Fresno State’s University Theatre will present the Tony-award winning musical “Cabaret,” Dec. 5-13 (except Dec. 8).

The production, directed by professor of Theatre Arts J. Daniel Herring, opens Friday Dec. 5 at the John Wright Theatre in the Speech Arts building. Show times are 8 p.m. each night with the Sunday, Dec. 7 matinee at 2 p.m.

Herring said “Cabaret” is an “edgy, sexy, scary, visceral and extremely entertaining look at a dark time in world history.” Main characters Sally Bowles, played by theatre arts major Aubrianne Scott of Fresno, and the mysterious eccentric, Emcee, played by Theatre Arts alumnus Matthew Schiltz of Fresno, pursue a life of pleasure in 1930s Berlin while the world outside their cabaret begins to splinter, he said.

“I want it to feel as if the characters are balancing on the edge of a razor blade between reality and fantasy, success and failure, light and darkness,” he added.

Included in the musical’s memorable song list are “Cabaret,” “Willkommen” and “Maybe This Time.” The 12-time Tony Award winning play is currently running on Broadway and is considered one of the most acclaimed and beloved musicals of all time, Herring said.

“Cabaret” contains mature themes, brief violence, drug use, partial nudity, sensuality and adult language.

Tickets are $20 for adults; $18 for Fresno State faculty, staff, alumni and military; and $12 for students. Group rates are also available. Box office hours are noon-4 p.m. on weekdays and one hour before curtain.

Parking is free for shows after 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday night. For the shows on Dec. 9, 10 and Dec. 11, parking permits are required and may be purchased at dispensers in parking lots on campus.

For more information, contact the box office at 559.278.2216 or

(University Communications news assistants Akyia Westley contributed to this report).

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