First play to take the stage at AVC Performing Arts Theatre

For its first production in the new Antelope Valley College Performing Arts Theatre, the Theatre Arts Department has chosen Robert Brustein’s updated version of the 20th century Nobel Prize-winning play, “Six Characters in Search of an Author,” opening at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4.

Additional performances will be 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 5-12, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13.

Luigi Pirandello’s classic play examines the difficulty of distinguishing between reality and illusion and the constantly changing nature of personal identity.  

As a group of actors rehearse their next show, they are interrupted by six strangers who claim to be fictitious creations of a careless author, who nonetheless insist that they are real.  It falls to the actors to abandon their original play and help the characters by finishing the troubled family story.  

As the actors and characters interact, they engage in spiraling arguments about the nature of truth and reality.  For the actors and the audience, it becomes an examination of how life is like theater and theater is like life.

Tickets are $15 general admission, $8 for senior citizens, military personnel, and students.  Tickets will be available at the box office one hour before performances, or in advance online at Brown Paper Tickets (http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/205009).  

Audience members are advised that the play does contain mature themes and language.  Please call (661) 722-6300, ext. 6580 for more information.