Los Angeles Mission College will present a radically contemporary production of the classic American musical, Cabaret, with a cast and crew that represents the demographic diversity and cultural concerns of the San Fernando Valley. Cabaret, with a book by Joe Masteroff and music and lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb, is directed by Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts, Robert Cucuzza.
Cabaret will be presented November 817, 2018, with shows on Thursdays and Fridays at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday at 2:00 and 8:00 p.m. in the AMP Theater in LA Missions brand new Arts, Media & Performance Building.
This highly contemporary version of the groundbreaking American musical brings to life the iconic character of Sally Bowles and the denizens of Berlin's Kit Kat Klub on the eve of Hitlers rise to power in 1930. Visually dynamic scenic, costume, prop and video design draws from influences both contemporary and historical, weaving Mexican Goth, Expressionism, abstract painting, and Bauhaus design into a stunning world that straddles both Nazi Germany and 2018 America.
Cabaret is LA Mission Colleges most ambitious production to date, with a company of over fifty, including students, professors, and guest artists. Cucuzza has assembled a team of professional artists to work hand-in-hand with students to bring this multidisciplinary production to life. Bessie Award-winning choreographer Stacy Stearns brings years of experience in the New York and Los Angeles dance worlds to create the salty world of the Kit Kat Klub. Actor Mark Lewis (Peter and the Starcatcher) returns to LA Mission to play the lead role, Herr Schultz. Scenic designer Dorothy Hoover returns, as well, bringing her vast experience in visual art and theatre design. Video designer Hsuan-Kwang Hsieh will create evocative projections to enhance the world with cutting-edge technology.
Director Robert Cucuzza, speaking of the importance of presenting Cabaret in 2018 Sylmar, says, Even though the play is set in 1930 Berlin as the Nazi Party began its rise, there are terrifying similarities to what is happening in 2018 America, where history appears to be repeating itself. We can see a dangerous escalation of xenophobia, people of color asked to prove their citizenship, families separated, children interred in concentration camps, and people of color, particularly Latinos, targeted by the government for mass deportation. This play is not only an historical document about what was happening in Berlin, its a mirror to whats happening now in the United States. These are terrifying times and we have to speak about it, be aware of it, and allow our art to be a voice for change.
Los Angeles Mission College (View)
13356 Eldridge Avenue
Sylmar, CA 91342
|Minimum Age: 10|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|