RTC - and specifically Co-Founders Jim O'Neil and Karyl Lynn Burns (who is also a Ted list member) have 
              been very generous with their permission for me to use materials from their website.  Check it out, it's 
              great!

   

Those of us who were lucky enough to catch Ted in "Waiting For Godot", or Ted and Joseph in "Murder In The First", as well as the JCS Benefit performances in Ventura, got a look at the lovely Laurel Theatre and RTC. Rubicon is a wonderful, progressive, daring and innovative theatre company that is thriving in Ventura, California. This company is definitely one to watch! Check out some of their accomplishments below.  Keep up the great work guys!

 

RTC "QUICK FIND" INDEX

Since RTC's accolades and accomplishments grow by leaps and bounds, I've added an index here for faster navigation on this page.  Click on any section listed below, and the link will take you right to that section of this page!  Enjoy!


RTC WEB LINKS

CURRENT EVENTS

CURRENT PRODUCTION(S)

UPCOMING SEASON

CURRENT SEASON AND BROCHURE

CLASSES / PRIVATE COACHING

SUMMER YOUTH THEATRE PROGRAMS

CALIFORNIA RUBICON INTERNATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL (RITF)

RTC'S CURRENT THEATRE TRIPS

FUNDRAISERS

DONATION OPPORTUNITIES

THE GRANDES DAMES

PREVIOUS SEASON BROCHURES

FEBRUARY MONTH OF LOVE EVENTS

SEASON OF LOVE - FEBRUARY CABARET NIGHTS

CONCERTS / CABARETS

TICK...TICK...BOOM

TRIPS

AWARDS

    LA DRAMA CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS
    OVATION AWARDS

    INDY AWARDS

    ROBBY AWARDS

    DOTTIE AWARDS

    PEACE AWARD

WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF

DOUBT

FIRST RAY BRADBURY FESTIVAL

THE "MORRIE" "FIASCO"

SHOW OF JUSTICE

BECKETTFEST

RUBICON ARTISTS OUT AND ABOUT / MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS

FEATURE ARTICLES / MISCELLANEOUS PICTURES 




 

RTC WEB LINKS




Click on any of the links below to find Rubicon Theatre Company on the web:


 
COMPANY WEBSITE

FACEBOOK PAGE

MY SPACE PAGE

YOUTUBE CHANNEL

 
LINKEDIN PAGE

GIVEZOOKS! PAGE

IGIVE DONATION PAGE (SIGN-UP)

MY PAGE (HERE)

 

 

 

 

RTC'S CURRENT / UPCOMING EVENTS / PAST GLORIES


RTC's CURRENT EVENTS:

Broadway Cabaret
November 12, 2010


Broadway
Cabaret: Stars of Les Miserables
Randal Keith & Joan Almedilla


Spend a fabulous Friday evening listening to the wonderful voices of 
talented Les Miserable's stars Randal Keith and Joan Almedilla as they perform for one-night-only, singing duets and solos from their favorite Broadway composers with a few final numbers from Les Miserables
A French-themed reception will follow the concert, where you will also 
have the opportunity to meet the performers.

--
Hosted by the Grandes Dames Volunteer Auxiliary
Chaired by Penny Barnds and Kathie Hira

 


Information

TICKETS
Reserved Seats: $85
($50 is tax-deductible donation)

Rubicon Subscribers: $75
($40 is tax-deductible donation)

Gold Coin Club Members: Free

[ Buy Tickets Now ]

WHEN
Friday, November 12, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.

WHERE
Rubicon Theatre Company
1006 East Main Street
Ventura, CA 93001

Sponsors

Janet and Mark Goldenson
Barbara Meister - Barber Automotive Group
Lori and Dr. Richard Reisman
Wilda Tipton
Jan and Hal Wasserman



PLEASE HELP RTC!!!

 

VENTURA COUNTY STAR - AUGUST 7, 2010

http://www.vcstar.com/news/2010/aug/07/rubicon-theater-gets-a-reprieve/


Rubicon Theatre gets a reprieve

Troupe says it has a deal to keep playhouse


Bazemore 
Stephanie Zimbalist will portray Katharine Hepburn in the one-woman play “Tea at Five” at the Rubicon Theatre in Ventura.
Ensemble Theatre Co./David Bazemore 

Stephanie Zimbalist will portray Katharine Hepburn in the one-woman play “Tea at Five” at the Rubicon Theatre in Ventura.


Stephanie Zimbalist will play Katharine Hepburn in the one-woman play “Tea at Five.” The play opens Aug. 25.
Ensemble Theatre Co./David Bazemore

Stephanie Zimbalist will play Katharine Hepburn in the one-woman play “Tea at Five.” 
The play opens Aug. 25.

Leaders of Ventura’s cash-strapped Rubicon Theatre Co. last week released two pieces of good news: They have reached a deal in principle to hold on to its foreclosed playhouse, and unveiled an unexpected nearly four-week run of a one-woman play that tells the story of Katharine Hepburn.

The combination should provide a boost for the award-winning playhouse as it maneuvers to stay financially viable and convince members and sponsors it can still stage top-quality programming that cemented its national reputation.

The refinancing plan, which still must be finalized, would call off an Aug. 30 public auction for the 200-seat theater, a renovated historic church in downtown Ventura.

Final documents are being drafted to restructure about $900,000 in outstanding debt that will allow the regional theater company to maintain ownership, said Roz Warner, Rubicon’s board chairwoman, who met with officials from Rabobank last week.

“We absolutely will be done before that,” Warner said of the Aug. 30 deadline.

Steep cuts — including staff reductions and co-productions with other companies to spread advertising and preproduction costs and touring — have put the company in improved financial condition, Warner said. The company plans to begin its 13th season this fall.

Closing the current season will be “Tea at Five,” a one-woman play that tells the story of Katharine Hepburn in a monologue. Directed by Jenny Sullivan, the play will feature veteran actress and past Rubicon performer Stephanie Zimbalist as Hepburn.

The production, to run from Aug. 25 through Sept. 19, has garnered positive reviews during its run at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, Ensemble Theatre in Santa Barbara, and Cape Playhouse in Cape Cod, Mass.

“We have really focused, even as we have cut costs, on storytelling and quality and keeping that artistic integrity,” said Karyl Lynn Burns, producing artistic director.

Stretched by contrary trends

Like playhouses across the country, Rubicon has grappled for years with a widening budget shortfall. It relied on a small cadre of individuals and companies for sizable contributions, which have dropped as the economy soured. At the same time, production costs continue to rise.

Even with sold-out performances, ticket and concession sales typically cover 40 to 50 percent of a show’s cost, leaving a gap that must be covered by donations, grants and earnings from a small endowment.

Today, Rubicon employs six full-time employees, and roughly 13 part-time employees, many of whom agreed to pay cuts of 10 percent to 40 percent.

“At one time, we had 28 full-time employees,” Burns said.

The company is on track to eliminate about $500,000 in operating debt by Sept. 30, 2011, Burns said.

Despite its recent struggles, subscriber commitment is strong.

About 86 percent of last year’s subscribers have renewed, bettering a national average of close to 70 percent, Burns said.

Shorter season slated

The cost for the new season was reduced to help retain subscribers and possibly lure new ones. The season’s productions were reduced from seven to five, officials said.

“We don’t take for granted customer loyalty. We feel that loyalty comes because we are committed to quality,” Burn said. “We are committed to offering the greatest quality within our means.”

One area the company refused to cut was its youth education and outreach programs, even as the number of youths seeking fee waivers or scholarships has increased, Burns said.

This month, those youths will present the second Kids for Kids Benefit Concert.

The one-night fundraiser on Aug. 16 will feature a cabaret concert starring Gabby Trainor. Other performances will include adult actors Teri Bibb (from “Phantom of the Opera”), Trey Ellett (“Rent”), Joan Almedilla (“Les Miserables”) and Dina Bennett (“Lies and Legends”).

Last year’s event sold out, and raised more than $11,000 for youth programs.

In addition, “Hello My Baby,” the final summer youth musical camp production, will close its run Aug. 15.

Finalizing a deal with Rabobank and its debtholders would allow the company to shift its focus back on what it does best, entertaining people, Warner said.

The 6,320-square-foot theater’s assessed value was $1.43 million as of Jan. 1, according to the Ventura County Assessor’s Office. Details of the refinancing plan were not released.

Tom Mortensen, a vice president at Rabobank, declined to comment on the negotiations.

“This is our time to be successful,” Warner said.

On the Net:

http://www.Rubicontheatre.org.

© 2010 Ventura County Star. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

 




 


 
RUBICON THEATRE
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
2008-2009


ROSA LEE MEASURES
Honorary Chair
Harris Measures Management Consultants, Former Deputy Mayor, City of San Buenaventura

DR. RICHARD REISMAN
President of the Board of Directors
Ventura County Obstetric & Gynecologic Medical Group
Medical Director, Community Memorial Hospital Centers for Family Health

MIKE MEREWETHER
Vice-President
Partner Emeritus, Tolman & Wiker Insurance

DR. ROSALIND WARNER
Secretary
Physician, Ventura, Thousand Oaks Secretary, Saticoy Country Club Board of Directors

WILLIAM P. CORDEIRO, Ph.D.
Treasurer
Director, Martin V. Smith School of Business & Economics, California State University, Channel Islands

CLAIRE BOWMAN
CEO, Via Alegre Educational & Counseling Services, Owner/Operator, Starbuck’s Ojai Valley Ranch

ANN DEAL
Founder & CEO, Fashion Forms

HARRIET FRIEDMAN
Community Volunteer

DIANE GOLDENRING, RDH, MSED, GKC
Philanthropist

ANTHONY T. HIRSCH, MD
Pediatrician
President, Ojai Film Society

JACQUELYN KILPATRICK, Ph.D.
Chair of English, Performing Arts and Communication
California State University, Channel Island

ROY SCHNEIDER
Partner/Attorney-at-Law
Myers, Widders, Gibson, Jones
& Schneider, LL

MARION WITTE, CPA
President. Angel Heart Foundation

EX OFFICIO
STEVE MAGIDSON
Immediate Past President

KEN WESLER
Managing Director

PENNY BARNDS
President, Grandes Dames

RON HARRINGTON, ESQ
Legal Advisor

 
 April 2009

HELP! MORE THAN ANY OTHER TIME IN OUR HISTORY,
RUBICON THEATRE NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT.

We cannot stress this enough. With the economy as it is, the individuals and companies who have supported us through large monetary gifts over the years have taken a serious financial hit and are presently unable to support us at the level they have given in the past.

Our ticket prices cover less than half of what our shows actually cost us to produce. If we charged full price, our $49 tickets would rise to cost over $100 each.

As in the musical Fiddler on the Roof, it is going to take our village of Ventura to solve this problem.

We know you have been hit too; we all have. That’s why we have launched a campaign to raise $1 million through a gift we all can afford:  $365. For just $1 a day, you can ensure that Rubicon Theatre Company will continue to produce the wonderful shows that you have enjoyed for the past eleven years.  

We need 2,400 gifts to achieve our goal, and we need them now. We can do this…together.

However, without your support, we will not be able to continue.

Please give today, and please ask your fellow villagers to join you in giving.

Sincerely,
 
To make a contribution:
Please contact Patrick O’Hara at 805.667.2912 ext.237 (preferred)
 
Rubicon Theatre Company
1006 E. Main Street
Ventura, CA 93001


1006 E Main Street Ventura CA United States, 93001

 

UPDATE 9/23/09:

Below are some PSA’s for RTC’s “It Takes A Village” Campaign. They are also viewable, AND DOWNLOADABLE TO SHARE WITH OTHERS, on Rubicon’s new YouTube Channel, which can be found here:

 

http://www.youtube.com/user/rubicontheatre#play/uploads

 

Rubicon friends Michael Learned, Cliff DeYoung, George Ball, Amanda McBroom, Eric Lange, Stephanie Zimbalist, Ted Neeley & Bonnie Franklin, all actors from stage and screen, lend their support to "It Takes A Village."

Ted Neeley talks about RTC and It Takes A Village.

Bruce Weitz talks about RTC and It Takes A Village.

Eric Lange talks about RTC and It Takes A Village.

Bonnie Franklin talks about RTC and It Takes A Village.

Sydney Unseth talks about RTC.

 

UPDATE 6/10/09:  I've just received this e-mail from Karyl Lynn Burns, Co-Founder of RTC:

From: Karyl Lynn Burns
Subject: Rubicon Theatre Village Campaign Update
Date: Wednesday, June 10, 2009, 4:41 AM

Dear Fellow Villagers:

Today we start our first formal e-mail update to those of you who expressed interest in receiving periodic updates about Rubicon’s It Takes a Village campaign.   

The good news: nearly 600 people (including some who wished to be anonymous) have given a total of $191,346. We have an additional $3,752 in pledges, with a grand total of $195,090 committed to the campaign. We are now about 19.5% of the way to our goal of $1 million!
The challenge:  We are still fighting cash flow needs and MUST raise an additional $200,000 towards the goal in the next two to three weeks.
Thank you to you whose names are listed at the bottom of this e-mail for being early believers in this new grass-roots way of raising support.  The idea is “many hands make light work.” Instead of 80% of the funds coming from 20% of the people, the goal is for everyone to participate to the extent of their ability. We are asking all who benefit from Rubicon's presence in our community to consider making a gift of at least $1 a day - or $365 a year. It's also possible to make a monthly pledge of $31 or more. If we all do what we can, we WILL achieve the goal. We will be the people who would not let our community’s non-profit professional theatre falter in these difficult times and who ensured it was here for the next decade and for future generations!
Examples and Ideas
·        Rubicon Board Member Marion Witte of the Angel Heart Foundation came up with the idea of Village Elders – the goal was to find 10 people to give $10,000 each once we reached the $100,000 mark. It’s the main reason we’ve seen significant growth in the past two weeks. We are thankful to those who have joined the Elders program so far: Marion (leading by example, thank you!), Lori and Richard Reisman, Barbara Meister and Barber Automotive Group (in memory of Larry Meister) and an Anonymous contributor who gave in honor and in memory of a recently departed friend Lillian Ludlam, who loved theatre. We are still looking for at least six more individuals to become Elders (Young Elders are welcome, too J). If you are able to join this group, please call us.
·        Stephen Kipp contributed $3,650 -- the recommended village donation amount of $365 for EACH person on his 10-member staff. Stephen announced this generous gift at a performance of Fiddler on the Roof  in which he hosted his clients for the show and a reception.
·        At a local salon, the hairdressers encouraged their customers to give and raised $365 in a day to donate to the cause.
·        One villager e-mailed friends and raised approximately $2,000. Would you like to do the same? Just cut and paste this address into your e-mail. Invite friends to join you and help us reach our goals. Here’s the hyperlink:
·        A supporter of Rubicon’s education programs has organized alums of the outreach programs to put on a benefit at the theatre in August. Look for details soon.
·        Gourmet chef Linda Hale and her husband Scott are going to prepare a primo meal in their home with a goal of raising $5,000 towards the campaign.
 
Rally Comments
Here’s a sampling of a few of the comments from attendees at the Town Hall Rallies.  We’ll send you a few with each e-mail so that we can remind each other of why we all care…
 
Why Rubicon Matters to Me…
“Great art!  Great family!  Great home to create in!” – Jenny Sullivan
“A place to belong and meet friends.” – Wanda Woessner
“Rubicon matters on many levels.  It is wonderful to have professional theatre in our community.  Most important is the Rubicon’s Education Outreach programs.  Serving our youth at a time when arts education is lacking in our schools is vital and timely.” – Tom and Debbie Golden
“Great art.  Local.” – Mike Merewether
“We love having quality theatre in our own town!!!  And we love the community feeling of having Rubicon in Ventura!” – Scott and Linda Hale

Why Rubicon Matters to the Community
“Exposes youth to theatre; brings people to Ventura.” – Carolyn Dolen
“Without the Rubicon and its great professionalism, rather than enriching our community it will begin the slow decline which we have so beautifully climbed out of with its growth.” – Karen Lee Hoffberg
“Our community needs local events of quality.” – Howard Brandwein
“A vibrant beat of artistic creation.” – Jeanne Scott
“The Rubicon offers quality entertainment close to home.  It’s Los Angeles-caliber performances in a community we all share and love.” – Nancy Kaye Swanson
 
It Takes a Village Contributors to Date – June 9, 2009
"Michita," Carol "Mike" Aalbers, Lynda and Rick Aldridge, Jean Archer, Christine Arenas-Magie and Paul Magie, Lila M. Atkisson, George Backman, George Ball and Amanda McBroom, Dr. and Mrs. Edward J. Banman, Rachel Bar, Phil and Sandy Bardos, Penny and Ray Barnds, Greta Bartsch, Donna and Jerry Beatty, Dr. Norma Beck,Victor and Natalia Berezovska, Sam Bern, Barbara and Bernard Bobitch, Henri and Therese Boisvert Tte, Jo Bowker, Barbara and Raymond Boyd, Marylee and Robert Bragulla, Bob and Mary Braitman, Howard J. Brandwein, Arlene Brooks, Earl R. Brooks, Shelly and Steve Brown, Peggy Bryant, Jenean Bugiada, Leo and Melinda Bunnin, Christina M. Burck, Diana and Robert Burdick, Donna and Jack Burger, Karyl Lynn Burns, Pat and Cathy Busch, Linda Carson, Patty and Gary Channer, K. Charnofsky and R. Sturgeon, Patti and Bill Chertok, Betsy and Dick Chess, Susan Clark, Ed Clark and Jane Delahoyde, Bijian Fan and Jerome Clifford, Victoria Coddy, Eloise and Chuck Cohen, Mary Ann Cohen, John and Jacqueline Cole, Doris and Ken Collin, Linda Collins, Frances A. Connelly, Al and Freddie Contarino, Ginny Costis, Alison B. Coutts-Jordan, Bill Crowe and Ann Gross, Mar lena Roberts Daly, Ronald and Deborah David, Lisa and Clay Davis, Nicholas Deitch, Bradford Dillman, Carolyn Dolen, Barbara and Gerald Donckels, Kathleen and Terry Dooley, Gun Dukes, John T. Dullam, John R. Edwards, Jack Ellison and Dixie D. Adeniran, H.E. and Frances Elson, David Elzer, Katherine Emerick, Ph.D., Jim and Kay Engel, David Engel, Mr. and Mrs. Garold Faber, Jodi and David Farrell, Warren and Ardelle Faue, Susan Ferguson, Norman Flam, Dr. Hany Fouad, Jonathan Fox, C.D. Franciscus, Cindy Frankey, Bonnie Franklin and Marvin Minoff, Arlene and Morrie Friedman, Harold and Harriet Friedman, Peter and Sandy Gaal, Mr. Michael D. Gainsborough, Mary and Jim Galbraith, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Galt, Jr., D. June and Gay Garabedian, Muriel Garcia, Bob and Brenda Garrison, Lynn and Al Geller, S. Lynne and Duane L. Georgeson, Mrs. Kin Gere, Sheldon Getzug, Kay Giles and Michael Mariani, Morty Glasgal, David and Maryellen Glyer, Debbie and Tom Golden, Diane and Peter Goldenring, Janet and Mark Goldenson, Bruce Goldenson and Tricia Keen, Leonard Goldman, Martie and Gary Golter, Mary Goodenough, Lea and Harold Gould, Richard Gould, MD, Judy and Art Goulet, David and Diane Grimes, Sol and Patty Grossman, Katherine and Dan Gunther, Louis and Melinda Haffner, Scott Hale Lighting, Pearl and Roy Hammerand, Margie and Ron Hanock, Whitney Hansen, Wm. and Diane Harkins, Jessica and Harvey Harris, Julie Heim, Linda Henderson and Ernie Scherb, Mr. Don Henninger, Phil and Carol Hershey, Thom as and Patricia Hester, Karen Lee Hoffberg, H.W. and C.S. Hoover, Doris Horton, Carol Howe and Lucien Lacour, Eric Hvolboll, Jon and Ann Ives, Michael Jackowitz, Phyllis Johnson, Dianne Johnson Selbrede, Dr. and Mrs. D. Gordon Johnston, Ed and Carol Jones, Dorothy and Robert Jones, Emily Jones, Marilyn Juday, Donna Kacerek, Kaila Kaden, Lydia and Marty Kaplan, Joanne and Monroe Kaplan, Alex Karras, George Kaub, Bill and Elise Kearney, Betty and Tom Kennedy, Kipp Financial Group, Ronald S. Kopp, Jasmine Kova, Lee and Linda La Frenz, Nicole and Phillip Laby, Haady Lashkari, Michael Learned and John Doherty, Harriet and Eric Leibovitch, Stanley and Barbara Leiken, Dr. Morris and Judy Leventhal, Linda Levitz, Jack and Ione Lollar, Tracy Long and Donald Taylor, Judge David W. Long and Shirley Critchfield, James Locher, Dalina Lowdermilk-Klan, Michael Lurie, John and Eleanor Lynn, Cynde and Steve Magidson, Louise M. Malcomb, James Malone, Margaret Martin, John and Pat Masterson, Stephen Maulhardt and Nancy Maulhardt Huff, Frank and Patricia McCallick, Gladys McDonald, Stephen McMorrow, Rosa Lee Measures and Al Harris, Barbara Meister/Barber Automotive Group, Elsie Mendelsohn, Loretta and Mike Merewether, Murray Meyers,  Carol Mickle and Jodi Sullivan, Marvin Miller and Kathlyn Roberts Miller, Margaret and Jerry Miller, Mr. and Mrs. M. Miser, Lee and Peg Molesworth, Susan Molnar, Katherine Montes, Teddi and Jerry Morris, Ted and Dale Muegenburg, Julie and Jack Nadel, Ted Pounder and Paulita Neal, Beatrice Alicia Nichols, Henry and Bobbie Offen, Eileen Ogle, Patrick O'Hara, Cherie Olson, James O'Neil, Sandi and Greg Orloff, Frances Page, Barbara and Owen Patotzka, William and Celia Patterson, Catherine Penprase, Diane and Steve Perren, Helen Pidduck, Mrs. Pamela Pinkham, Gene Pitman, Wilma S. Poe, Theodore Polk, James and Stella Port, Amy Povah, Keith Powell, James and Susan Prosser, Sheila and Robert Rakestraw, H.D. Ranzenhofer, Lori and Richard Reisman, Ann and Rodney Resnick, Corinne J. Rhoads, Rita Richardson, Jon Lawrence Rivera, George Roberts and Janice Standing-Roberts, Patricia Robinson, Bob Robinson, Alyce and Robert Robinson, Duane O. Rodgers, Donal F. Rodrigues, Diane Ronneberg, Linda Roos, Sharon and George Rose, Margaret Rothschild and Richard Palmer, Nancy and Bill Russell, Micheline Sakharoff, Pat Salem, Sam and Mary Saputo, Roy and Sharon Schneider, Charles and Jane Schneider, Charles and Mary Schwabauer, Jeanne Scott, Catherine Scott Burris, Dr. Don and Millie Seidman, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Selfridge, Lyndon R. Shaftoe, Robert Shaw, Mrs. Susan Shields, Tamar Shulem, Joel Silberman, Dr. and Mrs. Leonard Skaist, Signe and Bruce Smale, Rebecca and Jeffrey Smith, Cynthia and Jim Snell, Gary and Maureen Soporito, Paula Spellman, Lane Stalbird, Lisa Stephens and Dennis Hopkins, Rich Stewart and Harriet Clune, Eric and Missy Stoen, Midge and Dave Stork, Kathy and Bill Strnad, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Sullivan, Jenny Sullivan, Nancy Kay Swanson, Judith and Melvyn Swope, Lee Tannen, Shirley Thayer, Timothy Tice, Ed and Dee Tingstrom, Delorine and Reid Tompkins, Warren and Jane Totten, Margaret and Dennis Travlos, Ruth and Jim Uphold, Allen and Kay Urban, Suzanne and Edward Vadnais, Mary Ann and William Bang, Michael Velthoen, Cindi Verbelun, Les and Judy Vielbig, Vicki Vierra, Phil Ward, Roz Warner and Michael Hogan, Jan and Hal Wasserman, Jerry and Brenda Watkins, Bill Whitlock and Art Mendoza, Jim Whitney, Gary and Cheryl Wilde, Julia Wilkerson, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Willis, Marion Witte, Wanda Woessner, Gail and Ed Wohlenberg, Joanne Wolf, Eunice M. Wood, Robert and Kathleen Wulf, Keith York, The Young Family, Helen Yunker, Margaret M. Zangrilli, Alfred Zaske, Myrna and Sy Zimmerman and David Zippel.
 

 

UPDATE 5/16/09:  I've just received this e-mail from Karyl Lynn Burns, Co-Founder of RTC:

From: Karyl Lynn Burns
Subject: TIME SENSITIVE: Please come TOMORROW for Rubicon Rally/Town Hall GRASSROOTS EVENT. We need YOU!
To: joneil8539@aol.com
Date: Saturday, May 16, 2009, 12:04 AM

Dear Artists and Friends:

Please forgive the group e-mail, but time is of the essence. We are really feeling the trickle down effects of the economy. We have had a wonderful season thus far with Will Rogers America!, Rubicon Family Christmas, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Fiddler on the Roof. Our past and present are beautiful and we have great joy just thinking of the many exquisitely talented artists and devoted donors who have stood on and behind this stage. But at present we are truly in peril and need your help.

Could you pretty please come to Rubicon
TOMORROW (SATURDAY) for a one-hour event from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. with teas and cookies after? It is a Rally and Town Hall. Many of our board members, our wonderful Ventura Mayor Christy Weir and others will be there. The goal is to jumpstart a positive, grass-roots effort to help us muddle throught these very challenging times.

Our MD Ken is going to present the financial facts and figures past and present, we'll brainstorm as a group, we'll have some surprise and fun entertainment, refreshments, etc. We have launched a campaign called "It Takes a Village." In general, the idea is that in these times the handful of people who have sustained the company just can't. (The traditional fundraising model is 20% of the people give 80% of the funds. Now, instead of a small group of people doing a lot, we're trying to engage many, many people in the community who care about Rubicon to each do a little. It's the old adage of "many hands make light work."  We are suggesting $1 a day, or $365. Or if that's challenging, we are asking people to consider $30 a month on a credit card. We're doing home parties, bake sales, you name it.

HERE'S HOW YOU CAN HELP. Can you come to the rally tomorrow? Your presence and enthusiasm will help create a synergy that is needed right now. Second, if you know of folks who you can invite to come to the rally, please ask them to join you. Third, if you know someone who can give financially who cares about theatre, please encourage them to do so.

Here's what will happen at the event. We will have a discussion of "Does Rubicon matter to you?"/"Does Rubicon matter to the community?" Then our Managing Director will do a quick Power Point of "here's where we've been financially and here's how the times have changed." Then we'll have Doug Halter, who some of you know, talk about the new model. Then we'll have rally kits with ideas (and hopefully some fun "RTCV" stickers - "Rubicon Theatre Company Villager." Then, some artists you know - Manough from Songs for a New World, Rick Cornette from You Can't Take It With You, our development coordinator Patrick O'Hara - maybe a few others - will do a "Villager People" presentation where they will parody "YMCA" and turn it into "RTCV". (We had to do something a little creative and entertaining.)

Anyway, we really NEED YOU. Please come and help communicate that Rubicon matters to you and encourage folks to help with this campaign.

If any of you from out-of-town would like to stay for the opening gala of Spit Like a Big Girl at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, just call me on cell. There's a party after at Milano's at the Harbor. Call me on cell if you have any question - (805) 407-7797.

Thanks!

/klb

P.S. Attached is an information sheet. I am also including a card for people who want to help in case you want to e-mail to anyone you know.

P.S.S. Come from the Seaward exit as there is a bike race downtown. Call me if you need to know how.


============================================
IT TAKES A VILLAGE
Rubicon Rally and Town Hall Meetings
If you care about Rubicon and the future of our region, we are looking for first-time volunteers – no prior experience necessary – as well as those who have volunteered before.
Tomorrow, Saturday, May 16 from 3 to 4:00 p.m.

As you know from announcements at Rubicon’s recent acclaimed production of Fiddler on the Roof, our annual campaign this season is “It Takes a Village.”
With the current economy, now, more than ever, it really does take an entire village – villagers of every age and background and every walk of life to sustain a non-profit theatre company. We are trying to explore ways to think “out of the box” and create a new grass-roots model of support, but we need you!
If you care about Rubicon and the future of our region – please join us!
Come meet our “It Takes a Village” Chairs Sandra Laby and Doug Halter; visit with Rubicon founders Karyl Lynn Burns and James O’Neil; see friends, neighbors and associates; and say hello to adults and young people whose lives are positively impacted by Rubicon’s presence in our community.
Get a behind-the-scenes look at how a non-profit theatre functions, hear a status report on the finances of Rubicon, and ask any questions you may have. Then help us brainstorm about how to go forward in these challenging times. 
WHO?               YOU – anyone and everyone from Ventura, or from cities from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles who loves great theatre. Anyone interested in the arts in general, the cultural life of our community, Rubicon’s impact on economic development, or the education and outreach programs Rubicon provides for our region’s youth.

WHAT?             RUBICON RALLY AND TOWN HALL MEETINGS

WHEN?            Saturday, May 16 at 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
 
WHERE?          Rubicon Theatre, 1006 E. Main Street
                        Come in the Laurel Street door and into the theatre
A light dinner will be served downstairs in the rehearsal room on the 13th, tea and cookies on the 16th.
WHY?               Because you are key to the future of Rubicon and the arts! Come be a part of the village! 
RSVP to Patrick O'Hara at pohara@rubicontheatre.org or at 805.667.2912, extension 237.
 We need you!  Remember, even if you’ve never volunteered or served on a committee before, this is an inclusive, grass-roots effort! There are ways you can make a difference!  Attendees are under no obligation --  please come and learn more.


 

 

YOU CAN ALSO HELP RTC BY SIGNING UP AT IGIVE. HERE'S THE LINK AND ALL THE INFO:

http://www.igive.com/welcome/warm_reg_promo.cfm?m=553184


 

RTC's CURRENT/UPCOMING PRODUCTION(s):



THE TEMPEST
By William Shakespeare
Directed by James O’Neil

October 13 - 24, 2010

This is a ‘developmental’ staged reading of a future work to be presented by Rubicon Theatre Company, incorporating the designs of internationally renowned glass sculptor, Dale Chihuly.

The ultimate dream: an enchanting new production of Shakespeare's The Tempest - a grand visual adventure set on a mystical island made up of translucent glass seaforms, with mysterious creatures in brightly-colored costumes whizzing through the air.

We put our oar in the water of that vast ocean this fall with a developmental staged reading. While actors speak Shakespeare's lyrical language, images of models for a future imagined production will be projected overhead.

