Lisa Loomer's Comedy "Maria! Maria, Maria, Maria" Engages Audience This May

Lisa Loomer's Comedy "Maria! Maria, Maria, Maria" Engages Audience This May
Cal Poly Pomona Theatre department presents “Maria! Maria, Maria, Maria” May 8-18.
Cal Poly Pomona students (l to r) Aditya Sreevatsa and Billie Rose Makyla play husband and wife in the production of “Maria! Maria, Maria, Maria.”

The audience will be part of the action during Cal Poly Pomona Theatre department?s spring production ?Maria! Maria, Maria, Maria,? running May 8-18 in the University Theatre.

Written by renowned playwright Lisa Loomer, the comedy is about Maria, star of a new sitcom, ?All in the Multicultural Family.? The sitcom centers around a multicultural family comprised of the following Cal Poly Pomona student actors: Maria, a Latin American mother, played by Billie Rose Makyla; Ravi, an East Indian-American father, played by Aditya Sreevatsa; La Toya, an African-American daughter, played by Tiffany Ennice; and Kimiko, a Japanese-American daughter, played by Connie Chia. Those in attendance will be treated like an actual studio audience for the fictional television show, with a warm-up comic interacting with them between the filming onstage.

Following the performance on Saturday, May 10, the Theatre department will host a panel discussion featuring Loomer, Solano and Patricia deFreitas, a professor in the Ethnic & Women?s Studies department. The discussion will focus on issues related to stereotyping, racism and the media?s representation of minorities.

Director Bernardo Solano describes ?Maria! Maria, Maria, Maria? as a satire about multiculturalism and Hollywood?s portrayal of minorities using offensive stereotypes and preconceptions.

?It has a wicked, sharp, satirical edge to it,? says Solano, who joined the Theatre department faculty in fall 2002. ?The campus?s diverse population is reflected in the play which explores stereotypes and prejudices with humor as it informs and enlightens.?

?Maria! Maria, Maria, Maria? will be Solano?s debut as a director at Cal Poly Pomona.

?Maria! Maria, Maria, Maria? will be staged May 9 (opening night includes reception), 10 (includes panel discussion), 15,16, and 17 at 8 p.m.; on May 14 at 10 a.m.; and May 18 at 2 p.m. A special preview is scheduled May 8 at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $12 general admission and $6 for faculty, staff, students, seniors and groups. For ticket information, contact the Box Office at (909) 869-3800.