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'Twilight of the Golds' Opens Feb. 24 at Cal U - News'Twilight of the Golds' Opens Feb. 24 at Cal U - News


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Steele Box Office

Posted on February 14, 2011

Event Details
8 p.m. Feb. 24-25
2 and 8 p.m. Feb. 26
Blaney Theatre, Steele Hall

The Department of Theatre and Dance opens its 2011 season with The Twilight of the Golds, directed by artist-in-residence Gary John La Rosa.

Performances of the moving melodrama are set for 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday in the Blaney Theatre, in Steele Hall.

La Rosa, a professional director and choreographer, has spent a month helping student actors polish their skills for this challenging show.

A resident of New York City, La Rosa has worked on nearly 200 productions, including off-Broadway and regional theatre, industrial shows, dinner theatre and summer stock. He also coaches performers looking to sharpen their acting and auditioning skills.

The Twilight of the Golds explores the fictional idea that genetic testing could reveal the sexual orientation of an unborn child. La Rosa said the play, by Jonathan Tolins, appealed to him because it combines comedy and drama and will challenge the student actors.

“This play helps students realize their potential and not be afraid to experiment and grow as artists,” he said. “The Twilight of the Golds is an opportunity to bare your soul.”

This is the first time Cal U has welcomed an artist-in-residence. In addition to casting and directing the play, LaRosa was available for classes during the day. He presented workshops on topics such as auditioning and breaking into the business that were open to all theatre students.

“This has been an invaluable experience for our students, and we are certainly looking forward to our opening performance,” said Dr. Michele Pagen, professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance. “We are very fortunate to have had Gary John here with us. His presence has created a lot of excitement and energy.”

Ticket price for Twilight of the Golds is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors; students are admitted free with a Cal Card and a $5 refundable deposit. The production is not suitable for the youngest patrons. For ticket information, or to order tickets (with a credit card) by phone, call the Steele Box Office at 724-938-5943.

Click on the image below to view a "behind the scenes" slideshow of rehearsals for The Twilight of the Golds.
Gary John La Rosa helps students during rehearsal of 'The Twilight of the Golds.'