A staged reading of THE CHISERA by Paula Cizmar on Earth Day opening the 2016 Mach 33 Festival of Science-Driven plays
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THEATER ARTS AT CALTECH PRESENTS 3rd ANNUAL EARTH DAY EVENT
WHEN: Friday, April 22 (Earth Day), 2016
6:00 pm Pre-Show: Interactive Artist Event with Kim Stringfellow and free coffee from Rose City Coffee + food trucks; 7:30pm: staged reading of The Chisera by Paula Cizmar and post-show discussion
WHERE: Ramo Auditorium Patio and Ramo Auditorium, Caltech campus. Park in any of the lots on Michigan Avenue or the parking structure at 370 S. Holliston Ave., Pasadena, CA. Follow signs to walk past the Beckman Auditorium to Ramo Auditorium in the Baxter building.
TICKETS: Purchase at the door. Suggested donation to Theater Arts at Caltech $5 - $25.
In an exciting Earth Day event at Caltech on Friday, April 22, Theater Arts at Caltech presents a staged reading of a new play about the Los Angeles aqueduct and the California drought, The Chisera by USC playwriting professor Paula Cizmar (Seven, January), directed by Arden Thomas (Associate Artistic Director of Mach 33: The Festival of New Science-Driven Plays at Caltech) and starring Carrie Ancker, Ann K Lindsay, Angelo McCabe (Boston Court), Anne Vaughan, Rob Vestal (Native Voices Artists Ensemble at the Autry), and Caltech undergraduate Lydia Kivrak. At Caltech the playwright collaborated with two geologists, PhD students Alistair Hayden and Jason Price, to develop the science in the play. "Because of my work with the Caltech science mentors," Cizmar notes, "the main character of the play became a geophysicist, not a geologist, and the world of her work expanded. Alistair also gave me a great idea for the end of the play — follow the aqueduct — which mirrored the driving force of the play: follow the past to the present, follow the loss of water to the consequences today."
The Earth Day event begins on the lawn outside the theater at 6:00pm with our interactive artist event. Sound artist Kim Stringfellow offers a discussion and presentation of her project "There It Is – Take It!" which examines the controversial social, political, and environmental history of the Los Angeles Aqueduct system. With free coffee from Rose City Coffee and food trucks!
The performance is at 7:30pm, followed by a dynamic post-show discussion when the playwright Paula Cizmar is joined onstage by the play's science mentors Alistair Haydn and Jason Price; actor Rob Vestal; Jess Atkins, Professor of Geochemistry and Environmental Science; and Cathy Gudis, professor of History and director of the Public History Program at the University of California, Riverside.
For further information on The Chisera or for directions to the theater, go to http://tacit.caltech.edu/Mach33/ or call the Caltech ticket office at 626-395-4652 and press 4 for a live operator. This Earth Day event is presented by Theater Arts at Caltech with support from Caltech Student Affairs, The Linde Center for Global Environmental Science, and many others.
The performance of The Chisera is the first show for the 2016 MACH 33: The Festival of New Science-Driven Plays at Caltech, presented by Theater Arts at Caltech under the direction of Brian Brophy. Staged readings of three other science-based plays are featured in the festival. For more information about Theater Arts at Caltech, go to http://www.tacit.caltech.edu. The Chisera is also the culminating event in an entire week of Earth Day events at Caltech that are open to the public. Go to www.earthday.caltech.edu to learn more.
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