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Chess: In Concert


  • WHEN Ongoing from now until December 6, 2020[days & times]
  • WHERE Virtual / SDSU School of Theatre, Television and Film
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  • AGES Not available
  • COST $5

About 'Chess: In Concert'
The plot: The collaborators on "Chess" are giants of rock music and rock musicals, and here they have created a complex rock opera that played to full Broadway houses and standing ovations. In this musical, the ancient game becomes a metaphor for romantic rivalries, competitive gamesmanship, super-power politics, and international intrigues. The pawns in this drama form a love triangle: the loutish American chess star, the earnest Russian champion, and a Hungarian American female assistant who arrives at the international chess match in Bangkok with the American, but falls for the Russian. From Bangkok to Budapest the players, lovers, politicians, and spies manipulate and are manipulated to the pulse of a monumental rock score that includes “One Night in Bangkok” and “Heaven Help My Heart.”

About This Production
Featuring over one hundred San Diego State University students, "Chess: In Concert" will be available for digital streaming from December 3 – 6, 2020. Chess is written by Tim Rice, Benny Andersson, and Björn Ulvaeus.

Because of the pandemic, new and innovative strategies were implemented to allow safe collaboration while still following SDSU and California Governor Gavin Newsom’s guidelines for preventing the spread of Covid-19. Student actors were filmed in a six camera shoot by TV/Film students. That footage will be combined with individually filmed ensemble material and audio recordings from the SDSU Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Choir to create a monumental production for internet streaming.

About the Arts Alive SDSU Discovery Series
"Chess: In Concert" is a part of the Arts Alive SDSU Discovery Series. There will be a free, interdisciplinary panel conversation about the themes in the show on Thursday, Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. The panel will focus on the relationship between Cold War defections and current issues of immigration. Individuals can register to attend this free panel here.

Cast and Crew
The principal cast features MFA Musical Theatre graduate students whose collective work spans Broadway, international, and regional/local productions. The 2022 class includes Julio Catano, Victoria Fowler, Kyle Montgomery, Casey Craig, Christopher Shin, Clinton Sherwood, Sheldon Gomabon, and Melissa Glasgow.

Written by:
Book and Lyrics by Tim Rice
Composers Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus
Directed by:
Directed by Stephen Brotebeck
Music Direction by Robert Meffe, In collaboration with the School of Music and Dance, SDSU Symphony Orchestra and Concert Choirs.

Location: Virtual Platform
December 3, 2020 through December 6, 2020
7 p.m. or 2 p.m.

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending. Check local COVID-19 restrictions and updates.

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