Fresno State’s University Theatre will present “Really Really” Dec. 4-12 (excluding Dec. 7) with daily show times at 7:30 p.m. and a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee in the John Wright Theatre in the Speech Arts building.
“Really Really” is a startlingly comic tragedy that confronts and embraces the harsh reality of today’s youth through the aftermath of a wild college party. This edgy play about “Generation Me,” written by Paul Downs Colaizzo and directed by theatre arts professor Brad Myers, was one of off-Broadway’s most acclaimed in 2012.
The production is staged immediately following a party at the residence of college students and rugby teammates Cooper (played by Fresno State student Darrius Mehring-Ford) and Davis (played by Fresno State theatre arts alumni Joel Young). Much is unclear in the drunken haze, as the relationship between Davis and the ambitious Leigh (played by Fresno State theatre arts major Aubrianne Scott) turns ugly. Self-interest collides with truth and the resulting storm of ambiguity makes it difficult to discern just who is a victim, who is a predator, who is a friend and who is a future leader of America.
“The way the story unfolds had me gasping as I first read the play,” Myers said. “Seven young characters, six of whom are college students, all reveal a vicious jungle of sexual politics, raw ambition and class warfare where only the strongest could possibly survive. The narrative left me without a clear-cut villain or victim as everyone is left to abandon traditional morality in the pursuit of strategic opportunity — a conversation that is relevant and necessary today.”
“Really Really” is intended for mature audiences due to explicit language and sexual situations.
Tickets are $17 for adults; $15 for Fresno State faculty, staff, alumni and military; and $10 for students. Group rates, as well as partial-season subscriptions, are available. Box office hours are noon-4 p.m. on weekdays and one hour before each performance.
Parking is free for shows on Friday-Sunday nights. For shows on Tuesday-Thursday nights, permits are required in parking lots on campus and can be acquired by calling 559.278.2216.
For more information, contact 559.278.2216 or firstname.lastname@example.org.