Cal Poly Theatre and Dance Department to Present Slasher Comedy ‘Hookman’ in May

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Theatre and Dance Department will present Lauren Yee’s existential slasher comedy “Hookman” at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, May 10-12 and 17-19, in the Spanos Theatre on campus.
 
“Hookman” follows a group of women as they navigate their freshman year of college, exploring significant issues confronting students today in a manner that is simultaneously familiar and surreal. “Transitioning from home to university can prove challenging — especially when facing homesickness, roommate relationships, and an urban legend stalking those around you,” said Josh Machamer, chair of Cal Poly’s Theatre and Dance Department.


 
The production is directed by Cal Poly theatre arts alumnus Mark Sitko, who is serving as an adjunct professor during spring quarter.  
 
“Hookman” features the work of Theatre and Dance Department students, faculty and staff, including Thomas J. Bernard, costume designer; Clint Bryson, technical director; Sarah Bryan, costume shop supervisor; faculty member Brian Healy, set designer; and senior students Beatriz Pereira, lighting designer, and Meghan Hornbacker, sound designer. In addition, about 40 students from a variety of majors are contributing to the production through construction, backstage work, management, publicity and performance.
 
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 performance is sponsored by Cal Poly’s Theatre and Dance Department, College of Liberal Arts, and Instructionally Related Activities Program.
   Tom Bernard; lighting design Beatriz Pereira
Links
- Theatre and Dance Department: http://cla.calpoly.edu/thtrdanc.html  
- College of Liberal Arts: http://cla.calpoly.edu
 
About the Cal Poly Theatre Arts Program
The mission of the theatre arts program at Cal Poly is to provide students with a foundation in the theory and practice of theater. Through academic instruction, hands-on activities and supervised training, students majoring in the program develop knowledge of such various aspects of theater as history, dramatic literature, playwriting, performing, production, directing, designing and administrative practices. The program is taught within a liberal arts framework, intended to advance the value of collaboration at all levels of study. It is designed to produce theater artists with strong written and verbal skills and develop globally-minded citizens, prepared to enter a variety of fields.
 
About the Cal Poly Theatre and Dance Department
The Cal Poly Theatre and Dance Department provides students programs of study that integrate practical production work with theater and dance principles, theory and historical development. The department also acts as a cultural focus for the campus and San Luis Obispo community. Each year the department presents three main-stage theater productions, the Orchesis Dance Company production, and a student-directed dance concert, all showcasing the department’s importance in realizing the university’s mission as a comprehensive polytechnic identity.

Contact: Josh Machamer
805-756-5560; jmachame@calpoly.edu

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