Cal Poly Theatre and Dance Department to Present ‘Trust Fall’ Nov. 1-3, 8-10

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Theatre and Dance Department’s fall production, “Trust Fall,” is an original play written by Cal Poly Professor Al Schnupp. Performances, held in Spanos Theatre on campus, are at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 1-3 and 8-10.
 
Schnupp’s “Trust Fall” is the classic story of Daedalus and Icarus, retold in a bold, twisted, contemporary style with a cast of eccentric characters. Daedalus is a gifted sculptor and celebrated inventor who designed the labyrinth. The real source of Daedalus’ inspiration, however, is his saucy and clever model, Lydia. His son, Icarus, is a sweet and insightful simpleton who loves chickens. His prickly agent, Takus, is a slick but ineffective capitalist. His most loyal customer, the kinky King Minos, plagues him with unusual demands. An arrogant artist and lovesick princess round out the cast.

The adventures of Daedalus lead to imprisonment, a misguided escape, and life as a fugitive. The play is a comic saga about a man who creates problems that others must solve. It is also a heartfelt tribute to a trusting son, Icarus, who loses his life as a result of the misguided instructions of his father.
 
“Trust Fall” is performed with four puppet interludes: “Manual Cinema,” a story visualized with projections and shadows; “Mechanical Theatre,” a large toy with trick devices, moving parts and interactive movements; “Marionettes,” traditional strung puppets; and “Bunraku style,” three puppeteers operating one puppet. The puppet interludes illustrate the nighttime adventures of chickens as imagined by Icarus, an episode from the life of Medea, a toy mechanical machine that Daedalus is building for his son, and a mad king searching frantically for his enemy.
 
A cast of 12 students perform the show. The set is designed by Professor Brian Healy, costumes are designed by Professor Thomas Bernard, and the technical director for the department is Clint Bryson. The play has mature themes and is not recommended for children.
 
Tickets are $20 for the public and $12 for students and senior citizens. 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).
Aidan Turner, left, as Daedalus and Romelo Urbi as Icarus, interact with two puppets from the show, “Trust Fall.”
 
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

October 18, 2018

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