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Whittier College
Office of Public Relations
13406 Philadelphia St.
P.O. Box 634
Whittier, CA  90608-0634

Contact:  Judy Browning  at (562) 907-4216

March 6, 2002                                                                        

Reference:  01/02: 50                                                              

 Whittier College Stages “Division Street” 

           “Division Street,” a farce by Academy Award-winner Steve Tesich, will be
presented by the Whittier College Theatre Arts Department March 13–17 at the Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts.  The show will begin at 8 p.m. Wednesday
through Saturday, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.

Set in Chicago in 1980, “Division Street” tells the story of Chris Adrian, a radical
from the ’60s who finds himself throwing up on the street after eating stuffed cabbage
from the New World Bar and Grill, owned by Yovan.  Because of his radical past, a
photographer snaps his picture while he is sick and turns it into an assault on the
“foul political system.”  The resulting publicity sets off a reunion with his estranged wife, Dianah, and two of his comrades from the old days, Betty, the neighborhood transsexual
cop, and Roger.  Mix in Yovan’s daughter, Nadja, Mrs. Bruchinski, the Black Polish
landlady, and Sal, Dianah’s legal aide lawyer, and you have a wild ensemble hell-bent on organizing a new coalition for the ’80s.

The production is being dedicated to John Holt, the father of Elizabeth Holt, who plays Mrs. Bruchinski.  Joining the Florida East Coast Railroad as a porter in 1952, John Holt broke down racial barriers in 1963 to become the first Black railroad conductor in the South and in 1966 went on to become one of the first Black railroad engineers. John was with the Florida East Coast Railroad until 1976, when he became a test train engineer at the Transportation Test Center in Pueblo, Colo. Elizabeth Holt said her father, who is retired and lives in Colorado Springs, “paved the way for others on the rails.  He was with the railroad for about 40 years and worked his way up through very trying times in the 1950s and 1960s.  I am very proud that we are dedicating this show to him.”

           “Division Street” is being directed by Linda Van Dine, visiting assistant professor
of theatre and communication arts.  Laura Gomez, a senior from Las Vegas, Nev., is
stage manager, and Keegan Dougherty, a junior from San Diego, is assistant stage
manager.

            Other cast members are Gabriel Cullen, a junior from San Francisco, as Chris; Christian Sorenson, a freshman from Bellevue, Wash., as Yovan; Claire Barcos, a sophomore from San Rafael, Calif., as Dianah; Rocky Holman, a senior from Cincinnati, Ohio, as Sal; Elaine Santore, a freshman from Daly City, Calif., as Nadia; James Adomian, a senior from Los Angeles as Roger; and Dumisani Mhlanga, a sophomore from London, England, as Betty.

            Tickets are $8 for the general public and $6 for students and senior citizens. 
Tickets and information are available by calling the Shannon Center Box Office at
562-907-4203.

            Located 18 miles east of Los Angeles, Whittier College is an independent,
four-year college offering traditional liberal arts majors and strong pre-professional
programs taught in the context of the liberal arts.  Whittier Law School, which is
accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of
American Law Schools, is located on a separate campus in Costa Mesa.

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