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2019-2020 SEASON

Upcoming Shows

Part of a 2 weekend SciFi event! See one show for $10 or all 4 for $30!

JAMES BOND IN SPACE

Sunday, November 10 at 2pm

 

A screening of the James Bond science fiction film, the much-maligned “Moonraker” with a live running commentary from Tom Steward, showing how Bond became an astronaut during the actor’s tenure before strapping himself in for “re-entry” and taking the audience through the film scene-by-scene. 

BLUE PERIOD

Friday, November 15th at 7pm

By Charles Borkhuis

Directed by Michael Arabian

A Staged Reading

Arriving in Paris in 1900, two young Spanish painters take to the dazzling bohemian streets of Montmartre to seek fame and fortune, but they soon find themselves broke and disillusioned. Through an entanglement with a provocative French model, Picasso and Casagemas begin a sordid journey through the corridors of a dark tragedy that will lead to Picasso’s macabre “Blue Period” and mark him for the rest of his life. 

Part of a 2 weekend SciFi event! See one show for $10 or all 4 for $30!

SPACE FORCE!

Saturday, November 16 at 8pm

 

In space, no-one can hear you break the law… except for Space Force! In the not-too-distant future, a Martian caravan heading for a labor camp crash-lands on The Moon following a rescue attempt by a group of resistance fighters.

 

The survivors become the audience for a live studio taping of a TV show about the trials and tribulations of Donald Trump’s Space Force! A science fiction parody of classic cop shows, modern-day politics, and the possible future.

 

The program also features readings of short new science fiction plays from the writers of “Space Force!”; starring Julia Giolzetti, Omar Ramos, Jeff Hillman, Michael Shantz, and Floyd Strayer as The Captain. Written and directed by Michael Shantz with Tom Steward. The San Diego Union-Tribune calls it “hilarious, well-conceived.” 

Part of a 2 weekend SciFi event! See one show for $10 or all 4 for $30!

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(New Play Workshop) + Sci-Fi Shorts

Sunday, November 17 at 2pm

What happens in a world without men? In the year 2020, a virus attached itself to the male chromosome. Over a two year span, every last man on the Earth died. Twenty five years later, four friends visit each other for the first time in over a decade, when suddenly…a man appears.

 

The Poolhouse Project in association with Lonesome Whistle Productions present the first ever staged reading of a brand new science fiction play from the dynamic writer-director duo of Michael Shantz and Kristen Fogle (The Quote, We The People) as part of Onstage Playhouse’s New Play Development Workshops.

 

The audience will have the chance to give feedback. The program also features readings of short new science fiction plays from the writers of “Space Force!”; written by Michael Shantz. Directed by Kristen Fogle. “Cleverly crafted, with moments of painful parallels to our current issues, along with some nice humor” (Tucson.com).Throughout the weekends, we will debut readings of original short science fiction plays from local playwrights and hold talkbacks with special guests

GOING TO A PLACE WHERE YOU ALREADY ARE

January 17 - February 16, 2020 

Written by Bekah Brunstetter
Directed by Hannah Logan

Is there a heaven? Joe says no; it’s all a bunch of hokum. His wife, Roberta, has always claimed to agree. But lately she’s beginning to wonder, especially when they find themselves in church a lot, having reached the age when funerals are more frequent than weddings. Their granddaughter, Ellie, doesn’t have time in her own busy life to ponder the after-life. But when mortality confronts them, her grandmother’s claim to have gone to heaven and back doesn’t sound so crazy after all. With thoughtful storytelling and quiet wit, Brunstetter looks at beginnings, endings—and an enigmatic angel.

REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES

March 20 - April 12, 2020

Written by Josefina López
Directed by Bryant Hernandez

Set in a tiny sewing factory in East L.A., this is the touching and funny story of five full-figured Mexican-American women who are racing to meet nearly impossible production deadlines in order to keep their tiny factory from going under. And while they work, hiding from the INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service), they talk... about their husbands and lovers, their children, their dreams for the future. The story is told from the point of view of Ana, the youngest among them. Just graduated from high school, Ana dreams of getting out of the barrio and going off to college and becoming a famous writer. Although she needs the money, Ana doesn't like working at the factory and has little respect for the coworkers, who make fun of her ambitions and what they consider her idealistic feminist philosophies. However, Ana keeps coming to her job and chronicling her experiences in a journal. As the summer unfolds, she slowly gains an understanding and appreciation of the work and the women, eventually writing an essay that wins her a journalism fellowship which will take her to New York City. This play, a microcosm of the Latina immigrant experience, celebrates real women's bodies, the power of women, and the incredible bond that happens when women work together.

ALWAYS... PATSY CLINE

May 8 – June 7, 2020

Written by Ted Swindley

Directed by Melinda Gilb

Musical Direction by Kirk Valles

Always…Patsy Cline is more than a tribute to the legendary country singer who died tragically at age 30 in a plane crash in 1963. The show is based on a true story about Cline's friendship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger, who befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk in l961, and continued a correspondence with Cline until her death.

The musical play, complete with down home country humor, true emotion and even some audience participation, includes many of Patsy' unforgettable hits such as Crazy, I Fall to Pieces, Sweet Dreams and Walking After Midnight…27 songs in all. The show's title was inspired by Cline's letters to Seger, which were consistently signed "Love ALWAYS… Patsy Cline."

I AM MY OWN WIFE

July 24 - August 16, 2020

Written by Doug Wright

Directed by Carla Nell

Based on a true story, and inspired by interviews conducted by the playwright over several years, I Am My Own Wife tells the fascinating tale of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a real-life German transvestite who managed to survive both the Nazi onslaught and the repressive East German Communist regime.

Winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize and the 2004 Tony Award.

James P. Darvas will reprise his 2015 role in this National AACT Award-Winning performance for Best Actor in a Play.

 

Rated PG. Adult situations and language. Recommended for ages 13 and up.