Arcadia HS play probes life and death

For those who like their art tinged with a little controversy and probing questions about the meaning of life, go see Arcadia High School’s run of Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “The Shadow Box,” which runs at 7 p.m. March 25-28, in the school’s Little Theater, 180 Campus Drive, Arcadia. (626) 821-8370, Ext. 1129.  Its star, Nikki Caiello, recently won a drama competition at Fullerton College.

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ARCADIA – A buzz has been brewing on the Arcadia High School campus over the drama department’s production of “The Shadow Box.”

Michael Cristofer’s play, which won the Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award
in 1977, and runs through Saturday, March 27, deals not only with the
taboo topic of death, but it also involves a gay couple, a drug addict
and language many might consider “objectionable.”

“It is a little controversial for a high school
play,” said Director Steven Volpe, who teaches drama and English at the
school. “It does have a little bit of mature content…but it is so
well-written…and the themes are so relevant to our time.”

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Nikki Caiello plays Maggie with Matt Burstyn as Joe in Arcadia High School''s
production of "The Shadow Box" during a dress rehearsal on March 19, 2008.
(Staff photo by Leo Jarzomb)