Cal Poly Theatre and Dance Department to Present ‘4000 Miles’ Nov. 2-4, 9-11

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Theatre and Dance Department will present Amy Herzog’s award-winning play “4000 Miles” as its opening show for the 2017-18 season.Performances, held in the Spanos Theatre on campus, will be at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 2-4 and 9-11.

“4000 Miles” was a 2013 Pulitzer Prize finalist and the winner of the 2012 Obie Award for Best New Play. Herzog also won the 2012 New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award. This honest and warm-hearted play is a rich study in two characters. While biking across America, 21-year-old Leo experiences a horrific event. When he arrives in New York City, Leo spends a month with his feisty 91-year-old grandmother, Vera. Together, the pair navigates a maze of heartbreak, humor, and healing.

Vera is played by Erma Stauffer, a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and a lecturer in Cal Poly’s Communication Studies Department. Leo is played by Cal Poly theatre major Garrett Lamoureux. Additional cast members, also Cal Poly theatre students, include Gabrielle Duong, Katryna Fogel and Jennifer McClinton. The show is directed by Al Schnupp. Guest designer Tim Dugan is designing the set, new faculty member Brian Healy is designing lights, costume shop manager Sarah Bryan is designing costumes, and Clint Bryson is the technical director.

In a 2012 interview with Gerard Raymond, Herzog said, “(Vera is) based quite directly on my real biological grandmother, who is 95 and lives still in Greenwich Village. Her name is Leepe; it’s an unusual name. She’s very sharp-tongued and quick, very loving and also very critical, and is just a legendary figure in my family. She actually worked in the theatre — as a production secretary and assistant — and she remains a very devoted leftist.”

Tickets are $20 for the public and $12 for students, senior citizens and children. Tickets are available through the Performing Arts Ticket Office from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. To order by phone, call 805-SLO-4TIX (805-756-4849).

The play is produced with the permission of Samuel French Inc.

Links
- Theatre and Dance Department: https://theatredance.calpoly.edu/
- College of Liberal Arts: http://cla.calpoly.edu

About the Cal Poly Theatre Program
The mission of the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts Program at Cal Poly is to provide students with a foundation in the theory and practice of theatre. By providing academic instruction, hands-on activities, and supervised training, majors will develop knowledge of the various aspects of theatre: history, dramatic literature, playwriting, performing, production, directing, design, and administrative practices. The program is delivered within a Liberal Arts framework, intended to advance the value of collaboration at all levels of study; designed to not only produce theatre artists with strong written and verbal skills, but also globally-minded citizens, prepared to enter into a variety of fields.

Contact: Al Schnupp
805-756-5560; aschnupp@calpoly.edu

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