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Roundup of Rohnert Park’s theater, dance, film

Thursday, November 8th, 2012 | Posted by

There’s so much educational and entertaining dramatic arts and film to choose from in theatre-rich Rohnert Park this week.

Spreckels Performing Arts Center:

SoCo Dance Theatre present Fall Dance Concert at Spreckels.

SoCo Dance Theatre presents its third annual Fall Dance Concert Nov. 9 -11 at the Spreckels Performing Arts Center. SoCo Dance Theater showcases local choreographers exploring traditional and experimental approaches to dance. Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9 and Saturday, Nov. 10, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11.

Tickets: $18 general advance; $15 seniors advance; $20 at the door. $15 two-for-one price is offered to students with ID. Purchase advance tickets at Brown Paper Tickets: brownpapertickets.com/event/280861 or call 510-915-5442. Located at 5409 Snyder Lane in Rohnert Park. For more info: socodancetheater.org.

The modern musical love story, “I Love You Because,” starts this evening at 7:30 p.m. and runs through November 18 in the Bette Condiotti Experimental Theatre at Spreckels Performing Arts Center, 5409 Snyder Lane in Rohnert Park. The show, featuring lyrics by Ryan Cunningham and music by Joshua Salzman, was first performed off-Broadway in 2006 in the Village Theatre in New York.

According to Lucky Penny Productions and the New Spreckels Theatre Company, the musical is set in New York City and tells the story of a young, uptight greeting card writer whose life is changed when he meets a flighty photographer. They learn to love each other not in spite of their faults, but because of them, thanks to her eccentric friend, his randy brother and some slightly jaded New Yorkers.

Cost is $26 general public, $22 seniors and $20 students. For tickets and various showtimes, call the Spreckels Box Office at 588-3400. Box Office hours are 12-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday and one hour before showtime. To purchase tickets online click on Spreckels Theatre.

Sonoma State University:

SSU Department of Theatre and Dance presents “The Great Divide.”

SSU’s Department of Theatre Arts and Dance presents a student production of “The Great Divide” in Evert B. Person Theatre, 1801 E. Cotati Ave. in Rohnert Park. Directed by Doyle Ott, this theatrical thriller is set in a rural Colorado town in which family dynamics mirror the struggle to balance jobs and economic survival against long-term water needs and health. Part of Water Works, a campus-wide, yearlong project drawing on the theme of inland water flow as resource, theme and metaphor, this performance continues through Saturday, Nov. 10.

General admission is $10 to $17. SSU students are admitted free. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door. School of Performing Arts Box Office Hours: Monday thru Friday 1-4 p.m. at Ives Hall on SSU Campus. To reserve tickets call the box office at 664-2353 or go online at sonoma.edu/tix. For more info: sonoma.edu/waterworks.

SSU’s Sonoma Film Institute presents Jean Renoir’s film “The Southerner.”


Also in conjunction with Water Works, SSU’s Sonoma Film Institute presents director Jean Renoir’s Oscar-nominated film “The Southerner” at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9 and 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11. This film, made during World War II, is about a Texas tenant farmer who is tired of working for others and decides to go it alone with his wife, his mother and his two small children, surviving against the elements.

Screenings are in Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall, on the SSU campus, 1801 E. Cotati Ave. in Rohnert Park. Admission: $6; $5 for non-SSU students and senior citizens; $4 for SFI members and children under 12; free for SSU students. For more info. or complete schedule of events, visit sonoma.edu/sfi or call 664-2606. 

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