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GUYS AND DOLLS
MPA FY16
GUYS AND DOLLS
Guys and Dolls is a musical with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows. It is based on The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown and Blood Pressure – two short stories by Damon Runyon, – and also borrows characters and plot elements from other Runyon stories – most notably Pick the Winner.
Sat 8/8/15 7:30PM
Sun 8/9/15 2:00PM
Fri 8/14/15 7:30PM
Sat 8/15/15 7:30PM
Sun 8/16/15 2:00PM


CLARA BARTON
GCA FY16
CLARA BARTON
In her previous appearances at the Center, the ever popular storyteller, actress and scholar Susan Marie Frontczak has portrayed Madame Marie Curie as well as First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt at different stages of her life. Now she returns as Clara Barton, angel of the Civil War battlefield and the 23-year founder and president of the American Red Cross. She called the American Red Cross her "child," a delivery requiring years of labor to accomplish. As always, Susan concludes her performance with a Q&A in character as Barton, and then as herself.
Thu 10/1/15 7:30PM


BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA
GCA FY16
BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA
In this LA Theatre Works live radio theater production of Charles Morey’s acclaimed adaptation, Count Dracula slips quietly into Victorian London with a cargo of his native Transylvanian soil, necessary for rest between his victims. The city seems helpless against his frightful power, and only one man, the smart and resourceful Dr. Van Helsing, can stop the carnage. But to do this, he must uncover the vampire's lair and pierce Dracula’s heart with a wooden stake, setting up an epic confrontation of good vs evil. LA Theatre Works previously appeared at the Center with radio plays of “The War of the Worlds” and “The Lost World.”
Sun 10/4/15 4:00PM


MOMIX: ALCHEMIA
GCA FY16
MOMIX: ALCHEMIA
Brilliant choreographer Moses Pendleton presents "Alchemia," his new work for the dazzling dancer-illusionists of Momix. It's all about the art of alchemy, and the alchemy of art. Pendleton’s latest creation is an enchanting, phantasmagorical multimedia spectacle full of invention, beauty, sensuality and humor. Pendleton manipulates the four classic elements of earth, air, fire and water to produce a show full of aesthetic thrills, surprising metamorphoses, and the sexuality of nature itself. This is Momix at its most magical.
Sun 10/18/15 7:00PM


AN EVENING WITH ROB LOWE
GCA FY16
AN EVENING WITH ROB LOWE
THE FAMED ACTOR ON HIS LIFE, HIS WORK & HIS CAUSE. Rob Lowe is well known for his lead roles in television series like “The West Wing” and “Parks and Recreation,” and films including “Wayne’s World” and “Killing Kennedy,” but the 50-year-old star has spent more than three decades working in the entertainment industry—and he has the stories to prove it! In this special presentation, Lowe shares delightful anecdotes about his successes, disappointments, relationships and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe's stories, many of which he wrote about in his 2011 memoir, “Stories I Only Tell My Friends,” are sure to be as entertaining as they are unforgettable. Lowe will also discuss a cause near and dear to his heart, support for cancer survivors through organizations such as the Cancer Hope Network—an issue that has profoundly affected his family.
Thu 10/22/15 7:30PM


INHERIT THE WIND
GCA FY16
INHERIT THE WIND
From members of the same creative team that helped bring To Kill a Mockingbird, The Grapes of Wrath and other classic dramas to life at the Gallo Center, it's Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee's play, Inherit the Wind. This is a fictionalized account of the 1925 Scopes "Monkey" Trial, which resulted in John T. Scopes' conviction for teaching Charles Darwin's theory of evolution to a high school science class, contrary to Tennessee state law. It was most famously adapted for the movie of the same name starring Spencer Tracy and Frederic March. The play depicts the intersection of statesman William Jennings Bryan, attorney Clarence Darrow, Scopes, and writer/reporter H. L. Mencken. Its contemporary resonance is underscored by the ongoing debate over creationism versus evolution.
Fri 11/20/15 7:30PM
Sat 11/21/15 3:00PM
Sat 11/21/15 7:30PM
Sun 11/22/15 3:00PM


