News Release| "The Way of Water"; Cal State L.A.


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‘The Way of Water’ to make a splash at CSULA on Apr. 17

CSULA play commemorates two-year anniversary of the BP oil spill

WHAT:          Cal State L.A. to present an extracted portion of Caridad
                    Svich’s “The Way of Water.”

WHEN:          Tuesday, Apr. 17, 3:15-4:10 p.m.

WHERE:        Music Patio, on the Cal State L.A. campus.

TICKETS:       Free to the public. For more information, call (323) 343-4110.

Los Angeles, CA  -- To commemorate the second anniversary of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico,The Way of Water, written by Caridad Svich, will be presented at Cal State L.A., in collaboration with NoPassport theatre alliance and multiple venues across the U.S. and abroad.

The extracted portion of the play, to be staged on Tuesday, Apr. 17, 3:15 to 4:10 p.m., in the Music Patio of the CSULA campus, brings to surface the poverty in America and the devastation of the ongoing health and environmental crisis in the U.S. Gulf region.

“The performance is a high-speed reading of the text (both on microphones and pre-recorded), with intervals/moments that slow down to highlight a particular word or image,” said Director Tanya Kane-Parry, who teaches acting, viewpoints, dance and experimental theatre at CSULA. “Simultaneously, performers in the open space create abstract physical images, patterns, reflections of the theme and issues underlying the text and conflicts, as well as speak, repeat and deconstruct sections of the text.”

Presented by the performance collective, Opera del Espacio, the cast includes CSULA students and alumni Christina Estrada, Amanda Gomez, Melanie Keller, Natasha Snow Needles, Marcelo Olivas and Jonathan Williams. Learn more about the Opera del Espacio at

Along with directing, Kane-Parry also choreographs theatre, opera and dance. Some her credits include Tosca Jumps!, a multimedia adaptation of Puccini’s opera (EdgeFest/LATC, Highways, Luckman Intimate); Supreme Being by Richard Foreman; and Romeo and/y Juliet(a), a Spanglish re-mix with Quantum Theatre. She has directed Carmen (Pacific Repertory Opera), The Coronation of Poppea (CSULA), and The Medium (CSULA). At Los Angeles Opera, she was assistant director on Madama Butterfly, The Barber of Seville, Carmen, The Broken Jug, The Dwarf and The Merry Widow. She recently co-directed and choreographed a touring production of Ubu Roi in Brazil. She returns to Houston Grand Opera this fall to assist on L’Italiana in Algeri.

“The Way of the Water” is free to the public. For campus maps and directions: /univ/maps/. Public permit dispenser parking is available in Lot 5 and upper level of Parking Structure C. Visit for more about NoPassport. For performance details, call (323) 343-4110.

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