NOTE: This is a general admission seating show

 

 


 

RTC'S UPCOMING 2010-2011 SEASON 



THE TIMES THEY ARE A CHANGIN'

 

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THE TEMPEST
By William Shakespeare
Directed by James O’Neil

October 13 - 24, 2010

This is a ‘developmental’ staged reading of a future work to be presented by Rubicon Theatre Company, incorporating the designs of internationally renowned glass sculptor, Dale Chihuly.

The ultimate dream: an enchanting new production of Shakespeare's The Tempest - a grand visual adventure set on a mystical island made up of translucent glass seaforms, with mysterious creatures in brightly-colored costumes whizzing through the air.

We put our oar in the water of that vast ocean this fall with a developmental staged reading. While actors speak Shakespeare's lyrical language, images of models for a future imagined production will be projected overhead.

NOTE: This is a general admission seating show

Information

TICKETS
$39 – $59 [ Buy Now ]

PREVIEWS
October 13 – 15

OPENING NIGHT GALA
More information to come.



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BALLROOM DANCE EXTRAVAGANZA
Created by Cate Caplin
Featuring Special Guest Star: Melissa Manchester!

December 1 - 19, 2010

If you love the film Strictly Ballroom, or the television show Dancing with the Stars, this show is for you! Cate Caplin is a World Champion, Grand Champion and Gold Medalist in Theatrical Show Dance: her work has been featured on "Star Search" and in performances at the White House and the Kennedy Center. Now Cate creates a glittering new event exclusively for Rubicon audiences! Top dance couples take the Rubicon stage to perform a range of international and American ballroom styles.

Guest vocalist for the Ballroom Dance Extravaganza is Melissa Manchester.

This is a general admission seating show.

Information

TICKETS
$39 – $59 [ Buy Now ]

PREVIEWS
December 1 – 3

OPENING NIGHT GALA
More information to come



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MASTER HAROLD AND THE BOYS
By Athol Fugard
Directed by Brian McDonald

February 9 - March 6, 2011

Based on an incident in the life of the playwright, who was strongly opposed to the policies of apartheid which began in South Africa around 1948, this powerful and poignant drama casts Sam, a black man, as a person of vision and nobility, Willie, the custodian, who looks to Sam for guidance, and Hally, a young white man, who chooses to exert power instead of being human, showing that he is a lesser man than either Sam or Willie. Less a political drama than a human one, the play rises above its' immediate setting to consider universal feelings and human relationships.

 

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LONESOME TRAVELER
A JOURNEY DOWN THE RIVERS & STREAMS OF AMERICAN FOLK

By James O’Neil
Musical Direction by Dan Wheetman

April 13 - May 8, 2011

“Tom Dooley,” “Goodnight Irene,” “Puff, the Magic Dragon” “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “This Land is Your Land.” These songs remind us of a time when music brought us all together; when it changed us. Lonesome Traveler is a WORLD PREMIERE theatrical event that takes us from the backwoods of Appalachia to the nightclubs of New York and San Francisco; from the mid 1920s to the mid 1960s. Experience the music that made history and the history that made music. Rubicon Artistic Director James O’Neil directs a six-person cast of singer/ instrumentalists, including Tony Award-winner Lillias White. Reserved seating.

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TICKETS
$39 – $59 [ Buy Now ]

PREVIEWS
April 13 – 15

OPENING NIGHT GALA
More information to come.



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STEEL MAGNOLIAS
By Robert Harling
Directed by Jenny Sullivan


Susan
Clark


Bonnie
Franklin


Stephanie
Zimbalist

Featuring: Susan Clark, Bonnie Franklin & Stephanie Zimbalist

August 24 - September 18, 2011

Based on playwright Robert Harding's experience with the death of his sister, this heartwarming true story follows a group of friends who gather each week at a salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where Truvy dispenses shampoo and advice to Ouiser, the town curmudgeon (“I’m not crazy, I’ve just been in a bad mood for forty years”); Miss Clairee, an eccentric millionaire with a sweet tooth; and M’Lynn, whose daughter Shelby is about to get married. Tough as steel and fragile as the blossoms of magnolia trees, these hilarious characters gossip, tease, laugh, fight, cajole, and comfort each other as they go through life’s big joys and challenges. Rubicon’s production reunites actresses Susan Clark, Bonnie Franklin, Stephanie Zimbalist and Karyl Lynn Burns. Reserved seating.
Information

TICKETS
$39 – $59 [ Buy Now ]

PREVIEWS
August 24 – 26

OPENING NIGHT GALA
More information to come.



 

 

 


RTC'S REVISED 2009 - 2010 SEASON 

 

http://www.vcstar.com/news/2009/nov/27/financially-challenged-rubicon-revises-season/



Financially challenged Rubicon revises season

Star staff file photo

Karyl Lynn Burns and James O’Neil met 23 years ago in Santa Barbara in an audition for “Man of La Mancha.” 
Today she is the producing artistic director and he is the artistic director both of the Rubicon Theatre Company 
in Ventura.


The Rubicon Theatre Company, under severe financial pressure, has slashed its budget, reduced and reconfigured its staff and radically revised its lineup of plays for the 2009-10 season.

Long-planned large-cast shows have been replaced with productions requiring fewer actors, in what producing artistic director Karyl Lynn Burns calls an unfortunate but necessary adjustment. “Our priority this year,” Burns said, “is to reduce expenses while maintaining artistic quality and integrity.”

While both subscriptions and single-ticket sales at the Ventura-based professional stage company remain strong, donations have fallen drastically because of the economic downturn. “Our eight to 10 largest givers are in industries that have been very hard hit: automobiles, real estate and banking,” Burns said.

In response, the board of directors approved a $1.8 million budget for 2009-10, a steep drop from last season’s $3.2 million. For 2007-08, the budget was $3.8 million.

In addition, Patricia Baldwin has been hired as chief financial officer. Managing director of Santa Barbara’s Ensemble Theatre Company for 10 years and financial director of Rubicon for three, she came out of retirement to shape a two-year financial recovery plan for the theater and has agreed to stay on to implement it. Burns calls her “a tough, savvy manager.”

Currently in its 12th season, Rubicon is one of Ventura County’s largest and most prestigious arts organizations, regularly winning Ovation Awards for excellence in Southern California theater. It finished last season with 2,700 subscribers.

The 2009-10 season, which began with the well-received world premiere musical “Daddy Long Legs,” will continue as scheduled with “A Rubicon Family Christmas” Dec. 5-27. But the remainder of the year is completely changed.

“Doubt,” John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about the clash between a stern nun and a priest who may be abusing boys (adapted into a Meryl Streep movie last year), will run Jan. 30 through Feb. 21. Jenny Sullivan directs a cast headed by Robin Pearson Rose and Joseph Fuqua, who played the title role in Rubicon’s “Hamlet.”

Sullivan returns to direct “Trying,” a fact-based story about a young woman’s relationship with an elderly former attorney general, March 13 through April 4. The production, originally scheduled to run this past fall, will feature Robin Gammell and Angela Goethals. Artistic director James O’Neil will direct Beth Henley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy “Crimes of the Heart” April 24 through May 16.

Two short-run shows open to current subscribers only — both world premieres — will follow. They are “In All Honesty,” an absurdist comedy by 17-year-old Santa Barbara playwright Quinn Sosna-Spear, and “Address Unknown,” an adaptation of a Holocaust-era novel by veteran director Moni Yakim.

Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” which was scheduled to cap off the season, will now be produced as a semi-staged reading to begin the 2010-11season in October.

Both four-show subscriptions ($151 to $185) and individual tickets ($39 to $59, or $25 for students) are available by phone (667-2900) or through the company’s Web site (http://www.rubicontheatre.org).

The theater’s popular education programs, including after-school classes and summer workshops, are scheduled to continue without interruption. But all these plans are contingent upon finding funds to keep the company solvent through the spring, when projections call for cash flow to turn positive.

“Can we keep the doors open? It’s up to the community,” said O’Neil, who in addition to being artistic director is Burns’ husband. “It always has been, and it always will be.

“We have to get the support that we need. We can only pay for half of our operation (through ticket sales). The rest is up to the largess of the community.”

 


http://www.independent.com/news/2009/dec/16/rubicon-revises-programming-plans/  


The stars of A Rubicon Family Christmas are (from left) Brian Sutherland, Teri Bibb, Anthony 
Manough, Joan Almedilla, Dina Bennett, and Trey Ellett. The show runs through December 27

Rubicon Revises Programming Plans

The Theatre Company Takes Steps to Avoid Financial Crisis


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The economic downturn has been felt at virtually every arts organization in America, but Ventura’s Rubicon Theatre Company has taken a bigger hit than most. As Producing Artistic Director Karyl Lynn Burns noted, Ventura isn’t home to a lot of corporate headquarters, and the big-pocket donors the company has found inhabit hard-hit sectors of the economy, such as real estate and banking.

During the past weeks, the company has been doing the difficult work of reconciling its ambitious artistic agenda with the reality of decreased donations. Under the direction of its new chief financial officer, Patricia Baldwin, it has cut its annual budget from $3.2 million to $1.8 million. This required revamping affects its current season, substituting smaller-cast shows for such planned productions as The Miracle Worker and The Tempest.

“I’m extremely confident that we can find good material that is affordable, and that we can continue to produce that material at the standard of quality we have in the past,” said Artistic Director James O’Neil. “I’m not disparaging one- or two- or three- or four-person shows. There are many good ones. But it’s also important to tell stories of scope. Hopefully this period [of austerity] will not last too long.”

“Our priority this year is to reduce expenses while maintaining artistic quality and integrity,” said Burns, noting the board has agreed to a two-year plan. “We’re not raising ticket prices. Employees of other corporations are also taking salary cuts. We’re mission-driven; we want to keep theater affordable and accessible.”

She added, “Our production budget will be frozen for next year. We might do fewer shows, but they’ll be the most compelling, exciting shows we can do.”

The company has several hurdles to clear before it gets to next season, however. First, it has to raise enough money to keep the doors open between now and April, when its cash flow will turn positive (according to the projections of its new two-year plan). Then it needs to get through the current season with a reduced staff, which is down to the equivalent of 10 full-time employees—all of whom have taken pay cuts of 10-40 percent.

The company’s annual holiday show, A Rubicon Family Christmas, will go on as scheduled, running through December 27. The rest of the season (subscriptions and single tickets are now on sale at 667-2900 or rubicontheatre.org) looks like this:

Doubt (Jan. 30-Feb. 21): Jenny Sullivan directs John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about a clash of wills between a priest and a nun. Two Rubicon veterans, Joseph Fuqua (Hamlet) and Robin Pearson Rose (All My Sons), play the lead roles.

Trying (Mar. 13-Apr. 4): Joanna McClelland Glass’s fact-based drama about the relationship between an elderly jurist and his young secretary, originally scheduled to run this past fall, will star Robin Gammell and Angela Goethals. Sullivan directs.

Crimes of the Heart (Apr. 24-May 16): Beth Henley’s dark comedy set in the Deep South, another Pulitzer Prize winner, will be directed by O’Neil.

The company will then present two short-run shows for current subscribers only. The first of these, In All Honesty, is a world premiere absurdist comedy written by Quinn Sosna-Spear, a 17-year-old Dos Pueblos High School student. The production, running June 2-13, will feature a group of Santa Barbara-based actors including Dan Gunther, Robert Lesser, and Nancy Nufer.

It will be followed September 1-12 by Address Unknown, a new adaptation by veteran director Moni Yakim of Kathrine Kressmann Taylor’s Holocaust-era novel. Plans call for the 2010-11 season to open in October with a staged reading of The Tempest.

Baldwin, who devised and is implementing the two-year economic plan, served as managing director of Santa Barbara’s Ensemble Theatre Company for a decade beginning in 1993, and then spent three years as Rubicon’s financial director. Burns, who nudged her out of retirement to guide the company through this difficult period, called Baldwin “a tough, savvy manager.” She is being assisted by consultants from the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., who are providing advice free of charge as part of a program to support struggling regional theaters.

“Our ticket sales are very strong,” Burns reported. “Our renewal rate is still more than 80 percent, which is very good. Our customers are very loyal.” But like most theater companies, Rubicon gets only half its budget from ticket sales and other earned income; the remainder must come from grants and donations. In addition, the company has to gradually pay down its $1.2 million long-term debt, which it incurred when it bought its building, a former church on Main Street in downtown Ventura.

“It’s going to be tough for a while,” Burns said. “But we have a good plan, and we feel that if we share that with members of the community, they’ll feel confident about us and help us with some bridge funding.”

 



THE REVISED 2010 SEASON IN DETAIL



 



JANUARY 30 - FEBRUARY 21, 2010

Written By John Patrick Shanley
Directed by Jenny Sullivan

Set at a Catholic school in the Bronx in 1964, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play concerns a strict headmistress with exacting standards who believes that in order for students to be prepared for the harsh world, her teachers must use discipline rather than compassion. She comes to suspect a new priest of sexually abusing a student, but some doubt remains, and she cannot prove her allegations. If she charges him, she will certainly destroy his career, and perhaps her own. She questions an idealistic young nun and the mother of the accused boy, the first black student ever admitted to the school.

This thought-provoking story leaves us with questions about what has—and should have—happened, who is right or wrong, and the nature of faith and love. Audiences will debate the issues of the play long after it has ended. Rubicon Artistic Associate Jenny Sullivan directs company member Joseph Fuqua* (Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Hamlet) and Robin Pearson Rose (All My Sons, You Can't Take It With You) in this searing drama.

*Mr. Fuqua's appearance is generously underwritten by Dr. Norma Beck 

 


TRYING


MARCH 13- APRIL 4, 2010

 

Sponsored by Barbara Meister—Barber Automotive Group / Micheline and Al Sakharoff

NOTE Trying was postponed from last season due to an unforseen casting problem. The previous listing of this production can be found here:

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/producerevent/57774?prod_id=3100

Written by Joanna McClelland Glass
Directed by Jenny Sullivan

Trying is a play about Francis Biddle, the Attorney General under President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Chief Judge of the War Crimes Commission. The play is set in 1967 when Biddle is 81-years-old and trying to put his life in order. This drama explores the relationship between the irascible, impatient and irritable Biddle, who is in pain physically and trying to retain his dignity and memory; and Sarah, a young, pragmatic and vulnerable woman from the Canadian plains who has been hired as his secretary.

Based on a true story, the piece is ultimately a beautiful and poetic story about the growing friendship between two people with very different backgrounds. Robin Gammell (Waiting for Godot, A Delicate Balance, You Can’t Take it With You) as Biddle plays opposite Obie Award-winner and recent Ovation nominee Angela Goethals (Virginia Woolf?). Artistic Associate Jenny Sullivan directs.

 

For tickets, please call the box office at 805.667.2900.

 


CRIMES OF THE HEART

by Beth Henley

APRIL 24 - MAY 16, 2010

Written by Beth Henley
Directed by James O'Neil

This Pulitzer Prize-winning play follows the travails of the Magrath sisters, who come together at Old Granddaddy’s home in Hazlehurst, Mississippi to defend their sweet little sister Babe, charged with shooting her husband ‘cause she “didn’t like his looks.” Middle sister Meg, the rebel in the family, reconnects with the local town doctor, with whom she had a romantic tryst before she headed off to start a now-defunct recording career. And Lenny, the eldest, is facing the consequences of her own “crimes of the heart.”

Despite their love for each other, sibling rivalries bubble to the surface in a hilarious, heartwarming and all-too-familiar way. Don’t miss this funny, sexy and surprising comedy! Directed by Rubicon Artistic Director James O’Neil.





IN ALL HONESTY
JUNE 2 - 13, 2010

Written by Quinn Sosna-Spear
Directed by Devin Scott

This absurdist comedy is full of magical twists and turns. A shy British businessman engages in an innocent conversation with an appealing, eccentric young woman while they wait for a bus. Their casual meetings continue day by day and they come to find that they have similar sensibilities about life. Their witty repartee leads to a deeper connection, until the businessman accidentally touches upon a secret which could threaten the friendship.

Rubicon is delighted to present the first professional production by a remarkable up-and-coming talent. Still in high school in Santa Barbara, Quinn Sosna-Spear has participated in Rubicon’s Young Playwrights’ Festival, in which this production was originally workshopped. The incomparable professional cast includes Dan Gunther, Robert Lesser, Nancy Nufer and Carla Tessara, under the direction of Devin Scott.



August 25 – September 19, 2010


Written by Matthew Lombardo
Directed by Jenny Sullivan
Produced in association with Janet and Mark Goldenson & Marriott Ventura Beach

Tea At Five, by Matthew Lombardo is a colorful and complex character study of an intelligent, independent and feisty icon of stage and screen - Ms. Katharine Hepburn. Ms Hepburn is portrayed by another remarkable actress, Stephanie Zimbalist, who has appeared with Rubicon in numerous shows including The Rainmaker, Defying Gravity, The Night of the Iguana and Spin Cycle. Stephanie has performed Tea At Five to great acclaim at the Guthrie Theatre, Ensemble Theatre, and most recently on Cape Cod. The production is directed by Rubicon Associate Jenny Sullivan whose many projects at Rubicon, off-Broadway and at Williamstown Theatre Festival and the Long Wharf have won her an enviable reputation as a director.

Gala on August 25 at 5 pm–show followed by Channel Islands Harbor cruise with food and music–underwritten by Polaras LLC.

 Here's what Stephanie herself has to say:

 

NOTE:  THIS SHOW REPLACES "ADDRESS UNKNOWN, ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR 9/1 - 12/10.


 


RTC'S ORIGINAL 2010 SEASON BROCHURE

 


  

 



















 






 

Lee Trevino:  "The harder I work, the luckier I get."




TO HEAR A DISCUSSION OF THE UPCOMING 2009-2010 RTC  "MIRACLE SEASON," CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW:

http://www.rubicontheatre.org/sound/audio_season.php

SHOW LIST HERE:

https://www.tickets.rubicontheatre.org/public/load_screen.asp

 

 

RTC's 2010-2011 ACTING CLASSES:

Classes and Workshops

Rubicon Theatre Company's Education and Outreach Department is dedicated to the entertainment, enrichment and education of the people in Ventura County and surrounding regions. These programs include year-round youth and adult Acting Classes, summer youth programs in acting and musical theatre, a semi-annual Young Playwrights' Festival and apprenticeships. For more information about the extraordinary opportunities that await you please click on one of the photo-links below.


Acting Classes Stinky Feet Theatre Workshop
 
"Thank you for putting our children in a beautiful light!" - R. Gunderson

“Each child at Rubicon has the unique opportunity to become the best performer and person that they can possibly be. We share your philosophy about theatre changing lives. It is fun, but it is also a powerful vehicle for positive social change. There is also a responsibility to others in performing and you do a great job of instilling that. That’s one of the many reasons we look forward to working with you each year. We love you and the Rubicon staff!”   – Jeanette and Dennis Jones  


Rubicon offers process-oriented acting classes for kids (beginning at age five) and adults. These programs  focus on developing skills and technique, basic theatre terminology, building confidence and stage presence, learning proper voice techniques and developing an awareness of body language through character work, and other fundamental techniques through improvisation, scene study and theatre games. We operate in a nurturing environment where participants are encouraged to increase their comfort zone and participate at their own pace.

Perfect for both the fledgling 'star' in your family,
or the introvert finding their voice.


Classes provide participants the opportunity to study with "teaching artists." Teaching artists are working theatre professionals who hold a high level degree or experience in voice and speech, acting, playwriting, Shakespeare, movement or audition techniques. With an average class size of 15, these courses offer close interaction and individual attention and culminate with a final presentation of the student’s work for family and friends.

Classes are offered throughout the year for ages 5 and up at any level in three sessions:

Fall
(September-November)
Winter (February-March)
Summer (June-August)

Prices of classes range from $185-$310. To read more about specific class information, such as starting/ending dates, pricing, and class synopses, please click below!

FALL SCHEDULE


Acting (Ages 5-7)
When: 8 Saturdays
October 2-November 20, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Final Presentation on Saturday, November 20 at 11:30 a.m.
Tuition: $185


Acting (Ages 8-10)
When: 8 Saturdays
October 2-November 20, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Final Presentation on Saturday, November 20 at 11:30 a.m.
Tuition: $235


Acting (Ages 11-13)
When: 8 Mondays
October 4-November 22, 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Final Presentation on Tuesday, November 23 at 7:00 p.m.
Tuition: $285


Acting (Ages 14-18)
When: 8 Tuesdays
October 5-November 23, 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Final Presentation on Tuesday, November 23 at 7:00 p.m.
Tuition: $285

Acting (Ages 19+)
When: 8 Mondays
October 4-November 22, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Final Presentation on Monday, November 23 at 8:00 p.m.
Tuition: $310



Make Your Selection


Class Name Start Date End Date Tuition Location

Fall 2010 Acting (Ages 5-7) 10/02/2010 11/20/2010 $185.00 Rubicon
    A perfect introduction to the world of theatre! Students play imagination games and learn the elements of storytelling. This is an excellent class for young readers. On the last day of the workshop, family and friends are invited to a presentation of the students' work. Instructor: TBD

Fall 2010 Acting (Ages 8-10) 10/02/2010 11/20/2010 $235.00 Rubicon
    This is an introductory class that exposes students to scripted scenes and monoluges. Students will learn memorization techniques, stage presence, listening and working together with a scene partner as they work on contemporary scripted material. Preliminary exposure to acting is beneficial but not necessary. This is an excellent class for young actors who are ready to take the next step. On the last day of the workshop, family and friends are invited to a presentation of the students' work. Final Presentation - Saturday November 20, 1010 @ 11:30am Instructor: TBD

Fall 2010 Acting (Ages 11-13) 10/04/2010 11/22/2010 $285.00 Rubicon
    These fast-paced classes are challenging and great fun. In a nurturing environment, students learn self-assurance while acquiring intermediate acting skills. Script analysis and character development are taught through monologue and scene work as well as theatre games, voice and movement exercises and improvisation. Individual attention is given to each student. This class meets for 8 consecutive Mondays from 3:30pm-5:30pm and culminates in a final presentation for parents, family and friends on Tuesday, November 23 at 7:00pm.

Instructor: Brian McDonald - To read Brian's bio, please Click Here.

Fall 2010 Acting (Ages 19+) 10/04/2010 11/22/2010 $310.00 Rubicon
    This very popular class looks to further student's skills or try acting for the first time. Students focus on script analysis, character development, memorization techniques and stage presence while learning how to free the voice and body for individual expression. Contemporary scenes and monologues are chosen by the instructor for each student based on their personal needs and wishes. This is a fast-paced three-hour course that meets for 8 consecutive Mondays from 6:00pm-9:00pm and culminates in an informal presentation for family and friends on Monday, November 22 at 8:00pm.

Instructor: Brian McDonald - To read Brian's bio, please Click Here.

Fall 2010 Acting (Ages 14-18) 10/05/2010 11/23/2010 $285.00 Rubicon
    These fast-paced classes are challenging and great fun. In a nurturing environment, students learn self-assurance while acquiring intermediate acting skills. Script analysis and character development are taught through monologue and scene work as well as theatre games, voice and movement exercises and improvisation. Individual attention is given to each student. This class meets for 8 consecutive Tuesdays from 3:30pm-5:30pm and culminates in a final presentation for parents, family and friends on Tuesday, November 23 at 7:00pm.

Instructor: Brian McDonald - To read Brian's bio, please Click Here.


 

 

RTC's SUMMER YOUTH THEATRE PROGRAMS:

 

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Rubicon's Summer Youth productions are high-quality exciting entertainment for the entire family. This year's productions will be presented in various locations around the county from Ventura to Camarillo so be sure to check the location and performance time for each show.

Advanced reservations are encouraged as many of these performances quickly sell out. Tickets are $15/Adults and $10/Kids 12 and under for all productions and can be purchased online by clicking a link below or by calling the Rubicon Box Office at 805.667.2900.  

 

Program Overview
For the past 7 summers young people ages 9-22 have been coming to Rubicon to participate in Rubicon's youth theatre programs. These highly acclaimed programs offer students the chance to work with working professionals six days a week, six hours a day to focus on the process and performance of a musical or drama in a professional setting. In this nurturing and safe environment young artists reach their individual potential through risk-taking and positive criticism. The programs culminate with a fully staged production and public performances.

We are so excited and hope to see you this summer as we present our most ambitious youth program to date!

Sincerely,
Brian McDonald
Director of Education
Rubicon Theatre Company

 

2010 Summer Programs and Workshops

 

Rubicon offers intensive result-oriented summer acting programs for ages 6 through 22. Programs provide participants the opportunity to study with “teaching artists,” working theatre professionals who hold a high level degree or experience in voice and speech, acting, playwriting, Shakespeare, movement or audition techniques.

STINKY FEET THEATRE WORKSHOP (AGES 6-8)

When: July 05, 2010 – July 17, 2010     Cost: $260
Final Presentation: Saturday, July 17, 2010 at 11:00am

This exciting two week camp offers young children the opportunity to express their creativity through theatre games, improvisation, movement, storytelling, and performance Monday through Friday from 10am-12pm.  The Stinky Feet Workshop is a nurturing setting where participants are encouraged to participate at their own pace.  Perfect for both the fledgling 'star' in your family, or the introvert just finding their voice.  Ages 6-8 will have a chance to spread their artistic wings in a playful environment filled with encouragement, imagination, and fun!  This class culminates in a demonstration of all camp activities, as well as inclusion in the elder students’ performance piece.

STINKY FEET THEATRE WORKSHOP (AGES 9-11)

When: July 05, 2010 – July 17, 2010     Cost: $310
Final Presentation: Saturday, July 17, 2010 at 11:00am

This exciting two week camp offers young children the opportunity to express their creativity through theatre games, improvisation, movement, storytelling, and performance Monday through Friday from 1pm-4pm.  The Stinky Feet Workshop is a nurturing setting where participants are encouraged to participate at their own pace.  Perfect for both the fledgling 'star' in your family, or the introvert just finding their voice.  Ages 9-11 will be involved in a process oriented class, where students participate in the creation of an original play with musical elements. They will gain confidence in public speaking, strengthen acting and movement skills, and improve memorization techniques.

THEATRE CAMP (AGES 11-14)

When: June 21, 2010 – July 06, 2010     Cost: $650
Final Presentation: Monday, July 05, 2010 at 7:00pm & Tuesday, July 06, 2010 at 7:00pm

This exciting and fun-filled two-week program runs June 21 thru July 06, Monday thru Saturday from 10am-5pm, and culminates with two performances of Free To Be You And Me.  This program will focus on the process and performance of musical theatre under the direction of a professional staff of theatre artists and designers.  Training will focus on vocal and dance performance as well as the fundamentals of acting.  Perfect for students at any level, this is a nurturing program designed to challenge each student to reach their individual potential through the discipline of theatre arts.  The cost of the program is $650 and includes all scripts and scores, learning materials and training.  There are limited scholarships available.  The deadline to apply for a scholarship is May 14, 2010.  *Acceptance into the program is by audition only.  You may register online for this class only after you have been accepted into the program from your audition.  Please call Amber Griswold at 805.667.2912 ext. 230 to schedule an audition appointment.

FREE TO BE YOU AND ME
Marlo Thomas conceived a children's book that, instead of telling boys and girls who they should be, would open them up to the possibilities of who they could be. She gathered many of her supremely talented friends from various worlds of the arts and the remarkable result is highly regarded as a modern classic of children's literature. Life-enhancing themes are imaginatively blended with music and humor to expand children's personal horizons, enabling them to invent their own futures without limitation, while dispelling some old constraints and worn-out conventions in the process. Parents, teachers and other grown-up friends will delight in sharing this extraordinary and memorable experience with the children in their lives.

RUBICON ACTING INTENSIVE (AGES 14-22)

When: June 21, 2010 – July 18, 2010     Cost: $750

This four-week program runs June 21 thru July 18, Monday thru Saturday from 10am-5pm, and culminates with five public performances of Shakespeare's Macbeth.  Under the direction of award-winning Yale actor Joseph Fuqua, students focus on developing the actor's voice and body, comprehension and expression of the language, building a character, playing actions and overall performance skills.  Perfect for serious students with little or no previous experience with Shakespeare, this nurturing program is designed to challenge each participant to reach their greatest individual potential under the tutelage of professional theatre artists.  The cost of the program is $750.  There are limited scholarships available.  The deadline to apply for a scholarship is May 14, 2010.  **Acceptance into the program is by audition only.  You may register online for this class only after you have been accepted into the program from your audition.  Please call Amber Griswold at 805.667.2912 ext. 230 to schedule an audition appointment.

MACBETH
Composed in late 1606 or early 1607, Macbeth is the last of Shakespeare’s four great tragedies, the others being Hamlet, King Lear and Othello. It is a relatively short play but is considered by many scholars to be Shakespeare's darkest work.  Shakespeare's Scottish tragedy is about Macbeth's bloody rise to power, including the murder of the Scottish king, Duncan, and the guilt-ridden pathology of evil deeds generating still more evil deeds. As an integral part of this thematic web is the play's most memorable character, Lady Macbeth. Like her husband, Lady Macbeth's ambition for power leads her into an unnatural, phantasmagoric realm of witchcraft, insomnia and madness. But while Macbeth responds to the prophecies of the play's famous trio of witches, Lady Macbeth goes even further by figuratively transforming herself into an unnatural, desexualized evil spirit. The current trend of critical opinion is toward an upward reevaluation of Lady Macbeth, who is said to be rehumanized by her insanity and her suicide. Much of this reappraisal of Lady Macbeth has taken place in discussions of her ironically strong marriage to Macbeth, a union that rests on loving bonds but undergoes disintegration as the tragedy unfolds.

PERFORMANCE DATES ARE AS FOLLOWS:

    •    Thursday, July 15, 2010 at 8:00pm
    •    Friday, July 16, 2010 at 8:00pm
    •    Saturday, July 17, 2010 at 8:00pm
    •    Sunday, July 18, 2010 at 2:00pm

MUSICAL THEATRE CAMP (AGES 14-22)

When: Jul. 12, 2010 – August 15, 2010     Cost: $850

This highly energetic five-week program rehearses July 12 thru August 7, Monday thru Saturday from 10am-5pm, and culminates with 10 performances (Aug. 8 - 15) with a production of the brand new musical Hello! My Baby by Cheri Steinkellner.  This is a highly competitive program perfect for serious actors, singers and dancers who wish to pursue a career on Broadway.  Participants will be expected to provide a full-time commitment to this production which requires actors with vocal and dance experience.  The cost of the program is $850 and includes all scripts and scores, learning materials and training.  There are limited scholarships available.  The deadline to apply for a scholarship is May 14, 2010.  *Acceptance into the program is by audition only.  You may register online for this class only after you have been accepted into the program from your audition.  Please call Amber Griswold at 805.667.2912 ext. 230 to schedule an audition appointment.
HELLO! MY BABY
Written by the Emmy Award-Winning writer of “Cheers” and the West End smash hit production of Sister Act, Cheri Steinkellner, with Musical Arrangements and Additional Music by composer and a lyricist Georgia Stitt.  HELLO! MY BABY weaves an updated Tin Pan Alley score into a new-fashioned 19-teens musical-comedy story of teenaged song-pluggers, gangsters, immigrants, socialites, love triangles, gender-swapping, and ukuleles.  Irish Bowery song-plugger, Mickey McKee, dreams of writing a cracker-jack million-selling Tin Pan hit to become the next Irving Berlin.  But like his hero, Mickey can’t read or write a note… until he teams with Nelly Gold, a feisty Jewish sweatshop worker, who happens to be a musical demon.  Together they make beautiful music, and create a song Mickey thinks could sell a million, or at least save the Gold sisters’ 12TH St. Tavern from dual threats of gangster Johnny Giovanni, and land-baron Stanford J. Tierney, who plans to demolish the Lower East Side block to build high-rises.

