By Oscar Hammerstein II
Based on Meilhac and Halevy's adaption of Prosper Merimee's "Carmen"
Music by Georges Bizet
Directed by Thomas-Whit Ellis
May 3 through May 11, 2019
(All performances at 7:30 p.m. except for 2:00 p.m. matinee on May 5th. No performance May 6th.)
The John Wright Theatre (Speech Arts Building at Fresno State)
About the play:
During the 1970s, Joe, an ROTC student, is enrolled at an historically black college where Carmen Jones is employed at the campus cafeteria. The promiscuous Jones soon manages to steal Joe away from his fiancée and the ROTC; they run off to Chicago together. But the fickle Carmen loses interest in Joe when she meets and successfully woos Husky Miller, a prize fighter on his way to the top. Mad with jealousy, Joe waits for Carmen outside the stadium the night of Husky's big fight to make a last desperate plea for her love. When she denies him resolutely, he stabs her to death in a rage of passion to the eerie accompaniment of the crowd inside the stadium cheering on Husky's victory. A Fresno Premiere!