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October 3, 2016

Theatre Department to Present The Real Thing’ as Season Opener
The Real Thing
The College of the Canyons theatre department will present its production of The Real Thing in the Black Box Theater for a six-night run beginning Oct. 7. 

Written by four-time Tony Award winner Tom Stoppard, The Real Thing is a play set in 1980s London that examines the nature of honesty, love, and marriage. A play within a play, the production explores appearances verses reality through the relationship between Annie, an activist and actress, and Henry, a playwright.

“Love is the subject at the heart of so many literary work,” said Randee Trabtiz, director of the COC production. “Tom Stoppard is the craftiest of wordsmiths. His love of language and verbal wit is in evidence in his 50 years worth of plays.”

The cast and crew is comprised solely of College of the Canyons theatre students. 

First performed at London’s The Strand Theatre in 1982, ‘The Real Thing’ went on to win a Tony Award for best play in 1984. Frank Rich of The New York Times called The Real Thing Stoppard's “most moving play, but also the most bracing play that anyone has written about love and marriage in years. Knighted in 1997, Stoppard is also known for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Arcadia and the Academy Award-winning screenplay for Shakespeare in Love.’​

Performances are scheduled 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 7 and 8, and 14 and 15; matinees are scheduled 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9 and 16. General admission tickets are $10. Tickets for students and seniors are $5.
For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the box office at (661) 362-5304 or visit

About the Theatre Department 

Part of the college’s School of Visual and Performing Arts, the Theatre Department offers a highly regarded transfer program with three degree options available to students in the field. Students interested in attending a performance or learning more about the program are encouraged to send an email to theatre@canyons.eduFor more information, visit or like us on Facebook by visiting​.