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Carol Selkin Media Relations Director (323) 343-3044
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For immediate release:
Cal State L.A.
The Death of
Bessie Smith Legendary Blues Singer's Death Sparked
Major Racial Controversy
What: The Death of Bessie Smith by Edward Albee
When: April 28, 29 & 30: Thursday, 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 3
p.m. & 8 p.m.
Where: THE ARENA THEATRE, CAL STATE L.A. Â Eastern Avenue exit
of the San Bernardino (10) Freeway, at the intersection of the 10
and 710 freeways.
General admission, $15; students and senior citizens, $10
Public permit dispenser parking is available at 50 cents per
hour in Lots C, F and G or upper level of Parking Structure II.
ReservationsÂcall the Cal State L.A. Box Office, (323)
Could Bessie have been saved? Several stories have developed
around the questionable facts of what happened the night of blues
legend Bessie SmithÂs fateful car crash. Award-winning playwright
Edward AlbeeÂs play spotlights his version where discrimination at
an all-white hospital led to Bessie SmithÂs death.
The Department of Theatre Arts and Dance at California State
University, Los Angeles brings AlbeeÂs tale, The Death
of Bessie Smith, to its Arena Theatre, April 28-30,
2005. CSULA graduate student Henry Livingston directs this
production set amidst a racially contentious 1930Âs Tennessee
The performances will run Thursday at 8 p.m. and Friday
and Saturday at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
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