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Production Calendar 2016

King Lear

King Lear poster

By William Shakespeare
Directed by James Dunn

The crass and bungling insensitivity of two old men precipitates a searing journey towards understanding and reconciliation. King Lear is a paradox; it appears nihilistic but at the same time affirming the value of human life. It asks abstract, unanswerable questions, and addresses real and enduring problems: aging parents, sibling rivalries, relationships between fathers and children, and how easy it is to ignore suffering when it happens to others.

April 29*, 30, May 6, 7, 14, and 21, 2016 – 7:30 p.m.
May 1, 8**, 14, 15, and 22, 2016 – 2 p.m.

*Pay-what-you-will preview       ** Talkback with the director

Studio Theatre, Performing Arts Building, Kentfield Campus

Non-subscription single ticket prices: $20 general, $15 seniors, $10 COM employees/retirees/alumni and students

Parking Information

Parking fees waived on performance nights in all parking lots on Kentfield campus.

Kentfield Campus parking permits are $4 and may be purchased from machines located in parking lots 7 and 9. Machines accept credit cards, cash, and coins (exact change only). The machine in parking lot 6 accepts credit cards, cash, and coins; and will give change in the form of $1 coins for $5, $10, and $20 bills.

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Past Performances


By Lois Lowry
Directed by Lisa Morse

This fanciful and poignant play explores the power of dreams and the magical creatures that create them. An eager, new dream-giver known only as Littlest One, struggles to heal the hearts of an abused young boy, his grieving caregiver, and his estranged mother before the haunting memories each of them carries become more than they can bear. Are the dreams Littlest One weaves strong enough to fortify and protect the fragile humans in her care? Join us for this tender 90-minute play appropriate for children age ten and older.



LOVE SONGS – Special Fundraising Performance

A Valentine’s cabaret celebrating five decades of musical theatre at College of Marin.

From James Dunn’s first smash-hit production of Kurt Weill’s Three Penny Opera in 1965 to his exceptional production of Roger Miller’s Big River in 2013, the College of Marin Drama Department presents outstanding Broadway musicals to Marin County audiences. Music faculty member Paul Smith, who has worked on 26 of the 51 musicals produced at the College, assembled a cast of alumni from every decade to relive these past glories and point the way to the future.



Dead Accounts

By Theresa Rebeck
Directed by Adrian Elfenbaum

A brother and sister, a dying father. A doting mother, an old boyfriend, and a greedy wife. Eight pints of ice cream in the middle of the night, and don’t forget, the stolen $27 million! Jack, a successful New York bank executive, makes a surprise, middle of the night visit to his family in Cincinnati. Has he come to see his dying father one last time? To reconnect with his sister and mother? Is he ready for what comes next? To find the answers, take a ride on the roller coaster that is Theresa Rebeck’s hilarious comedy, Dead Accounts. It’s full of greed, morality, and family values! Delicious!



By George Bernard Shaw
Directed by Molly Noble

George Bernard Shaw’s 1910 comic masterpiece, Misalliance takes place on a Saturday afternoon in a large English country house. Hypatia Tarleton longs for adventure to drop out of the sky and it does. Now, the fun begins! Two uninvited guests crash land their plane into the observatory and turn conventions of marriage, romance, family, wealth and politics on their heads. If you like Downton Abbey, you will love Misalliance. Funny and exciting!



By Anton ChekhovSeagull poster.
New Version by Libby Appel. From a literal translation by Allison Horsley.
Directed by Molly Noble

A masterwork by Russia’s well known nineteenth century playwright Anton Chekhov features unforgettable characters caught up in the passions and pathos of everyday life. When famed actress Arkadina returns home to her family with a young lover Trigorin, in tow, they become tied up in tragicomic triangles of romance, intrigue, and unrequited love. Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to experience an historic and overwhelmingly successful play.


