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Poster for the play The Sandstorm

Theatre Academy’s Production of The Sandstorm goes to KCACTF

Originally Published: 1/30/2020

Students will perform as a part of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) at Cal State University Fullerton. Two special performances added at LACC February 6 and 7.

The Los Angeles City College (LACC) Theatre Academy has won a rare spot to perform its production of The Sandstorm at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF)’s Region VIII Festival on the Cal State University Fullerton campus on February 11-15, 2020. The play, performed by Academy students and directed by LACC Theatre Academy’s Head of Acting, Louie Piday, includes a series of vignettes based on playwright Sean Huze’s experience during his tour of duty fighting in Operation Iraqi Freedom. 

Huze joined the Marines days after September 11 and the World Trade Center attacks. After serving as a corporal deployed to Iraq as a rifleman from Kuwait to Bagdad, Haze returned home from active duty in 2003 and could not find justification or meaning for the war he served in. Ten days after his return, he starred in The Sandstorm, his debut play.

The LA Times called the play “a heart-clutching eye witness mosaic” of “shocking force and awesome honesty.”  

In anticipation of touring to the Region VIII Festival, the Theatre Academy will be re-mounting The Sandstorm Thursday, February 6th and Friday, February 7th at 7pm.

Tickets may be purchased at the Box office or online.


About the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF)

The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF), started in 1969 by Roger L. Stevens, is a national theater program involving 20,000 students from colleges and universities across the country each year. For over 50 years, the organization has served as a catalyst in improving the quality of college theater in the United States. KCACTF has grown to encompass more than 700 academic institutions throughout the country. The festival encourages and celebrates the finest and most diverse work produced in university and college theater programs, and provides opportunities for participants to develop their theater skills and insight. Through state, regional, and national festivals, KCACTF student and faculty participants celebrate the creative process and share experiences and insights within the community of theater artists. The KCACTF honors excellence of overall production and offers student artists individual recognition through awards and scholarships in playwriting, acting, dramatic criticism, directing, and design.

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