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Fresno gets a new theater company

From Eric Day:

California Public Theater is a theater company built on the foundation of bringing to life new and classical literature for the enjoyment of the public. Its goals are to reach and educate through theatrical performances generating a social environment that inspires and strengthens our community.

Our inaugural production, “Beyond Therapy,” is one of Christopher Durang’s most popular comedies … It is a bizarre and ridiculous comedy about dating through personal ads and surviving therapy. The cast is comprised of Landon Weiszbrod, Kristen Henson, Jessica Knotts, David Manning, Tony Thammavongsa and Gary Buffkin, direction by Eric Day.

Details: 7:30pm Sept. 18, 19, 25, Oct. 2, 3. There’s one matinee 1:30 p.m. Sept. 26. Performances are at the Million Club, next door to Million Elephant Restaurant & Bar in the Tower District on the corner of Fulton & Olive. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Reservations: Call (559) 907-2676.

I’m excited. A new company is always great news. Welcome, California Public Theater!

Responses to "Fresno gets a new theater company"

Lars says:

good luck eric and public. i will send students to see inaugural show. durang is always fun. break a leg jesse! : )

Stephen says:


I love new theatre companies, and theatre in Fresno, I do.

But is it really a ‘new’ company when it’s Eric Day doing what he’s done in Clovis or for WSF? I guess having a new investor makes it new? I dunno.

Eric’s equally going to be touting ‘Rocky Horror’ again after this quickly put-together Durang play (his most accessible, certainly).

I always wish the best for Eric, but a ‘new New NEW’ theater company? I dunno.

IN says:

How splendid a new theatre for the enrichment and enjoyment of our community! We can never have too much culture. How appropriate for a local and creative director/actor, to direct the inaugural production! “Bravo” to you Mr. Day and all involved in the new, California Public Theater! I look forward to seeing many entertaining venues!