“Visionary Man" is a new American musical that celebrates the true story of JB Murray and his artistic calling at age 70. In 1978, Murray - a rural subsistence farmer from Glascock County, GA - had the first of what he called his 'visions from the Holy Spirit.' Over a period of 10 years, Murrays' visions would capture the imagination of his friends, his neighbors, and ultimately an international community of art collectors, museums, and academics. The musical is a spirited look at a close-knit rural community that must come to terms with the passion, the vision, and the art of this enigmatic eccentric in their midst.
Theatricum continues its celebration of Shakespeare’s 450th birthday with the Bard’s bittersweet comedy. The beautiful but low-born Helena heals the king, winning the right to marry the man she loves – a count above her station. But no one is prepared for the severity and ruthlessness of Bertram’s rejection of Helena as his royally-decreed wife, nor for the lengths to which Helena will go in order to win his love. This summer, discover Theatricum Botanicum's “garden of theater,” a spectacular outdoor amphitheater nestled in the heart of Topanga Canyon.
Based on the true story of legendary country singer Patsy Cline's friendship with her most devoted fan, Louise Seger (played in this production by Sally Struthers of All in the Family fame), Always... Patsy Cline is a heartwarming hit that's been delighting audiences since 1988. Meeting outside of Houston at the Esquire Ballroom, Patsy (played by Carter Calvert) and Louise first became friends over a pot of strong coffee, forming a bond so strong that this unlikely duo remained in touch until Patsy's untimely death in 1963. This musical tribute written by Ted Swindley features a live band and includes 19 of Cline's most unforgettable hits -- such as "Crazy," "Anytime," "She's Got You," "Stupid Cupid" and "Walkin' After Midnight."
Deliciously twisted humor gives way to unexpected poignancy in this bold take on William Shakespeare’s original horror play The Lamentable Tragedy of Titus Andronicus. Reveling in the darkest corners of human nature, Andronicus is a streamlined adaptation of Shakespeare’s most violent play; the bard’s masterful dramatic structure and brutal tale of revenge have been carefully preserved.
The spirit of the '60s is alive in longtime stand-up comic, monologist Richard Stockton's Are We There Yet? A comedy of one boomer's journey to reclaim his 60s' revolutionary spirit using standup, stories, music and videos to inspire fellow baby boomers to reclaim their history and own their destiny... to make a difference. It's a "wildly entertaining" (GoodTime Weekly, Santa Cruz) multimedia celebration of the Baby Boom generation including a "hit parade" of cultural touch points from the '50s, '60s and into the '70s. A one-man, live comedy theatre show reliving the boomer generation's amazing trip from Hi-Fi to Wi-Fi, from the ERA to the AARP, from "Hell no, we won't go!" to "Where the hell did my Ginkgo Biloba go?"
Barnyard Madness with the Three Pigs is a zany 1940s Country and Western romp and toe-tapping, finger-snapping musical comedy that follows the romantic antics and show business aspirations of the singing McPig Sisters and their wolverine admirers, proving once and for all that true friendship does not depend on size, color, background, nationality or even "species." A cross between "Grand Ole Opry", "The Three Little Pigs", and drawing from all the happy moments of "Romeo & Juliet", Barnyard Madness offers humorous, yet keen, insights into the dangers of falling in with the "wrong crowd," the deceptive nature of stereotypes, and the importance of following your heart. Barnyard Madness is one of fifteen original fairy tales that are part of the Santa Monica Playhouse award-winning Family Theatre Musical Matinee Series that cut across the imaginary generation gap by providing an experience that the entire family can enjoy.
Don your vintage Armistead eyeglasses and join us for BUDDY: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY. Buddy Holly’s short yet spectacular career is told through classic songs we all love including “That’ll Be the Day,” “Peggy Sue,” “Not Fade Away,” The Big Bopper’s “Chantilly Lace,” Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba,” and many more. Clive Barnes of the New York Post raves, “The audience is elevated to joyful chaos.”
Michael Urie, of Ugly Betty and Broadway fame (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying), stars in this award-winning comedy about a struggling actor with a very odd job. In Buyer & Cellar, Alex (Urie) works in the basement "mall" of a Hollywood and Broadway mega-star's Malibu home, essentially selling her own collectibles back to her. When the diva descends downstairs, she and Alex form an unlikely -- and unstable -- friendship. Buyer & Cellar is a hilarious comedy about the cost of things and the true cost of fame. Playwright Jonathan Tolins (The Twilight of the Golds, Secrets of the Trade) reunites with Urie for this production, after working with him on the TV series, Partners.
