Moorpark College Theatre Arts Presents "The Last Days of Judas Iscariot" October 10-20

MOORPARK COLLEGE THEATRE ARTS DEPARTMENT PRESENTS

“THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT”

Dark Comedy Invites Audience into Purgatory’s Courtroom

The Moorpark College Theatre Arts Department announces its upcoming production of “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” by Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Adly Guirgis. This dark comedy poses a question of biblical proportions: Is history’s most notorious traitor worthy of forgiveness? This production takes place Oct. 10-20, with 8 p.m. shows Thursdays through Saturdays, and 2 p.m. on Sundays.

As an extension of its ongoing Youth Outreach Program, the Moorpark College Theatre Arts Department will feature a free matinee for local high schools on Oct. 15. On Oct. 16, Ventura County Community College District students can attend the show for free, and on Oct. 19, American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters will be present for the deaf and hard of hearing community. All performances will take place at the Moorpark College Performing Arts Center, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark.

Originally mounted by New York’s Public Theatre in 2005, “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” invites the audience into a small courtroom in downtown purgatory where souls worry about where they might end up on judgment day. Unlike any courtroom drama, this play brings new life to the Bible audiences thought they knew. Guirgis (“Between Riverside & Crazy,” “The Get Down”) calls upon figures from history--like the fast-talking grand diva St. Monica, the feistier-than-ever Mother Theresa and even Judas’ mother, Henrietta--to testify about whether or not Judas is worthy of forgiveness. Regardless of how audience members feel coming in, they will leave “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” asking, “What does it mean to be worthy of God’s love?” and “Can any of us truly cast the first stone?”

“Stephen Adly Guirgis is my favorite contemporary playwright. He’s so raw, he’s so real, he’s so New York,” said Suzanne Fagan, theatre professor and the play’s director. “This play raises hard questions and every time I read Last Days I feel uncomfortable, which is exactly why I love it. There’s a certain point in the play every single time where I start asking myself, ‘Am I ready for judgment? Could I forgive someone who did this to me?’ This play is haunting. It makes me rethink a lot about life, like forgiveness, salvation and unconditional love.”

Tickets may be purchased online to save 20 percent, and group discounts are available. For more information and to buy tickets, visit moorparkcollege.edu/PAC or call the Box Office at (805) 378-1485. For additional background regarding the Moorpark College Theatre Arts department, contact Fagan at (310) 367-5136 or sfagan@vcccd.edu

Performance Schedule:

  • Oct. 10, 8 p.m.

  • Oct. 11, 8 p.m.

  • Oct. 12, 8 p.m.

  • Oct. 13, 2 p.m.

  • Oct. 15, 10 a.m., a free production for local high schools.

  • Oct. 16, 10 a.m., a free production for VCCCD students.

  • Oct. 17, 8 p.m.

  • Oct. 18, 8 p.m.

  • Oct. 19, 8 p.m., this performance will have ASL interpreters.

  • Oct. 20, 2 p.m.

All performances will be at the Moorpark College Performing Arts Center, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark.

MOORPARK COLLEGE, one of three colleges in the Ventura County Community College District, was founded in 1967. It is set on 150 beautiful acres, nestled in the foothills on the southeastern flank of Ventura County, about 40 miles from UCLA, and approximately 75 miles from UC Santa Barbara. It is also a short drive from CSU Northridge, CSU Channel Islands, and California Lutheran University. Moorpark College was recognized in the Huffington Post in March of 2015 as the fourth-best community college in the nation. It has an excellent reputation for university transfer preparation, and its signature career/technical programs include nursing, radiation technology, biotechnology, and exotic animal training, which incorporates the world-renowned America’s Teaching Zoo. The college also offers a dynamic range of classes and programs in the visual and performing arts, and its pristine athletic fields and mild climate provide an excellent home for student athletes.

Young Artists Ensemble Presents "A Narrator's Story" in Thousand Oaks October 12, 19

Young Artists Ensemble’s Hillcrest Players presents the world premiere of A NARRATOR’S STORY written by Teddy Skye Garcia and directed by Ivy Ratafia at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 West Hillcrest Drive. Performances are Saturdays, October 12 and 19, 2019 at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm.

