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WMU Theatre season opens with story of love and loss

by Tonya Durlach

Agu. 31, 2011 | WMU News

Artwork from WMU Theatre production, References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot.
University Theatre at WMU
KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University Theatre kicks off its 2011-12 season with Jose Rivera's "References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot" Sept. 22-Oct. 2 in York Arena Theatre at the Gilmore Theatre Complex.

Performance schedule
"References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot"

"References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot" is a play about an abstract universe that puts the two worlds of fantasy and reality to the test. While Salvador Dali is not a character in the play, his paintings become a character through the surreal world that is brought to life by the playwright.

The play opens up on Gabriela, a young army wife in Barstow, Calif., awaiting the arrival of her husband from the Gulf War as she confers with the violin-playing moon. When her husband, Benito, comes home from war he finds Gabriela a changed woman. As they reach for one another, their ideals push them apart. Rivera's powerful and poetic language creates a picturesque journey through Gabriela's dream world of love, loss and yearning in this story of sexual desire.

This play contains adult themes and is intended for mature audiences.


WMU theatre performance alumna Tara L. Matkosky directs the all-student cast, which includes: Cornelius Davidson as Benito, Charles-Curtis Sanders as Coyote, MacGregor Arney as Moon, Ali Shea as Gabriela, Andi Foster as Cat and Nathan Sabo as Martin.


All seating for "References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot" at York Arena Theatre is general admission. Tickets are $20, $15 for senior citizens and WMU employees, $5 for WMU students and $10 for all other students. They are available by calling (269) 387-6222, online at, or by visiting the Gilmore Theatre Complex or Miller Auditorium ticket offices. Group discounts are available by calling (269) 387-3227.

For more information, contact Emily Duguay, University Theatre, at or (269) 387-6222.