Happenings on GCC's campus

A $5 preview night special is offered for the opening of “The Shape of Things” by Neil LaBute in the Glendale Community College Auditorium Studio Theatre at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 19.

Additional shows at regular pricing will be Oct. 20, 21 and 22, Nov. 3, 4 and 5 at 8 p.m. with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. on Nov. 6. Tickets are $10 general, $8 for students and seniors and $6 each for groups of 10 or more. The production is directed by Jeanette D. Farr.

LaBute is widely known for directing such films as “In the Company of Men,” “Death at a Funeral,” and “The Wicker Man.” In “The Shape of Things” LaBute’s characters Adam and Evelyn embark on a relationship that tests the nature of art and friendships. When nerdy Adam meets artist Evelyn and is smitten, she encourages Adam to change in surprising ways as their relationship develops.

The couple are played by Amanda Fontoura as Evelyn and Glendale resident and Hoover High grad Manouel Ohaneysan as Adam. Ryan Rogers of Burbank and Mitra Pashayi-Marandi of La Crescenta are also featured cast members.

“The Shape of Things” is one of two productions of LaBute’s work that will be staged at GCC. “Autobahn,” a collection of one-act plays, will also have a two-weekend run. The $5 admission preview night for “Autobahn” is Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 8 p.m.

The one-acts in “Autobahn” all take place in the front seat of a car. Local residents in the cast include Susana Barraza, Sara Tokumoto and Guilherme Zaiden of Glendale and Ashley Regan of La Crescenta.

“Autobahn” will be staged at 8 p.m. on Oct. 27, 28, 29, Nov. 10, 11 and 12. A matinee performance will be held Sunday, Nov. 13 at 2 p.m.

Due to adult language and content “The Shape of Things” and “Autobahn” are not recommended for children.

Reservations are strongly advised as there is limited seating in the Studio Theatre. There is no late seating. Call 818-240-1000, Ext. 5612 for reservations. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Go to www.glendale.edu/theatre for information. The college is located at 1500 N. Verdugo Rd.

Los Angeles Writers Reading Series Continues

GCC’s biannual Los Angeles Writers Reading Series returns for the third year with “An Afternoon of Literature with D.J. Waldie, Author of ‘Holy Land: a Suburban Memoir’” on Oct. 19 from 12:20 to 1:20 p.m. in Kreider Hall.

Waldie will follow his reading with a question and answer session. Along with “Holy Land: a Suburban Memoir,” Waldie is author of “Where We Are Now: Notes from Los Angeles,” a collection of essays and articles. He is a recipient of the Whiting Writers Award, an NEA Fellowship and the California Arts Council Fellowship and is a contributing editor to the Los Angeles Times.

The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and early arrival is advised.

The Los Angeles Writers Reading Series was started by GCC English instructors Jocelyn Heaney and Claire Phillips to celebrate local writers and to give students access to literary events where they can meet and talk with authors who wrote some of the material used in their English classes. The series is funded by a grant from the Glendale College Foundation and will now expand to other literary events thanks to a partnership with PEN Center USA. On Nov. 9 author David Ulin will discuss his anthology “Cape Cod Noir” with students in the college’s Scholars Program.

Keep Up to Date with GCC

Keep up to date with campus news and events by following GCCPIO on Twitter, becoming a fan of Glendale Community College on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GlendaleCollege, visiting the college website at www.glendale.edu or checking the calendar of public events at www.glendale.edu/events. GCC lectures, performances and other college programming can be found on YouTube at www.youtube.com/user/ScottStalnaker?blend=11&ob=5 or by watching Gateways television show which broadcasts to the greater Glendale area on Charter Cable channel 15. Gateways can be seen on Thursdays at 7 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays at noon.

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