Sonoma State University Department of Theatre Arts & Dance Presents THE GREAT DIVIDE, 11/1-10


Fractured family dynamics mirror divisions in a rural Colorado town balancing jobs and economic survival against the risk to long term water needs and health in THE GREAT DIVIDE, ripped from current headlines and inspired by Henrik Ibsen's "An Enemy of the People."

A rural Colorado town revives its economy by allowing a natural gas company to begin a "fracking" operation in its area, injecting chemicals into the ground to mine natural gas. But, when the chemicals get into the water table, the health of the town is at stake. What's more important, short or long term survival - having energy and power as well as financial stability or protecting the environment and the water we need to survive?

Directed by Doyle Ott.

This production is part of "Water Works," is Sonoma State University campus wide project including fine arts and academics drawing on the theme of inland water flow as resource, theme and metaphor. The "Water Works" project features a variety of events and performances presented across the SSU campus in indoor theaters, classrooms, art galleries and outdoor site-specific events at bodies of water.

WHEN: Nov. 1 to Nov. 10, 2012
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1; Saturday, Nov. 3; Thursday, Nov. 8; Friday, Nov. 9; and Saturday, Nov. 10.
10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 2 (Student Matinee)
2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4 (Followed by post show discussion)
5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7 - "Water Works" gala reception and pre-show event featuring playwright Adam Chanzit, followed by performance at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7 is also SSU Faculty/Staff Night.

LOCATION: Sonoma State University
Evert B. Person Theatre, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park, CA 94928
Evert B. Person Theatre is accessed through the main entrance to Sonoma State University.
Tickets also sold at the door one hour prior to curtain. When attending a performance in the Evert B. Person Theatre, snacks, wine and soft drinks are available for purchase in the lobby beginning one hour prior to curtain.

PARKING: After entering the main entrance of Sonoma State University, turn right. Use LOT E to the left. Walk from the main parking lot using the ramp to the theater which is to the left of the parking lot. Parking permits are required for all cars during posted hours Monday through Friday. Permits may be purchased daily from the vending machines located at the entrance to the general parking lots. Daily parking fee is $2.50. Visitor parking is only permitted in lots marked as 'Non-Reserved.'

COST / TICKET PRICE: $10 to $17
Sonoma State University students are admitted free for all performances. Tickets also sold at the door one hour prior to curtain. Pre-order or reserve tickets through the box office at 707-664-2353 or online at

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