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Polaroid Stories April 14-25

April 12, 2010

Described as 'a series of snapshots,' Naomi Iizuka's 'Polaroid Stories' focuses on a variety of runaway kids. 'The play transcends the typical evening in the theatre,' proclaims the Washington Herald. 'It is a powerful piece of theater, but not one for the faint of heart.'

April 14-17, 8 p.m.
April 22-24, 8 p.m.
April 25, 2 p.m. (matinee)
University Theatre
University Center for the Arts

Colorado State University Theatre presents Naomi Iizuka’s Polaroid Stories in the state-of-the art University Theatre at the University Center for the Arts; 1400 Remington St.

Inspired by Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Polaroid Stories is a spellbinding tale of young people pushed to society's fringe, an invisible population of homeless and street teens.

Polaroid Stories is produced by special arrangement with the Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois.


  • $18/public
  • $9/Colorado State University students

Tickets are available at the new University Center for the Arts (UCA) Ticket Office in the UCA Griffin Lobby, by phone at (970) 491-2787, or online.

Content not appropriate for youth under 17

The content of this play is not appropriate for youth under the age of 17 – it contains profanity, nudity, sexual situations.

Tale of marginalized youth

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.

Director solves a puzzle

Director of two Broadway plays and six off-Broadway plays, Walt Jones, co-director of Theatre and Dance at CSU’s School of the Arts, directs the production.

Jones’ attraction to Polaroid Stories originated from having worked with the playwright many times in a broad range of settings.

"Her plays are puzzles and, as a director, puzzles and collective problem-solving intrigue me, it is what I do.” 

Authenticity is key

“The play is authentic,” explains Jones. “Although the characters are rich with metaphor involving Greek myth, they are also real people, with their dialog based on hundreds of hours of interviews the playwright conducted with hundreds of at-risk youth.”

Jones continues to select plays that challenge CSU audiences and actors, and although painful, and at times vulgar, the stories and language are not gratuitous.

“The audience will leave with knowledge and experience of this growing population, and with that knowledge will come, hopefully, empathy and tolerance,” said Jones. “Through our empathy and tolerance comes an understanding that people are only as good as the tools they've been given.”

Contact: Jennifer Clary
Phone: (970) 491-3603