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MJC Opens San Joaquin Blues Production On Stage This Week
San Joaquin Blues
Taking place in the Central San Joaquin Valley oil town of Coalinga, the play San Joaquin Blues opens this week on stage at Modesto Junior College.

The Modesto Junior College Theater Department presents San Joaquin Blues, an award winning original play about life in the mid-1960’s in the Central Valley of California. The play was written by and is being directed by MJC theater professor Michael Lynch, with original music composed by Steve Sigel.

Performances are Oct. 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29 at 7 p.m. and on Oct. 30 at 2 p.m. in the Main Auditorium of the Performing and Media Arts Center on East Campus, at 435 College Ave., Modesto.

The play takes place in the Central San Joaquin Valley oil town of Coalinga in 1966 when the oil ran out and the town went into a financial depression. Populated by colorful characters and a live country-western band called Cherub and the Devil Dusters, this comedy/drama was originally produced in San Francisco in 1982 where it won Best Play of the Year by both the Bay Area Critics Circle and the Hollywood Drama-logue critics.

Tickets are $11 general admission, and $9 for students and senior citizens (62 or better). Tickets may be purchased in advance online at , or at the MJC Box Office, Tuesday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m., or by calling (209) 575-6776 during these hours. Tickets will also be available at the door beginning 90 minutes prior to each performance.