PERFORMANCE DATES ARE AS FOLLOWS:

    •    Friday, Aug. 6, 2010 at 8:00pm
    •    Saturday, July 7, 2010 at 2:00pm
    •    Saturday, July 7, 2010 at 8:00pm   
    •    Sunday, August 8, 2010 at 2:00pm
    •    Sunday, August 8, 2010 at 7:00pm
    •    Friday, August 13, 2010 at 8:00pm
    •    Saturday, August 14, 2010 at 2:00pm
    •    Saturday, August 14, 2010 at 8:00pm   
    •    Sunday, August 15, 2010 at 2:00pm
    •    Sunday, August 15, 2010 at 7:00pm


AUDITIONS

You must call Amber Griswold at 805.667.2912 ext. 230 or email outreach@rubicontheatre.org in order to set up an audition appointment for Theatre Camp, Rubicon Acting Intensive, or Musical Theatre Camp.
Appointments will be assigned on a first come first serve basis. Upon receipt of your audition appointment request a Rubicon representative will contact you to confirm that your appointment has been reserved.
If you are unable to make the scheduled auditions please contact us and we will do our best to accommodate you.
*Auditions for Theatre Camp and Musical Theatre Camp will be held on:
    •    Saturday, April 17, 2010 – 10:00am-6:00pm at the Ventura Center for Spiritual Living.
    •    Sunday, April 18, 2010 – 1:00-6:00pm at the Ventura Center for Spiritual Living.
**Auditions for Rubicon Acting Intensive will be held on:
    •    Thursday, April 15, 2010 – 5:00-9:00pm in the Rubicon Downstairs Rehearsal Room.
    •    Friday, April 16, 2010 – 5:00-9:00pm at the Ventura Center for Spiritual Living.

The Ventura Center for Spiritual Living
101 South Laurel Street, at the corner of South Laurel and Santa Clara Street.
Ventura, CA 93001

 

WHAT TO PREPARE:

    •    Theatre Camp Auditions: Please prepare one monologue OR song of your choice. If you are auditioning with a song be sure to have sheet music in the correct key. An accompanist will be provided for you. You must sing to live music. No Karaoke will be permitted.

    •    Acting Intensive – Macbeth Auditions: Please prepare one SHAKESPERIAN (verse) monologue not to exceed three minutes in length.

    •    Musical Theatre Program – Hello My Baby!: Please prepare a song of your choice that is in the style of the show Hello My Baby!.  You may sing songs from the show.  Be sure to have sheet music in the correct key.  An accompanist will be provided for you.  You must sing to live music.  No Karaoke will be permitted.


For more information or to schedule an audition please contact us at (805) 667-2912, Ext. 230 or email us at outreach@rubicontheatre.org


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To make a donation or to sponsor Rubicon's Education Outreach Programs, please call Brian McDonald at (805) 667-2912 ext. 234.



RTC's CALIFORNIA RUBICON INTERNATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL:



NOTE:  EVERYONE, THIS FESTIVAL WAS RENAMED THE CALIFORNIA INTERNATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL (CITF), AND WAS MOVED TO CALABASSAS IN 2009. THE CITF WEBSITE CAN BE FOUND HERE

 

 

THE RITF PREVIEW SEASON BROCHURE

(Most of this information is also obtained in the information posted just below the brochure pictures)

http://www.rubicontheatre.org/galas/ritf.php

http://www.rift.org/  

 








 

 

 
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dear friends

Three years ago, true to form, Rubicon Theatre Company presented a festival in which esteemed actors and artists from around the world came together to present the entire canon of Samuel Beckett. Among them was Michael Colgan, Artistic Director of Ireland's Gate Theatre. Energized and inspired by the gathering, it was an exhilarating time.

Then it happened. A group of us were at the Bella Maggiore Inn, enjoying the kind of extended conversation that happens with close friends after a wonderful meal. You can see where this is going. Michael said, "This would be the perfect place for an annual international theatre festival." Michael left for Dublin the next day-but that simple statement started to keep us up nights. Beautiful Ventura's splendid outdoor summer activities by day and stimulating theatre by night; what could be better?

Welcome now to the Preview Season of the Rubicon International Theatre Festival. Artists from France, Israel, Ivory Coast, the United Kingdom and Venezuela will tell love stories, confront the emotional ravages of war, dream of the future and offer an infusion of joy.

Please join us this July-it is with you that we can know a more literate, empathic and passionate world community. See you at the Festival!


Linda Purl, Festival Director

 
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cyclone

by Luis Marques
directed by Vagba Obou de Sales
sponsored by Elizabeth Grossman and
The Larson Charitable Foundation
and Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie

Somewhere in Africa a 26-year-old rebel guerilla colonel is held captive in a prison cell. It is the first safe haven he has known since being captured from his village as a child. A court-appointed female attorney unearths the man trapped behind a lifetime of violence. "A piercing face to face encounter played by the two grand actors of the Ivory Coast." -- Le Figaro

Rubicon Theatre, 1006 E. Main Street, Ventura

cyclone

adapted by Oren Neeman
from "Confession" by Yonatan Ben-Nachum
translated by Ami Dayan and Mark Williams
directed and performed by Ami Dayan
sponsored by Shelley and Rick Bayer, Sandra and Jordan Laby and City of Calabasas

In present-day Madrid, an Israeli scholar is detained for stealing a confidential file which tells the story of a Catholic priest and a beautiful young Jewess during the Spanish Inquisition. The priest is required to "purify" the woman. He visits her daily, drawn to her intelligence and charm. Their friendship ultimately becomes an all-consuming love affair. "Dayan is a master." -- Variety

Ventura College Theatre, 4667 Telegraph Road
(7/21 only) Calabasas Civic Center Amphitheatre, 200 Civic Center Way

 
 
cyclone

by Samuel Beckett
directed by Judy Hegarty Lovett
produced by Gare St Lazare Players, Ireland
sponsored by Micheline and Albert Sakharoff and the Irish Arts Council

Internationally renowned for their fresh and accessible interpretations of Beckett's prose, Gare St Lazare presents acclaimed actor Conor Lovett in this new adaptation. The narrator, expelled from the family home upon the death of his father, takes refuge on a bench by a canal. There he meets a woman who takes him home. "One could hardly come up with a better human instrument to intone Samuel Beckett's comic prose than Conor Lovett" -- L.A. Times

Ventura College Studio Theatre, 4667 Telegraph Road

cyclone

directed By Erwan Daourhas
starring Julien Cottereau
winner 2007 Moliere Award - Best Actor
sponsored by Bunnin Automotive

An 11-year veteran of Cirque du Soleil, Cottereau is a virtuoso clown and mime artist who has been likened to Harpo Marx, Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. Imagine-Toi draws us into a special universe populated with astonishing characters performed by the acrobatic, elastic Cottereau, who also creates his own animal sounds and other effects. A wonderful event for all ages! "Fantastic, delirious, amazing, fabulous, incomparable, hilarious, elegant, unique, marvelous, fairy-like, shining, funny..." -- Recalls

co-sponsored by Hogan Family Foundation
étant donnés and French Cultural Services

Ventura College Theatre, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura

 
 
cyclone

musical director Ron Abel
sponsored by Joan Payden and John Scardino
sponsored by Wells Fargo Foundation

London cabaret artist Giselle Wolf sings songs from the heart about love hoped for, won and lost. Her repertoire includes American standards, showtunes, jazz and French favorites. "Giselle Wolf is an interpreter whose consummate skills can deliver these messages of love, joy, sadness, regret, loss and just being human."
-- Glynn MacDonald, Shakespeare's Globe, London

Elk's Lodge, 11 South Ash Street, Ventura

 
 
cyclone

by Gustavo Ott
directed by Lourdes Solarzano
sponsored by Danny Villanueva

From Teatro de las Americas, this hilarious play looks at a young urban husband and wife and their meticulously planned program to have a baby. In the midst of the procedures, each finds that they must deal with "baggage" -- especially when it shows up at their door! In Spanish with supertitles.

Bell Arts Factory, 432 North Ventura Avenue, Ventura

cyclone

Staged by James O'Neil
Special Concert by Stephen Bishop
Sponsored by Barbara Meister and Family

A star-studded evening of international performers that celebrates cross-cultural currents in both words and music with a live concert performance by singer-songwriter Stephen Bishop. Five actors from around the world speak Shakespeare's eternal question "To be or not to be..." in their native tongues accompanied by piano underscoring. A catered reception with international foods and a no-host bar is included with orchestra tickets. Many of RITF's Artistic Advisory Council members will be present for this exciting event. Festive attire suggested.

Majestic Ventura Theatre, 26 South Chestnut Street, Ventura

cyclone
sponsored by Scott and Rachelle Adler


Renowned Kabuki scholar Professor Lon Gordon gives a colorful lecture/demonstration based on historical and personal notes made during his unique three-year apprenticeship with the Grand Kabuki Theatre of Japan.

Elk's Lodge, 11 South Ash Street, Ventura


These selections celebrate Jalaluddin Rumi (1207-1273,) one of humanity's most passionate and exalted mystic poets. His poems are sharp, dazzling, electric messages directly from Rumi's heart to our own, a testament to Love's immensity.

Ventura Book Fair, Crowne Plaza Hotel, 450 East Harbor Blvd., Ventura


Festival apprentices have been immersed over a three-week period in an array of international theatre disciplines. This evening showcases their talents and new discoveries.

time warnerElk's Lodge, 11 South Ash Street, Ventura sponsored by Time Warner Cable


Matinees and Weekdays: $42 * Friday and Saturday nights: $47 * Opening Ceremony: $250, $125, $42
Tu Ternura Molotov: $10
Patron Passport (Premium seating all shows plus Opening Ceremony reception -35% discount): $315
Festival Passport (Seating all shows plus Opening Ceremony reception- 15% discount):$200
Senior 65+ discount: $5 per ticket * Select student matinees: $25
For tickets and information, call 805.667.2900 or visit: www.ritf.org

 

Artistic Advisory Council:
Arvin Brown * Kate Burton * Susan Clark * Martha Coigney * Bruce Davison * Olympia Dukakis
Sheldon Epps * Miguel Ferrer * Peter Goldfarb * Julie Harris * Peter Hunt * Stacy Keach * Joe Mantegna
Donald Margulies * Alfred Molina * Jerry Patch * Roger Rees * Michael Ritchie * Craig Slaight * Tony Taccone
Richard Thomas * George White * Michael York
 

 

 

 
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Please join us for the
OPENING CEREMONY
of the
RUBICON INTERNATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL

sponsored by Southern California Gas Company a Sempra Energy Utility in partnership
with the City of Ventura

A star-studded evening with performances by international artists,  
launching ten days of plays from around the world
featuring...

Oscar ® and Grammy ® Award Nominee
STEPHEN BISHOP
LIVE IN CONCERT

plus the Inaugural presentation of
The Gordon Davidson Award
for Distinguished Creative Contribution to the Art of the Theatre
Honoree: Gordon Davidson

Founding Artistic Director of Center Theatre Group

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Friday, July 18
7:00pm reception        8:00pm performance
Majestic Ventura Theatre, 26 South Chestnut St., Ventura

$250 Patron Seating (includes reception)
$125 Festival Seating (includes reception), $42 Balcony Seating

Tickets (805) 667-2900 or www.ritf.org

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Rubicon International Theatre Festival
2008 PREVIEW SEASON
July 12-27, 2008

Featured Community Preview Event: July 12, 13
Your Molotov Kisses/Tu Ternura Molotov (Venezuelan playwright Gustavo Ott)
a production of Teatro de las Americas of Ventura.
Sponsored by Danny Villanueva

Opening Ceremony
Special Concert by Stephen Bishop July 18
Sponsored by Barbara Meister and the Meister Family Foundation

Eye of the Cyclone (Ivory Coast) July 16-19
Sponsored by Elizabeth Grossman and the Larson Charitable Foundation;
Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie

Conviction (Israel/USA) July 19-21
Sponsored by Shelley and Rick Bayer; Sandra and Jordan Laby; City of Calabasas

First Love (Ireland) July 23-27
Sponsored by Micheline and Albert Sakharoff; Irish Arts Council

Imagine-toi (France) July 24-27
Sponsored by Bunnin Automotive Group; Co-Sponsored by Hogan Family Foundation and French Cultural Services

Cabaret (United Kingdom) Giselle Wolf July 25
Sponsored by Joan Payden; John Scardino

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Festival Tickets (805) 667-2900 or www.ritf.org
Matinees and weekdays $42
Friday and Saturday nights $47
Featured Community Event: Tu Ternura Molotov $10 all seats

Patron Passport $315
Includes premium seating at all shows, including Opening Ceremony with reception - 35% discount.

Festival Passport $200
Includes all shows, and Opening Ceremony with reception/15% discount

(Senior 65 plus discount $5 per ticket and select student matinees $25 - Call Box Office for details.)


 



 

Rubicon International Theatre Festival
In the summer of 2008, as part of the Rubicon Theatre Company's tenth anniversary celebration and continuing commitment to its expansive mission, Ventura, California's "New Art City", will see the launch of an annual, international theatre festival. Situated on the water's edge Ventura is truly a gem of the Pacific Rim, a retreat midst surf, sand and mountains. Join us won't you? Come play, enjoy and celebrate with us the complexities of the human spirit as we strive to stimulate participation in the greater dialogue and thus in the creation of our society's values in a way that only the live theatre can do....  

 

RUBICON INTERNATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL

Mission
To produce an annual festival in Ventura, California which offers a fusion of distinguished international theatre productions and new works created for the festival.

Vision
The festival is a forum where citizens of the world can come together, immerse themselves in multiple productions over a concentrated period of time, and viscerally experience "the road not taken." They savor new adventures, discover new vistas, and examine their perceptions of the human condition. The personal experience of theatre illuminates universal themes and stimulates social dialogue, deepening human connections and fostering greater understanding between individuals and cultures.

Objectives
To create bridges for the advancement of cross-cultural understanding, an imperative in an increasingly fragmented world.

To bring a diverse public into the ambiance and the beautiful setting of Ventura, California, on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, where they will experience the many attractions of the area and the multiple productions of the festival.

To cultivate future generations of engaged and informed citizens through performance, education and outreach programs.

FACILITIES AND VENUES

The Festival will be using numerous sites all within close proximity to Ventura's downtown cultural district. Among them are Ventura's expansive State owned and operated Fairgrounds situated on the water's edge.

Existing Fairground venues
- Pacific Arena, an outdoor rodeo arena with a capacity of 1800.
- Morgan Arena, an outdoor arena with a capacity of 300.
- Fairgrounds Anacapa Hall and San Miguel Hall, two 20,000 square foot buildings ideal for alternative spaces each with a capacity for 400- 500.

In addition there is room for two tents. Full infrastructure is already in place with easy marked access from the 101 freeway. The Amtrak train station is also at the Fairgrounds. We intend to secure the use of the Fairgrounds as an in kind donation from the State.

Within 10-15 minutes walk of the Fairgrounds
- Rubicon Theatre, a 200 seat proscenium theatre and home of the Rubicon Theatre Company
- Majestic Theatre, 900 seat proscenium with cabaret style seating in place

Within ten minutes drive of downtown
- Adobe Olivas, a county run turn of the century Spanish adobe with out door gardens abutting its expansive façade. Capacity 200.
- RITF's ability to present international theatre troops in a setting that takes full advantage of the natural wonders of the farthest West will make our festival distinctive, our identity unique and be a crucial element in our success.

EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY OUTREACH DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY

Education and outreach is a cornerstone of the Festival mission. As such we are strongly committed to providing unique training opportunities for students of all ages through the festival. Our components to achieve this are:

Apprentice Program
This program is comprised of 20 students age I8 and up, who want to expand their theatre education and experience. Lectures are given by visiting Artists and classes taught by Festival Faculty. Apprentices will learn about the different aspects of running a professional theatre company by training in each of the various departments under Festival Staff (props, costumes, box office, scene shop, stage management, etc.) on a rotating basis. As such they will be closely involved in the day-to-day operations.

International Theatre Panel Discussion
Visiting theatre professionals will gather to discuss the place, purpose and responsibility of theatre in our world in two panel discussions. These lively debates will be open to the public.

Theatre Talks
A seminar series open to the public, given by visiting theatre professionals on a variety of topics relating to all aspects of the theatre.

The Celebration Parade
Banners, masks, musical ensembles, giant puppets and floats reflecting the theme of each year's Festival will be created in a workshop under the tutelage of local and international artists. This parade workshop, known as Celebration Headquarters, will host ongoing sessions open to the public in the months leading up to the Parade and Festival. During the spring semester, artists will also be available to mentor the building of parade entries at local schools. These unique entries will be constructed from both found and donated materials and shall exclude the use of motorized vehicles, live animals, words and placards. The Parade will travel Ventura city streets and journey to the Fairgrounds where it will merge with street performers, musicians and Festival booths. Held on the Saturday of opening weekend to the Rubicon International Theatre Festival, it will serve to kick off the season's events.

World class international theatre presentations coupled with the expansive spirit and restorative beauty of the West, Los Angeles adjacent RITF will provide a unique experience and powerful purpose for audience and artist alike. We look forward to seeing you in 2008.

"No impersonal representation of a culture can fully communicate its reality to others who have never known its substance. Through personal relations - our curiosity can be fulfilled by a sense of knowledge, cynicism can give way to trust, and the warmth of human friendship be kindled."
         -- President John F. Kennedy

Founders: Karyl Lynn Burns, James O'Neil, Linda Purl

Festival Director: Linda Purl

Executive Director: M. Edgar Rosenblum

Artistic Advisory Board
Arvin Brown (Former Artistic Director Long Wharf) Kate Burton Martha Coigney (Honorary President ITI) Peter Goldfarb (Vice President ITI International) Julie Harris Peter Hunt Donald Margulies Jerry Patch (Co-Artistic Director Old Globe Theatre/Former Director Sundance Theatre Festival) Roger Rees (Artistic Director Williamstown Theatre Festival) Michael Ritchie(Artistic Director CTG) Craig Slaight (Young Conservatory Director/Associate Artist A.C.T.) Tony Taccone (Artistic Director Berkeley Rep) Richard Thomas George White (Founder Eugene O'Neil Theatre)

We look forward to your joining us in the summer of 2008!  

 

LOCATION

Ventura, California - one hour north of Los Angeles, set along the scenic California coast line.

DATES

 

July 16-27, 2008 - Debut Season

July 9-19, 2009 - Inaugural Season

VENUES

 

Facilities as part of the Ventura County Fairgrounds (2009)
- Pacific Arena
- Anacapa Hall
- San Miguel Hall

Off site facilities:
- Helen Yunker Theatre
- Ventura High School
- Ventura Black Box
- Rubicon Theatre

PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES

France, NEWIreland, NEWIsrael and Ivory Coast

   

 

 

Rubicon International Theatre Festival

Three-Week Intensive
Professional Apprenticeship Program
for Actors
Led by Master Juilliard Faculty & International Artists

The Rubicon International Theatre Festival, led by Artistic Director Linda Purl, presents its Preview Season July 17-27, 2008 in the beautiful beach town of Ventura, California, one-hour north of Los Angeles, offering a powerful fusion of distinguished artists and international productions from across the globe.

The festival unveils its
Professional Apprenticeship Program
this season as well - from July 8-28, 2008.

  • Led by Juilliard Master faculty & world renowned directors Moni Yakim and Mina Yakim
  • From The Leqoc School in Paris & Cal State Northridge & Cal State Channel Islands-Luda Popenhagen and Ron Popenhagen
  • Master of Asian Theatre Styles from the University of Illinois- Lon Gordon
  • With master classes & seminars by international artists from the festival
  • And culminating in a performance for festival attendees & industry professionals

Students and artists invited to apply for this three-week intensive international theatre training program include current undergraduate and graduate students as well as high school students entering their senior year or first year of university theatre training who are looking for advanced training and powerful connections to launch their careers. The program will rigorously explore fundamentals of Acting, and Vocal, & Movement styles including Commedia, Clown, Mask, & Kabuki, From the disciplines of Grotowski, Decroux, Adler, Lecoq, and Shakespeare.

Housing (private rooms) & classes are on the beautiful campus of Cal State University at Channel Islands. Tuition for the 3 week program is $1,950 including housing & breakfast. $1,500 without housing/breakfast. A limited number of scholarships are also available.

Deadline for Applications Extended!

Do You Know:

* An actor who would benefit from working with Juilliard teachers & international artists this summer?
* A talented student actor entering their senior year or graduating high school this spring?
* A college theatre student or graduate student looking for advanced training and powerful connections?

This Apprenticeship Program will give them a great advantage as they launch their careers!

Also seeking volunteers to assist the Apprentice Program and the International Festival in General.

 

For Apprentice Program & Volunteer Info,
contact Joe Peracchio, Associate Producer at (805) 667-2912 ext. 238,
or at jperacchio@rubicontheatre.org

 

Please visit www.RITF.org for more information and application.

Click here to download the application.


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A SPECIAL EVENING TO SUPPORT RITF!

 

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo
and support
RUBICON INTERNATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL

Patron Tequila is Honored to Sponsor:
The Rosarito Beach Cafe's
"20th Reunion Dinner for the Arts"

Chef/Owner Sandy Smith, and the original staff of the former Rosarito Beach Cafe, wishes to extend an invitation to you to join them in celebrating their 20th anniversary.

Twenty years ago, (or close enough), a small, eleven table cafe in the downtown altered the course of dining in Ventura forever. In retrospect, perhaps they were ahead of their time. But now, twenty years later, their focus on regional Mexican cuisine, quality ingredients, and of course, those fresh hand-rolled tortillas make perfect sense. Join the staff of the Rosarito Beach Cafe as they "do it one more time" to benefit the arts.
When: The evening of May 5th - Cinco de Mayo Cocktails 6:30 Dinner at 7:30
Where: Jonathan's at Peirano's, 204 East Main Street
What: A twelve item tasting menu from the original menu,
matched with wine, and of course, it wouldn't be
Rosarito without those tortillas.
Cost: $100.00 per person - advance payment requested. All proceeds benefit The Rubicon International Theater Festival, and Art City.
How: For Reservations, contact Rubicon Box Office at (805) 667-2900. All credit cards accepted.

A Special Thanks to Our Gracious Hosts and
Owners of Jonathan's - Jocelyn and Jason Collis

 

 

 

 

 

RTC's CURRENT THEATRE TRIPS:


Meeting Up with Friends in Vegas

 
Pack your bags, See a show, Meet the stars!

Rubicon is offering three unique getaways over the next few months – adventures that are not available through your travel agent. Our trips, especially designed for theater lovers, will combine rest and relaxation with the excitement of seeing great shows and meeting their performers and creators.

Our first excursion, to Las Vegas, is coming up in just a few weeks. The air-conditioned motor coach – which will also take us around to various locations in Vegas in cool comfort – will leave Aug. 1 and return Aug. 4. We will stay at the luxurious Luxor Hotel and see three shows: Cirque du Soleil’s O at the Bellagio; The Phantom of the Opera at the Venetian; and Monty Python’s Spamalot at Wynn Las Vegas.

We will also meet two of the shows’ performers: Tony Award-winner Anthony Crivello, who sings the title role in Phantom, and Randal Keith, one of the gifted comic actors in the Spamalot ensemble.

The two men have much in common. Both have played the Phantom – Keith starred in the hit musical’s first national tour – and both are familiar faces to Rubicon regulars. Crivello starred in Mating Dance of the Werewolf, while Keith played the Innkeeper and Governor in Man of La Mancha.

The Vegas Phantom, which recently celebrated its first anniversary, is a one-act, 95-minute version of the musical which received strong reviews for both its streamlined script and its star. Las Vegas Weekly praised Crivello’s “powerful pipes,” adding that he creates “a compelling Phantom, his portrayal transcending terror to reach a tenderness that gives the piece its poignancy.”

The show does not stint on production values: Crivello noted in a recent interview that the budget is an astonishing $38 million, and the famous falling chandelier is two stories high. If you worry the love story will get lost amidst the glitz, fear not: Crivello reported that “Something must be going right because some woman at the end of my curtain call last night yelled out, ‘Marry me!’ ”

 

Karyl Lynn Burns, Rubicon’s co-founder, will be our escort.
Cost of the trip is $885 double occupancy; the single-room rate is $1,035.

To reserve a spot, call Amber Landis at (805) 667-2912, ext. 239,
or e-mail her at alandis@rubicontheatre.org.

An Affair in San Diego

If you’re planning to drive down to San Diego and see the Broadway-bound musical A Catered Affair with Faith Prince and Harvey Fierstein, good luck. The show is expected to easily sell out, and the Old Globe Theatre is offering it only to its subscribers.

But you can see the much-anticipated show by joining Rubicon on a two-night trip to San Diego Sept. 28-30. And you’ll get a chance to meet its composer, John Bucchino. His smaller-scale musical It’s Only Life will have its first full production next spring at Rubicon Theatre.

A Catered Affair is an adaptation of a 1956 film starring Bette Davis. Set in the Bronx in the 1950s, it concerns a couple who must decide whether to spend their life savings on a family business or to launch their only daughter's marriage with a lavish catered affair. John Doyle, renowned for his recent Broadway revivals of Sweeney Todd and Company, directs.

We will travel on an air-conditioned motor coach and stay at the historic Hotel del Coronado. Hang around the pool during the day, or enjoy an optional bus trip to beautiful Balboa Park.

 

Rubicon co-founder Karyl Lynn Burns will be our escort.
Cost of the trip is $910 per person double occupancy,
with a single-room rate of $1,356.
Reservations must be made by Sept. 14.

For more information, call Amber Landis at (805) 667-2912, ext. 239,
or e-mail her at alandis@rubicontheatre.org.

 

Join Linda Purl in London

Linda Purl, director of the upcoming Rubicon International Theatre Festival, and Jim O’Neil, Rubicon’s co-founder and Artistic Director, will lead an exclusive group on a theater tour to London and Budapest October 25 through November 4, 2007.

London is a great theater city, of course, and we’ll see four shows there and take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Royal National Theatre. (For lovers of royalty, we’ll also enjoy a private tour of the House of Lords.)

What you may not know is the Hungarian capital, renowned for its beautiful architecture and Roman ruins, is home to 40 theater companies! We will take in several shows and enjoy talks by some of the city’s leading theatre critics and the President of its Theatre Institute.

The cost, including air fare and accommodations in first-class hotels,
is $6,500 double occupancy.

For more information, call Mychelle Dee at (805) 667-2912, ext. 237,
or e-mail her at mdee@rubicontheatre.org.

 

 

 

Europe 2007
Rubicon's International Theatre Tour

You are Invited!

Dear Friends:

Rubicon Theatre Company and Rubicon International Theatre Festival invite you to travel with us to London and Budapest for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

In October of 2007, Linda Purl and James O’Neil of Rubicon will lead a U.S. Delegation to Europe for an exclusive theatre and cultural tour. Delegates will be taken backstage and behind the scenes to encounter European culture head on.

 

Budapest, Hungary

Photo of the Parliament in Budapest, Hungary

Rubicon has been issued a very special invitation from the Theatre Institute of Hungary to travel to Budapest in October of 2007. Boasting Roman ruins, splendors of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and 40 resident theatre companies, it is their keen desire for a Delegation from the US to experience the wonders of their capitol and to attend multiple theatre productions.

The invitation includes private city tours and informative talks from their leading theatre critic and President of the Theatre Institute that will give us a context for our travels both historical and contemporary and a bird’s eye view to the changing landscape in Eastern Europe. Experiencing the cultural crossroads of Budapest this trip will offer an insightful look at life in the heart of Europe.

London, England

In London we will enjoy four great theatrical performances accompanied by illuminating discussions with London’s key theatre figures. We’ll take a behind-the-scenes look at the renowned National Theatre, and we’ll be treated to a private tour of Parliament’s House of Lords by personal invitation of Lord Falkland, Premier Viscount of Scotland.

At deluxe accommodations near the theatre district, we will gather in the morning to critique the play seen the night before and preview the play of the day. In the afternoon, relax or take included theatre-related tours. Final selection of plays will be made closer to our time of departure to ensure seeing the best of what is being offered during our stay.

Experience firsthand the arts advantage and join our Rubicon Delegation as we travel abroad in October of ‘07. We look forward to traveling with you on this international adventure!

Linda Purl & James O’Neil

 

 

Your European Experience

What’s Included

  • Accommodations in first class hotels (or the best available).
  • Prices based on two persons sharing a room with private bath.
  • Bus transfers and luggage handling.
  • Tours as listed in final itineraries.
  • Services of experienced tour directors and local guides.
  • Pre-trip information.
  • Plenty of relaxation

What’s Not Included

  • Airfare from your home to the starting point of the program and back home at the end of the program. Our recommended travel professionals will be glad to assist you in making your air reservations.
  • Elective trips are not on our announced itinerary. Should you decide not to take part in any of our scheduled features, we will not be able to offer you a refund.
  • Passport and visa fees.
  • All personal items and other items not specifically mentioned as included in the itineraries.
  • Personal travel insurance, which we consider essential to protect you in case you need to cancel your program participation or to cover medical treatment and emergency evacuation when you are abroad.

 

 

The Particulars

Accessibility/Mobility

Once we have a frank assessment of your needs, we will be glad to work with our hosts to find out what aspects of the program would be accessible to you and what you may have to forgo. We can also attempt to find out what special accommodations might be arranged for you at additional cost. Please call to make an inquiry. Anyonerequiring extraordinary assistance must be accompanied by someone who can and will provide such aid.

Single Travelers

A limited number of single spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis for an additional fee. We welcome with enthusiasm those who wish to travel alone. Our staff will make every effort possible to incorporate each participant into the life of the group. We provide some assistance to single travelers who want to share accommodations.

Physical Requirements

In order to fully enjoy the trip, we recommend that all participants be in good mental and physical health. Activity level will be moderate, involving walking and stair climbing.

 

 

Make Your Arrangements

Tour Costs

Details and prices in this invitation are based on information available as of June 15. They are subject to change. Please note that all prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Space is limited. 20-30 member Rubicon Delegation travel fee $6,500 (includes a $1,000 tax-deductible donation to Rubicon International Theatre Festival).

