The Extinction of America’s Middle Class Explored in SSU Production of “The Hummingbird Wars”

Sonoma State University Department of Theatre Arts & Dance presents “The Hummingbird Wars”
written by Carter Lewis and directed by Judy Nava.

Carter Lewis’s new satire captures the outrageous and harrowing extremes of life when a man and his family fight against the threat of middle-class extinction in the 21st Century. Ripped from today’s headlines the play examines the consequences of evolving realities of modern life in the suburbs.

Hot from the stages of Miami’s Arts Garage, “The Hummingbird Wars” follows the frustrations of an Afghan war-hero father and husband as he battles teenage cyber-bullying, pharmaceutical and cable conspiracy theories, “enemy” bulldozers and post-traumatic stress disorder. His wife is trying to save the neighborhood from redevelopment; his daughter is dealing with cyber-bullying from a nasty ex-boyfriend; and his son is mysteriously finding guns and taking them to school.

Playwright Carter Lewis will be the guest at a pre-performance talk at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12.
The show will be staged Nov. 5 through Nov. 15, 2015 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Sunday, Nov. 8 – Post show discussion.
Thursday, Nov. 12 – 6:30 p.m. pre-show talk with playwright Carter Lewis and “$ 5 Friends and Family Night”

Admission prices from $5 to $17. Sonoma State University students admitted free to all productions with valid student ID. Tickets are $10 non-SSU students and seniors; $15 Sonoma State University Faculty and Staff; and $17 standard admission. “$5 Friends & Family Night” on select Thursdays feature $5 admission for all ticket buyers. SSU faculty and staff receive free admission at these performances.

To purchase tickets go to:

Sonoma State UniversityIves Hall, Studio 76 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park, CA 94928

Parking: From the South entrance on East Cotati Avenue, turn right at the stop sign in front of the information kiosk. Park in Lots E (left) and F (right). Parking in SSU lots is $5 at all times. Permits may be purchased from the vending machines located at the entrance to parking lots, or at toll booths when available. FREE school bus parking is available in Lot N, near the Green Music Center.

PHONE / BOX OFFICE: 707-664-4246
The box office is located on the first floor of the Student Center. On performance nights, depending on the venue, the Person Theatre or Ives Hall box office will open one hour prior to the event start time. Box office hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday thru Friday and one hour prior to all performances. Contact the box office at 707-664-4246 or email