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COC students perform in Tony award-winning production

Posted: March 17, 2009 5:59 p.m.
Updated: March 17, 2009 3:23 p.m.
In April, the college's theatre department will present the Tony award-winning revival "A Doll's House" in the Black Box theatre at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons.

Described by Time magazine as a "thunderclap of an evening that takes your breath away," "A Doll's House" has been a controversial play since its original release in 1879 due to its revelation of the realities of marriage and restricted female roles during the Victorian era.

However, even after more than one hundred years of progress and enlightenment, the play still remains universally relevant today, says Susan Hinshaw, theatre instructor at the college and director of the production.

"Some people see this play as a museum piece. I definitely do not, nor do any of the designers," Hinshaw said. "We wanted this production to express the universality of the play, so we've come up with several ways of doing that."

One unique aspect of the production is the decision to direct the play as an arena, or theatre-in-the-round, production. In addition, each of the three different acts will be set in a different time period - ranging from the Victorian age, to the 1950's and ending in the present.

"It's a way of showing that these issues are still alive and with us today," Hinshaw said. "Our scenic designer, Brodie Steele, has designed a beautiful set and our students are being challenged, and having a great deal of fun, while working in-the-round. It's a very exciting process."

The College of the Canyons production of "A Doll's House" will open in the Black Box theatre Thursday, April 2, and run through Sunday, April 5.

Show times are as follows:
Thursday April 2, at 8 p.m.
Friday April 3, at 8 p.m.
Saturday April 4, at 2 p.m.
Sunday April 5, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Admission is $5 for students and seniors and $10 for adults. Group rates are available.


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