Reservations

Reservations for Rubicon Delegation 2007 are now being accepted and honored in order of receipt. Use the attached form.

A provisional deposit of $750 per person per program, submitted with the attached reservation form, reserves a place. If you make a provisional deposit, we will automatically send you the detailed brochure as soon as it is available. Deposits are provisional, pending your acceptance of the final brochure terms. Balance of payment is due on receipt of final invoice, 90 days prior to departure.

Mail the attached registration form with a deposit of $750 per person to Rubicon International Theatre Festival, 1006 E. Main Street, Ventura, CA 93001. Or Fax your reservations with your credit card information to our office at (805) 667-2903.

Or call (805) 667-2900 to charge your deposit on your credit card during regular business hours Monday – Friday, 10:00 – 5:00 pm PST.

To reserve on the Web, go to www.rubicontheatre.org and then go to the Web page for the program.

Cancellations and Refunds

The provisional deposit is 100% refundable until the final program brochure is mailed. Once you have received the final brochure, you will have two weeks to cancel. After that time, you will be subject to cancellation policies governing program. Trip cancellation insurance is available for all programs and is highly recommended. Our recommended travel professionals will be glad to assist you in acquiring appropriate travel insurance.

 

Europe 2007
October 25th - November 4th

Registration Form

Passenger One, Name (as on your passport)              Passenger Two, Name (as on your passport)


Address (Passenger One)                                           Address (Passenger Two)



Phone Number                                                            Email


Dietary Needs Room Preference


Other Special Needs


Emergency Contact (Name & Phone)


 

Please send this form with your $1500 ($750 per person) refundable deposit to
RITF, 1006 E. Main Street, Ventura, CA 93001

Credit cards accepted ~ Travel insurance is highly recommended.
Questions? Call Mychele Dee at (805) 667-2912 ext. 237 E-mail: mdee@rubicontheatre.org

* Air flights are not included in the package. Please contact Susan Holden at ProTravel International, Inc.
(310) 271-9566 susan.holden@protravelinc.com, if you need help arranging your flights.

 

 

LAS VEGAS 

 Meeting Up with Friends
Pack your bags, See a show, Meet the stars! in Vegas

Rubicon is offering three unique getaways over the next few months - adventures that are not available through your travel agent. Our trips, especially designed for theater lovers, will combine rest and relaxation with the excitement of seeing great shows and meeting their performers and creators.

Our first excursion, to Las Vegas, is coming up in just a few weeks. The air-conditioned motor coach - which will also take us around to various locations in Vegas in cool comfort - will leave Aug. 1 and return Aug. 4. We will stay at the luxurious Luxor Hotel and see three shows: Cirque du Soleil's O at the Bellagio; The Phantom of the Opera at the Venetian; and Monty Python's Spamalot at Wynn Las Vegas.

We will also meet two of the shows' performers: Tony Award-winner Anthony Crivello, who sings the title role in Phantom, and Randal Keith, one of the gifted comic actors in the Spamalot ensemble.

The two men have much in common. Both have played the Phantom - Keith starred in the hit musical's first national tour - and both are familiar faces to Rubicon regulars. Crivello starred in Mating Dance of the Werewolf, while Keith played the Innkeeper and Governor in Man of La Mancha.

The Vegas Phantom, which recently celebrated its first anniversary, is a one-act, 95-minute version of the musical which received strong reviews for both its streamlined script and its star. Las Vegas Weekly praised Crivello's "powerful pipes," adding that he creates "a compelling Phantom, his portrayal transcending terror to reach a tenderness that gives the piece its poignancy."

The show does not stint on production values: Crivello noted in a recent interview that the budget is an astonishing $38 million, and the famous falling chandelier is two stories high. If you worry the love story will get lost amidst the glitz, fear not: Crivello reported that "Something must be going right because some woman at the end of my curtain call last night yelled out, 'Marry me!' "

Karyl Lynn Burns, Rubicon's co-founder, will be our escort.
Cost of the trip is $885 double occupancy; the single-room rate is $1,035.

To reserve a spot, call Amber Landis at (805) 667-2912, ext. 239,
or e-mail her at
alandis@rubicontheatre.org. 

 

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An Affair in San Diego

If you're planning to drive down to San Diego and see the Broadway-bound musical A Catered Affair with Faith Prince and Harvey Fierstein, good luck. The show is expected to easily sell out, and the Old Globe Theatre is offering it only to its subscribers.

But you can see the much-anticipated show by joining Rubicon on a two-night trip to San Diego Sept. 28-30. And you'll get a chance to meet its composer, John Bucchino. His smaller-scale musical It's Only Life will have its first full production next spring at Rubicon Theatre.

A Catered Affair is an adaptation of a 1956 film starring Bette Davis. Set in the Bronx in the 1950s, it concerns a couple who must decide whether to spend their life savings on a family business or to launch their only daughter's marriage with a lavish catered affair. John Doyle, renowned for his recent Broadway revivals of Sweeney Todd and Company, directs.

We will travel on an air-conditioned motor coach and stay at the historic Hotel del Coronado. Hang around the pool during the day, or enjoy an optional bus trip to beautiful Balboa Park.

Rubicon co-founder Karyl Lynn Burns will be our escort.
Cost of the trip is $910 per person double occupancy,
with a single-room rate of $1,356.
Reservations must be made by Sept. 14.

For more information, call Amber Landis at (805) 667-2912, ext. 239,
or e-mail her at
alandis@rubicontheatre.org. 

 

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WINNIPEG, CANADA

Please join us in April, 2006

when

Miss Daisy Drives to Canada!


The Rubicon Theatre will be escorting interested patrons on a special trip to our sister theatre company, the Winnipeg Theatre Company in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada from April 17-April 23, 2006.

Be there when Rubicon's award-winning original production of Driving Miss Daisy opens on April 22, 2006. The cast and Rubicon co-founders Karyl Lynn Burns and Jim O'Neil will be on hand to greet us!

Besides our visit to the Manitoba Theatre Company, highlights of this action-packed week will include a performance of "The Marriage of Figaro" opera, a private tour of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet during a rehearsal, visits to all the historic sites of Winnipeg and sumptuous dining. Tours will include the St. Boniface Museum, Manitoba Museum, McPhillips Street Casino, Millennium Express, Circle of Life Thunderbird House where we will learn about the largest urban Aboriginal communities in Canada, and a special  Ukrainian feast with lavish entertainment.

You'll also have free time to sample the shopping, art galleries and the dazzling array of fine restaurants. Complete orientation materials and recommendations will be provided.

Accommodations will be at the beautiful Fort Garry Hotel in the heart of Winnipeg and will include a complimentary full breakfast each morning. The hotel features a wonderful spa for optional extra pampering.

Air travel will be on United Airlines via Los Angeles to Chicago and then Winnipeg outbound. The returning flight will fly via Winnipeg to Denver and then Los Angeles.

Round-trip coach transfer from Ventura to LAX will be included and from Winnipeg to the Fort Garry Hotel.

PLEASE NOTE: YOU MUST HAVE A VALID U.S. PASSPORT TO TRAVEL TO CANADA.

Because of a favorable exchange rate between the U.S. and Canadian dollar, we can offer you this memorable trip for only $2050 double occupancy or $2300 single occupancy. (This includes a tax-deductible donation.)

 

Here's What's You'll Get:

    • Round trip coach transportation between Ventura and LAX
    • Round trip coach transportation between Winnipeg Airport and Fort Garry Hotel
    • Round-trip airfare on United Airlines. (Please note - there are no direct flights to Winnipeg. One plane change will be required)
    • Insider's Tour of the Manitoba Theatre Company
    • Attendance at Driving Miss Daisy's Opening Night on April 20th
    • Attendance at a Manitoba Theatre Company youth production
    • Attendance at "The Marriage of Figaro" opera
    • A private behind-the-scenes tour of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet by a ballet alumnus and attendance at a rehearsal of "Swan Lake"
    • A guided city tour through the historic Manitoba sites
    • Tour of the St. Boniface Museum with afternoon high tea served by costumed interpreters
    • Tour of the Manitoba Museum
    • Tour of the McPhillips Street Station Casino
    • Visit to the multi-media theatre the Millennium Express
    • Tour of the Circle of Life Thunderbird House, a place of spiritual recognition and fulfillment based on the culture and values of Canadian Aboriginal peoples.
    • A farewell party featuring a Ukrainian dinner and entertainment at the Club Regent Casino.
    • Full breakfasts each morning at the Fort Garry Hotel

Reservations required with full payment by: February 10, 2006!

Please contact: Diana Dunbar, Development Director at 805-667-2912 ext. 248 or e-mail her at:  ddunbar@rubicontheatre.org for further information and a complete, detailed itinerary.

LEAVE THE DETAILS TO US!

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS RESERVE NOW!

DON'T MISS THIS FABULOUS TASTE OF WINNIPEG!

  

UPDATE:  5/16/04

Hey Everyone!  GUESS who attended the Driving Miss Daisy Gala on 4/10/04???  Check out the pictures below!  Unfortunately, I can't tell you is in all of these pictures with him, but doesn't he look wonderful?

 


Teddie with Steve & Cynde Magidson

With Chris Reynnolds

Photos courtesy of Steve & Cynde Magidson (steve_magidson@consultant.com) and RTC.


UPDATE:  4/19/04
:


Today I received this great news via e-mail from Karyl Lynn:

 

Critically Acclaimed Production of Driving Miss Daisy Featuring Emmy® Award-Winning Actress Michael Learned Extends Run at Rubicon Theatre

 

Ventura, California  - Rubicon Theatre Company's critically acclaimed production of Alfred Urhy's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Driving Miss Daisy, originally slated to close May 9, will extend for five additional performances -- through Saturday, May 15, 2004. Performances for the final week are Wednesday at 7 pm, Thursday through Saturday at 8 pm, with a matinee on Saturday at 2 pm. There is no Sunday performance. All performances are at Rubicon Theatre Company, 1006 E. Main Street  in Ventura's Downtown Cultural District. For tickets call (805) 667-2900. Mention this e-mail to receive $2 off per ticket (may not be combined with other offers).

 

Critics Rave

"Talented actors drive Miss Daisy. . . subtle, engaging performances... " hailed the Los Angeles Times.

 

The Ventura County Star proclaimed, "Get yourself down to The Laurel in downtown Ventura to see a superb interpretation of this memorable play."

 

"Sensitively directed...first-rate. . . a mini-masterpiece...Ms. Learned does marvelous work," states the Santa Barbara News Press.

 

"My heart is still fluttering from the beauty and impact of this flawless production," writes the reviewer from The Tolucan Times, "a mind expanding, highly rewarding, unforgettable experience....mesmerizing. The thunderous applause and standing ovation could have been felt in Los Angeles!"

 

Driving Miss Daisy chronicles the twenty-five year relationship between a wealthy, sharp-tongued Jewish widow and her soft-spoken black chauffer. Set in the South beginning in 1948, this exquisitely crafted play is a poignant and humorous testament to friendship between people from contrasting worlds.

 

Under the direction of Rubicon Artistic Director James O'Neil, the cast features four-time Emmy® Award-winning actress Michael Learned as Daisy Werthan. Ms. Learned is often recognized for her series work as Olivia Walton on the much-lauded TV series "The Waltons" and as the star of the series "Nurse." Lance Nichols, who last appeared at Rubicon in The Boys Next Door, plays Hoke Coleburn, the black chauffer who befriends Daisy. Rounding out the cast, playing Daisy's son Boolie, is Eric Lange. Mr. Lange recently appeared as Mitch in Rubicon's acclaimed production of A Streetcar Named Desire.

 

Rubicon Theatre Company's production of Driving Miss Daisy takes place during the 50th Anniversary Year of Brown Versus the Board of Education, the Supreme Court decision that mandated public school desegregation. The production also takes place near the 50th anniversary of seamstress Rosa Parks' refusal to give up her seat on a bus to a white person.

 

Says O'Neil, "This production is a potent reminder of several landmark events in the history of the civil rights movement. However the play's great power is that it is also a very personal story, about how racial prejudices (and differences of religion and age) are overcome over time through friendship."

 

Driving Miss Daisy opens Saturday, April 10 and continues through Saturday, May 15, 2004. Regular ticket prices are $30 to $45, depending on the performance, with discounts for groups, seniors, students and military. For tickets or information, call Rubicon Theatre Company (805) 667-2900, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays (Visa, Mastercard and American Express accepted.) Rubicon Theatre Company is in residence at The Laurel, located at 1006 E. Main St., Ventura, CA  93001 (corner of Laurel and Main) in Ventura's Downtown Cultural District.

 

Rubicon Theatre Company is Ventura's premiere non-profit professional theatre company.  Founded in 1998 by James O'Neil and Karyl Lynn Burns, the mission of the company is to present a diverse season of classic and contemporary comedies, dramas and musicals for the entertainment, enrichment and education of residents and visitors to the region. Rubicon Theatre Company performs in the intimate 200-seat theatre Laurel, a renovated church originally built in the 1920s. Rubicon was declared the "anchor" of Ventura's Downtown Cultural District by City Council proclamation.

 

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RTC'S FUNDRAISERS

 

 

The Dramatic Dames Calendar!!!

http://www.vcstar.com/news/2009/nov/29/its-a-date/

http://www.vcstar.com/photos/2009/nov/27/80935/


Photo courtesy of Jeanne Tanner Photography

Merle DiVita is Nurse Ratched and a sheet-covered Joseph Fuqua is McMurphy in the 2010 Dramatic Dames Calendar’s February depiction of the play “One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest.” Organized as a fundraiser for Rubicon Theatre Company in Ventura, it features members of the volunteer auxiliary Grandes Dames.

 

With a passion for the arts, some give their all in new calendars

It's a date

When the going gets tough, the tough get naked.

Prodded by stripped-to-the-bone budgets, supporters of the arts in Ventura County have taken off the gloves — and the shirts, pants and assorted unmentionables — to help. The results are two calendars for 2010 that feature local residents posing in the buff.

The Dramatic Dames Calendar is the inaugural effort of the Grandes Dames, the volunteer auxiliary of the Rubicon Theatre Company in Ventura.

It features members of the fundraising group wearing little more than smiles and carefully placed props as they interpret scenes from plays staged by the professional theater troupe.


Merle DiVita is Nurse Ratched and a sheet-covered Joseph Fuqua is McMurphy in the 2010 Dramatic Dames Calendar’s February depiction of the play “One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest.” Organized as a fundraiser for Rubicon Theatre Company in Ventura, it features members of the volunteer auxiliary Grandes Dames.

Photo courtesy of Jeanne Tanner Photography

Merle DiVita is Nurse Ratched and a sheet-covered Joseph Fuqua is McMurphy in the 2010 Dramatic Dames Calendar’s February depiction of the play “One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest.” Organized as a fundraiser for Rubicon Theatre Company in Ventura, it features members of the volunteer auxiliary Grandes Dames.

“A couple of years ago, we did a cookbook of the Grandes Dames’ favorite recipes. Last year, the project was cases of wine with show posters as the labels. This just seemed like a fun way to continue the theme,” said Grandes Dames President Wendy Gillett.

The Men of Ojai Calendar for 2010 is an all-new version of one last produced in 2007, said Demitri Corbin, director of what is now called the Ojai Calendar Project.

“In the beginning, it was a protest, a way of bringing awareness to the need for the city of Ojai to reinstate the arts grants it had discontinued during an earlier financial crisis,” he said.

But the inspiration to actually create the black-and-white calendar of images by photographer Attasalina Dews was a lot more colorful than that sounds, Corbin admitted.

“I was at Movino Wine Bar one night and asked some friends, ‘Would you pose nude for a good cause?’ And people said, ‘Sure!’ A few weeks passed and I forgot about it. Then a friend asked, ‘What’s going to happen with the calendar, man?’”

The selection of models was more complicated than merely finding local men willing to show some skin, he said.

Volunteers were asked to fill out an application listing their interests, then to undergo face-to-face interviews with Corbin on the topic of the calendar theme, which this year is “freedom.”

Finalists then were selected by the cheekily named Council of Fabulousness, a group of women with ties to the arts in Ventura County.

“It’s not just about looks; it’s about who makes real contributions to the community,” said Corbin.

This year, the project comes full circle with the inclusion of Movino manager and Ojai Art Center Theater producer Billy Wilds, who is featured striking what is, for the calendar, a rare indoors pose: reading on his couch at home.

In the spirit of the 2003 Helen Mirren film “Calendar Girls,” women willing to appear in the Dramatic Dames project were asked to put their names into a bucket for selection by drawing. Winners of the drawing were then paired with what Gillett considered “iconic” plays from Rubicon’s history.

They include former Ventura Mayor Rosa Lee Measures in a depiction of the William Inge play “Bus Stop,” certified financial planner Merle DiVita as Nurse Ratched from “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” and octogenarian Realtor Helen Yunker — her hair loosened from its usual bun — as Blanche DuBois in a tableau from “A Streetcar Named Desire.”

The calendar’s images were shot on the Rubicon stage by photographer Jeanne Tanner during a single, busy week in October, between performances of “Daddy Long Legs.” The women did their own hair and makeup and in some cases brought their props.

“When you see them, you really get the sense that these are gorgeous, confident women who felt the importance of taking it off for charity,” said Gillett. “We loved doing it, and would consider doing it again.”

Dramatic Dames 2010: The calendar produced by the Grandes Dames as a fundraiser for Rubicon Theatre Co. in Ventura will debut at the group’s luncheon and boutique from 11:30 a.m. Dec. 7 at the Courtyard by Marriott in Oxnard, 600 E. Esplanade Drive. It also is available by calling Rubicon development coordinator Amber Landis at 667-2912, ext. 237. Cost is $20 for advance orders, $25 after Dec. 7.

 

http://www.vcreporter.com/cms/story/detail/a_tale_of_two_calendars/7475/


A tale of two calendars

The yin and yang of local arts fundraising

By Michel Cicero 12/10/2009

Two calendars, two causes, both genders, all nude. Forget the puppies, astrology, Twilight and lighthouses calendars at the mall kiosk this year. Depending on your sexual preference (and other associated fetishes) there are but two choices (excluding the other locally focused calendars currently in stores): Hot Dames 2010 and Men of Ojai 2010.

Hot Dames, a product of Rubicon Theatre Company’s 


                                                      Photo by: Jeanne Tanner
Grande Dames fundraising auxiliary is a full-color racy spread featuring high profile mature women posing as characters from productions past wearing little more than a prop or two. Tastefully photographed by Jeanne Tanner, the women — who include former deputy mayor Rosa Lee Measures, arts patron Sandra Laby and community icon Helen Yunker — bared all to raise money for the award-winning theatre company.

Brave as it would appear for women of a certain age to show their stuff, Seana Sesma, owner of The Wine Rack in Ventura, says all who participated are hams at heart, spending hundreds of dollars in a $20 per ticket drawing, for a chance to pose for the calendar.

That’s not to say the experience was without its challenges. “The biggest thing was letting go and being OK,” says Sesma. One of the women recently battled breast cancer and wanted women to know you can still be beautiful naked, post-mastectomy. Another woman, at 70 seized the opportunity to purchase her first thong undergarment. Helen Yunker, 88 years old and a fixture at Ventura City Council meetings for more than a decade, let down her hair for the occasion to “portray” Blanche Dubois from A Streetcar Named Desire.

Sandra Laby, who posed as Dulcinea from Man of La Mancha said she was “overjoyed” when plans for the “Calendar Girls” project was announced at a Grande Dames meeting. In retrospect, Laby, who says she would do almost anything for the Rubicon, would have preferred to have done the shoot with a drink in her belly. “It was a little scary, but the feelings that all of us had actually helped us through the group pictures. We could all feel the uneasiness that we all shared. We did lots of laughing almost like a group of school children.”

Rosa Lee Measures agreed that the shared experience was bonding. “It has been a lot of fun and has created an amazing camaraderie among a group of great volunteers,” she said.

While the women of the Rubicon withstood the bright lights of the stage sans apparel, the Men of Ojai endured elements with nary a prop to benefit arts education for children in Ojai. The Men of Ojai calendar, first created in 2007, is the brainchild of theater instructor Demetri Corbin, who originally tossed the idea around as a joke. “I started asking friends if they’d pose nude for a good cause, and people said yes,” he mused. Corbin assembled a group of female friends officially and affectionately known as the Council of Fabulousness to judge the male calendar contenders. The men were expected to have strong connections to the community and asked to give a personal definition of freedom. The result was a dozen or so men ranging in age and ethnicity but sharing a quality that Grande Dame Seanna Sesma described as “delicious.” Photographed in black and white by Attasalina Dews and Bobbi Bennett, the images are provocative and artistic, showing the men on location in and around Ojai doing what they do in their “free” time.

Nudity is not unheard of in Ojai where hot springs and other natural attractions invite it, but according to Corbin, once upon a time, it was much more public. “Everyone was nude — little kids, old people.” Even the statue at Libbey Bowl, which has since been replaced, was nude. Sometime in the 80s, he says, the attitude changed and a more buttoned up mentality took over the bucolic valley.

Corbin’s hope is that the calendar will raise much needed funds for arts education in Ojai but he’d also like it to raise a few, um, eyebrows.    

The Hot Dames calendar is available for $25 at the Rubicon Theatre and the Wine Rack in Ventura. The women will be signing calendars at the Wine Rack on Wednesday, Dec. 16 from 6:30-8 p.m. The Men of Ojai calendar is available for $25 at Soultonic in Ventura, at various stores in Ojai and at www.menofojai.com

michel@vcreporter.com


Broadway Cabaret

Broadway Cabaret
May 16, 2010

Information TICKETS
 Reserved Seats: $85 (includes $50 is tax-deductible
 donation)
 Rubicon Subscribers: $75 (includes $40 tax-deductible donation)
 Gold Coin Club Members: Free

      BUY TODAY
      CALL (805) 667-2900

     WHEN

       Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.

     WHERE

       Rubicon Theatre Company
       1006 East Main Street
       Ventura, CA 93001


Spend a glorious Sunday evening listening to the world-class talents of Phantom of the Opera stars Teri Bibb and Davis Gaines as they perform for one-night-only, singing duets and solos by many of their favorite composers, including Lerner and Loewe, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and others.

As a grand finale, Teri and Davis will sing several of the numbers they performed together onstage in Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber’s masterpiece.

A reception with food and drink inspired by the “French opera house” setting of Phantom will follow after the concert, where you will also have the opportunity to meet the performers.
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Hosted by the Grandes Dames Volunteer Auxiliary
Chaired by Penny Barnds and Kathie Hira

Sponsors 
Patti and Dick Brotherton
 Kathie Hira
 Barbara Meister - Barber Automotive Group
 Lori and Dr. Richard Reisman
     Jan and Hal Wasserman

    Ventura County Star
    Media Sponsor
    Goldcoast Broadcasting
    Media Sponsor

 

The Phantasmagorial Variety Show

Join Rubicon on April 18th for
"The Phantasmagorical Variety Show"
starring Lorna Luft

For more about Lorna Luft
and her hit show,
"Songs My Mother Taught Me," a tribute to her mother, the great
Judy Garland, please visit www.lornaluft.com
 

Hosted by
Geraldine Hughes

 

Starring
Lorna Luft

Friday April 18th, 2008
7:00 p.m. Preshow Reception
7:30 Curtain

The evening will held at the
Majestic Ventura Theatre
located at 26 South Chestnut Street

$30 for non-reserved balcony seats ($45 at the door)
$65 for VIP premium floor seats ($75 at the door)

Seats Going Fast!
Purchase Tickets NOW!

 

On March 17, 2008, Rubicon kicked-off its annual Education and Outreach Campaign which will run through April 30, 2008. The goal of the campaign is to raise $130,000 in funds for youth programs, including student matinees, acting and playwriting classes, the young playwrights' festival and summer youth camps in musical theatre, drama and production. These programs over the years have served over 40,000 students in Ventura County. Many of these students who participate in these programs are able to do so because of the financial assistance Rubicon offers in the way of full and partial scholarships.

We hope that you will join us in supporting this great cause by purchasing tickets to our main event: The Sensationally Spectacular, Musically Magnificent, Hilariously Hysterical, Phantasmagorical Variety Show featuring fantastic musical entertainment, singers, dancers, circus acts and local talent paired with professional performers.

It is going to be an amazing celebration that will allow Rubicon's youth programs to thrive and grow so that all young artists of tomorrow can to shine today. Hope you can join us!

If you are unable to make the event and but would still like to make a contribution please contact Development and Community Relations Director Mychele Dee at 805.667.2912 ext. 237.

 

 

RTC's THE BROADWAY BALL:

 

SAVE THE DATE

Come fly with us to 1940s Broadway!

Rubicon Theatre Company Presents
The Broadway Ball

Saturday, September 16, 2006
Starts at 6:00 p.m.
Ronald Reagan Library
AIR FORCE ONE PAVILION

Attire: 1940s or black tie

More information to come!

 

 

SAVE THE DATE

Come fly with us to 1940s Broadway!

Rubicon Theatre Company Presents
The Broadway Ball

Saturday, September 16, 2006
Starts at 6:00 p.m.
Ronald Reagan Library
AIR FORCE ONE PAVILION

Attire: 1940s or black tie

More information to come!

Rubicon's Broadway Ball is ONLY ONE WEEK AWAY!
Call Diana Dunbar at (805) 667-2912, ext. 248 to Reserve!

Last Chance to Order Tickets for our Annual Gala
at the Reagan Library in the Air Force One Pavilion!

On Saturday, September 16, 2006 6:00 P.M. Black Tie or 40's Dress

Patrons tell us they wouldn't miss our annual gala for anything! This year's nog event includes dinner, dancing, a live and silent auction, and entertainment that is always first-rate and filled with surprises! If you haven't made your reservations yet, call now! Don't miss the social event of the season, Rubicon Theatre Company's Broadway Ball.

LATE-BREAKING ADDITIONS TO THE ENTERTAINMENT LINE-UP!

JULIE DIXON JACKSON, KIRSTEN CHANDLER BENTON, BETS MALONE and KIM HUBER, Stars of the upcoming hit musical The Marvelous Wonderettes (amazing four-part harmony and hilarity a la Forever Plaid!), have just joined the entertainment line-up!

Our headliner is Las Vegas crooner BRIAN DUPREY, singing a fabulous set of songs from the 40's and 50's made famous by FRANK SINATRA.

MORA'S MODERN RHYTHMISTS will be providing Big Band dance music.

The gorgeous CATE CAPLIN, a champion ballroom dancer and the choreographer for Rubicon's upcoming Man of La Mancha, will offer a glorious dance demonstration with her partner GARY FRANCO.

The evening also includes an elegant dinner provided by KIRK MEMOLI and COMMAND PERFORMANCE CATERING, a tour of AIR FORCE ONE and more!

BOOK YOUR TICKET TO THE AMAZING BROADWAY BALL!
Space is filling up fast for this thrilling black tie event! Hurry and get your reservations and payment in to Diana Dunbar at 805-667-2912 ext. 248.

 

Background on our Stellar Performers!

About Brian Duprey...

If you like Harry Connick, Jr. or Michael Buble, you'll love Brian Duprey. He's a modern day crooner with a rich baritone voice reminiscent of Frank Sinatra. BRIAN has performed at various hotels on the Las Vegas strip including the Bellagio, Mirage, MGM Grand, Venetian, Caesars Palace, Mandalay Bay, and more.

You may have seen Brian Duprey on FOX TV's Performing As, where Brian won $20,000 portraying his idol, Frank Sinatra. Talent judge Damon Elliott (music producer of Beyonce and Jessica Simpson) was blown away the first time he saw Brian perform. He said "it was like watching 'Young Blue Eyes' perform." Television viewers agreed and thousands flocked to FOX's website to talk about Duprey's uncanny vocal similarity .


About Dean Mora and Mora's Modern Rhythmists

"...Mora and his Rhythmists deserve an enormous amount of
credit for reminding us that classic 20th century jazz and swing
deserve to be heard, appreciated and preserved with the same care and consideration accorded to..
.classical music."
-- Los Angeles Times

"This band swings with enough pep, vim and verve to
whip the gang at the DMV into a frenzy!

-- Atomic Magazine

 

Mora's Modern Rhythmists was formed in 1994 by Dean Mora (Ovation Award-Winning Musical Director of Rubicon's Lady Macbeth Sings the Blues, Jacques Brel and Side by Side by Sondheim). Dean's band got their first break in 1997, when they played the world-famous Derby nightclub, playing there regularly for the next three years, and prompting legions of dancers to rediscover some of the dance steps popular during this period, such as the Shag, the Balboa, and the Charleston.

Since then, the band has played at such venues as The Hollywood Palladium, The Avalon Casino Ballroom (Catalina Island), the legendary Blossom Room of The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, the historic Biltmore Hotel and Argyle Hotel, the Wilshire Ebell Club, The Orpheum Theatre, The Jazz Bakery and The Queen Mary. Special events include the Los Angeles Conservancy's Last Remaining Seats series, the Art Deco Society's 1929 Wall St. Crash Bash and Speakeasy Soiree, the premiere party of A&E Network's The Great Gatsby, as well as numerous corporate and private functions.  In the summer of 2001, Mora's Modern Rhythmists had the honor of performing at Lincoln Center in New York City as part of their Midsummer Night Swing dance series. Other clients have included Toyota, Pacific Bell, The Los Angeles Master Chorale and Steven Spielberg.

The band has also participated in music festivals, such as the Sweet and Hot Classic Jazz Festival, the SoCal Jazzfest and the Dixieland-By-The-Sea Festival.

In the concert arena, Mora's Modern Rhythmists presented an all-Duke Ellington program at the Balcony Theatre in Pasadena as part of the Pasadena Jazz Institute's Tribute to The Masters concert series, as well as being the starring ensemble in Chuck Cecil Presents..., which was held at the Performing Arts Center of Cal State, Northridge.

Mora's Modern Rhythmists has released 5 CDs to date, including My Favorite Band, Mr. Rhythmist Goes to Town, Call of the Freaks, Goblin Market, and Devil's Serenade, their first all-1920s album.


The Marvelous Wonderettes is a cotton-candy colored, non-stop pop musical blast-from-the-past! Featuring favorite songs from the '50s and '60s, The Marvelous Wonderettes are four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts and voices to match! The Marvelous Wonderettes is a must-take musical trip down memory lane!

