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Arturo Ui Auditions

Oct 25, 2017

Winter Mainstage Auditions 

Come to Building 45, #212 on Monday, November 27 to audition for the Theatre and Dance Department's Winter Mainstage production of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui written by Bertolt Brecht, translated by Jennifer Wise.

Audition material will be provided at the door. Perusal scripts are available ahead of time at the department office (Building 45, #103)

1930s Chicago – the Great Depression has laid waste to the city’s grocery business. Along comes Arturo Ui to make a name for himself. Together, with his gang of thugs, Ui’s offer of small-time protection quickly transform into a menacing grab for absolute power. Bertolt Brecht’s historical parable in the form of an old-fashioned gangster play, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui is a clever and frightening satire about the rise of a demagogue; a compelling, cautionary tale ripe for our current times.


For more information, please contact Josh Machamer @

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Theatre Alumni Days Oct. 19-20

Oct 16, 2017

Cal Poly’s Theatre program presents a two-day, interactive event that brings students together with alumni from a variety of professions October 19-20.

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Stupid F**king Bird May 11-13, 18-20

"Stupid F**king Bird" opens in May

Apr 25, 2017

Cal Poly’s Theatre and Dance Department will present Aaron Posner’s “Stupid F**king Bird” at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, May 11-13 and 18-20, in the Spanos Theatre on campus.

Orchesis Dance Company

Sep 30, 2016

Auditions for the 2017-2018 Orchesis Dance Company will be held on Thursday, September 21 at 6:10 p.m. in the Cal Poly Dance Studio (Building 60, Room 6 - Crandall Gym).

A MANDATORY Informational Meeting will be held at 6:10 p.m. on Tuesday, September 19 at 6:10 p.m. also in the Dance Studio. Please bring your schedule and a pen with you to this meeting.

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Al Schnupp's Play "The Collection," Tours California

Jul 21, 2016

Al Schnupp'ss play The Collection, about the fascinating life and times of art patron and collector, Peggy Guggenheim, is currently touring around California and receiving great notices in San Luis Obispo Tribune, Santa Barbara News-Press and The Fresno Bee.

'The Collection' by Professor Al Schnupp to Tour Central California July 2016

Jun 30, 2016

"THE COLLECTION," written by Cal Poly professor, Al Schnupp, celebrates the life and legacy of Peggy Guggenheim, eccentric and invincible collector of modern art. The play features four actors, 34 vibrant episodes and 40 transformational paintings. 

Black Comedy Opens 5/12

May 11, 2016

Cal Poly’s Theatre and Dance Department will present Peter Shaffer’s “Black Comedy” at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, May 12-14 and 19-21, in the Spanos Theatre on campus. “Things are funnier in the dark,” said Josh Machamer, Cal Poly theatre professor and director of the production. “The play revolves around a lovesick artist who looks to impress his fiancée’s father by borrowing art and antiques from an absentee neighbor. It’s a perfect plan -- until the lights go out! With the characters literally and figuratively in the dark, the audience is exposed to unexpected exploits and escapades in this madcap British farce.”

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Dances With Tiger Lilly

May 3, 2016

A talk by: Larissa FastHorse Playwright, Performer, Film & Theatre Artist

Thursday, May 5
6:00 p.m.
Bldg.180, Rm. 0101

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Community Speaks for Free Speech

Mar 11, 2016

Cal Poly Theatre and Dance Department presents COMMUNITY SPEAKS FOR FREE SPEECH a community-based theater performance produced by PCPA. A play by Karin Hendricks and The Ensemble of Community Speaks! 2016.

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Cal Poly to Present Arthur Miller’s ‘The Crucible’ Feb. 25-27, March 3-5

Feb 17, 2016

Cal Poly’s Theatre and Dance Department will present Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible”at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 25-27 and March 3-5, in the Spanos Theatre on campus.


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