News & Information

‘Nunsense’ tops Sac State’s fall Theatre and Dance


Last year’s theater offerings included “Metamorphoses” with Sean Nill as Apollo.
Theater-goers can laugh at the humor behind the habit, spend an evening with the comically eccentric Sycamore family, or keep time to a variety of dance styles as Sacramento State presents its fall Theatre and Dance season.

Faculty works will be included with student choregraphy in Dance House, by Lorelei Bayne, Lisa Ross and Randee Paufve. Performances are Sept. 29 - Oct. 3 in Solano Hall 1010.

More dance continues with Sacramento/Black Art of Dance, directed by Linda Goodrich, S/BAD's founder and chair of the Theatre and Dance Department. S/BAD celebrates the music of African culture, showcasing diverse dance forms from West Africa, Cuba and Brazil as well as lyrical modern jazz and hip hop. Performances run Oct. 14-24 in Solano Hall 1010.

When the order's cook accidentally poisons 52 of her colleagues, the Little Sisters of Hoboken stage a fundraiser variety show to pay for the funerals in Nunsense, the internationally acclaimed musical-comedy written by Dan Goggin. Professor Ed Brazo directs the Sacramento State production Oct. 21-24 and 28-31 in the University Theatre. The first weekend will feature the orginal Nunsense. The second week will be performances of Nunsense Ah Men, with male actors portraying the characters.

The Sycamore family may seem a bit odd - father Paul makes fireworks in the basement, mother Penelope writes terrible plays and daughter Alice is in love with Tony Kirby, who comes from a very proper family - but they know You Can't Take it With You. The George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart play won a 1937 Pulitzer Prize and has been adapted for stage, movies and television. Professor Michelle Felten directs the Nov. 12-21 performances in the Playwrights' Theatre.

The season concludes with Dance Sites 2010. Paufve directs this concert of pieces designed by faculty and guest choreographers that explores the dance spectrum from tap to jazz to contemporary dance theatre. This year's concert will include a seminal work from the 1960s by dance luminary Anna Halprin, restaged by Lisa R. Pettigrew. There will also be a new work by Bay Area choreographer Flipe Barrueto. Performances are Dec. 1-5 on the University Theatre stage.

Tickets range from $5 to $12 for dance concerts and plays, and $10 to $15 for musicals. Tickets are available at the University Ticket Office, (916) 278-4323 or

For more information, visit For media assistance, call Sacramento State's Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.