 

 

KIRSTEN CHANDLER (Cindy Lou) is perhaps best known for re-creating the role of Magenta in the award-winning revival of The Rocky Horror Show (starring David Arquette). Other national tour and regional credits include the critically-acclaimed west coast premiere of The Wild Party (Madelaine True), Ragtime (Evelyn Nesbit), The Scarlet Pimpernel (Marguerite), I Love You You're Perfect Now Change (Woman 1), Sweet Charity (Charity), Into the Woods (Baker's Wife), Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey), Jacques Brel... the title role in The Baker's Wife, the title role in the world premiere of Lulu, the west coast premiere of Last Easter (Joy), and a lot of flops she'd rather not mention. When she isn't onstage, Kirsten can be found in the recording studio; she provides the singing voice of Pocahontas for Disney's World on Ice, radio, and television, can be heard as Princess Daria in the animated feature, Princess and the Pea, and voicing the ballad "Love Will Lead You Home" in the upcoming animated feature, The Velveteen Rabbit. Kirsten and her dear husband Stan Chandler perform often as a team, and have headlined at New York's Town Hall, Disney Hall (with the California Philharmonic), and in many other prestigious venues. Together, the two have released their own debut album entitled A Quiet Thing, which received rave reviews from The Los Angeles Times, Variety and Playbill.

KIM HUBER (Missy) starred on Broadway as "Belle" in Disney's Beauty and the Beast  (and originated the National Tour). Other Broadway credits include Sunset Blvd (with Glenn Close) and Marie Christine, both Original Broadway Casts. Her portrayal of "Nellie Collins" in the National Tour of Adam Guettel's Floyd Collins earned her both Barrymore and Jeff Award Nominations for Best Actress. Los Angeles audiences have seen her in the West Coast Regional Premieres of: The Last Five Years (Cathy), The Spitfire Grill (Shelby) both at the Laguna Playhouse, The Scarlett Pimpernel (Marguerite) at Performance Riverside and Saturday Night (Helen) with MTG. Favorite Roles include: Phantom (Christine), Chess (Florence), Good News! (Connie) and its 1993 cast album, Pippin (Catherine), Children of Eden (Eve/Mama Noah), Seven Brides... (Milly), and The Sound of Music (Maria) for the 5th Ave Theatre in Seattle opposite her 6 year old daughter, Paige, as "Gretl".  Kim can be heard as the singing voice of "Sleeping Beauty" on "THE DISNEY PRINCESS CHRISTMAS ALBUM" on Disney Records, and is a proud member of the Musical Theatre Guild.

JULIE DIXON JACKSON (Betty Jean) was co-recipient of the Ovation and Garland Award for her performance as Daisy Hilton in the LA premiere of Side Show . She spent a year on the National Tour of Jesus Christ Superstar and was most recently seen as Agnes in I Do, I Do at the Pasadena Playhouse where she also starred in Side by Side by Sondheim .  Within this last year she was seen as Sadie in I Love a Piano (Musical Theatre West) and Mae in LaChiusa's The Wild Party (Blank Theatre). Other favorite roles: Eva in Evita, Sally in Cabaret , Marta in Company, Red Riding Hood in Into the Woods, Lucy in You're A Good Man Charlie Brown, Lizzie in Baby and Anne in La Cage Aux Folles. Recent TV: "E.R.," "Everybody Hates Chris" and "Jimmy Kimmel Live".

BETS MALONE (Suzy) originated the role of Suzy when the production first workshopped at the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre. She also originated the role of Suzy Simpson in the sequel The Winter Wonderettes . Bets was recently seen in On The Town (Hildy), for which she received a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, Guys and Dolls (Miss Adelaide-Ovation Nomination), the world premiere of Pilgrim (Marta), Grease (Rizzo), Evita (Eva) and most recently Fiddler on the Roof (Hodel) at the Sacramento Music Circus. Some other favorites include Once Upon A Mattress (Princess Winnifred), The Will Rogers Follies (Betty Blake), Ragtime (Mother), Me and My Girl (Sally), Children of Eden (Eve/Mama Noah), Honky Tonk Laundry (Lana Mae), Company (Amy), Triumph of Love (Leonide), Cabaret (Sally), Crazy for You (Polly), Romance/Romance (Josefine/Monica), A Little Night Music (Petra), 1776 (Martha), The Secret Garden (Martha), Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey), Babes In Arms (Susie), and the spectacle musical The Ten Commandments with Val Kilmer. She is a proud member of the Musical Theatre Guild and Actors Equity.


About Theatrical Dance Champions
Cate Caplin & Gary Franco

Cate Caplin is a thirty-four-time regional and international champion in Theatre Arts Adagio and has appeared on television, in commercials, in feature films and in a variety of prestigious venues across the county and worldwide including The White House, the Kennedy Center, the Metropolitan Opera House, Ford's Theatre, the Hollywood Bowl, the Paris Opera House, Rockefeller Center, the Palace of Fine Arts, the Orpheum Theatre, Caesar's Palace, the Hollywood Palladium, the Los Angeles Theatre Center, House of Blues, Shanghai China's Sports Arena, Tokyo's Hakuhinkan Theatre and the Broadway stage.

Cate was a soloist with Ballet West and North Carolina Dance Theatre, and was a principal dancer with the Metropolitan Ballet and the American Dance Machine. She has toured extensively throughout the United States, Europe, China and Japan.

Cate danced in the West Coast Premiere of the Broadway show SWING! and won an Ovation Award for her performance. She is a two-time Star Search Winner, three-time Southwest Regional Champion, four-times California Star Ball Champion, four-time Emerald Ball Champion, five-time US Open Champion, a multiple Gold Medalist and a three-time World Champion in Theatrical ShowDance. She also received a Garland Award for her choreography in Grand Hotel at the Colony Theatre and Women In Theatre presented her with a Red Carpet Award for her work as a producer and director.

Gary Franco has an extensive theatre and pop career which includes MTV videos, television shows, movies, commercials, European tours with Chippendales and performing as the Head waiter in the National Tour of the Broadway show Contact. Both Gary and the show received rave reviews in their 600 performances in 35 cities. Gary is a two-time Showstopper National Champion and his classical technique and partnering abilities have led him to perform in some of the most prestigious theatres in Russia, Latvia, Europe, Japan, Taiwan and throughout the United States with companies such as the Boston Ballet, lA Classical Ballet, American Folk Ballet and Disney's Symphonic Fantasy.

Cate and Gary have had the pleasure of performing in the company of world renowned celebrities including Stephanie Powers, Michelle Lee, Lucy Arnaz, Tyne Daley, Rita Moreno, Brian Boitano, Elaine Stritch, Shirley Jones, Robert Goulet, Susan Anton, Ann Margaret, Marvin Hamlisch, Katie HoImes, Kathleen Turner, Huey Lewis and the News, Jeremy Irons and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.

Space is filling up fast for this thrilling black tie event!
Hurry and get your reservations and payment in to
Diana Dunbar at 805-667-2912 ext. 248 by Tuesday, 9/12.

Tickets are $250 each

This unforgettable night will feature:
· featured entertainment by Brian Duprey "The Voice of Sinatra" who is bringing his popular Las Vegas performance to us
· dancing to the 1940's Big Band Sounds of Mora's Modern Rhythmists
· surprises from "The Wonderettes"
· professional dance displays from Cate Caplan and her dancers
· a tour of the Air Force One Presidential Aircraft
· a lavish, gourmet seated dinner
· incredible silent and live auction items
· a chance to win a $9,000 Lynn's Jewelry Studio gorgeous diamond pendant plus almost $1,000 more in shopping sprees and massages in the Treasure Chest

If you attend just one big fundraiser event this year, this is THE ONE!

 

Here's a sampling of a few Broadway Ball auction items you can win:

Live Auction includes:

    • One week stay in a suite at the Maui Marriott, Kaanapali Beach, Hawaii
    • All expense paid trip to Broadway in New York city with airfare, show tickets, dinner and hotel plus a backstage meet and greet and backstage tour with Phantom's star!
    • Gourmet Tuscan dinner for 8 served in a private home with entertainment provided by famed singer/songwriter Amanda McBroom
    • Eric Clapton signed guitar!

Silent Auction includes:

    • Two nights/three days in a central coast vacation beach house
    • Getaway package at the Chumash Casino w/hotel room, dinner and spa treatments
    • Fabulous jewelry from Fox Fine Jewelers and Van Gundy and Sons plus gift baskets galore!

     

BOOK YOUR TICKET TO THE AMAZING BROADWAY BALL!
Space is filling up fast for this thrilling black tie event! Hurry and get your reservations and payment in to Diana Dunbar at 805-667-2912 ext. 248 by Tuesday, 9/12.

 

 

 

2003 WINTER WONDERLAND FUNDRAISER

 

UPDATE 12/23/03

I received a wonderful photo album on the Rubicon-Patrons2 E-Mail List, posted by Steve Magidson (steve_magidson@consultant.com), just chock full of pictures from the Winter Wonderland RTC Fundraiser.  Below are just a few of the 71 PHOTOS posted, so that we can all get a better idea of what the evening looked, and was, like:

 


Rubicon Winter Wonderland -- Sunday, Dec. 7, 2003

Steve's wife Cynde poses against the backdrop for photo ops of the guests Voila! The place looked spectacular!! Silent Auction baskets, themes representing 35 countries such as Lithuania.
As guests arrived they were serenaded by beautiful guitar melodies performed by Steve Sunnarborg of the Rivera-Sunnarborg Guitar Duo One of several "A Winter Wonderland" scenic backdrops There were many decorated Christmas tress from various countries, this one had an Australian theme.

Paul Ainsley and Cynde Magidson check out the food at one of five international stations. Catering was provided by Kirk Memoli of Command Performance Catering.

Amanda McBroom performs her famous song, 
"The Rose"

BK, Teri, Helen, Amanda, Paul and George in the final song of the evening -- "A Winter Wonderland"

UPDATE 12/16/03

Received the Rubicon Crossings Newsletter from Karyl Lynn today, which had a "Winter Wonderland" wrap-up:

2. “A Winter Wonderland” Wrap Up

Nearly 300 individuals were involved as either event attendees or volunteers in Rubicon’s major December fund-raising event at the Reagan Presidential Library and Museum. “A Winter Wonderland” was truly a wondrous event!

 

During the evening’s festivities, Helen Yunker presented a check to Rubicon for the first installment of her unprecedented multi-year naming gift. (The interior of the theatre will be renamed “Helen Yunker Auditorium” when the building is purchased and rededicated.)

 

Howard Boroughs made an exciting "match" announcement that spurred a happy frenzy of hand-waving, check-writing and cheering and raised $116,000.l

 

Thank you to Helen and Howard and to the six individuals or families who made leadership gifts to the preliminary phase of the campaign, we are getting very close to achieving our first goal – to raise $500,000 toward a down payment.

 

Thanks to the incredible event committee, net proceeds for the auction and ticket sales portion of the event totaled $44,000.

 

Beyond the record-breaking numbers – the event was a great time for old and new friends to gather in a lovely setting for great food, song and story. Performers with credits ranging from the Broadway companies of "Cats," "Phantom of the Opera" and "Les Miserables" joined television and film celebrities to sing or describe auction items. Dignitaries in attendance including the Consul Generals or Honorary Consuls of Germany, Ireland, Lithuania and Norway; as well as Thousand Oaks Mayor Bob Wilson, Ventura Mayor Brian Brennan, Ventura City Council Member Christy Weir and Event Co-Chairs Rosa Lee Measures and Albert G. Harris, and Chuck and Eloise Cohen.  A special thanks also to Heidi and Mike Bradbury, who also served as co-chairs.

 

The Ventura County Star’s Society editor Cate Brown covered the event. To read the story, visit the Star website at

 www.venturacountystar.com/vcs/lifestyle/article/0,1375,VCS_230_2496888,00.html 

 

A thank you ad ran on Sunday in the Star to “Winter Wonderland” participants, and to all who have contributed to the building campaign to date.

 

UPDATE 12/12/03

A link to a great article in the Ventura County Star on InsideV.com, about the Winter Wonderland Benefit:

http://www1.venturacountystar.com/vcs/lifestyle/article/0,1375,VCS_230_2496888,00.html 

 

Winter Wonderland event raises money for Rubicon

December 12, 2003

Efrem Zimbalist Jr., his daughter Stephanie Zimbalist, Amanda McBroom, George Ball, David Birney and Bonnie Franklin were among the bright lights adding to the luster of the Rubicon Theatre Company's $250-a-person benefit this past Sunday evening.

Held at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, a classy venue to start with, the theater's Winter Wonderland extravaganza attracted more than 300 guests from near and far and brought in more than $250,000, thanks to the generosity of special donors including Helen Yunker, Micheline and Albert Sakharoff, Cynde and Steve Magidson, Barbara and Larry Meister, Loretta and Mike Merewether and Howard Boroughs. They're evidently inclined to take their theater-going seriously.

But everyone loves the Rubicon, including its president Claire Bowman, there with her husband Reid and lots of hardworking board members such as Merle DiVita, Mary and Don Gloiston, Midge and Dave Stork, Elise and Bill Kearney, Janet and Steven Snyder and Warren Lovell as well as Grandes Dames President Dottie Novatt, there with her husband Bernie.

Founded five years ago by husband-and-wife team James O'Neil and Karyl Lynn Burns, the company has made its theatrical home for the past five years at The Laurel, which is in the historic district of downtown Ventura. The venue, a church in its former life, is now on the market, and the Rubicon is a very motivated buyer.

"It's an exciting time for the Rubicon," said Norbert Tan, Rubicon's managing director. "Our goal is to raise $3 million dollars, not only to purchase the property but also to renovate and expand."

Joining him at the party was his wife Tracy as well as numerous dignitaries including Ventura County Supervisor Kathy Long, Ventura Mayor Brian Brennan and Ventura City Council member Christy Weir plus Bob Wilson, mayor of Thousand Oaks.

During the social hour the crowd swept through the library and museum, sipped champagne, bid on auction items, noshed and admired the dozens of twinkling, holiday trees as well as each other, including Gail Lansbury, who was wearing rhinestone encrusted, Guiseppe Zanotti sandals.

"I saw them and I couldn't resist," confided Lansbury of the strappy, five-inch stilettos. She was there with her husband Bruce Lansbury as well as Susan Cooper and her husband, Mercury astronaut Gordon Cooper.

Co-chairpersons for the glamorous, wintry get together -- attended by Judie and Mel Swope, Joanne and Monroe Kaplan, Helen Karlsberg, Edith Pafford, Toni and Richard Mathews, Celine Gillibrand, Jeanne Canty, Freddie and Al Contarino, Nancy and Richard Francis, Marylyn and Terry Ragan and Patti and Gary Channer -- were Eloise and Chuck Cohen and Rosa Lee Measures and her husband Albert G. Harris.


-- For information on the Rubicon Theatre Company, call 667-2900. Cate Brown is a Star columnist. For coverage of a nonprofit event, contact her in advance at cate@bluemax.net.


Cate Brown / Special to The Star

From left, actor Efrem Zimbalist Jr (whose long career includes the 1965 series "The F.B.I."), Rubicon Theatre Managing Director Norbert Tan, actress Stephanie Zimbalist, actor David Birney and Rubicon Theatre Artistic Director James O'Neil attended Sunday's Rubicon Theatre benefit. Stephanie Zimbalist ("Remington Steele"), Efrem's daughter, stars as astronaut Christa McAuliffe in the current Rubicon production, "Defying Gravity."



Cate Brown / Special to The Star

Actress Bonnie Franklin, who starred in Rubicon's production of "Dancing at Lughnasa" earlier this year, attended the gala with husband Marvin Minoff. Franklin, who was married in 1980 in Ventura on the deck of the weekend home she still keeps, is best known for playing the divorced working mom on the 1975-84 CBS series "One Day at a Time."

 

UPDATE 12/8-9/03

Well, as we all know, unfortunately, Ted was unable to complete his trip in time to appear in RTC's fundraiser, due to bad weather, but he's safe, and that's a GOOD thing.  Both Jenn and Karyl Lynn posted e-mails on the evening, which was a big success for Rubicon:

12/8/03
From Jenn (j_bernbaum@yahoo.com):

hi everyone--

i just wanted to let you know a little about the evening. when we arrived we checked-in, received our table assignment and program and were led to an area where they were taking keepsake photos. after taking our photo we were able to tour the ronald reagan library and also view the items available to bid on for the silent auction.

at 6:30pm we went into this huge winter wonderland tent where the evening festivities were held. there were several food stations featuring foods from different areas from around the world. all of the food was great. there was entertainment throughout the evening which was really nice. david birney was really funny! we had a really nice time and i think it was a very successsful evening for rubicon. karyl lynn, you should be very proud!!! it was a great evening.

There were also party favors/ table decorations...little, beautifully wrapped presents. veth, i took yours and will bring it along when we get together.

jennifer

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12/9/03
From Karyl Lynn (klburns1@aol.com):

Hi Jenn and Cindi and Veth and All:
 
Thanks for everybody's notes. You are all so sweet and kind. I feel the same way -- and although we were so sorry not to have him there on Sunday -- we are so glad that he didn't push himself further when he was exhausted and had been driving through the snowstorms. Mother Nature...ya' know.  His safety and health is most important to us all, I know.
 
 Despite us missing our pal, it was a great event. We are trying to raise a downpayment for the building we're in (an old church that we converted into a theatre, for anyone who hadn't been there), and we got a lot closer to the goal.
 
I was on headset because we quickly changed the script to make the changes, so I didn't get to really visit with people, but it seemed like people had a great time.
 
Stephanie and her dad read "Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus," and David Birney read a fruitcake recipe that included whiskey where the person making the fruitcake gets more and more drunk. It was pretty charming. My favorite is Teri Bibb's voice - she was in "Phantom" for 7 years and just has a perfect, perfect voice. Other lovely memories.
 

 

UPDATE 12/4/03

Karyl Lynn Burns sent out a second e-mail on RTC's fundraiser,  which, at the time, had Ted included to the list of artists.  See below for yet MORE DETAILS on this fabulous evening!!!

 

For more information, or to order tickets, please call (805) 667-2900

 

 TED NEELEY JOINS BENEFIT CAST FOR RUBICON THEATRE COMPANY'S "WINTER WONDERLAND”

 

Stage and screen actor Ted Neeley ("Jesus Christ Superstar") has joined a stellar cast of actors and singers for a benefit this Sunday for Rubicon Theatre Company in Ventura, California.

 

Actors confirmed to appear include Paul Ainsley (original Herod on Broadway in "Jesus Christ Superstar"/series regular on "Three's Company"/National Tours of "Les Miserables" and "42nd Street!"), David Birney (Broadway/"Bridget Loves Bernie"/"Serpico"), Bonnie Franklin ("Applause" on Broadway/"One Day at a Time"), Harold Gould (Broadway/"Golden Girls"/"Stuart Little"), Bob Machray (Ovation Award Winner for Best Actor for "Orson's Shadow), John Bennett Perry (Broadway/"George of the Jungle"/last week's People Magazine as "The Sexiest Father and Son" with Matthew Perry), Henry Polic, II ("Webster"/Game Shows), Bruce Weitz (Emmy Award-winning actor of "Hill Street Blues"/currently recurring on "Judging Amy"), Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. ("F.B.I." Series), and Stephanie Zimbalist (best known for "Remington Steele").

 

In addition to Mr. Neeley, singers who will perform during the evening including George Ball ("Jacques Brel" in New York and at Rubicon), Teri Bibb (star of "Phantom" and "Secret Garden" on Broadway), Barbara Cooper (well-known cabaret and recording artist), Tami Tappan Damiano (lead in "Miss Saigon" on Broadway), B.K. Kennelly ("Cats" on Broadway, Timon in "The Lion King" in L.A.), Amanda McBroom (author and star of "Hearbeats" and singer/songewriter - "The Rose"), Teri Ralston ("Company" on Broadway). 

 

Lloyd Cooper (musical director for Theatre League), is musical director. Lynn Keller plays bass, and Tony Lewis plays drums.

 

Rubicon's major holiday fund-raiser, A Winter Wonderland, is set for this  Sunday, December 7 at 5:30 p.m. at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley . The event is a celebration of holiday customs and foods from many different countries, with extraordinary entertainment!

 

As guests arrive, they are greeted by volunteers and the strains of live classical guitar music by Steve Sunnarborg as they wander through the museum and privately view a gorgeous holiday tree exhibit representing 30 different countries. Docents will be on hand to answer questions or help guide guests.

 

While enjoying passed and displayed appetizers and beverages, guests may bid on silent auction items representing the holidays, or the traditions, styles and tastes of many different countries. For example, the Italy basket includes exquisite pottery, cloth napkins, dinners-for-two at several local Italian restaurants, books, a photo of Tuscany, and more.  A China basket includes a trip to San Francisco, hotel accommodations and a dim sum dinner in Chinatown. A Japan basket includes robes and a gift certificate to Yamaguchi.

 

Passed and displayed appetizers include imported cheeses with grapes, apples, fresh figs and warm breads (English); stuffed dates wrapped with bacon (Morrocan); wild mushroom and scallion tarts with gouda cheese (Switzerland); olive tapenade on grilled baguettes garnished with diced tomato, and French chevrre (France) and chimichangas with a chipotle sour cream sauce (Mexico).

 

At 6:30 p.m. , guests enter the large "Winter Wonderland" Tent. Icy blue lights will shine up the tent walls. Ice burgs in the fountain will create a mist in the air. White snowflakes will drift from the ceiling above, and be projected on the walls and floor. The room will be filled with snow-covered alpine trees and frozen white manzanita trees. The stage will be surrounded by snow drifts, polar bears and penguins.

 

At international food stations, guests may choose from a wide variety of special foods created by Kirk Memoli of Command Performance. Foreign dignitaries from Canada, Mexico and China, among other countries, will be honored guests.

 

At the French station, crepes are handmade to order by the chef and filled with five types of wild mushrooms in Sherry cream sauce, chicken and baked leeks in a white wine sauce, or smoked ham and turkey gruyere. The crepes are accompanied by a fresh winter citrus, melon and berry salad. Asian countries will be represented with a menu of grilled cashew chicken with carrot and scallions in a sweet and spicy sauce, stir-fired grilled green beans, grilled shrimp and Asian noodle stir fry with pea pods and water chestnuts and won tons. At the Italian station, guests will enjoy charbroiled Italian chicken sausage served with a hazelnut cream sauce. Other items include penne pasta with roasted artichoke hearts and grilled zucchini with yellow squash, roasted walnut, orange and fresh beet salad, roasted corn and red pepper salad and fresh baked foccacia bread with olive oil and fresh herbs. United States’ specialties are sliced roast sirloin of beef served with Cognac , peppercorns and creamed horseradish, mashed red bee potatoes, fresh puree of banana squash with amaretto and brown sugar topped with toasted almonds and a harvest salad. At the Indian station, tandori chicken is offered in a tomato cream curry sauce, with side dishes of roasted eggplant and basmati rice.

 

Following the main course, our entertainment begins: an evening of songs and stories performed by many of your favorite artists! With apologies to Charles Dickens, we will present A Theatre Carol, with three spirits taking Ebenezer Scrooge on a musical journey through Rubicon seasons past, present and future. We begin with the joyous refrains of musicals past, including Jesus Christ Superstar, The World Goes Round, Lies and Legends, Jacques Brel and Forever Plaid.

 

A second spirit takes Scrooge on a journey to the present season, where we preview Side by Side by Sondheim and Will's Women.

 

The third holiday ghoul takes Scrooge to a season many years in the future, where audiences hear songs from Phantom of the Opera and enjoy excerpts from the new Michael Rapp musical Rasputin (which stars Ted Neeley, Amanda McBroom and James O'Neil, Rubicon's Artistic Director).

 

Interspersed through the evening, guests will see 1-minute video tributes to the six families or individuals who have made major gifts towards Rubicon’s purchase of a permanent home. 

 

A dessert plate of  Belgium chocolate cherry bombe, spiced apple gingerbread cheesecake and fresh pumpkin mousse with pralines is served with hot cider, coffee and tea as a short set of holiday songs and stories are presented.

 

This event is a major feast for the ears, eyes and taste buds!

 

Tickets are $250 per person ($200 is tax-deductible) or $2,500 for a patron table. Table patrons receive special seating and recognition in the program book. For tickets, call (805) 667-2900, ext. 21 or e-mail dsmith@rubicontheatre.org  

 
Karyl Lynn Burns
Executive Director/Co-Artistic Director
Rubicon Theatre Company
1006 E. Main Street
Suite 300
Ventura, CA 93001

 

UPDATE 11/29-30/03

RUBICON THEATRE COMPANY is gearing up for quite an amazing evening next Sunday night, as Ted told me last week in the e-mail I posted in his section below.  Here are some more details.  I envy anyone who lives close enough, and can afford, to get to this event!!!
 

A link to the 11/29/03 Insidevc.com story on this year's Rubicon fundraiser, at which Ted will be performing selections from Rasputin:

http://www1.venturacountystar.com/vcs/county_news/article/0,1375,VCS_226_2465508,00.html

Communities in brief

November 29, 2003

VENTURA COUNTY

Rubicon fund-raiser will have winter theme

The Rubicon Theatre Company will hold its major fall fund-raiser, A Winter Wonderland, Dec. 7 in Simi Valley.

The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Museum and Library, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley.

Guests will be greeted with champagne and hors d'oeuvres while enjoying a private tour of the museum, including 30 holiday trees decorated in themes from countries around the world.

Entertainment, dinner and dessert will follow, served in a "wonderland" of snowdrifts, polar bears, and snowflake projections inside a large heated tent.

Tickets to the event are $250 per person or $2,000 for a table of eight.

For more information or to reserve tickets, call Diana Smith at 667-2912, ext. 21.

- - - - - - - 

I also received an e-mail from Karyl Lynn Burns at RTC today (11/3//03), which has much more detail on the wonderful evening they have planned:

 

For more information, or to order tickets, please call (805) 667-2900

 

 “ A WINTER WONDERLAND”WALK-THRU

 

Rubicon's major holiday fund-raiser, A Winter Wonderland, is set for next Sunday, December 7 at 5:30 p.m. at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley . The event is a celebration of holiday customs and foods from many different countries, with extraordinary entertainment!

 

As guests arrive, they are greeted by volunteers and the strains of live classical guitar music by Steve Sunnarborg as they wander through the museum and privately view a gorgeous holiday tree exhibit representing 30 different countries. Docents will be on hand to answer questions or help guide guests.

 

While enjoying passed and displayed appetizers and beverages, guests may bid on silent auction items representing the holidays, or the traditions, styles and tastes of many different countries. For example, the Italy basket includes exquisite pottery, cloth napkins, dinners-for-two at several local Italian restaurants, books, a photo of Tuscany , and more. A China basket includes a trip to San Francisco , hotel accommodations and a dim sum dinner in Chinatown . A Japan basket includes robes and a gift certificate to Yamaguchi.

 

Passed and displayed appetizers include imported cheeses with grapes, apples, fresh figs and warm breads (English); stuffed dates wrapped with bacon (Morrocan); wild mushroom and scallion tarts with gouda cheese (Switzerland); olive tapenade on grilled baguettes garnished with diced tomato, and French chevrre (France) and chimichangas with a chipotle sour cream sauce (Mexico).

 

At 6:30 p.m. , guests enter the large "Winter Wonderland" Tent. Icy blue lights will shine up the tent walls. Ice burgs in the fountain will create a mist in the air. White snowflakes will drift from the ceiling above, and be projected on the walls and floor. The room will be filled with snow-covered alpine trees and frozen white manzanita trees. The stage will be surrounded by snow drifts, polar bears and penguins.

 

At international food stations, guests may choose from a wide variety of special foods created by Kirk Memoli of Command Performance. Foreign dignitaries from Canada, Mexico and China, among other countries, will be honored guests.

 

At the French station, crepes are handmade to order by the chef and filled with five types of wild mushrooms in Sherry cream sauce, chicken and baked leeks in a white wine sauce, or smoked ham and turkey gruyere. The crepes are accompanied by a fresh winter citrus, melon and berry salad. Asian countries will be represented with a menu of grilled cashew chicken with carrot and scallions in a sweet and spicy sauce, stir-fired grilled green beans, grilled shrimp and Asian noodle stir fry with pea pods and water chestnuts and won tons. At the Italian station, guests will enjoy charbroiled Italian chicken sausage served with a hazelnut cream sauce. Other items include penne pasta with roasted artichoke hearts and grilled zucchini with yellow squash, roasted walnut, orange and fresh beet salad, roasted corn and red pepper salad and fresh baked foccacia bread with olive oil and fresh herbs. United States ’ specialties are sliced roast sirloin of beef served with Cognac, peppercorns and creamed horseradish, mashed red bee potatoes, fresh puree of banana squash with amaretto and brown sugar topped with toasted almonds and a harvest salad. At the Indian station, tandori chicken is offered in a tomato cream curry sauce, with side dishes of roasted eggplant and basmati rice.

 

Following the main course, our entertainment begins: an evening of songs and stories performed by many of your favorite artists! With apologies to Charles Dickens, we will present A Theatre Carol, with three spirits taking Ebenezer Scrooge on a musical journey through Rubicon seasons past, present and future. We begin with the joyous refrains of musicals past, including Jesus Christ Superstar, The World Goes Round, Lies and Legends, Jacques Brel and Forever Plaid.

 

A second spirit takes Scrooge on a journey to the present season, where we preview Side by Side by Sondheim and Will's Women.

 

The third holiday ghoul takes Scrooge to a season many years in the future, where audiences hear songs from Phantom of the Opera and enjoy excerpts from the new musical Rasputin.

 

Actors confirmed to date include Paul Ainsley, David Birney, Bonnie Franklin, Harold Gould, Bob Machray, John Bennett Perry, Henry Polic, II, Bruce Weitz, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., Stephanie Zimbalist will be in attendance. 

 

Renowned stage performers who will sing during the evening including George Ball ("Jacques Brel" in New York and at Rubicon), Teri Bibb (star of "Phantom" and "Secret Garden" on Broadway), Barbara Cooper (well-known cabaret and recording artist), Tami Tappan Damiano ("Miss Saigon" on Broadway), B.K. Kennelly ("Cats" on Broadway, Timon in "The Lion King" in L.A.), Amanda McBroom (author and star of "Hearbeats" and singer/songewriter - "The Rose"), Teri Ralston ("Company" on Broadway). Ted Neeley, (star of "Jesus Christ Superstar" on Broadway and film), will make a special guest appearance. 

 

Lloyd Cooper (musical director for Theatre League), is musical director, Lynne Kellerman will be playing bass, and Tony Lewis will be playing drums.

 

Interspersed through the evening, guests will see 1-minute video tributes to the six families or individuals who have made major gifts towards Rubicon’s purchase of a permanent home. Honorees are: Howard Boroughs, Cynde and Steve Magidson, Mike and Loretta Merewether, Barbara and Larry Meister, Micheline and Albert Sakharoff, and Helen Yunker.

 

A dessert plate of  Belgium chocolate cherry bombe, spiced apple gingerbread cheesecake and fresh pumpkin mousse with pralines is served with hot cider, coffee and tea as a short set of holiday songs and stories are presented.

 

This event is a major feast for the ears, eyes and taste buds!

