Skip to main content

Fresno State University Theatre To Present World Premiere Of ‘Blue Willow’

May 05, 2016 02:15PM, Published by Melanie Heisinger, Categories: Arts+Entertainment, Today




Fresno State's University Theatre will present the world premiere of "Blue Willow," a production weaving past and present voices of the migrant workers in the Central Valley, May 6 to 14 (excluding May 9 to 11) with daily show times at 7:30 p.m. and a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee in the John Wright Theatre in the University’s Speech Arts building.

Free tickets for Fresno State students, faculty and staff will be available for the May 7 performance on a first-come, first-served basis through a collaboration with University President Joseph I. Castro, the College of Arts and Humanities and the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology. Tickets can be claimed from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, through Friday, May 6, by visiting the University Theatre Box Office in the Speech Arts building.

Influenced by the young adult novel “Blue Willow” written by Doris Gates, a longtime Fresno librarian, playwright Pamela Sterling incorporates oral histories of local migrants from the Great Depression in the 1930s to our most recent recession in 2007.

Director and theatre arts professor J. Daniel Herring said the story has been coined “Fresno’s ‘Grapes of Wrath.’”

Set in the San Joaquin Valley, the story examines the relationship of the Larkin and Romero families as their daughters Janey (Chlorissa Prothro, Fresno State theatre arts major) and Lupe (Karina Rodriguez, Fresno State theatre arts major) connect and collectively struggle and persevere through poverty and farm labor during the depression-era and beyond.

Tickets are $17 for adults; $15 for Fresno State faculty, staff, alumni and military; and $10 for students. Group rates are available. 

Box office hours are noon to 4 p.m. on weekdays and one hour before each performance.

Parking is free for shows on Friday through Sunday night. For Thursday night’s show, parking permits are required in parking lots on campus and can be acquired by calling the box office at 559.278.2216.

For more information, contact the box office at 559.278.2216 or universitytheatre@csufresno.edu.

Content courtesy FresnoStateNews.com and images courtesy FresnoBee.com.



Fresno State Theater


It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

  • Doughnut with a Deputy

    01/25/2017
    07:00AM — 09:00AM

    Come join us for our monthly Doughnut with a Deputy event at Yum Yum Donuts in Madera. Meet with ...


  • ARTS VISALIA January Exhibition

    01/25/2017
    12:00PM

    Arts Visalia opens its 2017 line-up with a solo exhibition by John Coppola, President of the Visa...


  • ARTS VISALIA January Exhibition

    01/26/2017
    12:00PM

    Arts Visalia opens its 2017 line-up with a solo exhibition by John Coppola, President of the Visa...


  • Powerful Tools For Caregivers

    01/26/2017
    02:00PM — 04:00PM

    Powerful Tools for is to help family caregivers (please, no professional caregivers or volunteers...


  • The Will Rogers Follies

    01/26/2017
    05:30PM

    America's beloved humorist shares his folksy wit on a show-stopping Vaudeville tour.


  • ARTS VISALIA January Exhibition

    01/27/2017
    12:00PM

    Arts Visalia opens its 2017 line-up with a solo exhibition by John Coppola, President of the Visa...


  • The Will Rogers Follies

    01/27/2017
    05:30PM

    America's beloved humorist shares his folksy wit on a show-stopping Vaudeville tour.


WHO IS CEN CALI LIFE MAGAZINE?

It is the mission of Cen Cali Life Magazine to spotlight what makes our Central Valley a unique and integral part of the Golden State. To learn more about us and our mission, click on the "About Us + Advertising Link" at the top of this page.

Happy Reading,

Karen Maroot

Publisher