This play is an original work by 13 year old Teddy Skye Garcia, who has performed in several Hillcrest Players productions since the age of eight. “I originally started writing A NARRATOR’S STORY because I'd been an actor in many shows that were written and directed by Victoria Sayeg here at Hillcrest, and had a fantastic time,” says Garcia. “My father and sister are both writers, and writing is something I always enjoyed doing, so when the idea for the show came to me, I figured I would give it a try and here we are!”

The play explores a world where a Narrator’s words can truly control everything, having one who can’t get their job quite right is a problem! Especially when they are living in the shadow of their super-famous narrator mother. Add a sarcastic director, unskilled lyricist, “deep” composer, some actors with “character,” and a pair of door-to-door salesmaniacs—throw them all in an RV—and hilarity and hijinks will ensue!

“While the show is a comedy, I feel like it has several good lessons and meanings at its core that the audience can take away from it,” says Garcia. “Some of these themes are issues that I've dealt with myself, some are things that others have dealt with. Stories about learning how to stand up for yourself. About how you have the capability to do things even if someone doesn't think you can. That your words have consequences. About how you can find your way forward, and how things can and will change, and that's not a bad thing. In the end, I wanted to write a fun story with something meaningful behind it.”

Hillcrest Players gives young people an opportunity to flex their artistic muscles in a one act play providing young performers with a positive experience to increase self-esteem, self-awareness and self-discipline.

Tickets are $13 and can be purchased at the box office, or by calling (805) 381-1246 or visiting www.yaeonline.com. 10% discount for groups of ten or more for a single performance.

Rehearsal Photos by Paul Cranmer

Annual One-Act Play Festival at Elite Theatre Company September 20th to 28th

The Elite Theatre Company is proud to present its Annual One-Act Play Festival, opening Friday, Sept 20th to Sept 28th. The plays are a compilation of the winners of the 2018 One-Act Play Writing Competition chosen from nearly 100 submissions from North American playwrights.

The plays being presented are Porch Past by Brianna Keller, Stay by Dagney Kerr, Old Aquatics by Steven Kobar, Exceeding the Purchasable Calories by Rhea MacCallum, and 172 Pushups by Scott Mullen.

Helmed by directors and starring actors who are well-known to local audiences or making their debut at the Elite Theatre, the One-Act Play Festival is presenting plays never before produced onstage. Our selections are both dramatic and comedic, and include a New Year’s Eve ride-share, an absurd visit to a grocery store, and a canine tale of friendship. The Elite Theatre Company is the only theater in Ventura County that regularly showcases new plays by known and unknown playwrights, as part of our goal to produce and promote new works to our patrons.

All tickets are $15.00. Performances are:

Friday Sept 20: 8:00 pm

Saturday Sept 21: 8:00 pm

Sunday Sept 22: 2:00 pm

Friday Sept 27: 8:00 pm

Saturday Sept 28: 2:00 pm AND 8:00 pm

For more info please visit www.theelite.org or call 805.483.5118.. Located at 2731 Victoria Avenue, Oxnard.

Santa Paula Theater Presents Edward Albee's "Seascape" August 30 to October 6

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SANTA PAULA THEATER PRESENTS EDWARD ALBEE’S

PULITZER PRIZE WINNING COMEDY “SEASCAPE”

Come spend an afternoon at the beach while staying cool in our air conditioned theater as the Santa Paula Theater Center presents Edward Albee’s Pulitzer Prize winning comedy SEASCAPE from August 30 – October 6, 2019 on Friday and Saturday evening at 8 pm and Sunday matinees at 2:30 pm at the Santa Paula Theater Center, 125 South 7th Street in Santa Paula. Tickets are $24 Adults, $22 Seniors & Students and are available at www.santapaulatheatercenter.org or sptcbox@gmail.com .

