Student-run theatre company presents dark comedy

Flyer for "Den of Thieves"

~ By Miguel Gastelum, communications specialist for University Theatre

Fresno State’s Experimental Theatre Company announces its spring 2018 production, “Den of Thieves” by Stephen Adly-Gurgis. The production is directed by Fresno State student Danielle Valdivia and will run April 13 through 15 in the Lab School 101 Theatre.

Maggie is a young single woman trying to change her life. She and her sponsor Paul are part of a 12-step program intended to help recovering thieves.

When Maggie’s no-good ex arrives and tells them about a large sum of unguarded drug money, she and Paul give in to their lesser instincts and decide to assist in the robbery. They are joined by Flaco, the ex’s new girlfriend — a stripper with a third-grade reading level and a healthy dose of attitude. Predictably, things don’t go according to plan.

When the foursome find themselves at the mercy of a reluctant gangster, they have no choice but to try and use their wits to escape. Louie “Little Tuna” Pescatore offers them a deal: He needs “one body and three thumbs,” so they can decide for themselves who gets to live — and who doesn’t.

From the madcap brain of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Stephen Adly-Gurgis comes an early comedy about survival, theft and donuts.

The cast includes Arium Andrews, Ian Jones, Alexis Macedo, Sophia McCurry, Rachel Roberson, Joshua Slack and Andrew Trevino.

Performances are at 4 and 8 p.m. April 13, 7:30 p.m. April 14 and 2 p.m. April 15.

Tickets are $5 general admission. Box office hours are from noon to 4 p.m. on weekdays and 30 minutes before each performance. Parking is free for shows on Friday through Sunday night.

For more information, contact the box office at 559.278.2216 or

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