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June 21, 2001
Tom Titus If you liked "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," says Golden West College's theater director Tom Amen, you're going to love "The Sly Fox." Amen, who recently completed his first year as a Golden West College theater instructor, compares the upcoming show, which opens July 6, to "Forum" with some credence. Both have their roots in classical theater. "Forum" was based on the ancient Greek plays of Plautus, while "Fox" is a modern treatment of Ben Jonson's "Volpone."
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By Tom Titus | April 9, 2010
Tom Amen, who’s logging his 10th year as a theater professor and director at Golden West College, is looking forward to taking some time off next spring. He’s not planning to resign or retire — far from it. Amen will be on hiatus playing a modern-day Captain Ahab in search of the great white whale. Not to harpoon it, but to eventually turn Herman Melville’s epic novel “Moby-Dick” into an original stage production. Not that this hasn’t been attempted before.
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February 1, 2001
Angelique Flores With one production at Golden West College already under his belt, the college's new theater instructor eagerly dove into his new position. Tom Amen, the college's first new theater instructor in more than 15 years, directed his first Golden West play, "All in the Timing," in December and is gearing up to overhaul and invigorate the department. "He brings wonderful skills, practical background and tremendous potential," said David F. Anthony, dean of creative arts at the Huntington Beach community college.
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By Kelly Strodl | March 1, 2007
It came as quite a surprise to David Steen when Golden West College Theater Director Tom Amen asked him to audition for the title role in his next play. Although he would portray a ridiculed young cripple in a small Irish town, Steen could not have been happier, having performed only twice before onstage in bit parts. The Garden Grove resident had taken a number of Amen's theater classes and remained involved with the program for some time, but had never really been given a "shot to prove himself as an actor," having only had two bit parts in other Golden West productions, Amen said.
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By TOM TITUS | June 11, 2008
There’s something about playwright Ken Ludwig that makes Golden West College theater director Tom Amen take notice. Previously, Amen staged the Ludwig comedies “Lend Me a Tenor” and “Moon Over Buffalo” on the GWC Mainstage. Next up will be Ludwig’s “Leading Ladies,” opening next weekend. This one, to hear Amen discuss it, is a cross between the movie “Some Like It Hot” and the Shakespearean comedy “Twelfth Night.
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By TOM TITUS | October 12, 2006
It may be set in 14th-century France, but "Red Noses," the next production at Golden West College, is "very much about our own day and age," according to its director. " 'Red Noses' is a play about revolution and the revolutionary spirit," says director Tom Amen, who's preparing the period comedy for a Nov. 3 opening. "Beneath its comic fa├žade, it is a play about power, which so often attracts the worst of us and corrupts the best." The play, written by Peter Barnes, is set in a plague-ravaged France of 1348 and is described by Amen as "hysterically funny, yet tremendously powerful.
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By: TOM TITUS | September 1, 2005
Classic theater, often gleaned from the library's great books section, has been a staple of the Golden West College curriculum, and that tradition will continue this fall. The stage versions of such novels as "Pride and Prejudice," "The Grapes of Wrath" and "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" all have made their way to Golden West's Mainstage Theater, along with such equally renowned plays as "Hamlet," "Oedipus Rex" and "The Crucible." Now Golden West is about to bring another classic novel to the stage, one that certainly is a local premiere even though its origin dates back a few centuries.
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January 9, 2003
Tom Titus Director Tom Amen calls his latest project "a celebration of courage and faith." It's the fact-based drama "Shadowlands," which auditions next week at Golden West College. "'Shadowlands' is a moving, delicate story of a man who chooses suffering over safety," Amen said. "It is the story of a romance against all odds. Poignant, powerful and intelligently written, 'Shadowlands' is a moving testament to the transforming and transcendent power of love."
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July 3, 2003
Tom Titus Summer in the theater is the time for fun and frolic and Golden West College had an ideal summer show on its schedule, the Russian comedy "Red Noses." Due to royalty considerations, however, the college couldn't obtain the rights to "Red Noses," so director Tom Amen elected to offer audiences a real bargain -- eight comedies for the price of one. The collective title of the new Golden West summer show is "All in the Timing" by David Ives, opening July 11, the date originally penciled in for "Red Noses."
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By Tom Titus | April 14, 2010
Tom Amen, who’s logging his 10th year as a theater professor and director at Golden West College, is looking forward to taking some time off next spring. He’s not planning to resign or retire — far from it. Amen will be on hiatus playing a modern-day Captain Ahab in search of the great white whale. Not to harpoon it, but to eventually turn Herman Melville’s epic novel “Moby-Dick” into an original stage production. Not that this hasn’t been attempted before.
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By Tom Titus | April 9, 2009
It?s only April, but Golden West College?s theater department isn?t letting any grass grow under its feet. The college already has announced its plans for the 2009-10 season, which will find most of the shows being staged back in the Mainstage Theater after an extensive remodeling. ?We are delighted with the four shows we?ve selected,? says Tom Amen, who directs most of them. ?The season includes an extremely popular musical, an exciting reinterpretation and stage adaptation of a classic novel and two contemporary plays, both Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning dramas.
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