Small town life takes center stage in Lanford Wilson’s drama, ‘Book of Days’

Book of Days

By Miguel A. Gastelum

University Theatre is pleased to present “Book of Days”, written by Lanford Wilson. This Fresno premiere is directed by J. Daniel Herring and runs March 22 -30, 2019 in the Dennis & Cheryl Woods Theatre in the Speech Arts building on the campus of Fresno State.


Tickets are $17 for adults; $15 for Fresno State faculty, staff, alumni and military; and $10 for all students. Children under 5 not admitted. Group rates are available for groups of 20 or more. Box office hours are noon to 4 p.m. on weekdays and one hour before each performance.

Parking is free for shows on Friday through Sunday night. For shows on Tuesday through Thursday night, parking permits are required and can be purchased at dispensers in parking lots on campus.


When murder roars through the town, Ruth Hoch begins her own quest to find truth and honesty amid small town jealousies, religion, greed, and lies. Lanford Wilson uses note perfect language to create characters that are remarkable both for their comic turns and for their enormous depth. This tornado of a play propels you through its events like a page-turning mystery.

Reminiscent of Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town”, “Book of Days” focuses on the small town of Dublin, Missouri. The town is dominated by three institutions: a cheese plant, a fundamentalist church, and a community theatre.

“‘Book of Days’ depicts a small Missouri town on a collision course comprised of religion, politics, secrets, and scandal,” says Herring. “Judgements are made and justice is at stake. Sometimes we laugh and sometimes we shake our heads in disbelief at the events in today’s world, just as the residents of Dublin, Missouri.”

The cast of Fresno State students includes Arium Andrews, Diego Barba, Alyssa Benitez, Kai DiMino, Jimmy Haynie, Sebastian Huerta-Alvarado, Cassidy LeClair, Erik Olson, Evangelia Pappas, Madeline Rydberg, Joshua Taber, and Andrew Trevino

Book of Days Poster

March 22 – 23 & March 26 – 30 performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and March 24 performance begins at 2:00 p.m. Latecomers will not be permitted.

For more information, contact the box office at 559.278.2216 or universitytheatre@csufresno.edu.

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