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October 17, 2005

GAVILAN COLLEGE STUDENT TO PERFORM IN "THE GREAT TENNESSEE MONKEY TRIAL"

Seaside, California, October 14, 2005 - CSU Monterey Bay's World Theater is pleased to present two performances of the L.A. Theatre Works production "The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial" on Saturday, October 22, 2005 at 8:00pm and Sunday, October 23, 2005 at 7:00pm. Featuring some of the biggest names from stage and screen, including Emmy award winner Ed Asner, John de Lancie and Alley Mills, the shows will also include local actor and Gavilan College student Alexander Lichtblau.

The 22 year San Martin native is in his second year at Gavilan College. Majoring in performing arts, Lichtblau is active with Gavilan's theater and television programs, as well as The Rambler, Gavilan's student newspaper. Says Litchblau about how he got interested in theater, "I was participating in a First Monday reading at Gavilan College, when Jim Cave, stage director for The Drunkard, came to me and offered me a part as William. Jim said he liked my voice. Since I was in a T.V. and film acting class and have always been interested in a chance to work in this industry, I decided to take a stab at it and see if acting was for me." To Lichtblau's credit, he has now performed in various Gavilan Theater productions including "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," "The Jungle Book," "The Drunkard" and he will star the role of James in upcoming fall 2005 show "James and the Giant Peach."

Lichtblau makes his debut at the Sunset Center, working along side well respected Hollywood actors and actresses. Lichtblau states that he is looking forward to the experience performing in "The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial." "Every experience in pursuit of my ultimate goal is a valuable step. The chance to act along side professional actors and getting exposure outside the school circle is not only an honor, but definitely a learning experience and stepping stone in the right direction."

The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial features characters at the center of one of the great debates of American society.~ Clarence Darrow, William Jennings Bryan, H.L. Mencken, John Scopes - these unlikely heroic figures of this 20th century drama participated in a trial that set the stage for an ongoing national debate over the freedom of inquiry and the separation of Church and State.~ Although this was a national conflict of social and intellectual values played out in a small courthouse in rural Tennessee in 1925, these issues remain unresolved today and the speeches and oratory from the trial still ring familiar.~ The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial is directed by Gordon Hunt, is written and adapted from the Scopes Trial transcripts by Peter Goodchild and is presented by Producing Director Susan Loewenberg. The production at the Sunset Center is co-presented by CSU Monterey Bay and CenterArts/Humboldt State University.

The Sunset Center Cultural Center is located near the downtown location of Carmel-by-the-Sea.~ The entrance to the complex is on the southwest corner of Mission and Eighth Streets. Parking is free for events at the Sunset Center after 6:00pm.~
Tickets for all seats are $67 and can be purchased by calling the Sunset Center box office at (831) 620-2048 or online at [ http://www.sunsetcenter.org ]www.sunsetcenter.org.
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