The Grossmont College Theatre Arts Department’s spring season got under way Feb. 1 with the 14th annual Inside the Actors Process: Monsters, Magic, and Mischief, to be followed by original productions of Spring Awakening in March and Failure: A Love Story in May.
Inside the Actors Process is an annual production that will be appearing at more than a dozen local high schools throughout the region as part of an ongoing effort at exposing teen audiences to the art of acting. Coordinated by Benjamin Cole, Inside the Actors Process: Monsters, Magic, and Mischief was performed for the public at the Stagehouse Theatre on Feb. 1-2.
The spring season continues with a production of Spring Awakening, which earned eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Spring Awakening takes a critical look at the sexually oppressive culture of 19th century Germany and is considered a seminal work in the modern history of theatre. Based on the play by Frank Wedekind, with music by Duncan Sheik and directed by Meg DeBoard, Spring Awakening will be performed March 14, 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. and March 16 and 23 at 2 p.m.
The 2018-19 season concludes with Failure: A Love Story, written by Philip Dawkins and directed by Brian Rickel. Failure: A Love Story is set in 1928, the last year of each of the Fail sisters’ lives. This funny, moving and profoundly wise play reminds us that in the end, all that remains is love. Failure: A Love Story will be performed May 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. and May 11 and 18 at 2 p.m.
General admission tickets are $15 each, $12 for faculty, staff, seniors and military, and $10 for Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District students. Season and individual tickets can be purchased by calling (619) 644-7234 or by visiting www.grossmont.edu/theatrebrochure. Parking is free with the purchase of a ticket, and all major credit cards are accepted. A mini-season ticket package, which comes with admission to all three performances, is just $25.
For those wishing to purchase tickets in person, construction of a new performing and visual arts center is taking place adjacent to the Stagehouse Theatre, and that has resulted in the Theatre Arts Department office in Building 22-A moving to a portable building at the southeast corner of Lot 1. A Pop Up Box office will also be available by the Stagehouse Theatre entrance (Building 21, Room 241) one hour prior to each performance. Recommended guest parking is in Lot 1G on the southwestern side of the campus.