Duke Shoman’s acting career began in Italy where he was living and working as an editorial and fashion photographer. He then made the natural transition to acting, studying under the tutelage of David W. Callahan at the Actor’s Academy of Milan. Originally from New Mexico, Duke was surrounded by art at an early age which persisted through life as he traveled the world seeing stage performances from every corner of the globe. Now residing in Hollywood, he divides his time between acting and celebrity photography, utilizing every opportunity at his disposal to be surrounded by the arts.
Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Group proudly presents Mia Morte's dark, sexy and sinister burlesque side-show-spectacular, featuring Mia Morte, Rynie Das Wreckless, Vincent Wolf, Darin Malfi, Joey Dynomite, Zachariah and MaliciouSid...The Greatest Show Unearthed!
A curse lies upon the land of Thebes and its ill-fated rulers Oedipus the King, Jocasta the Queen and Creon the high counselor—a curse that reiterates generation upon generation. The suffering of the people provides a battleground against which Apollo and Dionysus contend for power over the mortal realm. Playwright Kenneth Cavander, director Casey Stangl and the actors of Antaeus Company have distilled the legends of three generations into a single evening of drama, telling the story of a land and people caught in a web of pride and self-destruction.
Scott Dreier stars in Doris & Me, a musical exploration of his sweet, yet admittedly neurotic, long-time obsession with Oscar-nominated actress, singer and TV host Doris Day. Along with telling rare stories from the music and movie icon's life and career, Dreier serenades the audience with some of Day's greatest hits, including her first hot-seller and signature song, "Sentimental Journey," as well as "Secret Love," "It's Magic," "Que Sera, Sera," "Everybody Loves a Lover" and more. Enjoy this sentimental journey of a time gone by from a true fan.
Program 1: July 24, 25, 26 Wilfried Souly: Saana/The Foreigner, Rosanna Gamson/World Wide: Still Overtone Industries: ICELAND
Program 2: July 31, August 1, 2 Carole Kim: The Singing Head, Marsian De Lellis: Object of Her Affection d. Sabela grimes: Electrogynous
Program 3: August 7, 8, 9 John Fleck: Blacktop Highway, Ate9 dANCEcOMPANY: For now
First comes love. Then comes marriage. Then your parents move in. At least, that's how it goes for Sidney and Michael, a young married couple trying to start a family of their own in the new comedy Family Planning. Sidney's parents, Diane and Larry, have been divorced since forever. Larry is a New Age Jewish Buddhist, Diane a narcissistic Auntie Mame wannabe. When they lose their second spouses and most of their finances, this odd couple both decide to move in with their daughter and her husband. Now the four adults have to learn to behave like a functional family -- or drive each other crazy.
Based on actual events, in Flim Flam during the summer of 1922, Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle team to investigate psychic mediums for the Scientific American committee. Their friendship is challenged when Conan Doyle champions a beautiful and seductive psychic as authentic. Houdini is determined to prove that she is a phony, until she appears to make contact with Houdini’s beloved dead mother, and he must confront his own beliefs about life-after-death.
The setting is Paris in the 18th Century. Valere is young, handsome and charming. He is charming enough that he could have any woman he desired. His true love, however, is the young, beautiful Angelique, who loves him in return. But Valere has a mistress: Lady Luck. Valere, you see, is a compulsive gambler, playing and losing with disturbing regularity at the local casino. His wealthy father threatens to cut him off. Finally, Angelique threatens him with an ultimatum: Stop gambling or lose her forever. She’s bestowed upon him a token of her love: A small portrait of herself in a jewel-bedecked frame. Will he surrender his most treasured possession for an evening of thrills at the casino table? He’s surrounded by people who would love to see him fail: Mme. Argante, Angelique’s older sister, who wants him for herself; Mme. Securite, who gives money to young swains in return for their favors; Dorante, an older, wealthy, would-be suitor for Angelique’s hand. Can Valere’s and Angelique’s love for each other possibly survive?
God's Gypsy is the boldest, sexiest play you'll ever see about a 16th-century Catholic church reformer. Spoiled with beauty and riches as a young girl, Saint Teresa of Avila embarked on a journey of youthful romance, Spanish Inquisition-era cloak-and-dagger political dealings and fits of spiritual rapture on her journey to becoming one of history's great mystics. Adapted from Bárbara Mujica's acclaimed novel Sister Teresa, God's Gypsy is a riveting account of sisterhood, faith and the miracle of salvation through one woman's personal relationship with God.