 

Tickets are $250 per person ($200 is tax-deductible) or $2,500 for a patron table. Table patrons receive special seating and recognition in the program book. For tickets, call (805) 667-2900, ext. 21 or e-mail dsmith@rubicontheatre.org  

 

Karyl Lynn Burns
Executive Director/Co-Artistic Director
Rubicon Theatre Company
1006 E. Main Street
Suite 300
Ventura, CA 93001

 

 

RTC'S DONATION OPPORTUNITIES

 

 

How You Can Help
[ Larry Meister Memorial Fund ]
[
Bequests ]

Your support, though subscriptions and donations, is the key to our success. Even with many sold-out performances, the cost of your ticket accounts for less than half of the cost of operation this season. We depend on your generous contribution to continue producing professional theater in our community.

The Rubicon Theatre Company is a non-profit organization and contributions are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
The Rubicon's Federal Tax I.D. # is: 77-0495901.

We are grateful for our individual and corporate partners who recognize the benefits of professional theater in our community. In return, Rubicon Theatre ensures that these donations are spent to fulfill the theatre's mission. We thank all our donors for their gifts this year.

For questions or information about donation to Rubicon, please contact: Mychele Dee, Development and Community Relations Director, (805) 667-2912 ext. 237.

The Larry Meister Memorial Musical Fund
[ How You Can Help ]
[
Bequests ]

With the blessings of Barbara Meister and the Meister family, Rubicon Theatre Company has inaugurated a special fund in honor of Rubicon founding board member, philanthropist, business person and community superstar Larry Meister. The fund will support the production and development of mainstage musicals, and also support musical training and education outreach programs.

Bequests
[ How You Can Help ]
[
Larry Meister Memorial Fund ]

Bequests support the Rubicon's programs after your lifetime. They may be cash, securities, real estate, or other property. We are very grateful for your consideration. Your will can include:

  • a specific dollar gift
  • a set percentage of your estate
  • specific assets
  • the remaining assets after providing for heirs.

Bequests can be with no restrictions or for a single purpose.

Unrestricted gifts are easier for us, to move money quickly where it's most needed.

If you prefer your gift go to a particular use, please describe the use as broadly as possible. Give us a call before drafting this part of your will to assure the provisions can be implemented as you desire.

If your estate plan is in order and you'd like to let us know, click our Estate Intention Form.

Unrestricted Bequests
Restricted Bequests
Bequests for Endowments

Unrestricted Bequests
Unrestricted bequests are for the Theatre's general and best use at the discretion of the Board of Directors:

 

"I give, devise, and bequeath to Rubicon Theatre (the sum of $) (percent of my estate) (the following property) (the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate). The property comprising this gift may be used to further the charitable purposes of Rubicon Theatre at the discretion of its Board of Directors."

Restricted Bequests
You may define the usage of your bequest. A restricted bequest might read:

"I give, devise, and bequeath to Rubicon Theatre (the sum of $) (percent of my estate) (the following property) (the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate). The property comprising this gift shall be used for (state the purpose). If, in the opinion of the Board of Directors, or their successors, the need for funds for the charitable purpose described above no longer exists at some future date, the Directors, or their successors, are authorized to use these funds in the best interest of the Theatre."

Bequests for Endowments
Endowments are monies for investment. Rubicon's endeavors are funded by the interest.

Restricted Endowment
Unrestricted Endowment

Unrestricted Endowment

"I give, devise, and bequeath to Rubicon Theatre (the sum of $) (percent of my estate) (the following property) (the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate). The property comprising this gift may, for investment purposes, be merged with the general investment assets of Rubicon Theatre. The gift shall be entered into the Theatre's books and records as The Fund and shall always be so designated. The spendable income therefrom, but not the principal, shall be used to further the purposes of Rubicon Theatre in such manner as the Board of Directors may direct."

Restricted Endowment

"I give, devise, and bequeath to Rubicon Theatre (the sum of $) (percent of my estate) (the following property) (the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate). The property comprising this gift may, for investment purposes, be merged with the general investment assets of Rubicon Theatre. The gift shall be entered into the Theatre's books and records as The Fund and shall always be so designated. The spendable income therefrom, but not the principal, shall be used for (state the purpose) . If, in the opinion of the trustees of the Theatre, the need for funds for the purpose described above no longer exists at some future date, the Board of Directors, or their successors, are authorized to use these funds in the best interest of the Theatre."

 

For more information regarding Rubicon funds and donation, please contact Mychele Dee at 805-667-2912 ext. 237 or e-mail at: mdee@rubicontheatre.org.

 

 

 

THE GRANDES DAMES


"No one has ever become poor by giving." - Anne Frank

.and Rubicon has become quite rich in the generosity of its beloved Grandes Dames. The Grandes Dames is Rubicon's 300 member auxiliary group which supports the activities of non-profit Rubicon Theatre Company through service and fundraising. Founded in 1999 by Rubicon patrons NancyGregory, Sandra Laby, Rosa Lee Measures, Barbara Meister and Dottie Novatt, the group is now governed by an active volunteer Board of Directors who meet monthly under the direction of President Penny Barnds.

Joining the Grandes Dames is a wonderful way to meet fellow theatre lovers and be the first to hear about upcoming productions and backstage news. Men are always welcome! Our Grandes Dames help by providing actor meals, ushering, being part of mailing teams, putting up posters, passing out post cards, working in the box office, helping arrange luncheons, assisting with fundraising for Rubicon and numerous other fundamental theatre functions. Grandes Dames receive preference in their chosen volunteer areas, and have their own luncheons where they are entertained by our talented performers.

Grande Dames Luncheons in the past have featured performances by Rubicon favorites like Linda Purl and Stephanie Zimbalist as well as Broadway stars from Wicked, Les Miserables, Into the Woods, Cats, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and many more.

Luncheons for 2008 are scheduled for Monday, January 14th at 11:30 am, Tuesday, April 29th at 11:30 am, and Tuesday, June 10th at 11:30 am.

Grandes Dames Annual membership dues are only $40.

To join please contact Development Associate Amber Landis at 805.667.2900 ext.239

 

Holiday Lunch and Boutique

No, it doesn't seem possible, but the holiday season is fast approaching. Wouldn't it be nice to get your gift shopping started early, so that you can cross at least one task off your lengthy to-do list?

The Grandes Dames - Rubicon Theatre Company's amazing and invaluable support group - are offering just such an opportunity. You are cordially invited to their annual Holiday Luncheon and Boutique, which will take place Nov. 13th at Courtyard by Marriott, 600 E. Esplanade Drive in Oxnard.

It's a chance to not only do some early shopping, but also to have a delicious meal, enjoy some wonderful music - and support Rubicon Theatre Company.

Beginning at 10 a.m., a variety of lovely gift items will be on sale, including jewelry, clothing, handicrafts, fine wine and gourmet teas. The luncheon starts at 11:30, followed by a performance by the amazing Daniel Tatar (see below) and more chances to shop.

The $35 cost for Grandes Dames, $45 for general public includes lunch (for the main course, you can choose between chicken piccata or vegetarian lasagna), entertainment, tax and tip. Reservations must be made no later than Wednesday, Nov. 7.

To reserve a spot, call Amber Landis at (805) 667-2912, ext. 239.

Or simply mail your check to:
Amber at Rubicon Theatre Company, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura 93001.

Direct from Pasadena Playhouse

Daniel Tatar, a co-star of the Pasadena Playhouse's world premiere musical Ray Charles Live, will serenade the guests at the Grandes Dames Nov. 13th Holiday Luncheon and Boutique. Tatar plays Ahmet Ertegun, co-founder of Atlantic Records, in the new stage biography of the legendary singer, which runs Oct. 31 through Dec. 9 at the historic theatre.

A guest star on the hit television series "Gray's Anatomy," Tatar has received critical acclaim for his many theatrical performances, including The Last Five Years at the Pasadena Playhouse and Baby at UCLA's Freud Theatre (part of the Reprise series). Critics have called him "charismatic ... likeable and charming ... dark-haired and adorable with a powerhouse tenor voice ... an actor who can sing and a singer who can act."

You can check him out at his website, www.danieltatar.com.
Or, better yet, experience him in person Nov. 14th.  

###############   THE JEWEL CLUB    

Go Behind-the-Scenes as a Gold Coin or Jewel Club Member!

Rubicon's special VIP Membership program gives special benefits to the theatre's devoted benefactors. As a Gold Coin or Jewel Club member, you share once-in-a-lifetime experiences, receive discounts on season tickets (depending on the level) and enjoy an exclusive Gold Coin or Jewel Club Hotline. Your three-year membership helps Rubicon plan for future programs, assists in the long-term stability of the company and ensures the continued level of outstanding artist and production values you expect. Three Jewel Club membership levels are offered - Diamond, Emerald and Ruby, and Rubicon has recently introduced the "All Access" pass to everything Rubicon, the Gold Coin Club.

To decide which Jewel Club Level is right for you, please contact
Amber Landis at (805) 667-2912 ext. 239.

For more information about the Gold Coin Club, call
Mychele Dee at (805) 667-2912 ext. 237.

GOLD COIN CLUB
($10,000 a year for three years)

Members Receive -

  • Entry into every Rubicon event, including:
    • 2 Fundraising Ball Tickets
    • 2 Opening Night season subscriptions or any series of your choice
    • 2 tickets to all special events and performances
  • Access to a new Exclusive Hot Line for Gold Coin members

Plus all the Diamond Jewel Club level benefits.

 

DIAMOND LEVEL
($5,000 a year for three years)

  • Gold Jewel Club pin with a diamond inset
  • 75% discount on two season subscriptions
  • 75% discount on two additional subscriptions
  • Season program listing at the Diamond Level
  • Two vouchers for two tickets (four tickets total) to give as a gift or keep for yourself
  • Access to purchase additional "house seats"
  • Cast-signed posters of every show
  • Complimentary concessions per show (show your Jewel Club pin at concessions)
  • Plus day trips, Directors' Previews and the Jewel Club Hotline

 

EMERALD LEVEL
($2,500 a year for three years)

  • Silver Jewel Club pin with an emerald inset
  • 50% discount on two season subscriptions
  • Season program listing at the Emerald Level
  • One voucher for two tickets to the production of your choice in our 10th anniversary season
  • Six complimentary concession vouchers
  • Plus day trips, Directors' Previews and the Jewel Club Hotline

 

RUBY LEVEL
($1,000 a year for three years)

  • Silver Jewel Club pin with a ruby inset
  • Season program listing at the Ruby Level
  • Two complimentary concession vouchers
  • Invitations to show-related day trips and tours
  • Invitations to Directors' Previews
  • Exclusive Jewel Club hotline with subscription priority seating

 

 

RTC'S PAST 
SEASONS / EVENTS / ACCOMPLISHMENTS

 

 

PREVIOUS RTC SEASON BROCHURES

Here are some of RTC's Previous Season Brochures:


2000 - 2001

2002 - 2003

2003 - 2004


2004


2004-2005

                                  

2005-2006

    

                          2006-2007                                                                2007-2008

     


     
                        2008-2009                                                                2009-2010

 


The Eye SpyLA Link for the 2004-2005 RTC Interim Season: 

http://eyespyla.com/www/thebuzz.nsf/0/5f0d10d3d63bff5088256fd7000595eb?OpenDocument

 

RTC's 2007 FASHION FORMS PLAYS-IN-PROGRESS SERIES

Old Friends in New Plays

A theatre truism: you never really know if a play works until you perform it in front of an audience. True to that time-honored concept, two promising new dramas will be featured during Rubicon’s 2007 Fashion Forms™ Plays-in-Progress series, which gets underway Sunday evening.

Each play receives an initial reading, which is followed by a structured talkback session in which audience members provide feedback on various aspects of the script. The playwright and director then have a week to rewrite the material based on what they have learned. The revised work then receives a second reading, to help the creators determine whether their changes were effective.

Jonathan Feldman’s HisStory concerns a filmmaker who becomes obsessed with the story of a man whose college roommate went on to become President of the United States. A prolific screenwriter (he wrote several episodes of the HBO miniseries “From the Earth to the Moon”), Feldman says his new work is about “the essential human need to make sense of our time here by crafting the past into digestible stories.”

HisStory will be read by an all-star cast including Robert Sean Leonard (“House”), James Pickens, Jr. (“Grey’s Anatomy”), Holland Taylor (“The Practice”) and Suzanne Cryer (“Two Guys and a Girl”). Leigh Silverman, who has been acclaimed for her work on and off-Broadway and in regional theaters, will direct.

Entertaining Chazz, the first play by legendary actor and Montecito resident Bradford Dillman, tells a story of a family gathering in which secrets are revealed and lives are changed. Set on a Santa Cruz estate in 1938, the script mixes sophisticated dialogue with intense emotions.

Entertaining Chazz will be directed by Rubicon Artistic Associate Jenny Sullivan and read by an ensemble of Rubicon veterans, including Joseph Fuqua (who played the title role in Hamlet), Rudolph Willrich, and Gary Best.

HisStory will be read at 7 p.m. July 15 and July 22.
Entertaining Chazz
will be read at 8 p.m. July 17 and 2 p.m. July 23. Admission to all readings is FREE, but tickets are required.

To make a reservation, call the box office at (805) 667-2900, or go to www.rubicontheatre.org! (Subject to availability)

 

 

RTC's FEBRUARY MONTH OF LOVE EVENTS:

 

Save the dates for Rubicon's
"MONTH OF LOVE" CELEBRATION


Never has there been a February so delicious and inviting. Never has such a tantalizing array of entertainments been at your fingertips. Sweep your sweetheart off his or her feet...
this year we've made it oh-so-easy!

 

Tuesday, January 30, 2007, 11:30 a.m.
Grandes Dames luncheon at the Wedgewood Banquet Center in Ventura featuring entertainment from the World Premiere romantic musical A Time For Love, created by Broadway's dynamic duo Richard Maltby, Jr. and David Shire. Emmy Award-winning actor Bruce Weitz and Linda Purl from the cast of the March '07 production of The Diary of Anne Frank will also join us for a preview of this show with Director James O'Neil. Bring your friends and spouses! Business attire.
RSVP by January 24, 2007 ~ $35


Saturday, February 3, 2007, 7:00 p.m.

Opening Night Gala for the World Premiere of A Time For Love at Rubicon Theatre. A lavish post-show party with the cast and local VIP's will take place at Milano's at the Ventura Harbor. Cocktail attire.
RSVP by February 2, 2007 ~ $85


Monday, February 5, 2007, 7:00 p.m.

Broadway Cabaret Night with Grammy, Oscar and Tony award-winners Maltby & Shire at the Topa Tower Club. A fabulous line-up of stellar entertainers will sing their hearts out in an unforgettable and intimate cabaret performance featuring songs from Ain't Misbehavin', Fosse, Big, Baby and Miss Saigon and a sneak peek at the upcoming Broadway musical The Pirate Queen and others! A superb gourmet seated dinner with wines will be served. If you missed the Jason Robert Brown or Stephen Schwartz Cabaret Nights, they were two of the most special nights imaginable! Be sure to call early as seating is limited. Black tie-optional.
RSVP by February 1, 2007 ~ $175
SPECIAL!! Take Feb. 5 & Feb. 12 event for $200 - that's 2 shows and 2 dinners!

Monday, February 12, 2007, 6:30 p.m.
A Romantic Rendezvous with Linda Purl! Renowned actress/singer Linda Purl will perform her new cabaret act at the Rubicon Theatre, followed by a stylish and scrumptious dinner at Hush Restaurant, Ventura, hosted by proprieter Rod Houck. (The new "in" hot spot.) Be among the first to hear Linda perform her new show which will also be filmed live! A perfect pre-Valentine's Day event for couples! Cocktail Attire.
RSVP by February 8, 2007 ~ $75 Dinner & Concert or $45 Concert Only
Special! Take Feb. 5 & Feb. 12 events for $200 - that's 2 shows and 2 dinners!


Monday, February 26, 2007, 7:00 p.m.

A Woman of Independent Means, a special one-person show performed by Emmy award-winning actress, Susan Clark, on Rubicon's stage. This "Grandes Dames Night Out" event is perfect for you and your girlfriends. This heartwarming story of one woman's journey through struggles, heartbreaks, survival and victory is inspiring to all. The performance will be followed by a special post-show martini reception at Rubicon with Susan Clark and author Elizabeth Haley who will be available to sign copies of her best-selling novel of the same title. Funds raised from this event will support women artists at Rubicon. Casual chic attire.
RSVP by February 22, 2007 ~ $40

 

DON'T MISS THESE FABULOUS FEBRUARY "MONTH OF LOVE" EVENTS!
Call the Rubicon Box Office at (805) 667-2900 to make your reservations!

 



Karyl Lynn Burns and James O'Neil will perform Love Letters February 19 and 20. Photo credit: Brian McDonald.

A Special Valentine's Day Gift to our Subscribers!
See Artistic Directors Karyl Lynn Bu
rns and James O'Neil in Love Letters!

Monday, February 19, and Tuesday, February 20, 2007, 7:00 p.m.

Love Letters by A.R. Gurney traces the lifelong correspondence of Andrew Makepeace Ladd, III and Melissa Gardner. Their bittersweet relationship is revealed by what is written - and what is left unsaid - in their letters. Through their witty and moving wordplay, we come to know Andy and Melissa intimately, and to feel their longings, losses and triumphs. A smash hit both on and off Broadway, Love Letters is staged simply with the actors reading from scripts. KARYL LYNN BURNS and JAMES O'NEIL founded Rubicon in 1998 and serve as Co-Artistic Directors. The two have been married for twenty years and are real-life Valentines! Burns has appeared recently in Dancing at Lughnasa, Shirley Valentine and Footfalls for the company; O'Neil's Rubicon credits as an actor include Romeo and Juliet, The Little Foxes and Turn of the Screw.

Following Monday's performance there will be a Town Hall chat with Burns and O'Neil onstage. Tell us your favorite shows or even the ones you didn't like! We're interested to know what kinds of stories you would find relevant and impactful - what issues in the world concern you? Ask 'em anything you want!: how the company started, what they're planning for the 10th Anniversary Season, their shoe size - you name it! Following Tuesday's show, attendees are invited to join our artistic team for an informal chat downstairs.

Attire: Come as you are
Price: FREE to subscribers (subject to availability at the time of your call - early reservations recommended); $35 to the general public

To order your FREE tickets as a subscriber, or to purchase your tickets if you are a single ticket buyer, please call (805) 667-2900.

 
NEW PERFORMANCE ADDED:
LOVE LETTERS - this Sunday, February 18 at 7:00pm

We were overwhelmed by your response.
Our two scheduled performances of Love Letters with Rubicon founders Karyl Lynn Burns and James O'Neil have sold out!

We have added one more performance to accommodate audience demand this Sunday, February 18 at 7:00 p.m. However, tickets are going fast. Please call the box office NOW to order your tickets.

Tickets are FREE to SUBSCRIBERS; $35 to the general public.

Love Letters is a poignant, perceptive and funny story that traces the lifelong correspondence of Andrew Makepeace Ladd, III and Melissa Gardner. Their bittersweet relationship is revealed by what is written – and what is left unsaid – in their letters. Through witty and moving wordplay, we come to know Andy and Melissa intimately, and to feel their longings, losses and triumphs. A smash hit both on and off Broadway, Love Letters is staged simply with Karyl Lynn Burns and James O’Neil reading from scripts.

Call to reserve your complimentary tickets NOW
(805) 667-2900

And just in time for Valentine's Day... here's your chance to catch up on Karyl Lynn and Jim's real life love story. Check out the Time Out cover article in last week's Ventura County Star.

 

 


Girls' Night Out!
Leave Your Hubby at Home and Join us for an Evening of Great Theatre, a Chance to Meet an Emmy Award-Winning Actress and a Bestselling Author, and a Martini Reception!

Monday, February 26, 2007, 7:00 p.m.

A Woman of Independent Means, a special one-person show performed by Emmy Award-winning actress, SUSAN CLARK, comes to the Rubicon stage for one-night only in late February. This unique performance is directed by Rubicon Artistic Associate JENNY SULLIVAN. A bestselling sensation, A Woman of Independent Means is the portrait of a woman at the turn-of-the-last-century created by author ELIZABETH FORSYTHE HAILEY. At a time when women had few choices, Bess Steed Garner inherits a legacy -- not just of wealth but also of determination, desire and the will to hang on to her prized independence.

This "Grandes Dames Night Out" event is perfect for you and your girlfriends. A Woman of Independent Means is a heartwarming and inspiring journey of struggle, heartbreak, survival and victory. The performance will be followed by a special post-show martini reception at Rubicon with Susan Clark and Ms. Haley who will be available to sign copies of her bestselling novel of the same title. Funds raised from this event will underwrite salaries for women directors, actors and designers at Rubicon.

RSVP by February 22, 2007
Attire: Casual chic
Price: $40 (includes a voucher for a martini downstairs!)

For reservations, please call (805) 667-2900.
Or click here to reserve online.

 


Don't ponder for too long... Tickets are going fast!

CALL NOW TO RESERVE SEATS FOR THE FABULOUS FEBRUARY "MONTH OF LOVE" EVENTS!

Call the Rubicon Box Office at (805) 667-2900 to make your reservations!

 

 


CONCERTS/CABARETS/FUNDRAISERS


Grateful" The Songs of John Buchino

 

 

 

Rubicon's Grateful

Thank you to all the attendees of last Sunday evening's Rubicon benefit, Grateful: The Songs of John Bucchino!

A grand success, the evening was a tribute to incredible music, inspiring performers and an exciting theatrical future thanks to the wonderful patrons of Rubicon. For those of you who couldn't make it (and those of you who love reminiscing), here are some pictures of the event attendees (thank you to Brian McDonald for his photographic abilities):

 
The gorgeous Topa Tower Club, the setting of the event.
 
Director Daisy Prince and evening's honored guest, John Bucchino
     
 
Laura Linney.
 
A dancing dervish: Claire Bowman, Leeyann Neeley, and Sandra Laby

 

Grateful: The Songs of John Bucchino
October 7 at The Topa Tower Club
Cocktails at 6 p.m.
Dinner at 7 p.m.
Show follows immediately afterwards
Tickets are $175 including $100 tax-deductible donation
VIP Tables of 8: $5,000

Grateful: The Songs of John Bucchino is a one-night-only celebration of a brilliant songwriter who is poised for Broadway stardom with his musical A Catered Affair. Performing his songs is a star-studded cast including:

  • Joan Almedilla (Broadway's Miss Saigon, Les Miserables and Jesus Christ Superstar)
  • Wilson Cruz (Broadway's Rent, TV's "My So-Called Life," "Party of Five," "Ally McBeal," West Wing," "ER")
  • Laura Dean ("Fame" and Broadway's The Who's Tommy and Doonesbury)
  • Jason Graae (Broadway's A Grand Night For Singing, Falsettos, Stardust, Snoopy!, and Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?, numerous opera, TV and film credits including being the voice of Lucky, the Leprechaun in Lucky Charms Cereal commercials)
  • Amanda McBroom (famed cabaret singer, songwriter and Golden Globe award winner)
  • Sean McDermott (Broadway's Miss Saigon, Chicago, Jekyll and Hyde, Jesus Christ Superstar, Falsettos, Starlight Express, Grease, Carousel and Showboat)
  • Linda Purl (Broadway's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Getting and Spending, TV's "Happy Days" and "Matlock" and film's "Mighty Joe Young," among others)
  • Sara Ramirez ("Grey's Anatomy," Tony award-winner for the Broadway production of Monty Python's Spamalot)
  • Andrew Samonsky (Ventura native, star of Rubicon's tick... tick... BOOM! and Nick in National Tour of Disney's On the Record)

The presentation will be directed by Daisy Prince (daughter of mega-Broadway producer, Hal Prince), who will also direct Rubicon's production of It's Only Life and directed it previously at the Lincoln Center.

 

Join us for an unforgettable evening!

The Bucchino Stops Here

John Bucchino

Already a beloved figure on the New York City cabaret scene, John Bucchino is poised for Broadway stardom. And thanks to Rubicon, you have the opportunity to experience the magic of his music in an up-close-and-personal setting.

The New York-based songwriter, whose touching ballads have been recorded by everyone from Patti LuPone to Art Garfunkle, will soon have his first show on Broadway, A Catered Affair. That high-profile production, which stars Harvey Fierstein and Faith Prince, is previewing in September at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre. In the spring, Rubicon will present the first fully staged production of Bucchino's smaller-scale show It's Only Life, a concert version of which was performed at New York's Lincoln Center to rave reviews.

Those curious to discover this important new voice, or simply interested in a moving, entertaining night of great singing, should mark their calendars for the evening of Sunday, Oct. 7.

Grateful: The Songs of John Bucchino, the latest offering in Rubicon's Broadway Cabaret series, will take place at the Topa Tower Club, 300 E. Esplanade Drive in Oxnard.

Amanda McBroom and Jason Graae will be among the outstanding singers performing Bucchino's music at the event, which Daisy Prince is flying out from New York City to direct. The evening will also include silent and live auctions.

 
Amanda McBroom
Jason Graae

Tickets, which are $175, include a fine dinner with wine and the show. A VIP table for eight costs $5,000. The event is expected to sell out, so do not delay. To make a reservation, call Amber Landis at (805) 667-2912, ext. 239.

If you love musical theatre and are in a position to be a sponsor, please call Mychele Dee at (805) 667-2912, ext. 227.

Many Reasons to be 'Grateful'

An outstanding cast has been assembled for Grateful: The Songs of John Bucchino, the highly anticipated next event in Rubicon's Broadway Cabaret series. The one-night-only celebration of a brilliant songwriter who is poised for Broadway stardom will take place Sunday, October 7th at the Topa Tower Club in Oxnard.

The performers will include:

  • Sara Ramirez (a star of the hit television drama "Grey's Anatomy," and winner of a Tony award for the Broadway production of Monty Python's Spamalot).
  • Ojai resident Amanda McBroom (famed cabaret singer, songwriter and Golden Globe award winner).
  • Linda Purl (Broadway's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Getting and Spending, TV's "Happy Days" and "Matlock" and film's "Mighty Joe Young," among others).
  • Jason Graae (Broadway's A Grand Night For Singing, Falsettos, Stardust, Snoopy! and Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? in addition to numerous opera, TV and film credits including being the voice of "Lucky, the Leprechaun" in Lucky Charms Cereal commercials).
  • Laura Dean ("Fame" and Broadway's The Who's Tommy and Doonesbury).
  • Joan Almedilla (Broadway's Miss Saigon, Les Miserables and Jesus Christ Superstar).
  • Sean McDermott (Broadway's Miss Saigon, Chicago, Jekyll and Hyde, Jesus Christ Superstar, Falsettos, Starlight Express, Grease, Carousel and Showboat).
  • Wilson Cruz (Broadway's Rent, Rubicon's tick...tick...Boom! and TV's "My So-Called Life")
  • Ventura native Andrew Samonsky (star of Rubicon's tick...tick....Boom!, the national tour of Disney's On the Record and numerous regional theatre performances)  
 

 

John Bucchino's songs have been performed by Judy Collins, Barbara Cook, Michael Feinstein, Art Garfunkel, Patti LuPone, Yo-Yo Ma, Audra MacDonald, Liza Minnelli, Deborah Voight, The Boston Pops, The Los Angeles Philharmonic and many others.

Bucchino's first Broadway musical, A Catered Affair, is scheduled to open in New York next April, following a preview run in San Diego this fall. With a book by Harvey Fierstein and direction by Tony award winner John Doyle, A Catered Affair boasts a cast that includes Fierstein, Faith Prince and Tom Wopat. Rubicon will present the West Coast premiere of his revue It's Only Life next spring.

Grateful: The Songs of John Bucchino will commence at 6 p.m. at the Topa Tower Club Sunday, October 7th with cocktails. Dinner follows at 7, with the show beginning immediately afterwards. Tickets are $175 and include a $100 tax deductible donation. VIP tables for eight are available for $5,000.

 

Sara sings!

Did you catch the season premiere of "Grey's Anatomy" Thursday night? If you're a fan of the show, you'll be particularly interested in the next installment of Rubicon's Broadway Cabaret series, which is coming up Oct. 7th.

Sara Ramirez (Dr. Callie Torres on the medical drama) will be among the incredible perfomers singing the songs of composer John Bucchino. She is a musical theatre veteran, and the winner of a Tony® Award for her work in the Broadway musical Monty Python's Spamalot.

The outstanding cast also includes Amanda McBroom (who is currently playing the role of Edna in A Delicate Balance), Linda Purl, Jason Graae and two stars of Rubicon's tick...tick...BOOM!, Andrew Samonsky and Wilson Cruz.

A critically acclaimed fixture of the New York City cabaret scene, Bucchino is poised for stardom. His new musical A Catered Affair, starring Faith Prince and Harvey Fierstein, is currently playing at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, and will move to Broadway in the spring.

Grateful: The Songs of John Bucchino will commence at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7th at the Topa Tower Club with cocktails, followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and the show beginning immediately afterwards. Tickets are $175 and include a $100 tax-deductible donation. VIP tables for 8 are available for $5,000.

For more information regarding this event, call Development Associate Amber Landis at (805) 667-2912 ext. 239.

 

 

RTC's SEASON OF LOVE - FEBRUARY CABARET NIGHTS:


Nobody likes to hear “I told you so,” and we really wish we didn't have to say it, HOWEVER we did mention that getting tickets early for Month of Love events at Rubicon Theatre was a good idea. And, I believe we mentioned it more than once.

So, we can't be held accountable for the fact that our Broadway Cabaret Night at the Tower Club on February 5th was SOLD-OUT!

Or that both nights of Love Letters with Karyl Lynn Burns and James O'Neil on the 19th, and 20th are already full.

Karyl Lynn Burns and James O'Neil
(Photo by: Brian McDonald)

 

We tried our best to encourage you to call. So, for your own good,

PICK UP THE PHONE RIGHT NOW AND DIAL (805) 667-2900!

There are only two special events left in the Month of Love
(A Romantic Rendezvous with Linda Purl and Susan Clark in A Woman of Independent Means)

Tickets are still available NOW, but we'd hate to think you didn't get a chance to show off your good taste and romantic acumen by taking your sweetheart to these Valentine spectaculars.

 




MALTBY AND SHIRE BENEFIT

Just Announced! Patrick Cassidy to Join Stellar Cast for Rubicon Theatre Benefit:

Broadway Cabaret Celebrates Music of Maltby & Shire at

the Topa Tower Club on Monday, February 5, 2007

 

February 5, 2007 – Actor Patrick Cassidy, whose Broadway credits include Aida, 42nd Street , Annie Get Your Gun and Pirates of Penzance, has just been announced as part of the lineup for Rubicon’s Broadway Cabaret Benefit at the Topa Tower Club in Oxnard at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, February 5, 2007.

 

Cassidy joins previously announced performers George Ball and Amanda McBroom, Joel Silberman, Kevin Odekirk, Misty Cotton, Julie Dixon Jackson, Kevin Earley, Brian McDonald and Jayme Lake. Actor Dan Gunther will serve as emcee and auctioneer.

