Productions 2018-19

Dear Friends, Colleagues and Students,

The Theatre and Dance Department is once again very excited to showcase a well-rounded season of performances here at Cal Poly this academic year.

The main stage productions continue to be key components in our educational mission, which is to provide opportunity and support for creative expression, intellectual development, and aesthetic appreciation for students, faculty, staff and audience. Each show in this year’s varied season makes good on the department’s focus on Learn by Doing — comprehensive, hands-on training that gives students a balanced and enriched knowledge of performance, onstage and behind the scenes. 

All of our performances are on campus at the Alex and Faye Spanos Theatre. For ticket information, call the Performing Arts Ticket Center at 805-756-2787. And you can always reach us in our main department office at 805-756-1465.

Thank you for your support. See you at the theatre!

Josh Machamer
​Chair, Theatre & Dance Department 

Cal Poly Theatre & Dance
Season 2018-19 Upcoming Productions

80s Mix Tape, Cal Poly Theatre and Dance

Trust Fall

Written by Al Schnupp

november 1–3, 8–10, 2018

Daedalus is a gifted sculptor and celebrated inventor who designed the labyrinth. The real source of Daedalus’ inspiration, however, is his saucy model, Lydia. His son, Icarus, is a sweet, insightful simpleton. His agent, Takus, is a slick but ineffective capitalist. His most loyal customer, King Minos, plagues him with unusual demands. The adventures of Daedalus lead to imprisonment, a misguided escape and life as a fugitive. A comic saga of a man who creates problems that others must solve. Learn more ›

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The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

Tabula Rasa

Orchesis Dance Concert

january 18–19, 24–26, 2019

Tabula Rasa, the 49th Annual Cal Poly Orchesis Dance Company concert, transforms the Spanos Theatre stage into an open space. No drapes masking the backstage areas; we’re cleaning the stage slate broadening our performance space beyond the proscenium. Guest artists, Cal Poly faculty, and students, have created pieces in multiple genres that embrace the idea of a blank slate, learned knowledge, and perception. Learn more ›

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Hookman, Cal Poly Theatre

The Tempest

Written by William Shakespeare

FEBRUARY 28 – march 2, 7–9, 2019

A distant island… a storm… a shipwreck… and some magic. In this re-imagining of Shakespeare’s classical play, all is not what it seems. Plots of revenge are hatched, young love blossoms, and those that are lost become found. Learn more ›

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4,000 Miles, Cal Poly Theatre

Stop Kiss

Written by Diane Son

may 9-11, 16-18, 2019

Two young women in New York, Callie and Sara, unexpectedly fall in love. Their first kiss incites a violent, homophobic attack that transforms each of their lives in ways they never could have imagined. With poignancy and humor, Diana Son’s moving story provides a powerful snapshot of our contemporary landscape. Learn more ›

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