The Comedy of Errors

By William Shakespeare
Directed by James Dunn

Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant Dromio, in search of their long lost brothers, arrive in a land entirely foreign to their distant home. The two sets of twins separated at birth collide at the seaside as multiple mistaken identities lead to confusion on a grand scale! Meanwhile, Aegeon, father to the Antipholus twins, has been captured while searching for his sons and, as an illegal immigrant, is sentenced to death at sunset. Confusion and bewilderment abound in this famously funny play. It is a must see to shake off the winter blues.


LOVE LETTERS – Special Fundraiser

Directed by Robert Wilson

Please join us Valentine’s Day weekend for this limited engagement, starring James Dunn and Anne Ripley.

Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner are lifelong friends whose correspondence begins with early childhood notes and continues over their lifetime. This piece is evocative, touching, and frequently funny. It’s eloquently clear that their attachment to each other remains strong through both good times and bad. A true love story that you won’t want to miss!

Love Letters is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York


The American Dream/The Zoo Story

Edward Albee's The American Dream and The Zoo StoryBy Edward Albee
Directed by W. Allen Taylor

This pairing of two iconic one-acts by Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright Edward Albee, captures the frustration and longing of a vulnerable society, steeped in materialistic values, and does so with humor and poignancy. The American Dream is a ferocious, uproarious attack on these pervasive values, as it takes an absurdist view of a dysfunctional consumer-driven American family, and reveals a kind of bizarro-world that has ensued for them. Its companion piece, The Zoo Story, illustrates the potential consequences of these values (isolation and alienation) on the human race, as it dissects a chance meeting between two strangers from different sides of the societal spectrum, where futile attempts to relate end in tragedy.


Little Women

Adapted by Jacqueline Goldfinger from the novel by Louisa May Alcott
Directed by Lisa Morse

Join us for this classic story about the inspiring March girls growing up in Civil War New England. The play faithfully follows the humor and tenderness of Louisa May Alcott’s novel, interweaving the lives of Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy as they grow up happily together. This story is a tribute to feminine strength and independence as the March women discover not only their individuality, but also the importance of family and friendship. This heartwarming play is appropriate for the entire family.


Five Women Wearing The Same Dress

The Taming of the Shrew by William ShakespeareBy Alan Ball
Directed by Molly Noble

Five Women Wearing The Same Dress is an irreverent, funny and a wonderfully entertaining play. Written by Alan Ball (Six Feet Under and American Beauty)

Five reluctant bridesmaids and a male usher hide out in an upstairs bedroom during an elaborate southern wedding. Each woman has her own reasons for avoiding the festivities below. Unlikely bonds emerge, touching secrets are revealed and hilarity ensues.

The Taming of The Shrew

The Taming of the Shrew by William ShakespeareBy William Shakespeare
Directed by James Dunn

Yee Haw! We’re back in the saddle again with James Dunn’s iconic Wild West take on courtship gone wrong. Remounted to celebrate the Drama Department’s 50th year (1964–2014), the Western, Shrew, won the “Best of the Fringe” at the Edinburgh Festival in 1971 and was presented in a command performance to Her Royal Highness, Princess Margaret and her family. This show is great fun for the whole family and is a terrific way to introduce youngsters to Shakespeare.

In Search of My Father... Walkin’ Talkin’ Bill Hawkins

W. Allen TaylorCollege of Marin Artistic Director W. Allen Taylor is bringing his 90-minute award-winning solo show back to the stage for a special fundraising event honoring the 50th anniversary of the College Drama Department.

Winner of the Best Solo Performance of 2006 by the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle, the show explores the intimate story of Taylor’s life-long search for his father, Bill Hawkins, the first black disc jockey in Cleveland, Ohio. Taylor portrays several characters in a bittersweet journey of self-discovery. He celebrates the rich cultural legacy of black radio with rhythm and blues, gospel, and jazz music serving as a rich backdrop. Click here to read the press release.

For more information: or call the Drama Department at (415) 485-9555.

Drama Department Web Site
Technical Contact: Kim Foulger, Production Technician, 415.485.9555
Content Responsible: Lisa Morse, Chair of Drama Department