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Theater season offers two more productions

April 12, 2008|By WENDY GROVE

The Glendale Community College Theatre Arts Department continues a successful season that has featured the musicals “Bat Boy” and “Fiddler on the Roof,” the comedy “Tartuffe, Born Again” and the current multimedia, original piece “This is Not a Tree.”

An award-winning drama will conclude the season when Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons” is staged, opening April 24 for eight performances.

“This is Not a Tree” is an experimental theater production created by instructors Anita Bloom and Melissa R. Randel and their students in the Contemporary Theatre Workshop and the New and Experimental Theatre Workshop.


The Theatre Arts Department production will be performed at 8 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Sunday. All shows are in the Auditorium Studio Theatre at the college.

“This is Not a Tree” uses multimedia visuals, incorporating video footage taken by students. It centers on the silence and stillness of a redwood forest, juxtaposed with the chaos and fast pace of an urban setting.

Offering glimpses of the ways in which technology provides both connection and isolation, characters include a filmmaker, a young girl, an actress, a bird-watcher, a video gamer, a photographer, a computer nerd, an older couple and a “witness.”

Reservations are strongly recommended due to limited seating in the Studio Theatre. There is no late seating. For reservations, call (818) 240-1000, Ext. 5618.

Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons” is an intense family drama in which a father is responsible for faulty airplane parts sent to the military during war, resulting in the deaths of pilots. His wife lives in denial that her pilot son is dead at all, and the other son plans to propose to his dead brother’s fiance. “All My Sons” is directed by Larry Biederman.

Performances are at 8 p.m. April 24, 25, 26, May 1, 2 and 3 and at 2 p.m. April 27 and May 4 in the Auditorium Mainstage Theatre.

Tickets for “This is Not A Tree” and “All My Sons” are $10, $6 for students and seniors and $4 each for groups of 10 or more. They may be purchased at the door. Go to for information.

The college is at 1500 N. Verdugo Road.


“Lewis Carroll: Author and Mathematician” is the next presentation in the monthly Science Lecture Series to be at noon on April 22 in room 243 of the Santa Barbara Building.

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