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October 30, 2012 > Theatre Preview: Particulate Matter

Theatre Preview: Particulate Matter

Submitted By Karen Silva, Photo by Vicky Haney

Chabot College Theater tackles (yet another) local, political issue in their upcoming fall semester play. Written and directed by Theater Arts instructor Rachel LePell, "Particulate Matter" explores the relationships of individuals within the context of a raging political battle - the fight over the building of a local power plant. This play is based on our very own local crisis, the building of the Russell City Energy Center.

Josh, the play's protagonist, is in the midst of two battles, one political, one private. He and his wife, Lily, are struggling to communicate, while he is busy fighting against the erection of a power plant in his community - he is a committed political activist. She, Lily, is a committed biologist, a Ph.D. candidate at the university in town. While engaged in this protest, Josh becomes romantically and sexually distracted by an alluring cohort, Dorrine, as well as being under pressure by his aging mother to get a "real" job. Meanwhile, tension rises between "old school" and "new school" activist strategies; Joella wants to pound the pavement, while Luke insists on new technology and incorporating the folks from the Occupy movement.

The play combines poetic drama and realism, which mirrors the intersection between the public and private, representational and presentational forms. Faculty Emeritus Dr. Dennis Chowenhill joins LePell as dramaturg.

Performances run November 7 - 10 at 8 p.m., with two matinee performances on November 10 and 11 at 2 p.m. Tickets, available at the door, are $10 for students, staff, and seniors, and $15 for general admission. There is also a $2 cost for a temporary parking permit (purchase in student lot).

Particulate Matter
November 7 - 11
8 p.m. (matinees 2 p.m.)
Reed L. Buffington Visual and Performing Arts Center
Chabot College
25555 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward
(510) 723-6830
Tickets: $10, $15

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