Plays explore the human condition with measured, often humorous, dialogue, unlike movies, which explore the human condition with sentient, often explosive, armies of toasters. Get an accurate look at humanity with today’s Groupon: for $48, you get a 2011-2012 season pass for one to the performances of Sonoma State University Department of Theater Arts & Dance held in Rohnert Park ) (up to a $101 value). This Groupon includes general admission to seven performances; seats on specific dates and times are first-come, first-served. All Sonoma State University students are admitted free to performances.
During the seven-production season at Sonoma State, curtains rise on young talent in five diverse theater productions and two dance concerts. In How I Learned to Drive, a Pulitzer-Prize-winning drama running October 20–28, a woman revisits her coming-of-age, addressing common motifs such as family strife, birds and bees, and outgrowing her retainer. Productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream, which runs November 3–12, and Oklahoma!, running February 7–19, entertain audiences with beloved scripts, and the all-new Super Mega Molten Hot Lava New Play Festival December 8–10 regales audiences with a grab bag of student-written scripts. The farcical whodunit Loot, March 8–17, finishes the theater season with a guffaw. Meanwhile, dancers take the stage during student-choreographed fall dance concerts held December 1–4 and featuring a medley of hip-hop, jazz, and ballet that showcases the body's ability to express grace, rhythm, and a desire for zesty nachos. The spring dance concert, running April 20–28, hosts guest choreographers, who bring an expert eye to craft all-new routines.