On Sunday, the Cal State Long Beach Department of Theatre Arts will send a troupe of 10 students and faculty members to perform at the Shanghai Drama Academy in Shanghai. The company will present three performances of an original Shakespearean montage compiled expressly for this cultural exchange.
"With Fairest Flower While Summer Lasts," a program of songs, scenes, and soliloquies, will employ the talents of both graduate and undergraduate performers under the direction of faculty member Patricia Boyette.
Performers will include John Ross Clark, Tim Diamond, Amy Griffin, Russell Schmid and Stacy Lee Tilton. Technical support will be provided by stage manager Holly Ahlborn and designer Bill Georges. Li Bin will serve as company interpreter.
Boyette will present an acting workshop for Chinese students, while department Chairman Howard Burman will present a lecture and seminar focusing on current practices of American theater and theatrical training.
The company will perform in the Shanghai Drama Academy's Experimental Theatre, a 999-seat facility considered to be the most up-to-date in China.