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Upcoming Virtual Events

A Whole New Story

Chico State Theatre is excited to produce the world premiere of A Whole New Story: The Music of Samsel and Anderson. Performed entirely by Chico State students, A Whole New Story features the music of one of the most exciting new musical theatre composing teams, Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson. Their work has been featured on the television show Central Park and in the Disney short Olaf’s Frozen Adventure. Samsel’s and Anderson’s musical Between the Lines was set to open off Broadway prior to the COVID-19 shutdown and they are currently adapting the bestselling novel The Book Thief into a Broadway musical. A Whole New Story will be filmed on the Chico State campus, written/directed by Matthew Teague Miller, music directed by Josh Hegg and choreographed by Megan Glynn Zollinger.

Video available to view Wednesday, March 31, 2021 12:00 AM - Monday, April 5, 2021 12:00 AM PST

A Whole New Story

Virtual Reading of the New Musical, Breathe

The virtual reading of Breathe goes live on October 28! Breathe is a musical that explores not only what it’s like to live during the tumultuous times of a pandemic, but also how those times can bring us together as a global community. 

Pricing is $5 + tax/service fee and the performance is available from Oct. 28 through Nov. 1. 

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 image from Breathe

Fall 2020 Virtual Play: The Laramie Project

In October 1998, a twenty-one-year-old student at the University of Wyoming was kidnapped, severely beaten, and left tied to a fence in the middle of the prairie outside Laramie, Wyoming. His bloody, bruised, and battered body was not discovered until the next day, and he died several days later in an area hospital. His name was Matthew Shepard, and he was the victim of this assault because he was gay. Moisés Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project made six trips to Laramie over the course of a year and a half, in the aftermath of the beating and during the trial of the two young men accused of killing Shepard. They conducted more than 200 interviews with the people of the town. Some people interviewed were directly connected to the case, while others were citizens of Laramie, and the breadth of the reactions to the crime is fascinating. Kaufman and Tectonic Theater members have constructed a deeply moving theatrical experience from these interviews and their own experiences in Laramie. The Laramie Project is a breathtaking collage that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable. 

Pricing is $5 + tax/service fee and the performance is available from Nov. 11 through Nov. 15. 

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