Critically recognized as one of Albee’s finest works, SEASCAPE takes place on a deserted stretch of beach with a retirement aged couple relaxing and conversing idly after a picnic lunch about home, family and their life together. She stretches; he naps. Then suddenly, they are joined by two human-sized sea creatures, a pair of lizards from the depths of the ocean, with whom they engage in a fascinating dialogue. Edward Albee says: "Seascape wonders whether we are an evolving species or perhaps a devolving one. Two lizards; two humans." Edward Albee's second Pulitzer Prize winning play has elements of comedy, fantasy, satire and/or absurdism.

Featured in the small cast are Allan Noel as Charlie, Francine Markow as Nancy, Brian Harris as Leslie, and Jessi May Stevenson as Sarah. SEASCAPE is directed by SPTC Artistic Director David Ralphe, with Leslie Nichols as producer and Tammy Mora as stage manager. The design team for SEASCAPE includes scenic designer Mike Carnahan, lighting designer Gary Richardson, costume designer Barbara Pedziwiatr, properties master Gail Heck and sound designers David Ralphe and Allan Noel. Cathy Metelak serves as costume assistant, Kim Mann is the scenic fabricator and Doug Learn is on the technical crew.

SPTC continues their 2019 season with Edward Albee’s SEASCAPE from August 30 – October 6, and Neil Simon’s LOST IN YONKERS from November 8 – December 15. Tickets are available at www.santapaulatheatercenter.org.

"A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline" at Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center April 26 to May 19

Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center proudly presents A CLOSER WALK WITH PATSY CLINE from April 26 – May 19, 2019 with performances Friday and Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 2 pm at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Avenue, Simi Valley, CA 93065. Tickets are Adults $28, Seniors 60 & Above and Students $24, and Children 12 & Under $20 and can be purchased online at www.simi-arts.org or by calling the box office at (805) 583-7900.

A CLOSER WALK WITH PATSY CLINE was created by Dean Regan and will feature award-winning actress Michele McRae in the title role of Patsy Cline. McRae has previously won critical acclaim for her portray of the country music icon in multiple productions of ALWAYS, PATSY CLINE. Joining McRae onstage will be Michael German as Little Big Man, a small town country music radio DJ who narrates the story.

A CLOSER WALK WITH PATSY CLINE chronicles the life of one of the most influential female country singers of all time, Patsy Cline. The first female solo artist ever inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and one of the most successful crossover artists in history, the iconic Patsy Cline packed a lot of great music into her short life, which tragically ended in a plane crash at the age of 30. Developed with the help of her widow Charlie Dick and featuring more than 20 of her hit songs, this show pays tribute to the remarkable singer by following her career from her early honky-tonk days through her success at the Grand Ole Opry and beyond. Included in the production are full length signature tunes like "Walkin' After Midnight," "I Fall to Pieces," "Crazy", “A Closer Walk With Thee” and more!

Fred Helsel will direct and produce with Gary Poirot as Musical Director. Seth Kamenow leads the design team as Production Designer with Ken Patton as Costume Designer, Kevin Kahm as Sound Designer, and Kimberly Kiley as Stage Manager. For more information about A CLOSER WALK WITH PATSY CLINE, visit www.simi-arts.org or contact the box office at (805) 583-7900.

Performances at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center April to December 2018

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Upcoming performances at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Avenue. Visit www.simi-arts.org or call 805-583-7900 for more information and to purchase tickets to these shows.

NEXT TO NORMAL

April 21 – May 27, 2018

Friday & Saturday at 8:00 pm, Sunday at 2:00 pm

No performance Friday, April 26th.

Added performance Thursday, May 24th at 8 pm.

Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center proudly presents the powerfully provocative musical NEXT TO NORMAL from April 21 - May 27, 2018. With poignant lyrics by Brian Yorkey and a powerful contemporary rock score by Tom Kitt (American Idiot), NEXT TO NORMAL is an insightful and fiercely honest story of love, loss and family life, exploring how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness. Boasting the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and three Tony Awards including best musical score, NEXT TO NORMAL was also chosen as "one of the year's ten best shows" by critics around the country, including The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone and The New York Times. Cathartic and ultimately uplifting, NEXT TO NORMAL challenges us to ask the question, 'What is normal?' SVCAC presents this award winning musical in recognition of National Mental Health Awareness Month of May 2018. This show is recommended for audiences 14 & older due to mature themes. Tickets are $25 Adults, $22 Students/Seniors 60 & Above, and $18 Children 12 & Under.

