Student-run company doubles down on original student works

Así es la Vida

The Experimental Theatre Company (ETC) is pleased to present “Shelter-in-Plays: Part Two,” the second installment of original virtual plays. Part two is entirely written, directed, produced, and performed by Fresno State students and will premiere at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 16, on the official University Theatre YouTube channel and continue indefinitely. A special pre-premiere Facebook Live will also be held at 7 p.m. April 16 on the University Theatre Facebook page. The Facebook Live will include the writers and directors of the original virtual plays.

After the success of the first “Shelter-in-Plays” installment, The Experimental Theatre Company (ETC) decided to produce a second installment in the series. The productions were developed, rehearsed, and created entirely over Zoom. No face-to-face meetings were held while these productions were in development.

“We had such great success with the first installment of ‘Shelter-in-Plays’ that we decided to make it a two-part series,” said ETC Chair Dylan Murphy. “We love being able to give Fresno State students an opportunity to have their original work developed and produced through our student-run theatre company. We are so excited to share with you all of their hard work.”

The original virtual plays include “Love Letters from Someone Who’s Not in Love” written by Emily King and directed by Alexis Gonzalez, “Marital Madness” written and directed by Santiago Batista, “Así es la Vida” written and directed by JJ Valentin, and “The Interview” written and directed by Arashnoor Gill.

For more information, contact the box office at 559.278.7512 or

“Love Letters from Someone Who’s Not in Love”

“Love Letters from Someone Who’s Not in Love” is a poem compilation from four different perspectives on the central theme: love. Each poem, or letter, are odes to all facets of love—-unrequited love, former love, love for life, and love for the self.

“Marital Madness

Two couples struggle with a wild love affair. Love and lies consume one another as each of these people try to seek their true desires

“Así es la Vida”

Life is full of obstacles. For Estella, her individuality and womanhood are eager to see the light. We follow her journey as she learns beyond the phrase, “Así es la Vida.”

“The Interview”

After having gone through a rough year in the pandemic and finding no success on the job front, Brian prepares to go in for one more job interview. Brian is stunned when the interviewers inform him that they have received a transcript of his internet history from the beginning of the pandemic to his interview date. The interviewers allege that the transcripts are just to “cross-reference Brian’s answers,” but the interview takes an unexpected turn as the interviewers uncover more details and searches from Brian’s history.

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