 

Patrick Cassidy is the son of actors Shirley Jones and Jack Cassidy. In addition to his Broadway credits, Patrick originated the role of the Balladeer in Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins at Playwrights Horizons. He was seen as Radames in the National Tour of Aida, Joseph in the tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Frederick in Pirates of Penzance, Regionally, Patrick appeared in Conrack (Helen Hayes nomination) at Ford’s Theatre, Martin Guerre at Hartford Stage, and The End of the Day at Williamstown Theatre Festival. In Los Angeles , he played Macheath in The Threepenny Opera for Reprise! (receiving a Backstage West Garland Award for Best Actor in a Musical), Bobby in Company (with Carol Burnett), and appeared in Love Letters and Assassins at LATC. Other theatre appearances include The Robber Bridegroom, Little Shop of Horrors, Camelot and The Sound of Music. On film, Patrick appeared in “Longtime Companion,” “I’ll Do Anything,” “I Won’t Dance” and “Burning Love.” His television credits include “Dress Grey” (Emmy nomination), “Napoleon & Josephine,” “ Oklahoma City ,” “Something in Common,” “Christmas Eve,” “How the West Was Fun” and “Follow Your Heart”. Patrick has been a series regular on “Bay City Blues,” “Dirty Dancing” and “Smallville.”

 

In the benefit, Patrick Cassidy will sing “Earthbound,” a song written for Maltby & Shire’s upcoming London production entitled Take Flight. This event marks the first time this song has been sung publicly.

 

This Broadway Cabaret is a tribute to the music and lyrics of Tony Award-winner Richard Maltby Jr. and Academy and Grammy Award-winner David Shire, whose World Premiere A Time for Love previews February 1st and opens February 3rd  at Rubicon Theatre Company under the direction of Joel Silberman.  

 

Guests at the Broadway Cabaret will enjoy a three-course gourmet dinner (grilled salmon, filet mignon or a vegetarian entree) with accompanying wines at the private Topa Tower Club while being serenaded with hits from this prolific celebrated team, including songs from Ain’t Misbehavin’, Fosse, Big, Baby, Closer Than Ever, Starting Here, Starting Now, and Miss Saigon performed by a panoply of talented artists. Audience members will also hear a sneak preview from the upcoming Broadway musical The Pirate Queen, for which Mr. Maltby is lyricist.

 

The cost for the evening is $175 and includes the cabaret, dinner, a short live auction, and a tax-deductible contribution to Rubicon Theatre Company’s productions, new play development programs and educational outreach projects. Auction items include three one-of-a-kind theatre packages, one in Los Angeles , one in Las Vegas and one in New York - including opening night tickets for The Pirate Queen on Broadway. Proceeds help underwrite Rubicon Theatre Company’s productions, play development programs and education outreach efforts.

 

More about the Other Cabaret Performers

 

George Ball most recently he starred as Cervantes/Don Quixote in Rubicon Man of La Mancha to great critical acclaim. He appeared in Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris on and off Broadway, and in the LA, San Francisco , Boston and Dutch productions and starred in the pre-Broadway production of the musical Cowboy in New York . George originated the role of Man One in Lies and Legends: The Musical Stories of Harry Chapin at the Apollo Theatre in Chicago , and won both Drama-Logue and LA Drama Critics’ Circle Awards for his recreation of that role at Pasadena Playhouse and the Canon Theatre in LA. 

 

Amanda McBroom has been called “...the greatest cabaret performer of her generation, an urban poet who writes like an angel and has a voice to match.” She is a renowned singer/songwriter and creator of the hit song "The Rose," made famous by Bette Midler, and the musical Heartbeats. Amanda previously appeared at Rubicon in Lady Macbeth Sings the Blues  and Love Letters, and in the Ovation nominated ensemble of Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris. Amanda starred in the New York , Los Angeles , San Francisco and European productions of Jacques Brel.... Her extensive credits include performances at The Old Globe, Theatre Three in Dallas, The Cleveland Play House, Goodspeed Opera House, The Mechanic in Baltimore, Pasadena Playhouse and Sacramento Music Circus. Amanda appeared on Broadway in Seesaw, and has starred in Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music and Mame.

 

Joel Silberman has appeared in the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds in Italy , The Chelsea Festival in London , The Four Winds Festival in Australia , and the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall in New York . His motivational performance Keep the Music Playing, underwritten by the Nadel Foundation, has played in Santa Barbara , Las Vegas and Los Angeles . He is the recipient of The Lincoln Center Award, The Bistro Award from Backstage magazine, and two MAC Awards as Singer-Instrumentalist of the Year from the Manhattan Association of Cabarets.

 

Kevin Odekirk was a part of the Ovation-nominated ensemble for Rubicon’s Songs for a New World. A California  native, Kevin made his Broadway debut as Marius in Les Miserables. He has performed at the Lincoln Center , in the National Tour of The Garden, and in regional productions of Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods and Chess. Kevin's film and television work includes “Clueless,” “Unhappily Ever After” and “The Prodigal Son.”

 

Misty Cotton played Ellen in Miss Saigon on Broadway and was The Narrator in the National Tour of Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Other credits include Les Miserables, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Annie, Triumph of Love, Spitfire Grill, Oliver, Peg O’ My Heart, Anyone Can Whistle and the West Coast premiere of Side Show (LA Drama Critics Circle Award and Ovation Award). 

 

Julie Dixon Jackson was featured in Rubicon Theatre’s production of Side by Side by Sondheim when it traveled to Pasadena . She was in the National Tour of Jesus Christ Superstar. Her regional credits include the West Coast Premiere of Side Show at the Colony Theatre (for which she and Misty Cotton won the LA Drama Critics Circle Award), The Wild Party with the Blank Theatre Company and I Do! I Do! with Pasadena Playhouse. 

Kevin Earley has been honored with the LA Drama Critic's Circle Award, two Robby’s, and an Ovation Nomination. He has appeared on Broadway in Les Miserables.  His regional credits include work at theatres including the Hollywood Bowl, CLO South Bay , The Colony, Reprise! and Laguna Playhouse in shows including City of Angels, The Music Man, Carousel, Titanic, Guys and Dolls’, 1776, Follies, The Most Happy Fella’, Spitfire Grill, and the critically acclaimed Side Show.

Brian McDonald was lauded for his recent performance as The Barber in Man of La Mancha at Rubicon. Previously he starred in The Importance of Being Earnest. Other theatre credits include Saturday Night at Pasadena Playhouse and Thousand Oaks Performing Arts Center . In 2002, LA Weekly honored Brian with Best Supporting Actor Award for his performance in Circle X’s production of Brecht’s Edward II. Santa Barbara audiences will remember him in Ensemble Theatre’s production of Sideman. He has taught acting to Rubicon students for the past five years and is the Founder of Rubicon’s Summer Musical Theatre Camp. Brian serves as Rubicon’s Associate Producer and Outreach Director.

Jayme Lake originated the role Veronica in the new musical The Wildest!!! at PCPA. Other credits include Songs for a New World, HONK!, Crazy for You, Wonderful Town , Little Women, Enter the Guardsmen, Quilters, and many more. Jayme’s Rubicon credits include Defying Gravity.

Dan Gunther has appeared at Rubicon Theatre in Fools and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Regionally Dan has appeared with Ensemble Theatre Company in Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Side Man, As Bees in Honey Drown, Sight Unseen, Moon over Buffalo and in the West Coast premiere of Terrence McNally’s A Perfect Ganesh (Independent Theatre Award). Dan appeared in fifteen productions at San Diego ’s Globe Theatres (formerly The Old Globe Theatre), including world and regional premieres and many Shakespeare productions.  He also has numerous film and television credits.

 

Rubicon’s prior Broadway Cabaret events at the Tower Club have been spectacularly well received, with prior honorees including composers Jason Robert Brown and Stephen Schwartz. Seating is limited and early reservations are strongly recommended. Tickets are $175 per person. Attendees who order a Valentine’s Day package of both the Broadway Cabaret and the February 12 “Romantic Rendezvous with Linda Purl Concert” fundraising event save up to $50 on tickets for the two events together. For further details, or to order tickets, visit Rubicon’s website at www.rubicontheatre.org, or call Development Associate Amber Landis at (805) 667-2900.

 

 


Broadway Star Patrick Cassidy Just Announced to Join Singers including
George Ball and Amanda McBroom for Maltby & Shire Cabaret!

Monday, February 5, 2007, 7:00 p.m.
Broadway Cabaret Night at the Topa Tower Club.

A fabulous line-up of stellar entertainers including George Ball, Julie Dixon-Jackson, Kevin Earley, Amanda McBroom, Joel Silberman, Kevin Odekirk and (newly announced!) Patrick Cassidy will sing their hearts out in an unforgettable and intimate cabaret performance featuring songs from Ain’t Misbehavin’, Fosse, Big, Baby and Miss Saigon. We’ll even have a sneak peak of the upcoming Broadway musical The Pirate Queen! A superb gourmet dinner with wines will be served. Patrons keep telling us the Jason Robert Brown and Stephen Schwartz Cabaret Nights were two of the most special nights imaginable! Here’s your chance to see these fine entertainers up close and personal.
Be sure to call early as seating is limited.
RSVP by February 1, 2007 ~ $175
SPECIAL!! Take Feb. 5 & Feb. 12 event for $200 - that's 2 shows and 2 dinners! (see below)
Black-tie optional

Call (805) 667-2900
Or click here to reserve online

 

World-Class Performers at Broadway Cabaret this coming Monday!
Monday, February 5, 2007, 7:00 p.m.

Rubicon Theatre offers a tribute to the music and lyrics of Richard Maltby, Jr. and David Shire with another dazzling evening in its renowned Broadway Cabaret Nights series. This is the best entertainment value on the planet! We guarantee you will NEVER hear such stellar artists in such an intimate setting anywhere. Guests will enjoy an exquisitely prepared meal at the exclusive and luxurious TOPA TOWER CLUB while being serenaded with hits from this prolific and celebrated team. Hear songs from hits such as Ain't Misbehavin', Fosse, Big, Baby, Closer Than Ever, Starting Here, Starting Now and Miss Saigon. You will also hear a sneak preview from the upcoming Broadway musical The Pirate Queen, for which Mr. Maltby is writing the lyrics. At the benefit, PATRICK CASSIDY will sing "Earthbound," a song written for Maltby & Shire's upcoming London production entitled Take Flight. This event marks the first time this song has been sung publicly.

 

George Ball in Man of La Mancha. Photo credit: Ed Krieger.
The roster of stellar entertainers includes GEORGE BALL, who most recently starred in Rubicon's sold-out, extended production of Man of La Mancha, and has performed both on and off-Broadway over the course of his illustrious career.
Amanda McBroom
Amanda McBroom in Jacques Brel... Photo credit: Timothy Swope.
He is joined by his wife singer/songwriter/actress AMANDA McBROOM, who previously appeared at Rubicon in Jacques Brel... and Lady Macbeth Sings the Blues. Amanda created and starred in the musical Heartbeats and also wrote the song "The Rose," made famous by BETTE MIDDLER. She has been called "... the greatest cabaret performer of her generation, an urban poet who writes like an angel and has a voice to match."
JOEL SILBERMAN, who is currently directing A Time for Love at Rubicon, is the recipient of the Lincoln Center Award, the Bistro Award from Backstage magazine, and two MAC Awards as Singer-Instrumentalist of the Year from the Manhattan Association of Cabarets.
BETS MALONE is one of the most adorable performers you will ever meet, with an incredible belt voice. She has worked with theatres including Reprise!, Musical Theatre West, Milwaukee Rep and Performance Riverside in roles ranging from Eva Peron in Evita to Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls.
PATRICK CASSIDY, whose Broadway credits include Aida, 42nd Street, Annie Get Your Gun, Pirates of Penzance and Leader of the Pack. In Los Angeles, he played Macheath in The Threepenny Opera for Reprise! (Garland Award for Best Actor in a Musical), Bobby in Company (with Carol Burnett), and was the Balladeer in the critically hailed Assassins at LATC.
Rubicon Theatre's Associate Producer and Outreach Director BRIAN McDONALD was widely heralded for his recent performance as The Barber in Man of La Mancha and for his comic turn as Algernon in The Importance of Being Earnest. (It's a magical treat to hear him sing - and amazingly, he's also the person producing this awesome evening!)
The young and lovely JAYME LAKE interned with Rubicon after completing her training at PCPA Theaterfest. Her credits include the new musical The Wildest, Songs for a New World, HONK!, Crazy for You, Wonderful Town and Quilters.
JULIE DIXON JACKSON was featured in Rubicon Theatre's production of Side by Side by Sondheim when it traveled to Pasadena, where she also performed in I Do!, I Do! recently. She won the LA Drama Critics Circle Award and the Ovation for her work in the West Coast Premiere of Side Show.
KEVIN EARLEY and his gorgeous voice appeared on Broadway in Les Miserables. His regional credits include work at the Hollywood Bowl, CLO South Bay, The Colony, Reprise!, and Laguna Playhouse. You might remember him at the recent Ovation Awards ceremony as the singer JASON GRAAE didn't want to follow :).
KEVIN ODEKIRK was a member of the Ovation-nominated ensemble Songs for a New World at Rubicon and appeared on Broadway as Marius in Les Miserables.
Darling DAN GUNTHER, one of the smartest men on two feet, has wowed Rubicon audiences with his wide-ranging character work in Fools and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Dan will serve as both emcee/narrator and auctioneer for the event. Expect three very special one-of-a-kind theatre packages in the live auction - including one pair of house seats for previews to The Pirate Queen on Broadway.

Rubicon's prior Broadway Cabaret events at the Topa Tower Club have been spectacularly well received, with prior events celebrating the artistry of JASON ROBERT BROWN and STEPHEN SCHWARTZ. Seating is limited and early reservations are strongly recommended. The admission price includes the cabaret, dinner, and a short live auction.

Attire: Black-tie optional
Price: $175 per person

Special Offer: Attendees who order a Valentine's Day package of both the Broadway Cabaret and the February 12th "Romantic Rendezvous with Linda Purl Concert" fundraising event (see below) save up to $50 on tickets for the two events together.

For reservations, please call (805) 667-2900.
Or click here to reserve online.

 


LINDA PURL BENEFIT

A Romantic Rendezvous with Linda Purl!
Monday, February 12, 2007, 6:30 p.m.

Renowned actress LINDA PURL will perform her new cabaret act at Rubicon Theatre, followed by a stylish and scrumptious dinner at HUSH RESTAURANT in Ventura (the new "in" hot spot). Linda's stage credits on and Off-Broadway include Tom Sawyer, Getting and Spending and Baby Dance. Rubicon audiences still speak with awe about her acclaimed performance in A Streetcar Named Desire. Many viewers became fans when they saw Linda on television in "Happy Days," "Matlock," "Robin's Hoods" or "First Mondays." And to cap off a seemingly endless list of talents, Linda is also a gifted singer who has presented solo concerts in Colorado Springs, L.A., Connecticutt, Tokyo and New York. Her CD recordings include "Out of This World" and "Alone Together." Be among the first to hear Linda perform her new show which will also be filmed live! A perfect pre-Valentine's Day event for couples!

Attire: Cocktail
Price: $75 Dinner & Concert or $45 Concert only

More Romance for Less!! There is a Special combination rate of this event coupled with the February 5th event (see above) for just $200, which means 2 shows and 2 dinners.

For reservations, please call (805) 667-2900.
Or click here to reserve online.

 

 

RTC Presents: Stephen Schwartz and Friends!

 

You and your guests are cordially invited
to an evening of fine food, wine and musical entertainment
with

Stephen Schwartz and Friends
featuring songs from Wicked, Pippin, Godspell, Children of Eden, The Baker’s Wife, “Pocahontas” and more...

with Special Guest Host
William Katt
from Pippin and TV's "Greatest American Hero"

Be among the first to hear Stephen perform a song from his upcoming musical Snapshots.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006
6:00 p.m. Hors D’oeuvres and No-Host Bar
6:45 p.m. Sit-Down Dinner with Wine
7:45 p.m. Concert

Single Tickets: $275 per person
Includes gourmet meal served at the table, complimentary wine at dinner and concert.
$275 per person (includes a tax-deductible contribution of $100)

Patron Tables: $6,000 (Table of 6)/$8,000 (Table of 8)
Patron tables include premium seating, CD signed by Mr. Schwartz, acknowledgement on program placard and tax-deductible contribution of $3,500 or $5,000, respectively)

Seating is Limited to 140 People
Please RSVP by Friday, October 20, 2006.

The Topa Tower Club is located at 300 E. Esplanade Drive, 22nd Floor in Oxnard,
just 45 minutes north of Los Angeles and 45 minutes south of Santa Barbara.

For directions or additional information, please call Amber Landis at (805) 667-2912, ext. 239 or visit
http://www.rubicontheatre.org/0506fund.php.

For more information about Stephen Schwartz, visit http://www.stephenschwartz.com.
For more information about the Topa Tower Club, visit http://www.topatowerclub.com.


SCHEDULED TO PERFORM *

Liz Brackenberry
Sister Act (Pre-Broadway); Pippin

Wilson Cruz
Rent
on Broadway; “My So Called Life”

Randal Keith
Star of Broadway's Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera

Jennifer Leigh Warren
Marie Christine and Big River on Broadway

Jennifer Shelton
1st National Tour of Ragtime
and Disney's "Gepetto"

Alice Ripley
Tony and Drama Desk Award Nominee
Side Show, Rocky Horror Show
and Sunset Blvd.
on Broadway

Andrew Samonsky
Disney's On The Record, West Coast
Premiere of tick... tick... BOOM!

Manough
Songs for a New World, We Will Rock You,
and Broadway's The Lion King

Joan Almedilla
Broadway's Miss Saigon and
Les Miserables

 
with
Broadway Conductor and Reprise! Musical Director

Jerry Sternbach
* Artists subject to change

ABOUT RUBICON THEATRE COMPANY
Rubicon Theatre is Ventura County’s premiere professional theatre company. Rubicon presents classic and contemporary comedies, dramas and musicals, for the entertainment and enrichment of area residents and visitors. Rubicon began as an actors’ and directors’ theatre and is committed to providing a nurturing environment in which experimentation and exploration are supported. Renowned actors of stage and screen have graced the Rubicon stage, including Tony®, Emmy® and Academy ® Award-winners.

EDUCATION OUTREACH
In addition to presenting an annual subscription season of productions, Rubicon offers numerous educational outreach programs: after-school and weekend classes for students ages 6 to 18, Rubicon Young Professional intern programs for those 18-22, the four-week Jack Oakie Summer Musical Theatre Camp, the Teen Acting Summer intensive, and a two-week technical camp.

NEW MUSICAL DEVELOPMENT
Through the Meister Musical Theatre Fund and the Fashion Forms Plays-in-Progress program, Rubicon supports playwrights, composers and lyricists in the creation and development of new musicals and plays for the stage. Rubicon has presented eight fully produced world premieres and staged readings and workshops of sixteen new pieces.

Thank you to Stephen Schwartz and Friends for generously donating their time to help raise funds for these important programs!

To make a contribution,
contact Producing Artistic Director Karyl Lynn Burns at (805) 667-2912, ext. 224.

Rubicon Theatre Company, 1006 E. Main Street, Ventura, CA 93001 (805) 667-2900,
www.rubicontheatre.org.


Concert Event with Jason Robert Brown




UPDATE 2/20/06:

Karyl Lynn posted this message to the Rubicon Patron's E-Mail List this morning:

Dear Friends:

We only have 20 tickets left for this important event next Sunday to launch the Larry Meister Memorial Music Fund with Tony Award-Winner Jason Robert Brown and Broadway sensation Darcie Roberts ("Thoroughly Modern Millie," "Crazy For You" and "Aida").

 

Jason is the hottest young composer working on Broadway today, with three new projects about to go to New York. Come hear excerpts from his upcoming shows, as well as favorites from Jason's "The Last Five Years," "Songs for a New World" and "Parade." Jason is a dynamic performer. He will be available after to sign his CD "Wearing Someone Else's Clothes," which is great! *Think Billy Joel meets Broadway."

 

The $75 price includes hors d'oeuvres, a buffet at the elegant Topa Tower Club (no host bar), this magnificent concert and a $25 donation. Two patron/sponsor tables are still available. Join Barbara Meister and the Meister family for a not-to-be-missed evening with incredibly talented performers. You'll thank us - I promise!

 

Call Amber Landis at (805) 667-2900 or e-mail her at alandis@rubicontheatre.org.

 

 

 

UPDATE 1/22/04

 

KENNY LOGGINS BENEFIT CONCERT

 

A link to the 1/22/04 InsideVC.com article on the fabulous Kenny Loggins Fundraiser:

http://www1.venturacountystar.com/vcs/music/article/0,1375,VCS_156_2593242,00.html

 



"It'll be sort of like a 'Storytellers' show on VH1," says Kenny Loggins of his benefit concert Saturday in Ojai for Rubicon Theatre Company.


Loggins, seen here performing at the Ventura County Fair on Aug. 7, 2002, released his latest CD last summer. "I Miss Us," which shipped to radio this week, is the album's new single.

Loggins is all right

Santa Barbara's Kenny Loggins has banished his demons and recorded a new CD; now he's ready to cut footloose Saturday for a Rubicon Theatre benefit

By Mark Wyckoff, MWyckoff@venturacountystar.com
January 22, 2004

Innovative. Transformative. Surprising.

These were some of the words that came tripping off singer Kenny Loggins' tongue after he saw Rubicon Theatre Company's production of "J for J" in the fall of 2001.

The show, written by and starring Loggins' longtime friend Jenny Sullivan, was an intense, autobiographical look back at Sullivan's sometimes loving, sometimes taxing relationship with her father and retarded brother.

When the house lights went up in The Laurel Theatre, Loggins was impressed with the play, the performances by Sullivan and John Ritter (who had played her brother) and with the Rubicon itself, for having the guts to mount such a gripping, challenging new work.

Loggins, a longtime Santa Barbara resident and the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter behind hits like "Footloose" and "House at Pooh Corner," also was quite taken by the cozy confines of the 200-seat Laurel, a 1920s-era building the nonprofit Rubicon has rented as its performance and office space since forming in 1998. The intimate theater, he said, "contributed so much to the experience."

No surprise, then, that Loggins was a pushover when Sullivan, recently appointed an artistic associate at Rubicon, gave him a call asking for help in Rubicon's bid to buy the building, which went on the market last summer for $1.5 million.

Sullivan, at one time married to Loggins' 1970s performing partner Jim Messina, convinced Loggins to headline Rubicon's "Unplugged in Ojai" event, a $500-per-person fund-raiser to be held Saturday afternoon at Starbuck's Ojai Valley Ranch. A gourmet dinner prepared by Regina's Quality Catering and SeaFresh will be served, followed by an all-acoustic, under-the-stars concert by Loggins, who's in the midst of promoting his new "It's About Time" CD on All the Best! Records.

The event is the first major public fund-raiser Rubicon has held in its push to raise $3 million to buy The Laurel and renovate it, adding additional seats, more accessible bathrooms and a box-office window on the main floor.

"In the initial stages of this capital campaign, we've focused our efforts on finding major donors and philanthropists who are interested in helping," said Norbert Tan, Rubicon's managing director. "So far, it's going really well. I would say we're a third of the way there.

"We'll probably raise the goal a little bit," he continued. "We're probably looking at $4 million, including an endowment for the theater. In the next couple of months, I'm hoping we'll have some exciting news to report."

Loggins, for his part, is just happy to help. He's also psyched about the Ojai concert's all-acoustic format.

"It'll be sort of like a 'Storytellers' show on VH1," Loggins said.

Backed only by a guitarist and a bassist, Loggins said he'll perform some of the quieter tunes off his new album, such as "The One That Got Away," "Brothers" and the newest single, "I Miss Us."

"I'm keeping my fingers crossed that radio will play it," said Loggins, who turned 56 on Jan. 7. "It all depends on the climate for 'legacy' acts at adult contemporary radio. If there's a climate for it, like with the Santana thing, I'll be fine. If the social climate is leaning more toward younger acts, then I'm screwed."

Loggins, of course, was once a radio staple, scoring hits as part of Loggins & Messina ("Your Mama Don't Dance," "Danny's Song"), as a solo act ("I'm Alright," "Danger Zone") and as a songwriter (he co-wrote the Doobie Brothers' hit "What a Fool Believes").

When hip-hop and teen-pop started to crowd him off the airwaves in the '90s, Loggins took it hard.

"It's not easy waking up one day and realizing that you've been forcibly retired by pop culture," he said. "It freaks you out. You wonder, 'How do I make a living?' 'How do I get an audience aware that I'm still recording?' "

For a time, Loggins wasn't sure he'd ever record again. When he told his young son, Luke, that he was going to retire, the youngster burst into tears, convinced that if "Daddy stops singing, he'll die."

That served as a major wake-up call for Loggins, who slowly started to break free from his deep funk. Song ideas started rattling around his brain. One lyrical snippet -- "Whatever ya got to leave, you leave" -- became a mantra for him and ultimately a key part of "It's About Time," which opens the new CD, his first new studio album in more than six years.

The song -- a funky, gospel-edged slab of pop-soul -- is all about unlocking "the gates of hell" and emerging from the horror of "self-made darkness."

Santa Barbara has been Loggins' home since the early '70s. He lives near the beach, where he loves to hang out with Julia, his second wife, and their kids, 10-year-old Luke and 6-year-old Hana.

Two weeks ago, in between gym workouts and phone interviews, Loggins was hanging out in the recording studio with his 23-year-old son, Crosby. The father-and-son team have been busy at Santa Barbara's Sound Design studio recording a tune for a various-artists compilation that will be issued in Hawaii only.

"The song is called 'Fire on the Sea' and it's a reference to the volcanoes on the big island," Loggins said. "Crosby started it about six years ago and he got stuck. We finished it together about two years ago. It's like an acoustic pop mid-tempo ballad."

Loggins said his son wants to land a recording deal and is "primed to make the move," having just signed with The Fitzgerald Hartley Co., a Ventura-based artist management firm.

"Some people say he sounds like me," Loggins said. "There's a family resemblance, to be sure, but he's not inclined to be the kind of singer I am. He's more in the school of, oh, a John Mayer."

While Loggins has had a blast getting to record with his son, he's not quite sure if Crosby shares his enthusiasm.

"We're co-singing it and I'm producing it," Loggins said. "We don't always agree, but he's handling it very well. To put up with your dad at 23 is not easy. He's been having to bite the bullet a lot."


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 REAL AUDIO
It's About Time by Kenny Loggins

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I Miss Us by Kenny Loggins

 


NOTE:  In Karyl Lynn's 2/16/04 RTC Crossings Newsletter, she listed the wonderful "results" of this lovely, tremendously successful evening:

Kenny Loggins’ Benefit Concert
This event drew over 200 attendees and raised more than $15,000 (net). Most of the attendees were new to Rubicon. Guest Leo Bunnin, owner of area GM dealerships, matched our live auction proceeds of $8,100! A special thanks to Chair Jenny Sullivan, hosts Claire and Reid Bowman and to Cathy and Mel Sheeler for giving up their home for an evening and providing a comfortable place for Kenny and his wife to stay. We are also grateful to Sheila and Don Cluff and The Oaks (for housing and a fabulous auction item) Graham Nash, Natalie’s Fine Threads and The Garden Terrace.

 

 

RTC's  Tick...Tick...Boom  LA Engagement!  

 

 

SPECIAL - Tick...Tick...Boom Reunion Concert - 10/9/06!!!!!

 
ONE NIGHT ONLY
Concert Performance of 2006 LA Ovation Nominated BEST MUSICAL   
 
tick...tick...BOOM!
Reunion Concert
 
Hear the Finalists of the USC
"Finding the Next Jonathan Larson" Contest perform their songs. 
This Monday, October 9 at 7:00 pm
Coronet Theatre
 
Tickets now on sale at TicketMaster.com 
TAMI, ANDREW and WILSON at The Grove, where they performed with the National Touring Cast of RENT. ADAM PASCAL hosted and welcomed special guests AL and NAN LARSON! 
 
HERE'S A VIDEO OF ANDREW, WILSON AND TAMI PERFORMING 30/90 AT THE GROVE ON 7/22/06!
 

 
1.  tick, tick..BOOM!   has been nominated for three 2006 LA Stage Alliance OVATION AWARDS:  BEST MUSICAL, BEST DIRECTION of a MUSICAL for Scott Schwartz and BEST FEATURED ACTRESS in a MUSICAL for Natascia Diaz.  Rubicon Theatre Company and Michael Jackowitz are proud to announce this special concert version of tick, tick..BOOM! at the Coronet Theatre on Monday October 9th at 7pm.   Come see what everyone has been talking about in this very special ONE NIGHT ONLY event.    Tickets available at www.Ticketmaster.com.  
 
2. USC's  "Finding the NEXT Jonathan Larson Contest" Finalists have been announced!   They will be performing their songs on the Coronet Stage before the performance of tick, tick..BOOM for guest judges and a winner will be announced that night!   The winner will receive $1,000 plus the opportunity to have a staged reading of their new musical performed on the Rubicon Stage with professional actor/singers! The finalists are: 
 
Aaron Fischer & Rebekah Melocik 
Alexander Georgakis                    
James Grosch & Natalie Storrs      
Brent Lomas                                
Aaron Matijasic & Billy Thompson  
Carl Petrillo  
Paul Spaeth      
 
 
 
Music, Book and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson
Script Supervision by David Auburn
Directed by Scott Schwartz
Musical Direction by Brent Crayon    Choreography by Christopher Gattelli
Sets and Costumes by David Farley
Lights by Jeremy Pivnick
Sound by Drew Dalzell
Production Stage Manager Linda Tross
PRESS: David Elzer, DEMAND PR
 
Starring
Wilson Cruz
Tami Tappan Damiano
Andrew Samonsky

Coronet Theatre
366 N. La Cienega Blvd. 
(one block North of Beverly Blvd.)
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Box Office at (310) 657-7377




 
 

 

SPECIAL - Tick...Tick...Boom / RENT EVENT - 7/22/06!!!!!

 

 

Please feel free to cut and paste the newsletter below and e-mail to friends. We hope to see you at one of the final performances. Thank you for your support!
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
FINAL 7 PERFORMANCES!!!
CLOSING AUGUST 27th
WILSON CRUZ, TAMI TAPPAN DAMIANO AND ANDREW SAMONSKY STAR IN TICK...TICK...BOOM!, WHICH CLOSES A WEEK FROM SUNDAY AT THE CORONET IN LOS ANGELES.
 
 Dear tick...tick..BOOM family and friends,
 
After nearly 3 months, 73 performances3 extensions11,000 audience members, numerous standing ovations, the support of 487 myspace friends, 22 rave reviews, and 6 "Critic's Pick"/"Critics' Choice"/"Go!" notices...
... Jonathan Larson's autobiographical story of hope and courage will play its FINAL PERFORMANCE at the Coronet Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday August 27th at 3 PM. 
 
