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Modern take on 'The Raven' opens at CSULB

LONG BEACH – “The Raven,” devised and directed by student Lizzy Ferdinandi and inspired by the poem by Edgar Allan Poe, opened in the Cal State Long Beach Studio Theatre last weekend and continues until Dec. 8.
The production is advertised as “a hip contemporary perspective on a classic.”
“The Raven” marks the first time an undergraduate student has directed a production for the CSULB Mainstage season. Ferdinandi originally developed the piece as part of the Showcase class series last spring.
The production received rave reviews from faculty and other students, and it was quickly decided that “The Raven,” under Ferdinandi’s direction, “would make the perfect addition to the Theatre Arts department’s upcoming season.”
Ferdinandi is in the final semester of her bachelors degree in Theater Arts at CSULB. She has a strong background in dance, beginning at three years of age, and has extensive experience in ballet, tap and jazz. She previously directed three student Showcase productions — “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress,” “The Mercy Seat” and the original production of “The Raven.”
Performances of “The Raven” are Dec. 3-7 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 7-8 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 general admission and $12 for seniors and students. Parking is available next to the theater for $5.

Published: Nov. 28, 2013 – Volume 12 – Issue 33

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