KIKI EBSEN PRESENTS THE JONI MITCHELL PROJECT

Friday, April 28, 2018

Preshow Dessert Reception at 6:30 pm

Concert begins at 8:00 pm

For the past two years Kiki Ebsen has enjoyed bringing the diverse catalog of Joni Mitchell's songs to those who resonate in the elegant music and profound lyrics. Kiki's Joni Mitchell Project has received wide acclaim in performances from intimate jazz clubs to outdoor festivals. You'll enjoy this special evening and the genius of the Joni Mitchell songbook. Kiki solos on piano on "Both Sides Now" and "Case of You," and shifts to guitar on "Coyote" and "Chelsea Morning," among others. You'll enjoy her band arrangements of "Woodstock," "Big Yellow Taxi," and "Free Man in Paris," "Blonde in the Bleachers," "Twisted," and "Sex Kills." From Joni's earliest years to her later, more edgy, material, Kiki and her band pay tribute to Joni Mitchell, her music, style, originality and pure artistry. Don't miss it!

Featuring: Kiki Ebsen-vocals/keys/guitar, Terry Wollman-guitar, Grant Geissman-guitar, Steve Lawrence-bass and Matt Starr-drums.  Tickets are $50 and include a dessert and wine reception before the show.

RAYMOND MICHAEL’S MOTHER’S DAY WITH ELVIS CONCERT

Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 7:30 pm

World renowned Elvis impersonator Raymond Michael returns to SVCAC for a special Mother’s Day salute featuring all the King of Rock n Roll's big hits in one spectacular evening! Don't miss this concert! Tickets sell fast, so buy yours early! Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors 60 & above and students, and $20 for children 12 & under.

BIG RIVER

Presented by Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi

June 9 – July 15, 2018

Friday & Saturday at 8:00 pm, Sunday at 2:00 pm

Presented by Actors' Repertory Theatre of Simi. Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a musical with a book by William Hauptman and music and lyrics by Roger Miller. Based on Mark Twain's classic 1884 novel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, it features music in the bluegrass and country styles in keeping with the setting of the novel. Mark Twain’s beloved classic takes us back to old “Muddy Waters” as Huck Finn and the runaway Jim escape down the mighty Mississippi River in search of freedom. Featuring a score from country music legend Roger Miller, Big River is certain to become a fan favorite! Tickets are $25 Adults, $22 Students/Seniors 60 & Above, and $18 Children 12 & Under.

RAYMOND MICHAEL’S BLUE CHRISTMAS WITH ELVIS

Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 7:30 pm

World renowned Elvis impersonator Raymond Michael returns to SVCAC with his annual BLUE CHRISTMAS WITH ELVIS concert featuring holiday favorites as well as all the King of Rock n Roll's big hits in one spectacular evening! Don't miss this holiday tradition at the Center! Tickets sell fast, so buy yours early or it truly will be a Blue Christmas for you! Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors 60 & above and students, and $20 for children 12 & under.

Conejo Players Theatre Presents "A Murder is Announced" September 8-30, 2017

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Agatha Christie adapted play "A Murder is Announced" presented by Conejo Players Theatre

PLOT: An announcement in the local paper states the time and place when a murder is to occur in Miss Blacklock's Victorian house. The victim is not one of the house's several occupants, but an unexpected and unknown visitor. What follows is a classic Christie puzzle of mixed motives, concealed identities, a second death, a determined Inspector grimly following the twists and turns, and Miss Marple on hand to provide the final solution -- at some risk to herself, in a dramatic confrontation just before the final curtain… 

LOCATION: Conejo Players Theatre 351 S. Moorpark Rd. Thousand Oaks

PERFORMANCES: September 8th – 30th, 2017, Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays at 8:00pm / Sundays at 2:00pm

TICKET PRICES: $18 Adults / $16 Students, Seniors, & Military

TO ORDER TICKETS:  Visit www.conejoplayers.org or call the Box Office at 805.495.3715

