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'Two on an Island' play in the wings

March 04, 2011|By Wendy Grove

The Glendale Community College Theatre Arts Department will present the Elmer Rice play, “Two on an Island,” opening at 8 p.m. March 31 in the Auditorium Mainstage Theatre.

Melissa R. Randel directs the production, set in the late 1930s and telling the story of two young people searching for happiness and success in New York.

Shows run for eight performances over the course of two weeks. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.


Tickets are $10, $6 for students and seniors and $4 each for children 12 and under and groups of 10 or more.

For reservations, call (818) 240-1000, Ext. 5612. The college is at 1500 N. Verdugo Road. There is free parking Friday through Sunday only, next to the auditorium building on Circle Drive and in Lot I off Verdugo Road. Go to to see a campus map.

GCC has many free lectures this spring

Three GCC speaker series will have presentations in March — the Los Angeles Writers Reading Series, the Humanities/Social Science Lecture Series and the Science Lecture Series.

The biannual 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 in which they can meet and talk with some of the authors of the books they have been reading in their English classes. The series will feature Aimee Bender and Sarah Shun-lien Bynum from 12:20 to 1:30 p.m. March 29 in Kreider Hall. Both will read from their work and answer questions afterwards.

Bender is known for her 2010 novel, “The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake,” and for the 1998 short story collection, “The Girl in the Flammable Skirt,” which spent seven weeks on the Los Angeles Times best-seller list. She is also a professor of creative writing at USC.

Bynum’s debut novel, “Madeleine is Sleeping,” was nominated for the 2004 National Book Award. She made the New Yorker’s 2010 Top 20 Under 40 list. She also wrote “The Ms. Hempel Chronicles.” Bynum heads the creative writing program at UC San Diego.

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