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University of Mississippi

written by Naomi Iizuka

"A visceral blend of classical mythology and real life stories told by street kids, Naomi lizuka's Polaroid Stories journeys into a dangerous world where myth-making fulfills a fierce need for transcendence, where storytelling has the power to transform a reality in which characters' lives are continually threatened, devalued and effaced. Not all the stories these characters tell are true; some are lies, wild yams, clever deceits, baroque fabrications.  Inspired in part by Ovid's Metamorphoses, Iizuka's Polaroid Stories takes place on an abandoned pier on the outermost edge of a city, a way stop for dreamers, dealers and desperadoes, a no-man's land where runaways seek camaraderie, refuge and escape.  Polaroid Stories conveys a whirlwind of psychic disturbance, confusion and longing.  Their language mixes poetry and profanity, imbuing the play with lyricism and great theatrical force".

Design Team

Scenic Designers
- Jared Spears

Costume Designer- Ava Greer

Light Designer- Mya Harper

Properties Designer- Elena Romero

Sound Designer-Corey Kosman

Technical Director-Felipe Macias

Production Manager-Raey Bagley


Columbus State University

written by Matt de la Pena
music by Lamont Dozier and Paris Ray Dozier

“CJ is staying with his Nana, in a world considerably different from the one he’s used to.

Guided by his veritable force-of nature Nana, CJ travels a little closer to his roots and sees

that things are not always what they seem. This is one hip hop, eclectic, heart-thumpin’, toe

tappin’ joy ride.” -Plays for New Audiences

Design Team

Scenic Designers- Madison Sloan

Costume Designer- Kim Garcia

Light Designer- Glitch Luffman

Properties Designer- Lailah Brewer

Sound Designer-Zoe Economides

Technical Director-Christopher Dills

Production Manager-Ian Rossin


Professional Theatre
Springer Opera House