Experimental Theatre Company debuts ‘10-Minute Originals’ by Fresno State students

A girl with arms raised, a broken cell phone, a yellow umbrella between two people, an illustration of a lucha libre wrestler.

Fresno State’s Experimental Theatre Company presents its first in-person performance since the Fall of 2019; “10-Minute Originals” features four short plays written and directed by Fresno State students and alumni.

Performances are at 4 and 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14 in Lab School 101 Theater. General admission is $5. The production is intended only for mature audiences. Children under 12 are not permitted.

“The Play Formerly Known as ‘Bread’” | written and directed by Ethan Magil

Having just gone through a rough breakup, Jade grapples with moving on from her ex-boyfriend through tubs of ice cream. All is revealed when Jade finds her roommate, Miranda’s, phone on the floor.

“OUT LOUD” |written by Sunshine de Castro and directed by Ethan Magill

Set in a San Francisco apartment, this lighthearted comedy centers around Mara, a young woman who grapples with coming out to her parents. With help from her girlfriend and best friend, they work together to get her out of her comfort zone and the closet.

“Bus Stop” | written and directed by Santiago Batista, edited by Duncan Hoge and Alexis Chavez

You never know who you might run into at a bus stop! What starts out as a normal day for our protagonist whirlwinds into quirky chaos and laughs.

“Hombres Verdaderos: Part 1” written by alumna Alexis Macedo and directed by Carlos Sanchez

Anything can happen before Mamá calls for dinner. Until then, the masked “EL NIÑO RÁPIDO” takes to the ring before a crowd of adoring fans! But, as a fatal blow smacks our tearful little luchador out of his fantasy, a voice from beyond reminds him of the harmful reality that “hombres verdaderos, no lloran.”

Until further notice, proof of complete COVID vaccination or a negative result from a COVID test performed within 72 hours of the performance day is required to be admitted. The Department of Theatre and Dance will also require audience members to be fully masked while inside the theatre. Doors open 30 minutes before curtain. Latecomers will not be permitted, and there are no refunds or exchanges. The box office is open from noon to 4 p.m. on weekdays and accepts cash, check, or credit card. Tickets may also be purchased at the door, cash only.

Parking is free in any lot for the duration of the run. For more information, contact the box office at 559.278.2216 or universitytheatre@csufresno.edu.

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