The College of the Canyons theatre department will present its second production of the fall season, with the character-driven drama “In Arabia We’d All Be Kings,” running Nov. 16-20 in the college’s Black Box Theatre.
“In Arabia We’d All Be Kings,” focuses on a bar in the Hell’s Kitchen section of New York City where a motley crew of characters routinely gathers to drown their sorrows amidst the backdrop of the widespread gentrification that took place in the city during the 1990s.
Offering a bleak look into the lives of a unique collection of characters — each of whom is out of work and strapped for cash — the production chronicles the group’s often misguided hopes and dreams, and eventual demise, as the city they know and love quickly begins to change.
Written by New York playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis and originally directed by Academy Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, “In Arabia We’d All Be Kings” has been described as “a rich character study of down-on-their-luck individuals.”
“Stephen Adly Guirgis is America’s next great playwright,” said COC theatre department chair Paul Wickline, “and this is one of his most powerful plays.
“Though the dialogue and subject matter in this production are likely to cause some audiences discomfort, the language used is true to the characters and situations being depicted,” added Wickline.
The College of the Canyons theatre department’s production of “In Arabia We’d All Be Kings” is being directed by COC adjunct faculty member Stephen Whelan.
The production opens Wednesday, Nov. 16, and runs through Sunday, Nov. 20, in the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center (PAC) Black Box Theatre. Performances will be held at 8 p.m. Nov. 16-19, and 2 p.m. Nov. 20.
General admission tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for COC students and senior citizens.
This production contains adult language and mature content and is recommended for mature audiences only.
For more information about the COC production of “In Arabia We’d All Be Kings” or to purchase tickets please contact the PAC Box Office at (661) 362-5304 or visit www.CanyonsPAC.com.