 

Upcoming Shows at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center

BIG FISH: THE MUSICAL

April 15 – May 21, 2017

Friday & Saturday at 8:00 pm, Sunday at 2:00 pm

No Performance April 22

Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave in Simi Valley

Big Fish is a heartfelt, powerful, and truly magical musical about fathers, sons, and the stories that we use to define our identities. Big Fish centers on the story of Edward Bloom who has lived a full and fantastical life, populated by witches, giants, and mermaids, marked by true love that stops time in its tracks, and framed by heroics that push the limits of believability. His adult son, Will, is no longer amused by his father's fantastical tales, insisting on a rational rather than a fantastical account of one's life. When Will learns that he and his wife will soon have a son of their own, he embarks on a journey to find out his father's "true" life story and discovers what being a father truly means. With spine-tinglingly beautiful music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, and a funny, heartwarming book by John August, Big Fish is a magnificent "big fish" of a tale, itself-spectacular, fantastical, and overflowing with love. Produced by special arrangement with Theatrical Rights Worldwide. Tickets for BIG FISH: THE MUSICAL are $25 for Adults, $22 Seniors 60 & Above and $18 for children 12 & Under and can be purchased online at www.simi-arts.org or by calling (805) 583-7900.

THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK

April 22 at 2 pm and April 23 at 7 pm, 2017

Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave in Simi Valley

Produced by Lit Live.  As Jews in German-occupied Holland, the Franks are fighting for their lives. When young Anne's sister, Margot, is called to appear before the authorities, the Franks must go into hiding. Produced by Lit Live and directed by Seth Kamenow, this well-known story - told through the beautifully innocent eyes of Anne - is educational, timely and heartbreaking. Tickets are $22 Adults, $15 Seniors 60 & Above and Military, and $10 for Students and Educators. and can be purchased online at www.simi-arts.org or by calling (805) 583-7900.

25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE

Presented by Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi

June 3 – July 9, 2017

Friday & Saturday at 8:00 pm, Sunday at 2:00 pm

Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave in Simi Valley

Presented by Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi. Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. Featuring a fast-paced, wildly funny and touching book by Rachel Sheinkin and a truly fresh and vibrant score by William Finn, this bee is one unforgettable experience. An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box. A riotous ride, complete with audience participation, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a delightful den of comedic genius. Tickets are $25 Adults, $22 Students and Seniors 60+, and $18 Children 12 & Under. and can be purchased online at www.simi-arts.org or by calling (805) 583-7900.

"Murder on the Nile" at Oxnard Performing Arts Center on November 10th

The Oxnard Performing Arts Center bring to its stage Aquila Theatre. Aquila Theatre, in its 25th anniversary season, stages Murder on the Nile, by one of the greatest mystery writers in world literature- Agatha Christie. This brilliant new production features a masterful whodunit and Aquila's clever signature style.

Murder on the Nile, Agatha Christie's own staging of her famous novel, Death on the Nile, is set on a paddle steamer cruising the legendary Nile River in 1940's Egypt. The passengers aboard are abuzz when the famous heiress, Kay Ridgeway, and her penniless new husband, Simon Mostyn board the ship. Class, money and reputation are all at stake in one way or another for the passengers and before they know it deceit, theft and murder quickly make waves on the river. Spurned lover Jacqueline De Severac, protective uncle Canon Pennefather, a troubled German Doctor, and a host of colorful and mysterious characters add to the drama and suspense of this classic Agatha Christie mystery.

Who can be trusted? Who holds the truth? Who is a suspect? Whodunit?

Aquila Theatre brings its innovative touch to this deliciously dangerous murder mystery, with brilliant direction, superb acting, thrilling physicality and stunning designs. Aquila's Murder on the Nile will be a classic all over again.

Tickets $35 & $45 (805)486-2424 or at www.etix.com/ticket/p/8716402/aquila-theater-murder-in-the-nile-oxnard-oxnard-performing-arts-center?country=US&language=en

Location: 800 Hobson Way, Oxnards

www.oxnardperformingarts.com

Date: 11/10/2016