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Two Directing Debuts and an Original Play Showcased in Pomona College Theatre Productions

The Department of Theatre and Dance at Pomona College, Theatre for The Claremont Colleges, will showcase the talents of college seniors in three separate productions this April.

Pomona College senior theatre major Michael Cruz is directing No Exit by Jean Paul Sartre. This play is considered to be Sartre’s best play and most accessible dramatization of his philosophy of existentialism. The drama examines three people who find themselves confined to a drawing room as their punishment in hell. Cast members include Aidan Gould, Jocelyn Matsuo and Dorothy Drury. Performances will be held on April 6-8, at 8 p.m.

Pitzer College senior theatre major Jacob Stoebel is directing Rocket Man by Steven Dietz. A serious comedy about the road not taken, Rocket Man explores one man’s obsessive desire to find this “parallel world”—and the profound effect of his decision on his family and friends. Cast members include Zack Schenkkan, Alex Lydon, Sarah “Sam” Rorick, Megan Hanley and Camille Brown. Performances will be held on April 13-15, at 8 p.m.

Pomona College senior theatre major Christina Hurtado’s play Bed the Ethereal Plane is being directed by Scripps theatre major Anna Penniman. Written as part of Hurtado’s senior project in playwriting, her play follows the story of a human trafficker who is trapped in the Bermuda Triangle, where he discovers past monarchs serving their time in purgatory. Performances will be held on April 18-20, at 8 p.m.

All performances are in the Allen Studio Theatre, located in the Seaver Theatre Complex (300 E. Bonita Ave., Claremont). There is no set price to attend but audience members will be asked for a donation at the door. For further information, call the Pomona College Seaver Theatre Box Office at (909) 621-8525 or (909) 607-4375. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pomona College, one of the nation’s premier liberal arts institutions, offers a comprehensive program in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Its hallmarks include small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of opportunities for student research.