Black Comedy

by Peter Shaffer

Production Dates:

Date: May 12-14 & 19-21,
Time: 8 p.m.
Location: Spanos Theatre, Cal Poly

$12 student, faculty/staff & seniors
$20 general admission

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Cal Poly’s Theatre and Dance Department presented Peter Shaffer’s “Black Comedy” at 8 p.m. 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” featured 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 contributed to the production through construction, backstage work, management, publicity and performance.

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

Black Comedy-2016

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