‘A safe space to make jokes’: Black Comic Cultures Stand-Up Showcase brings students to the stage

Laughter poured from Pomona College’s Allen Theatre last Tuesday, April 18, as students huddled into the packed room, finding seats in chairs or room on the floor, to see the Black Comic Cultures Stand-Up Showcase. Organized by a Pomona Africana Studies class “Black Comic Cultures” students had the chance to share their own stand-up comedy routine to a large audience.

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‘Machinal:’ Finding connection in a dystopian drama

Written by Sophie Treadwell in the 1920s, “Machinal” is the the fourth and final production in “Inevitable Evolutions,” Pomona’s theater department season. On a highly stylized set, characters operate as cogs in a larger capitalist machine, with each actor taking on multiple roles, suggesting people are interchangeable in a mechanized society that affords little room for individual aspirations or identity. Even so, cast and crew found unexpected community inhabiting this dark material.

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