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Lynne Kaufman’s Daisy in the Dreamtime
Premieres at San Francisco State University,
Friday, October 11 through Sunday, October 20


Ariane Bicho
SFSU College of Creative Arts

(415) 338-1442

(415) 338-0520


Press Release published by the College of Creative Arts and the Office of Public Affairs


Based on the life of Daisy Bates, the play won the Rella Lossy Memorial Award for Playwrighting

SAN FRANCISCO, September 16, 2002 – The College of Creative Arts’ Theatre Arts Department presents the premiere of Daisy in the Dreamtime, a new play by Lynne Kaufman opening at 8:00 pm Friday, October 11 and running through 2:00 pm Sunday, October 20 in the Little Theatre on the San Francisco State University campus. Winner of the 2001 Rella Lossy Memorial Award for Playwrighting, Daisy in the Dreamtime is based on the true story of Daisy Bates, the Irish émigré who, in 1913, pitched a tent in the Australian outback where she lived with the Aborigines for 30 years. Directed by Chicano playwright, director and educator Roy Conboy, Daisy in the Dreamtime has received staged readings at The Lark, New York; Horizons, Washington D.C., and Playbrokers, San Francisco.

The ensemble student cast portrays three men and three women: Daisy Bates, King Billy (an Aboriginal man), Jack Bates, Annie Lock (a missionary), Grandma Hunt and Radcliffe-Brown (an English anthropologist). Together, the lives and beliefs of the characters intertwine in the Australian outback and Ireland taking the audience on a fascinating exploration of Aboriginal culture and its freedom from two Western obsessions: the pressure of time and the accumulation of goods.

With 10 national premieres to her credit, Lynne Kaufman’s early works were regularly produced in San Francisco by Magic Theatre including Dottie and the Boys (1990), Speaking in Tongues (1989), Roshi (1987) and The Couch (1985). She is the recipient of residencies from The New Harmony Project, Indiana, and the Djerassi Foundation and has won awards including the Kennedy Center/NEA/New American Plays Award; Best New Play, Dramalogue; Bay Area Critic’s Circle; the Glickman Award and the Rella Lossy Memorial Award in Playwrighting. In 1998, Ms. Kaufman’s play Fakes was optioned by Twentieth Century Fox for a feature film. She is represented by the Susan Gurman Agency, New York.

Roy Conboy is a Chicano playwright, director and educator and serves as Chair of the Theatre Arts Department and Head of the Creative Writing Graduate Playwriting Program, San Francisco State University. Considered one of the leading Chicano playwrights in the country, Mr. Conboy’s most well-known works include Drive My Coche (2000), When El Cucui Walks (1994) and Dancing With the Missing (1992). The latter two plays toured nationally with San Francisco’s El teatro de la Esperanza, a company of which Mr. Conboy is an associate artist. He is also a founding member of and artistic associate of Cucucuevez Multicultural Ensemble of Santa Ana, the former general manager and casting director of the Grove Shakespeare Festival, Garden Grove; the former director of new plays and players at Santa Ana College, and a founding member of the Pacific Art Center in Arcata. Mr. Conboy is currently developing Illegal Corrido, a solo performance piece with music that explores the intermingling of immigrants both legal and illegal, which will premiere in 2003 at El teatro de la Esperanza.

Established in 1999 to honor SFSU alumnae Rella Lossy, a theatre critic, actress and writer, the Rella Lossy Memorial Award in Playwrighting is a biennial prize administered by the Theatre Arts Department. A woman of abounding energy and creativity, Ms. Lossy published several plays, served as theatre editor of Bay Arts Review, and was a founding member of Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle. The Rella Lossy Award funds a Northern California Playwright-in-Residence to develop a new play to premiere at San Francisco State University. Cherylene Lee’s Knock Off Balance was the first winner of the Rella Lossy Award and premiered in March 2000.

Ticket and Schedule Information
Thursday, October 10, 8:00 pm (preview);
Friday and Saturday, October 11 & 12, 8:00 pm;
Thursday-Saturday, October 17-19, 8:00 pm;
Matinees: Sunday, October 13 & 20, 2:00 pm.
All performances are in the Little Theatre located in the Creative Arts Building on the SFSU campus, 19th and Holloway avenues.
$10 General Admission/$8 Students & Seniors.
Call the Creative Arts Box Office at 415/338-2467, Monday through Thursday, noon to 4:00 pm. Tickets also go on sale one hour before each show.

With graduates such as Tony Award-winning Director Daniel Sullivan [Proof] and Academy Award-nominee Annette Bening [American Beauty], the Theatre Arts Department offers a comprehensive program of both practical and theoretical courses for undergraduate and graduate students whose interests center in various aspects of educational and professional theatre. The curricula provide students with background for advanced study in the dramatic arts, for teaching or for a career in professional theatre. As a center for the training of future theatre artists, the department is committed to introducing a plethora of theatrical traditions and cultures to students. To this end, the department employs its four theatre spaces as learning laboratories in which students collaborate with faculty and guest professionals. Studio workshops and advanced stage productions in those theatres are the culmination of the educational experience.

Theatre Arts is a department of the College of Creative Arts, which has the only academic program primarily devoted to the creative arts in northern California. Under the direction of Dean Keith Morrison, an internationally acclaimed faculty directs over 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students in seven disciplines: art, cinema, broadcast and electronic communications, music, dance, theatre, and design and industry. The College of Creative Arts is part of San Francisco State University, one of the 23 member universities comprising the California State University, the largest system of higher education in the nation. SFSU is a highly diverse, comprehensive, public and urban university. For more information about the College of Creative Arts, please visit For an application, please call Admissions at 415/338-1113.

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