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Western University of Health Sciences Students Swap Graphs for Laughs in Comedy Production

by Rodney Tanaka

November 2, 2001

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Moss Hart and George Kaufman’s comedy classic, “”You Can’t Take It With

You,”” will debut November 15-16 at a venue less ordinary for Inland Valley

theater fans.

The production won’t be running at the Candlelight Pavilion or the

Lifehouse Theater. Rather, the play is showing at Western University of

Health Sciences, in one of the school’s largest lecture halls with a cast

of university health professions students, staff, and faculty.

A production of SANUS, the university’s student theater group, whose Latin

name means, “”soundness of mind, emotions and behavior,”” “”You Can’t Take

It With You”” will join the list of plays produced every fall by the

organization since its inception in 1985. Their past credits include

Shakespeare’s, “”A Midsummer Night’s Dream,”” Agatha Christi’s, “”Ten Little

Indians,”” and the Broadway musical, “”Pump Boys and Dinettes.””

SANUS director and second-year medical student Sindy Bottros said that

cast members appreciate the play as a break in their rigorous schedule.

“”When you get to a graduate school for health professions, you expect

everyone to be either medically or scientifically focused,”” Bottros

said. “”However, I was overwhelmed by the amount of talent and creativity

the cast has to offer. I think they appreciate the stress release in

coming to practice two to three hours a week where they can act like

someone they’re not.””

“”You Can’t Take it With You”” is a campy love story about a young couple

who worry that their marriage will never work with the undeniable

differences in their two families — one thriving on its Wall Street

wealth, the other comprised

entirely of unemployed artists and theorists.

The cast is as follows:

Hanly Burton, second-year medical student, as Grandpa

Kathy Lalezarzadeh, second-year medical student as Alice

Danny Craig, advancement communications assistant as Tony

Ravi Shah, second-year medical student as Paul

Maily Nguyen, second-year medical student as Penny

Dawnell Moody, second-year medical student as Essie

Jonathan Nelson, second-year medical student as Ed

Dan Le, second-year medical student as Kolenkhov

Nicole Louie, second-year medical student as Rheba

Les Tsang, second-year medical student as Donald

Hooman Harooni, second-year medical student as Mr. DePinna

Arnold Cuenca, second-year medical student as Mr. Kirby

Sophea Tim, second-year pharmacy student as Mrs. Kirby

Amy Thomas, second-year medical student as Grand Dutchess Olga

Lilian Leong, second-year medical student as Gay Wellington

Jason Reed, second-year medical student,

Amit Parik, second-year medical student &

Phuongdoan Doan first-year medical student as the police officers

Tickets are $8 at the door or $6 during the presale period that will begin

on November 6. The curtain time for both performances is 7:30 p.m. in

Amphitheater II of the Health

Professions Center. For more information about Western University’s

performance of “”You Can’t Take It With You,”” contact the Media Relations

Department at (909) 469-5360.


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