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American River College - Theatre and Film

The Department of Theatre and Film at American River College offers a wide range of classes in all areas of theatre, along with an expanding Film Studies program. We also maintain a busy production schedule in a variety of performance spaces in our recently modernized and expanded facility. In addition to our season of full-scale department productions, we feature touring Children's Theatre productions, student-produced performances featuring scenes, improv and one-act plays, and an on-going partnership with the Fair Oaks Theatre Festival. This schedule provides broad opportunities for theoretical and practical training for our students, and an exciting and varied menu of theatrical fare for our audiences.


Skeleton Stories

By Delondra Williams
Directed by Pamela Downs

On Dia de los Muertos, when the veil between this life and the afterlife is at its thinnest, a girl travels through the underworld searching for her dead mother. Along the way, she meets spirits who tell their stories of life and death, shadowing Maya’s own journey from this life to the afterlife, from girl to woman, from grief to acceptance. These stories, some filled with seemingly senseless loss and violence, others with tremendous sacrifice and beauty, were inspired by Delondra Williams' exploration of Mayan and Aztec cultures. According to Mayan myth, the souls of the dead had to follow a yellow dog on a horrific and watery path and endure myriad challenges before they could rest in the afterlife. This is the journey young Maya must take to reach her mother.

With "Skeleton Stories," Williams explores the ancient bones that lie just underneath the skin of modern culture, challenging our societal attitudes toward death and transformation. "Maya's journey…isn't just learning about what life is," says Williams, "it's also about learning to get her hands dirty, and seeing disgusting things, and realizing that people can be depraved sometimes and that they can be beautiful sometimes and that there's sadness. And you have to wade through it all.“ That this journey includes visions both macabre and whimsical makes "Skeleton Stories" all the more powerful and a fascinating celebration of love, death, and the next world. (Rated R: Contains adult language and situations)


Fridays, Saturdays 8:00 pm Nov. 20, 21, 27, 28, Dec. 4, 5, 2015

Sunday 2:00 pm Nov. 22, 29, Dec. 6

Thursdays 6:30 pm Dec. 3

Ticket Prices: $12 General, $10 Students, Seniors and staff

Online Ticket Sales begin: Nov 1 at

The Foreigner

By James Shue
Directed by Nancy Silva

Winner of two Obie Awards, The Foreigner is an uproariously inspired comedy that celebrates our curiosity and empathy for “the outsider.” Englishman Charlie Baker takes a vacation at a rural fishing lodge with his eccentric army buddy who concocts an outrageous scheme to save Charlie from his pathologically shy self by introducing him as an exotic “foreigner” who can’t speak English. It isn’t long before Charlie’s guileless persona backfires and the mix of goodhearted, slow-witted and devious lodge guests share their deepest secrets and most sinister plans. What ensues is a series of hilarious and heartwarming revelations, which leads to the ultimate good guys vs. bad guys climax.

Main Theatre

Fridays, Saturdays 8:00 pm Feb. 26, 27, March 4, 5, 2016

Sundays 2:00 pm Feb. 28, March 6

Thursdays 6:30 pm March 3

Ticket Prices: $12 General, $10 Students, Seniors and staff

Online Ticket Sales begin Feb. 1.

The Tempest

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Tracy Martin Shearer

Powerful magic is at work on this island where a tempest has been conjured to exact revenge. Yet, in Shakespeare's skillful hands, a shipwrecked nobleman and his daughter find the storm stirs up so much more than longed-for justice. Filled with humor, romance, and intrigue, it's no wonder Shakespeare's The Tempest is one of his most popular and enduring plays!

Main Theatre

Fridays, Saturdays 8:00 pm April 22, 23, 29, 30, 2016

Sundays 2:00 pm April 24, May 1

Thursdays 6:30 pm April 28

Ticket Prices: $12 General, $10 Students, Seniors and staff

Online Ticket Sales begin Apr 1.

All Performances are in the ARC Theatre or Stage 2, except as noted.

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