University Theatre kicks off the season with Pulitzer Prize finalist ‘4,000 Miles’

A city street in an orange sunset-like glow in perspective as objects in motion are blured.

By Miguel A. Gastelum, Communication Specialist and Box Office Manager

After suffering a major loss on a cross-country bike trip, 21-year-old Leo seeks solace from his feisty 91-year-old grandmother Vera in her West Village apartment. Over a month, these unlikely roommates infuriate, bewilder, and ultimately reach each other. “4,000 Miles” looks at how two outsiders find their way in today’s world. “4000 Miles” was a 2013 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Fresno State’s University Theatre will present its first production of the 2022 – 2023 Mainstage season, “4000 Miles” written by Amy Herzog, and directed by Kathleen McKinley. 

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30 – Oct. 1 and Oct. 4 – 8, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3 at the Dennis and Cheryl Woods Theatre. Tickets are $17 for adults, $15 for Fresno State faculty, staff, alumni and military and $10 for all students. The production is intended only for mature audiences. Children under 12 are not permitted.

“I think it’s important for our peers, the twenty-somethings age group, to come see this show,” says cast member Haley McNeely. “Some of us have already lost, and some have yet to lose; but, whether or not that’s something that resonates, I think it’s a super important show for us to see at this stage in our lives.”

The cast includes Kelsey Deroian, Molly Heng, Haley McNeely, and Tyler Murphy.

Fresno State no longer requires masks to be worn indoors, but based on updated guidance from public health experts, the University highly recommends that all students, faculty, and staff, regardless of vaccination status, wear a surgical grade or KN95 mask indoors. 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 one hour before each performance, and it accepts cash, check, or credit card payments.

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.

For more information, contact the box office at 559.278.2216 or

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