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Sydney Faulkner, Senior Staff Writer

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Faulkner holds the playbills of all of the plays she has covered for The Daily Aztec.

Sending off senior staff writer to New York City

December 11, 2019

When I joined the Arts & Culture section of The Daily Aztec two and a half years ago, I couldn’t have imagined the way it would shape my dreams,...

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The two main characters write letters back and forth without knowing the others identity.

Secret identities and love letters debut in “She Loves Me” on campus

December 4, 2019

San Diego State students open the classic musical comedy “She Loves Me” this week.   “She Loves Me” features music by Jerry Bock and Sheldon...

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Vadeboncoeur performing onstage in her element.

Theater student debuts in upcoming SDSU show

November 20, 2019

Musical theater freshman Mary Rose Vadeboncoeur is a veteran at dazzling the San Diego theatre scene.  Even though Vadeboncoeur grew up singing in...

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Actors, including the badgers, play scenes from Lying with Badgers.

“Lying with Badgers” has students reflecting on family and culture

November 6, 2019

Students tackle an emotional story of healing within one's self, family and culture in the play "Lying with Badgers."  San Diego State's school of...

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Family restaurant based in hispanic roots

Family restaurant based in hispanic roots

October 2, 2019

Nestled in the culturally rich neighborhood of Logan Heights, a local family works side by side to serve the community with one-of-a-kind, homestyle Mexican...

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Left to right: Kennedy Garcia, Paloma Carillo, Laura Sandoval-Rivas, Maya Stokes practicing.

“Just Like Us” shows teenagers struggling with immigration

September 18, 2019

San Diego State’s theatre program is closing out the month of September with it’s latest show, “Just Like Us,” a documentary-style program that...

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Noah Leach (left) brings LUXE (right) to life to express himself fully in a creatively liberating fashion.

Diving deeper into drag on campus

September 4, 2019

From Thursday’s a Drag to Dragstravaganza, the art of drag has brought years of sass, class, love and acceptance to San Diego State’s campus. The annual...

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James (Emma Chassey) with his new, unexpected family in the Giant Peach.

SDSU theatre takes on a Roald Dahl classic

May 1, 2019

San Diego State theater students will take on Roald Dahl’s classic book “James and the Giant Peach” in their latest production, showing in the Don...

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Moritz (Ben Breitenstein) and Melchoir (Brendan Mokler) take a moment in front of Wendla Bergman’s grave site. Set design is by Emily Klemmetsen, lighting design is by Hannah Beerfas, costume design is by Jill Jones and makeup design is by Mia Marx.

‘Spring Awakening’ production addresses social issues

April 17, 2019

Presented by the Skull and Dagger Dramatic Society, “Spring Awakening: A Children’s Tragedy” shook the stage of the Experimental Theatre April 12-14....

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Dominique Payne (Jess),  Kennedy Garcia (Lexie) and Ryan Stubo (Hookman) in Hookman.

Slasher comedy ‘Hookman’ opens at SDSU

March 27, 2019

"Hookman" debuted in the experimental theatre at San Diego State on March 15 to a completely sold-out crowd. It was written by Lauren Yee, directed...

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Brenden Mokler played Romeo and Jonathan Esquer played Balthazar in “R+J.” Lighting design was by Chloe Oliana Clark, scenic design was by Jenni Baldwin and costume design was by Andi Bashe.

Student production ‘R+J’ puts a twist on a classic

February 27, 2019

“R+J” brought a new twist on a timeless classic in San Diego State’s Experimental Theatre from Feb. 19 to 23. “R+J,” adapted from William Shakespeare’s...

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Ben (Marcus Rutledge) listens to voicemails from his father Doug (Noah Leach) in “To Be Alive.”

Student-penned musical ‘To Be Alive’ hits the stage

February 20, 2019

The new musical “To Be Alive” made its debut at the Don Powell Theatre at San Diego State on Feb. 15. “To Be Alive” takes place in San Francisco...

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SDSU production Mass explores a loss of faith

SDSU production ‘Mass’ explores a loss of faith

December 13, 2018

San Diego State’s School of Theatre, Television and Film along with the School of Music and Dance came together Dec. to Dec. 9 to bring Leonard Bernstein’s...

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Teryn McMurry, Jonathan Esquer, Adriana Becerra, Matt Tornero, Kennedy Jean Garcia, Sahar Hakimi, Mario Vega, Marissa Rodriguez, Sabrina Solorazo and Diana Ramirez in “Más.”

‘Más’ explores cultural identity, based on true events

November 14, 2018

San Diego State’s production of "Más" tackles many difficult topics regarding the real life dismantling of Tucson Unified School District’s Mexican...

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The Glaspell Project tackles sexism

‘The Glaspell Project’ tackles sexism

October 3, 2018

San Diego State’s theatre department addressed current issues facing women with its take on the 100-year-old “Glaspell Project,” written by Susan...

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Cast of Anna in the Tropics take the stage during their April 26-29 performance in the Don Powell Theatre.

REVIEW: ‘Anna in the Tropics’ heats up theater department

April 25, 2018

San Diego State’s theatre department shatters the ceiling with the performance of “Anna in the Tropics” directed by CJ Keith. The production...

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Staff writer Sydney Faulkner has experimented with her hair color, with pink being the most recent.

Scene at State

February 16, 2018

San Diego State’s campus is a place where students feel free to express themselves, particularly when it comes to hair color. Some campuses across...

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Enchanted April tells the story of four London women in 1922 as they rent the castle of their dreams.

‘Enchanted April’ musical finds life and love

December 1, 2017

San Diego State’s School of Theatre, Television and Film brings “Enchanted April, A New Musical Romance” to the Don Powell Theatre. The show will...

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San Diego State’s Jazz Ensemble performed for audiences in the Smith Recital Hall on Nov. 8.

Jazz Ensemble rocks campus

November 16, 2017

San Diego State’s Jazz Ensemble rocked the Smith Recital Hall on Nov. 8. The Jazz Ensemble hosted a special guest, jazz composer and pianist, Matt...

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Along with their signature donuts, Nomad Donuts in North Park also serves a variety of macarons.

Nomad Donuts grand opening frosts new flavors in North Park

October 17, 2017

North Park's Nomad Donuts hosted a grand opening event for its second shop of gourmet donuts on Friday, Oct.13. The event offered complimentary donuts...

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San Diego State’s Symphony Orchestra and Wind Symphony performed during sunset in Imperial Beach at the annual Symphony by the Sea on Saturday, Oct. 7.

Sunsets and sweet tunes score big in Symphony by the Sea

October 10, 2017

The third annual Symphony by the Sea was conducted during a scenic sunset hour at Imperial Beach on Saturday, Oct. 7. This free concert, sponsored by...

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In Anon(ymous), a young refugee called Anon escapes his war-torn country to wash up on an American shore.

“Anon(ymous)” tells the untold stories of refugees

October 2, 2017

San Diego State’s newest theatre production, “Anon(ymous),” will make audiences stop and think: What does home mean for a refugee? Written by...

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