and 14, 15
8 p.m.
May 16
2 p.m.
University Theatre
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward
(510) 885-3118
$15 general, $10 youth/senior/alumni, $5 for CSUEB students

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