JEANNE ROBERTSON
GCA FY16
JEANNE ROBERTSON
Turning 70 years young this year, Jeanne Robertson continues to charm audiences with her family-friendly, humorous observations about life around her. This former Miss North Carolina, standing tall at six-foot-two, has an infectious personality, heart and sense of humor. Robertson's witty depiction of everyday situations never fails to have audiences of all ages rolling with laughter. Some of her most popular stories are "Don't Go to Vegas Without A Baptist," "Don't Bungee Jump Naked," and "Don't Send a Man to the Grocery Store." Don't miss this truly funny lady making her second welcome appearance at the Center!
Sun 11/22/15 2:00PM


IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: RADIO
GCA FY16
IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: RADIO
The Gallo Center and the drama department at California State University Stanislaus previously collaborated on this production in 2010, selling out four performances. This is a beautiful rendering of the classic Frank Capra movie that starred Jimmy Stewart. Done in the style of a 1940's radio show, the play faithfully captures the passion, simplicity, and melancholy of a man's view of how the world would have existed without him. This journey ultimately teaches him the true meaning of Christmas and friendship. Bring your family and watch a new generation fall in love with this heartwarming story.
Fri 12/4/15 7:30PM
Sat 12/5/15 2:00PM
Sat 12/5/15 7:30PM


FENCES
GCA FY16
FENCES
The Gallo Center and Sankofa Theatre Company, which have joined forces for The Piano Lesson and Looking Over the President's Shoulder, will present August Wilson’s story of a responsible yet otherwise flawed black garbage collector in pre-Civil Rights America who rises to the level of an epic hero. The play mirrors the classic struggles of status quo, tradition, and age, versus change, innovation, and youth. During its 1987 Broadway run, Fences garnered four Tony Awards, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It is one of the most significant African-American plays of the 20th century.
Fri 2/19/16 8:00PM
Sat 2/20/16 8:00PM
Sun 2/21/16 2:00PM


THE SPIRIT OF HARRIET TUBMAN
GCA FY16
THE SPIRIT OF HARRIET TUBMAN
Born into slavery in Maryland, Harriet Tubman not only ran away alone to escape slavery, she returned to the south 19 times to lead more than 300 other slaves to freedom in the northern United States and Canada. Her work as a nurse and a spy during the Civil War was instrumental in helping the North defeat the South, thus forcing the abolition of slavery in the United States. In this riveting portrayal by actor-singer-dancer-teacher Leslie McCurdy, Tubman is brought to life in one breathtaking hour!
Fri 2/26/16 7:30PM


OF WARDROBES AND RINGS
GCA FY16
OF WARDROBES AND RINGS
It is October 1963. Two lions of  British literature, C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, have been friends for decades but the relationship had cooled over the last few years. Now, in the autumn of their lives, they have one last conversation and discuss the explosive issues that have driven them apart and search for a way to mend their friendship. This is an intimate look at two of the most famous fantasy authors of the last century, and a redemptive story of friendship that passes the test of time. Actors David Payne and Phil Crowley bring Tolkien and Lewis to life, respectively.
Sun 2/28/16 2:00PM


BROADWAY'S NEXT H!T MUSICAL
GCA FY16
BROADWAY'S NEXT H!T MUSICAL
Back by popular demand! The hysterical “Broadway’s Next H!T Musical” is the only unscripted musical comedy. Master improvisers gather made up, hit song suggestions from the audience and create a spontaneous evening of music, humor, and laughter. The audience votes for their favorite song and watches as the cast turns it into a full blown improvised musical—complete with memorable characters, witty dialogue, and plot twists galore. Every song is fresh. Every scene is new. Every show is different. It’s all improvised and it’s all funny. Suitable for all ages, too!
Sat 3/5/16 8:00PM