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SSU presents sonnets for an old century

April 9, 2021

 The Department of Theatre Arts & Dance presents, Sonnets for an Old Century, a play performed by twenty-two actors each taking on their own character as they convey a life story in the span of a monologue, or sonnet. In addition to the vibrant performances given by each actor, each sonnet, written by award-winning playwright, José Rivera, will be brought to life with the supplementation of the green screen technology which will provide the perfect illustrations of what is going on in the character’s mind. Debuting next Thursday, a pre-recording of Sonnets will be streamed live, online for free.

Fri, Apr. 9 at 7p.m. (Program B with Q&A after the show)

Sat, Apr. 10 at 2p.m. (Program A with Q&A after the show) and 7p.m. (Program B)

Sun, Apr. 10 at 2 p.m. (Program B) and 7p.m. (Program A)

The production is directed by Paul Draper with voice coaching by Marie Ramirez Downing, both acting professors from the Department of Theatre Arts & Dance. Actors include Sonoma State University faculty, students, alumni, and other folks outside the university with a background in acting.

In addition to this performance, the department will be hosting a conversation with special guest, José Rivera, who will be joining students and faculty on Friday, April 2 at 10 a.m. for an open discussion. This event is free and open to the public and is co-presented by Sonoma State University's Acting Program and The Performing Arts Club. Guest Speaker Conversation Registration

Tickets are free for each performance, but registration for a Zoom Webinar date and time is required. 

 The production will include two post-show Q&A’s with the cast and director during its run that will require registration.

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