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A scene from SDSU's production of "Anna in the Tropics." (Photo: Ken Jacques) A scene from SDSU's production of "Anna in the Tropics." (Photo: Ken Jacques)

SDSU Art and Theatre Events Opening This Week

A new SDSU Downtown Gallery exhibition and theatre production open this weekend.
By Lizbeth Persons Price

In 2003, Nilo Cruz became the first Latino playwright to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his deeply engrossing play, “Anna in the Tropics.” Critics described the piece as “earnestly poetic,” and as “wistful and affectingly ambitious as its characters.”

The San Diego State University School of Theatre, Television, and Film will stage a production of the romantic award-winning drama, directed by CJ Keith, from April 20-29 in the Don Powell Theatre.

Passions and ill-fated love ignite when a charismatic new lector comes to the Ybor City cigar factory to read to the workers. He chooses the novel “Anna Karenina,” and the scandalous lives of Tolstoy’s characters become dangerously intertwined with the lives of his listeners.

Tickets are $20 for general admission, $17 for students and seniors, and can be purchased online.

Exhibition at SDSU’s Downtown Gallery

The SDSU Downtown Gallery presents the culmination of months of planning to bring world-renowned artists Nancy Skolos and Thomas Wedell to San Diego and SDSU.

Opening Thursday, April 19, “Give-and-Take: Poster Design” showcases the work of the graphic design duo, who pioneered the medium from a traditional analog approach to its contemporary inclusion of digital technology, beginning in 1989. The exhibition displays a seminal selection of posters, 3D models and related ephemera that share the creative journey of this world-renowned husband and wife for the first time in Southern California.  

Working collaboratively for over 30 years, 2017 AIGA Medal recipients Skolos and Wedell have consistently pushed the boundaries of the field by moving fluidly between graphic design and photography, 2D and 3D forms.

“Nancy and Tom’s work is engagingly complex, full of symbolism and sensitive to the traditions of graphic design and photography,” said exhibition curator Susan Merritt, professor of graphic design at SDSU’s School of Art and Design. “Armed with a healthy dose of curiosity, Nancy and Tom meet challenges head on and follow the creative process to amazing extremes.”

In addition to their design practice, Skolos is currently dean of Architecture and Design at the Rhode Island School of Design, where Wedell is a senior critic in the graphic design department. During their San Diego residency, they’ll teach a poster design workshop for SDSU students and present a public lecture about their work.

As part of the exhibition, the SDSU Downtown Gallery will host evening events, which are free and open to the public, including an open reception with the artists from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, and a lecture by Skolos and Wedell from 9-10 a.m. on Friday, April 20, in SDSU’s Art North Building, Room A-412.

The exhibition runs through Sunday, July 22, 2018 at the SDSU Downtown Gallery, located at 725 West Broadway, San Diego, 92101. Hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursday through Monday (closed Tuesday and Wednesday, and May 28). The gallery is open to the public and admission is free. For parking information, visit the SDSU Downtown Gallery website.