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Black Comedy Opens 5/12

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.”

“Black Comedy” features the work of Theatre and Dance Department students, faculty and staff, including theatre arts senior Kimberlee Vandenburg, who served as costume designer; Thomas J. Bernard, costume design mentor; Clint Bryson, technical director; Sarah Bryan, costume shop supervisor; and Pegi Marshall-Amundsen, set and lighting designer. About 40 students from a variety of majors are contributing to the production through construction, backstage work, management, publicity and performance.

Tickets are $20 for the public and $12 for students, senior citizens and children. Tickets are available through the Performing Arts Ticket Office from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. To order by phone, call 805-SLO-4TIX (805-756-4849).

The performance is sponsored by Cal Poly’s Theatre and Dance Department, College of Liberal Arts, and Instructionally Related Activities Program.

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