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From our colleagues at Mo'olelo Productions
Robert Barry Fleming stars in this
World Premiere Play; George Yé
makes his Mo`olelo directorial debut
Critically-acclaimed Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company has announced the cast and creative team of its upcoming production of "Scott Joplin’s New Rag" by Robert Barry Fleming. The play will begin previews on September 25, 2014 and run to October 12, 2014 at The Tenth Avenue Arts Center Mainstage in Downtown San Diego.
Mo'olelo Associate Producer
Donnie Matsuda (right) in the planning
of the SCOTT JOPLIN New Rag
Who was the man behind the music and what was his enduring influence on popular music? Did his reach extend to impacting the social and racial politics of his age? "SCOTT JOPLIN’S NEW RAG: The Life and Times of the King of Ragtime Writers" is a contemporary meditation on Joplin's historical legacy, established in the turbulence of the American post-reconstruction era. Spoken word, hip hop, and live ragtime music propel this theatrical exploration into the mind and music of this genius who lived during the Gilded Age - which only glittered for some. In this world premiere piece, playwright and solo-performer Robert Barry Fleming examines aspects of Joplin’s life - his inspirations, struggles, and dreams - in a multi-dimensional, deconstructed, one-man musical event.
Author Sam Shepherd
Cygnet Theatre will continue its tradition of presenting plays performed in a rotating repertory by staging two thought-provoking American classics by playwright, actor and icon Sam Shepard. The emotional and physical duo of "Fool for Love" and "True West" - both address the American dream in powerful and passionate ways. Cygnet Artistic Director Sean Murray, has assembled a talented cast of actors to take on these intense, disturbing and often blisteringly funny productions. Performances will be at Cygnet Theatre in Old Town, September 24th - November 2nd.
"Fool for Love" is arguably one of Shepard's most renowned plays, joining such classics as "Curse of the Starving Class" and his Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, "Buried Child". Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship - passionately tearing each other apart. Beaten-down by ill-fated love and a ruthless struggle for identity - can they ultimately live with ... or without, each other?
"True West", Shepard's most produced play, is sibling rivalry at its finest - except funnier, as two brothers argue over the direction of a film script. The engrossing dialogue follows Austin, an ambitious Hollywood screenwriter, working on a potential million-dollar deal and Lee, a vagabond thief - as they face-off for control, while venting demons from their dysfunctional past. This dynamic, darkly funny work, is a tale of brotherly love, competition - and the dying spirit of the Wild West. "True West", was recently named one of the "50 Greatest Plays of the Past 100 Years" by Entertainment Weekly.
Both plays, will be performed on alternating nights throughout the run - showcasing the extraordinary versatility and talents of the entire cast - led by Cygnet veterans and Resident Artists Francis Gercke (The Tragedy of the Commons, The Glass Menagerie, Our Town), Manny Fernandes (Private Lives, A Christmas Carol, Assassins), and Antonio TJ Johnson (Fences, Gem of the Ocean, The Piano Lesson).
For more information regarding tickets, please contact the box office at 619-337-1525 or visit www.cygnettheatre.com.
On the local Cabaret Scene, reliable rumor-has-it, that the popular musical director of past BRAVO SD Galas, Todd Schroeder will be returning to Martinis Above Fourth, with hit singer Sam Harris, on October 30th ..... check-them out ... a great show!
Further readers, we are also pleased to see the return of Hershey Felder, in his adaptation and direction of Mona Golabek in THE PIANIST OF WILLESDEN LANE - based on the book "The Children of Willesden Lane.
Mona Golabek (photo courtesy)
Opening on Saturday, Sept 6th, at the SD downtown Lyceum Theatre (at 79 Horton Plaza). "The Pianist of Willesden Lane", is set in Vienna in 1938, and in London during the Blitz - tells the true story of Lisa Jura, a young Jewish pianist, who is dreaming about her concert debut at Vienna’s storied Musikverein Concert Hall. But with the issuing of new ordinances under the Nazi regime, everything for Jura changes, except for her love of music and the pursuit of her dream. Featuring some of the world’s most beloved piano music played live, “The Pianist of Willesden Lane” is performer Golabek’s true family story - a story of music, family survival, and hope. “Mona Golabek The Pianist of Willesden Lane” makes its San Diego premiere after critically acclaimed sold-out runs in New York, Chicago, Boston, Berkeley, and Los Angeles.
"Stunning theatre, that will leave you emotionally breathless … a theatrical experience not to be missed." -- Broadway World
All of you 'fans' of Joshua Carr and Ray Limon's WELK Resort Theatre's on-going musical productions, will be pleased with their fresh, new look at the musical OKLAHOMA - featuring an intimate cast ... with a huge heart!
Director Dan Mojica is at the helm for this classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical masterpiece - that focuses on the territory about to become a state, and the honest, heart-felt relationship of CURLY and LAUREY – a destined couple, at odds with each other ... as love pushes them together! With lush, beautiful musical numbers such as "Surrey With The Fringe On Top", "People Will Say We’re In Love", and the classic "Oklahoma" - this is a sure fire crowd pleaser! WELK Resorts Theatre veteran Justin Gray takes on the musical direction - and leads the signature WELK live show orchestra.
OKLAHOMA, opened August 22nd - and runs through November 16th, 2014. The WELK offers matinees on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday - with evening shows on Thursday and Saturday. Call the box office at 888-802-7469 - or visit www.welkresorts.com for your desired show times and tickets. Don’t miss this enchanting, family friendly musical classic!
See new 'review' on WELK's "Oklahoma" in our next week's postings.
In other news, at our upcoming Halloween season, SD Theatre Reviews Associate Reviewer Kristen Fogle, will be covering as many spooky holiday events as possible. First up, is The Great Horror Campout - which she will attend this weekend. This camping experience is exactly what it sounds like--a 12-hour, overnight, interactive horror camping adventure!
Campers can choose their level of engagement -- from mild to extreme -- when they choose their activities and tent zone. Only on Friday and Saturday, in San Diego - you can still book tickets at greathorrorcampout.com. We wish Kristen and you (if you choose to join her) - will be on her first Halloween themed activity of the year!
CIRCLE CIRCLE DOT DOT, will offer the RED PLANET RESPITE (on Sept 12-28th) ... SAN DIEGO, I LOVE YOU 3.O (in February, 2015), and WILD CALIFORNIA (in May / June, 2015) - featured during their Residency at the La Jolla Playhouse.
Family of ... Circle Circle Dot Dot 2
"Good Night ... and Goodbye"
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