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Peralta Community College District's only student-run publication.

The Citizen

Peralta Community College District's only student-run publication.

The Citizen

Abigail McMurry, Acting President of Associated Students of Laney College, spoke against last-minute class cancellations at the May 14 Board of Trustees meeting.
Class cancellations, basic needs, and 'flying pigs' at 5/14 meeting for PCCD Trustees
Ian Waters, News Editor • June 1, 2024
Student Trustee Natasha Masand believes her voice has the power to impact the PCCD community.
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Isabelly Sabô Barbosa, Social Media Editor • March 19, 2024
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Melanie Dixon appointed CoA President
Melanie Dixon appointed CoA President
After two years of acting appointments, the College of Alameda will finally fill the presidency with a permanent hire this summer
Ivan Saravia, Staff Writer • May 23, 2024
College of Alameda jazz professor Glen Pearson demonstrates his musical talent on his classroom piano. Hes one of the newest members of the Count Basie Orchestra, a historic 18-piece jazz ensemble that took home a Grammy this year.
The humble Grammy-winning pianist leading CoA’s music program
Desmond Meagley, Staff Writer • March 4, 2024
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    Berkeley production of ‘The Rover’ extended

    The play, set in 17th century Italy, is reknown for retelling the classics with a fresh light

    Berkeley’s Shotgun Players has extended their run of “The Rover” by a week, giving Bay Area theater enthusiasts a second chance at seeing the Players topical take on Aphra Behn’s classic play. 
    Set in 17th century Naples during the Carnival Masquerade, the story follows three women: Angelica, an adored courtesan (Lauren Spencer), Hellena, a clever and “amorous” nun (Caitlyn Louchard) and Florinda, a love-struck maiden (Siobhan Marie Doherty). Doubling them is a trio of English sailors, the honorable Belville (Alex Lyndon), the foolish and comical Officer Blunt (Justin Gillman), and the sociopathic “Rover” Willmore (Jerhemy Kahn). What ensues is an elaborate tale of love, lust, theft, betrayal, and all other manners of sinister intrigue. 
    The minimalist set and court-sized stage of the theater, as well as the rave-inspired music and costumes create an anachronistic effect, which may make audiences feel like they have inexplicably crossed into some kind of Shakespearean Burning Man.

    The Rover

    The overlapping of the past and present, however, is precisely what the Shotgun Players have in mind. Despite its humorous tone, there is a deeper and more serious message behind the performance. The Players 2015 season is made up entirely of plays written by women, as a response to the gross underrepresentation of female playwrights in contemporary theater.
    Behn was working in a time that was even lonelier for female writers (in fact, she is credited with being the first successful female playwright) and seems to have been all the bolder for it. The play is filled with scenes and dialogue that are as relevant today as they were 300 years ago. The play openly asks, “How much has sexual politics changed since 1677?” The unfortunate answer audiences might find is, “Not much.” 
    Indeed “The Rover” could have easily been set in the present with the English trio being replaced by marauding frat boys and substituting the Carnival in Naples with spring break in Cancun (For that matter what is Tinder, if not an unending masquerade?). In one of the plays several near-rape scenes, the Rover says to his intended victim, “Those eyes of thine gave the first blow, the first provocation,” a poetic way of saying, “She was asking for it.” In a similar scene, a dejected Officer Blunt declares, “I will be revenged on one whore for the sake of another.” It shows that Behn may have understood the true depths of the male-ego better than Freud ever did. 
    Its heavier themes aside, the play is fun and funny with strong performances from its cast, and succeeds to get more than a few laughs from the audience. It is well choreographed, with some impressive sword play which could help quell anyone’s interseasonal “Game of Thrones” blues. With the discount offered by the Players, students have no excuse for missing it.

    About the Contributor
    In the fall of 2019, The Laney Tower rebranded as The Citizen and launched a new website. These stories were ported over from the old Laney Tower website, but byline metadata was lost in the port. However, many of these stories credit the authors in the text of the story. Some articles may also suffer from formatting issues. Future archival efforts may fix these issues.  
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