To order your "ticks" now, go to www.Ticketmaster.com or www.ticktickboomthemusical.com. Or call the Coronet Box Office at (310) 657-7377.  
 
 
This Week's Newsletter 
 
1. FINAL WEEKS' PERFORMANCE CALENDAR. Okay you procrastinators! The time is here; the time is now. If you have been waiting to see tick...tick...BOOM! or waiting to share this vibrant, life-affirming show with friends and family, don't wait a minute longer!!! Tickets are going fast for the next and last 9 performances at the Coronet Theatre in Los Angeles. We have one last special newsletter offer for you -- but it's good through Wednesday only. See below!  
 
SHOW SCHEDULE THIS WEEKEND
Sunday                Aug 20th @ 3 PM
 
NEXT WEEK
Wednesday        Aug 23rd @ 8 PM
Thursday            Aug 24th @ 8 PM
Friday                  Aug 25th @ 8 PM
Saturday             Aug 26th @ 5 PM and 8 PM
Sunday               Aug 27th @ 3 PM Final Performance
 
WILSON, TAMI and ANDREW in "Sugar" (the show's hilarious musical
ode to Twinkies! -- one of our favorite dance numbers in the show). 
 
 2.  SPECIAL OFFER: Thru Wednesday only!   Mention CODE MUSIC for 1/2 price tickets ($24.75) for tickets through Wednesday, August 23rd. To order your "ticks" now, go to www.ticktickboomthemusical.com  or www.Ticketmaster.com. Or call the Coronet Box Office at (310) 657-7377.
 
 
WILSON AND ANDREW in "No More"; and (right) joined by TAMI for the final scene )
 
3. THEATRE'S "YOUNG GUNS" -- TTB CREATIVE TEAM INCLUDES THE WUNDERKINDS OF BROADWAY,  LONDON AND LOS ANGELES. 
 
Even while he was in college, and when he was still waiting tables as a struggling young artist in Soho, Jonathan Larson was heard to have said, " I am the future of the musical theatre!"
 
Somehow he knew that his dream of revolutionizing the musical theatre would come true! Although Jonathan's life was cut short by an aortic aneurysm related to Marfan's Syndrome at age 35, his goal of writing the next great American musical came true with RENT. He won the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for RENT just months after his untimely death in 1998. 
 
The directors and designers on this West Coast and L.A. Premiere of tick...tick...BOOM! are all shaking up the theatre while in their 30's, too -- these young wunderkinds already have earned credits and critical acclaim on Broadway, in London's West End, in L.A. and in major regional theatres.  Between them, they have won Outer Critics Circle, Lortel, Ovations, L.A. Drama Critics Circle, NAACP, Garland,  Drama-Logue, CT Critics and Indie Awards.
 
They are the rising stars of their generation, and like Jonathan before them, they are bright lights and the "future of the musical theatre."
 
What have they done and what are they doing next? Here's a short snapshot of what our director and choreographer have been doing...
 

        

SCOTT, CHRISTOPHER and DREW at recent awards ceremonies. 
 
 
4. KUDOS FROM THE CRITICS. As tick...tick...BOOM! goes out with a bang in Los Angeles, here are excerpts from comments by the critics.
 
Los Angeles Times:  "CRITIC'S PICK! One of the SHINING SUCCESSES OF 2005! Stunning!  Deeply Moving! A Heartfelt Celebration."
 
Hollywood Reporter: "Creating a Legend at the Coronet!"
 
LA Daily News:  "Scott Schwartz directs the terrific West Coast Premiere! This musical should be heard!"
 
LA Weekly!  "GO!  Energetic!  Pulse-Pounding!  Emblazons the stage."
 
Entertainment Today:  "Worthy of every magnet it is bound to attract at the end of the year like a powerful magnet!"
 
Backstage West: "CRITIC'S PICK! Remarkable!  An enjoyably eclectic and heartfelt score!"
 
Variety:  "All the right stuff!  A top notch ensemble and production!"
 
Frontiers:  "Top 10 of 2005!  Sensational!  Magnificent!  A MUST for musical theatre lovers!" 
 
OUT.com:  "The actors boast goose-pimple inducing voices!"
 
Bloomberg.com:  "Larson's early 'tick' EXPLODES in LA!"
 
KABC Radio:  "A Marvel!!!"
 
Daily Breeze:  "RAVE!!"
 
The Independent: "We are indeed on Broadway!"
 
ReviewPlays.com:  "I am renewed."
 
 
5.  A GREAT PLACE FOR PRE OR POST-SHOW DINING. Our favorite hangout before or after the show is Mark's Restaurant just up the street on La Cienega. Owner Chris Diamond has created a delicious and unusual menu (the beet salad is one of our favorites) and don't miss their chocolate martinis!  Their California cuisine includes a great selection of beautifully prepared steaks, lobster, fish and pasta. For reservations, call (310) 652-5252 or go to www.marksrestaurant.com.
 
 
 
6. WHO WILL BE THE NEXT JONATHAN LARSON?  TTB has teamed up with USC TROJAN VISION TELEVISION's program EXPOSED to help discover the next great young composer/lyricist. http://www.uscexposed.com/ for more information. Finalists will be announced at a special benefit for Rubicon Theatre Company's New Play Development Fund in October. Look for details in our next newsletter.  
 
Below: A picture of our lobby display about JONATHAN LARSON's life at the CORONET. Come to the show early and watch a video about Jonathan's journey and read correspondence between Jonathan and his agent, see photos of Jonathan with his family and STEPHEN SONDHEIM, and more.
  
 
 7.  AN INVITATION TO CROSS THE RUBICON AND ENJOY PROFESSIONAL ENTERTAINMENT IN VENTURA'S DOWNTOWN CULTURAL DISTRICT.  Did you know that this production of tick...tick...BOOM! was originally produced by MICHAEL JACKOWITZ and Rubicon Theatre Company in Ventura? Rubicon Theatre Company has earned a reputation for producing innovative productions of classic and contemporary plays and for nurturing new works. The company is in its 8th season. Artists ranging from JACK LEMMON and JOHN RITTER,  who made their final stage appearances at Rubicon, to STEPHANIE ZIMABLIST, JOE SPANO and ROBIN GAMMELL (show below in RTC shows), have graced the Rubicon stage.
 
Rubicon Theatre Company is currently presenting two plays by modern Irish playwrights in repertory: GERALDINE HUGHES' gives a luminous performance in her own very timely Belfast Blues; and acclaimed international actor CONOR LOVETT appears in a Gare St Lazare Ireland production of CONOR McPHERSON's harrowing The Good Thief. Consider making the hour trek north to one of Rubicon's productions in the company's intimate 200-seat space in Ventura's Downtown Cultural District.
 
Rubicon's season ends in October with GEORGE BALL, JOSEPH FUQUA, SAM ZELLER, MANOUGH and more soon-to-be-announced in a powerful production of Man of La Mancha, directed by JAMES O'NEIL and choreographed by CATE CAPLIN.
 
The 2006-2007 Rubicon season includes a World Premiere musical revue entitled Back Home Again: A John Denver Holiday by RANDY MYLER, A. R. GURNEY'S Love Letters, By the Waters of Babylon by ROBERT SCHENKKAN (Southern California premiere), WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S Hamlet, Children of a Lesser God by MARK MEDOFF, a World Premiere TBA and A Delicate Balance by EDWARD ALBEE. For more information, go to Rubicon's website at www.rubicontheatre.org.
 
 
  
Don't miss out on the legendary production.  The clock IS ticking.
Buy tickets NOW at Coronet Theatre Box Office (310) 657-7377 or www.ticketmaster.com  
 
 
 
Music, Book and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson
Script Supervision by David Auburn
Musical Arrangements by Stephen Oremus
Directed by Scott Schwartz
Musical Direction by Brent Crayon    Choreography by Christopher Gattelli
Sets and Costumes by David Farley
Lights by Jeremy Pivnick
Sound by Drew Dalzell
Production Stage Manager Linda Tross
PRESS: David Elzer, DEMAND PR
 
Starring
Wilson Cruz
Tami Tappan Damiano
Andrew Samonsky

Coronet Theatre
366 N. La Cienega Blvd. 
(one block North of Beverly Blvd.)
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Box Office at (310) 657-7377

http://www.ticketmaster.com/artist/1037538?list_view=0' target='_new


 

 

 

 

 
 

 
IN THIS WEEK'S NEWSLETTER:
 
1. PHOTO SCRAPBOOK. The TTB gang with recording stars and Broadway actors JOEY McINTYRE and DEBORAH GIBSON. 
 
2.  JUST 3 MORE WEEKS! -- tick...tick...BOOM! closes August 6 -- only 18 more chances to see the show again and share it with your friends!
 
3.  CRITICS AND AUDIENCE MEMBERS RAVE! See review excerpts and check out photos from the Indie Awards. Also, TTB was the Goldstar Roar of the Crowd winner this week (in addition to being a regular Best Seller!
 
 4.  FREE MINI-CONCERT WITH ADAM PASCAL AND RENT CAST AT THE GROVE.  WILSON, TAMI and ANDREW, sing excerpts from the show next Saturday, July 22, at Noon at The Grove. They will be joined by the cast of the National Tour of RENT and ADAM PASCAL, who emcees. (ADAM played Roger on stage and screen and performs in concert at the Brentwood later this month.) AL LARSON, Jonathan's father, will also be a special guest. Bring your friends! 
 
5..  WIN OUR tick...tick...BOOM! DREAM BIG CONTEST. Send us an e-mail about your big dream and you could win a dinner for 4 at MARK'S RESTAURANT in West Hollywood and 4 VIP tickets to TTB on Sunday, August 6 at 3 pm. See below for more info!   
 
6.  NEW SATURDAY SCHEDULE!  By request, we are shifting our Saturday performances for July 22 and July 29 to a 5 pm performance and a regular 8 pm performance. On August 5, performances are at 5 pm and 9 pm. When you order tickets for the new twilight 5 pm shows for the next three weeks, use code BOOM to save 20% per ticket.
 
7BRING YOUR BIRTHDAY PARTY TO JONATHAN'S BIRTHDAY PARTY! Come celebrate your special day with us (or surprise someone else!). If you bring 15 or more friends, they save 20% and your ticket is FREE! We'll even provide the cake and the cast will sing to the birthday boy or girl. Birthday party reservations must be made directly through the Coronet Box Office at 310-657-7377.
 
To book regular tickets for the show, call the Coronet Box Office above, go to www.ticktickboomthemusical.com or www.ticketmaster.com.
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THE DETAILS....
 
1.  PHOTO SCRAPBOOK.
 
The cast of tick...tick...BOOM! joined former New Kid on the Block, and Wicked star JOEY McINTYRE at Hotel Belage, where he performed his cabaret act with SHARON McKNIGHT. Joey appeared in TTB Off-Broadway and sang a number from the show with WILSON and TAMI (right). He thanked ANDREW (left) for loaning his cast-mates for the evening!
 
 
Pop princess DEBORAH GIBSON, whose Broadway credits include Les Miserables, Chicago. Cabaret and Beauty and the Beast) took a night off from her busy schedule to come see the show!
 
2.  THE CLOCK IS TICKING and we are in the final countdown for our run at the Coronet Theatre at 336 N. La Cienega in West Hollywood. Only 18 more performances before closing on Sunday, August 3. Don't miss the opportunity to share this amazing story with your friends, co-workers and family members! Go to the bottom of this newsletter and click on Buy Tickets to place your order now.

 FINAL 3 WEEKS! Closing August 6!!!
 
3. LAST CHANCE TO SEE THE SHOW CRITICS DESCRIBE AS...
 

   "MORE FUN THAN A BOX OF TWINKIES!"*  

 

WILSON CRUZ and ANDREW SAMONSKY perform a little air guitar during the song "'No more." Photo by Nick Weissman, Brooks Institute of Photography.

 

"CRITIC’s CHOICE! STUNNING! A HEARTFELT CELEBRATION of a MAJOR TALENT!" Los Angeles Times

 

"PERFORMED TO PERFECTION. Creating a LEGEND at the Coronet!!!"

Hollywood Reporter

"CRITIC’S PICK!!! A virtuoso performance!" Backstage West

 

"GO! NEW AND RECOMMENDED! – The cast EMBLAZONS THE STAGE!!!"  

LA Weekly

 

"ALL THE RIGHT STUFF! The ROCK-TINGED SCORE is brought to ZESTY LIFE!" – Variety

 

"A MARVEL!!!"  KABC Radio

 

"HEARTBREAKING! GOOSE-PIMPLE INDUCING VOICES." Out Magazine

 

"WILDLY TALENTED ARTISTS! THE ENERGY, EXCITEMENT, TALENT AND HEART OF A MAJOR BROADWAY POP-ROCK MUSICAL!" 

The Tolucan Times/Canyon Crier

 

"WE ARE INDEED ON BROADWAY! Filled with ENERGY AND FUN!"

The Independent

 

"SHINING SUCCESSES OF 2005" LA Times (One of only 12 in Year-End Wrap)

 

TOP 10 OF 2005! – Frontiers

 

*Tom Jacobs of Santa Barbara News-Press and Backstage West


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INDIE'S FOR SCOTT AND ANDREW! A critic for Entertainment Today and ReviewPlays.com recently wrote: "The spectacularly intimate remounting of Ventura's RUBICON THEATRE production of 'tick… tick… BOOM!'  is worthy of every award it's bound to attract like a powerful magnet at the end of the year."
 
It looks like his predictions are beginning to come true!
 
SCOTT SCHWARTZ received an award for direction of TTB, and ANDREW SAMONSKY received an award for acting at the 2006 Indie Awards in Santa Barbara. Andrew was in New York during the ceremony, but Scott represented the team and gave an eloquent acceptance speech.
 
Writer D.J. PALLADINO, who covered the event for The Independent, wrote,
 
"TAMI TAPPAN DAMIANO and BRENT CRAYON sent chills through the crowd performing the showstopper 'Come to Your Senses,' from 'tick...tick...BOOM!'" 
 
TOP: SCOTT SCHWART accepts his Indie for direction from PHILIP BRANDES of the L.A. Times and Santa Barbara News-Press. BELOW; TAMI TAPPAN DAMIANO and Musical Director BRENT CRAYON wow the awards ceremony audience.
 
As incredible as the critic's comments have been, the most important critics are YOU, the audience members!
 
tick...tick...BOOM! has been a BEST SELLER on Goldstar Events, and this week, Goldstar's CEO JIM McCARTHY made the show the ROAR OF THE CROWD selection after reading 1,733 audience reviews of LA shows for the week. Here's what he wrote:
 
'If you're a fan of the musical RENT, you'll want to see this week's Roar of the Crowd winner. The semi-autobiographical story written by RENT author JONATHAN LARSON tells the story of a young man struggling to write his masterpiece before time runs out. Larson never saw RENT performed in his lifetime, but fans of RENT (and others) should enjoy this show. This production has been extremely well reviewed by Goldstar Events members. SHARON LASKA calls the show a "terrific production with very talented actors." STEFANIE HAMLYN says it is "wonderful and glorious and hilarious and touching."
 
BARRY GRUBS says that 'tick, tick...BOOM!' was an amazing experience." THEA RIVERA points out that "you could feel how Jonathan Larson's style and spirit sprang from this to RENT."

 
tick...tick...Boom! was an amazing experience. Although hard not to think about the short life of JONATHAN LARSON (played so adeptly by ANDREW SAMONSKY) I left the theatre happy for having had the experience. The cast is amazing. -- BRETT HUME
 
More than 60 audience members have written reviews of the show and posted them to our website. To write your own, or to see what others have been saying, go to the BLOG section at www.ticktickboomthemusical.com. Or, direct link to the audience comments here: http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=28646289&postID=115000066991329645/
 
4.  MEET THE CAST! FREE MINI-PERFORMANCE AT THE GROVE THIS SATURDAY! The Grove Town Square is the site of a mini-concert on Saturday July 22 at 12-noon, featuring songs from JONATHAN LARSON'S two musicals -- RENT and tick…tick…BOOM!, performed by the casts from both shows.  ADAM PASCAL, the original Roger from RENT, hosts the mini-concert.   The Grove is located at 189 The Grove Drive in Los Angeles .

 

The National Tour of RENT is now performing at the Pantages Theatre; the Los Angeles premiere of tick…tick…BOOM! is now performing at the Coronet Theatre.  ADAM PASCAL will be appearing in concert at the Brentwood Theatre on July 28 and 29.  The cast of tick…tick…BOOM!, Larson’s autobiographical musical, will sing songs from the production including “30/90,” “Come to Your Senses,” and “Actions Speak Louder Than Words.”

 

AL LARSON, Jonathan's father, will also be attending the event to share in the celebration of Jonathan's life. 

 

Tickets for tick…tick…BOOM!, RENT, and ADAM PASCAL in concert are available through Ticketmaster - online at ticketmaster.com, by phone at Ticketmaster at 213-365-3500, and all Ticketmaster outlets.

 

 5.  WIN OUR tick...tick...BOOM! DREAM BIG CONTEST. JONATHAN LARSON dreamed of writing a show musical that would revolutionized musical theatre for a new generation -- creating a cultural lightning bolt!

Tell us about YOUR big dream -- e-mail us a short essay of no more than 300 words about what you hope you to achieve by the time you turn 30 (if you're younger), or your current dream (if you're older).  Send e-mails to ticktickboomthemusical@yahoo.com.

The winner will be notified by August 1 and will receive a dinner for 4 at MARK'S RESTAURANT in West Hollywood and 4 VIP tickets to the show on Sunday, August 6 at 3 pm. All entries become the property of TTB2. Some restrictions apply.

6. NEW SATURDAY SCHEDULE!  Instead of Saturday matinees, we are pleased to announce our new twilight performances at 5 pm, followed by our regular 8 pm show. On August 5, show times are 5 pm and 9 pm. After a day at the beach or shopping,  our twilight show will get out about 6:30 pm -- perfect for early dinner reservations! For the next three weeks, use Code BOOM and save 20% per ticket on the twilights performances. If you're still looking for a matinee, try out 3 pm Sunday show!

7BRING YOUR BIRTHDAY PARTY TO JONATHAN'S BIRTHDAY PARTY! 

Come celebrate your special day with us (or surprise someone else!). If you bring 15 or more friends, they save 20% and your ticket is free. We'll even provide the cake and the cast will sing to the birthday boy or girl. Birthday party reservations must be made directly through the Coronet Box Office at 310-657-7377.


Coronet Theatre
366 N. La Cienega Blvd. 
(one block North of Beverly Blvd.)
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Box Office at (310) 657-7377

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Rubicon
Theatre Company

Be a part of Tick…Tick…Boom’s Grand
Opening Night at the Coronet Theatre in L.A.
with Hollywood Celebrities
!!

Saturday, June 10, 2006
Total package cost for Rubicon Theatre Patrons: $185
Attire: Hollywood Glamour Dressy Attire
Depart from Rubicon Theatre at 3:45pm / Return at 11:00pm

Your special evening will include:

  • Opening Night gala ticket (regularly priced at $135 to the public)
  • VIP Seating
  • A souvenir poster signed by the cast and crew
  • Pre-show two-course dinner with complimentary sodas and coffee at Tart, a chic, new L.A. eatery (alcoholic beverages available for purchase separately)
  • Comfortable round-trip transportation via Coach USA
  • Early arrival to watch the red-carpet celebrity walk with a “meet and greet”
  • Post-Show party with Hollywood gliteratti

Don’t miss the fun!
Reservations limited to the first 43 people only!

Please RSVP to:
Amber Landis at (805) 667-2912 ext. 239

 

 

Tick…Tick…Boom plays at the Coronet for a six-week engagement!

Check out the new Tick…Tick…Boom Website, Blog and MySpace pages here:

WEBSITE: http://www.ticktickboomthemusical.com/

MYSPACE:  http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=80035062

BLOG: http://www.ticktickboomthemusical.blogspot.com/

 

 

RTC TRIPS

 

THIRD NYC TRIP:

 

Announcing Big News About a Visit to the Big Apple

Hurry and Reserve Your Space for the
Rubicon Spring Broadway Theatre Trip!

April 11-17, 2007

Come along with Rubicon to New York City's theatre district for seven days and six nights of fun, festivity,
and the best theatre you can find (outside of Rubicon Theatre, of course!). This extravaganza includes
round-trip airfare from LAX to Newark; a stay at an elegant hotel in the heart of the theatre district; four
Broadway shows (those under consideration include Inherit the Wind with Christopher Plummer and Brian
Dennehy, Richard Maltby's swashbuckling new musical The Pirate Queen, Mary Poppins, or Curtains,
110 in the Shade with Audra McDonald and Chris Butler, and either Prelude to a Kiss with John Mahoney,
Howard Katz with Alfred Molina or the London transfer of A Moon for the Misbegotten with Kevin Spacey);
two post-performance meet-and-greets with show artists; a tour of Theodore Roosevelt's home
“Sagamore Hill” plus a visit to the botanical gardens at Oyster Bay, Long Island; and a special farewell
Dinner at “21” or another legendary Manhattan restaurant.

 

Let us hear about your interest BEFORE FEBRUARY 1, 2007!
We need at least 35 people to make this trip "a go."

Book now before all spots are filled!

Prices: $2,995 per person double occupancy, an additional $1,150 per person single supplement.

Call Diana Dunbar, Development Director, for further information and reservations:
(805) 667-2912, ext. 248 or e-mail
ddunbar@rubicontheatre.org.

Click here to view the entire tentative itinerary.

 

 

SECOND NYC TRIP:

 

 

Rubicon
Theatre Company

RUBICON THEATRE LOVERS ARE OFF TO BROADWAY!!

JOIN US FOR A WONDERFUL WEEK IN NEW YORK CITY
TUESDAY JULY 25 - SUNDAY JULY 30, 2006

IF YOU MISSED OUR FABULOUS BROADWAY TRIP LAST FALL,
YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS THIS ONE!

(We won't be scheduling another Broadway trip until April, 2007)

 

HERE'S WHAT THE TRIP WILL INCLUDE:

  • Round trip air on Continental Airlines from Los Angeles Airport to Newark
  • All airport transfers
  • Porterage
  • Comfortable suite accommodations at the Doubletree Guest Suites in Times Square, 1568 Broadway (in the heart of the exciting theatre district)
  • One group lunch
  • One boat tour of the harbor and Statue of Liberty
  • Special surprise event

      and

FOUR TOP BROADWAY SHOWS

    • The Color Purple
      From Alice Walker's classic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and the landmark film by Steven Spielberg comes a soul-stirring new musical. The Color Purple is an inspiring and unforgettable story of a woman, who, through love, finds the strength to triumph over adversity and discover her unique voice in the world. With a moving book and score featuring gospel, jazz, ragtime and blues, this is ultimately a story of hope, a testament to the healing power of love and a celebration of life.
      Starring: LaChanze and Elisabeth Withers-Mendes
    • Jersey Boys
      Head across the country, behind the music and to the top of the charts with the Four Seasons. This is the story of how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time –Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide—all before they were 30!
      Starring: John Lloyd Young, Christian Hoff, Daniel Reichard and J. Robert Spencer
    • Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
      Based on the popular 1988 film that starred Michael Caine and Steve Martin, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a raucous musical comedy centering on two con men living in the French Riviera.
      Starring: Jonathan Pryce, Norbert Leo Butz and Rachel York
    • Faith Healer
      One of the most renowned Irish dramas of our time
      , Faith Healer tells the story of a traveling faith healer, his long-time lover and his devoted manager. As the three bare their innermost thoughts, they ask potent questions about who we trust, what we know and why we believe.
      Starring: Oscar nominee Ralph Fiennes and Tony winner Cherry Jones


Possible other activities:

  • Special event with Sonia Tower, Vice President of Special Initiatives Americans for the Arts and former head of Cultural Affairs for the City of Ventura.
  • Visit with a representative from Theatre Communications' Group
    (*Schedule subject to availability)
Approximate cost: $2900 per person
double occupancy - $3950 single supplement per person.
(Includes a tax-deductible donation to the Rubicon Theatre.)
Reservations and deposits will be due by May 30, 2006.

We are taking preliminary commitments NOW to gauge the amount of interest in this trip. We need 40 travelers to make this trip “a go!” Yes, it's summer time in New York, but you'll be in air conditioning and having the time of your life!!

If you would like to join us, please call or e-mail:
Diana Dunbar
Development Director
(805) 667-2912 ext. 246
E-mail:
ddunbar@rubicontheatre.org

 

PLEASE JOIN US FOR AN UNFORGETTABLE TRIP!!

 

 

 

 

WINNEPEG, CANADA
"DRIVING MISS DAISY" AT MAINTOBA THEATRE

 

Please join us in April, 2006

when

Miss Daisy Drives to Canada!


The Rubicon Theatre will be escorting interested patrons on a special trip to our sister theatre company, the Winnipeg Theatre Company in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada from April 17-April 23, 2006.

Be there when Rubicon’s award-winning original production of Driving Miss Daisy opens on April 22, 2006. The cast and Rubicon co-founders Karyl Lynn Burns and Jim O’Neil will be on hand to greet us!

Besides our visit to the Manitoba Theatre Company, highlights of this action-packed week will include a performance of “The Marriage of Figaro” opera, a private tour of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet during a rehearsal, visits to all the historic sites of Winnipeg and sumptuous dining. Tours will include the St. Boniface Museum, Manitoba Museum, McPhillips Street Casino, Millennium Express, Circle of Life Thunderbird House where we will learn about the largest urban Aboriginal communities in Canada, and a special  Ukrainian feast with lavish entertainment.

You’ll also have free time to sample the shopping, art galleries and the dazzling array of fine restaurants. Complete orientation materials and recommendations will be provided.

Accommodations will be at the beautiful Fort Garry Hotel in the heart of Winnipeg and will include a complimentary full breakfast each morning. The hotel features a wonderful spa for optional extra pampering.

Air travel will be on United Airlines via Los Angeles to Chicago and then Winnipeg outbound. The returning flight will fly via Winnipeg to Denver and then Los Angeles.

Round-trip coach transfer from Ventura to LAX will be included and from Winnipeg to the Fort Garry Hotel.

PLEASE NOTE: YOU MUST HAVE A VALID U.S. PASSPORT TO TRAVEL TO CANADA.

Because of a favorable exchange rate between the U.S. and Canadian dollar, we can offer you this memorable trip for only $2050 double occupancy or $2300 single occupancy. (This includes a tax-deductible donation.)

 

Here’s What’s You’ll Get:

    • Round trip coach transportation between Ventura and LAX
    • Round trip coach transportation between Winnipeg Airport and Fort Garry Hotel
    • Round-trip airfare on United Airlines. (Please note – there are no direct flights to Winnipeg. One plane change will be required)
    • Insider’s Tour of the Manitoba Theatre Company
    • Attendance at Driving Miss Daisy’s Opening Night on April 20th
    • Attendance at a Manitoba Theatre Company youth production
    • Attendance at “The Marriage of Figaro” opera
    • A private behind-the-scenes tour of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet by a ballet alumnus and attendance at a rehearsal of “Swan Lake”
    • A guided city tour through the historic Manitoba sites
    • Tour of the St. Boniface Museum with afternoon high tea served by costumed interpreters
    • Tour of the Manitoba Museum
    • Tour of the McPhillips Street Station Casino
    • Visit to the multi-media theatre the Millennium Express
    • Tour of the Circle of Life Thunderbird House, a place of spiritual recognition and fulfillment based on the culture and values of Canadian Aboriginal peoples.
    • A farewell party featuring a Ukrainian dinner and entertainment at the Club Regent Casino.
    • Full breakfasts each morning at the Fort Garry Hotel

Reservations required with full payment by: February 10, 2006!

Please contact: Diana Dunbar, Development Director at 805-667-2912 ext. 248 or e-mail her at:  ddunbar@rubicontheatre.org for further information and a complete, detailed itinerary.

LEAVE THE DETAILS TO US!

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS RESERVE NOW!

DON’T MISS THIS FABULOUS TASTE OF WINNIPEG!

 

 


FIRST NEW YORK TRIP!

UPDATE: 9/6/05:

New York trip a sell-out! 


New York City, Saturday October 1, 2005 at the Daryl Roth Theatre by Union Square
Photo courtesy of Steve and Cynde Magidson

Our group excursion to New York to see A Woman of Will with Amanda McBroom (which premiered at Rubicon as Lady Macbeth Sings the Blues) is completely sold out with a waiting list! We’ll also see Doubt, Putnam County Spelling Bee and Wicked, eat at some swell restaurants, tour the Rockefeller estate at Kykuit, meet with producers and actors and get a behind-the-scenes tour. Call Diana Dunbar at (805) 667-2900, ext. 248 to receive early notification for our London trip next year!  


The turn-out was great -- about 50 of us in from California!
Photo courtesy of Steve and Cynde Magidson

For more great pictures like the ones above, check out Steve and Cynde Magidson's RTC NYC photo album here:

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RUBICON FANS TAKE BROADWAY!

 Celebrate Rubicon’s first production to hit

The “Big Apple” by joining the

1st Annual Rubicon Broadway Tour

  When: Departs Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Returns Sunday, October 2, 2005

Where: The Paramount Hotel in the heart of the theatre district

 

The itinerary includes:

Round-Trip Airfare on Continental Airlines

Hotel Accommodations at the Paramount Hotel

Luncheon at the renowned Tavern-on-the-Green

Dinner at Metro 84 in the Warwick New York Hotel

A tour of the breathtaking Rockefeller estate “Kykuit”

 

And FOUR FABULOUS SHOWS:

·        “Wicked”

(A thrilling pop/rock musical inspired by the "true story" of the witches in “The Wizard of Oz”)

·        “Doubt”

(Suspenseful Tony Award-Winning drama about a nun waging a moral war on a priest suspected of foul play)

·        “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”

 (A charming, funny and lively musical comedy about lifelong dreams)

And the gala press opening of

·        Amanda McBroom starring in “A Woman of Will”

(Last season’s Rubicon hit “Lady Macbeth Sings the Blues”

and it’s going to take New York by storm!

Our Rubicon tour group will receive a special behind-the-scenes tour and discussion with the producers, a CD signed by Amanda and director Joel Silberman; and a “Woman of Will” necklace and bracelet.)

Cost:  Double Occupancy - $2,632

Single Supplement - $880

(a portion of your trip is to be tax-deductible)

DON’T MISS IT!

RESERVATIONS DEADLINE:

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1ST !

For further details contact:  Diana Dunbar,

Director of Development

805-667-2912 ext. 248 or ddunbar@rubicontheatre.org

NYC Trip details from the 8/18/05 Ventura County Star:  http://www1.venturacountystar.com/vcs/on_stage/article/0,1375,VCS_253_4011164,00.html

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Rubicon production heads East

By Kim Lamb Gregory, kgregory@VenturaCountyStar.com
August 18, 2005

The first Rubicon Theatre Company production ever to open in New York City has its official premiere Oct. 2 with previews beginning Sept. 15. Now called "A Woman of Will," the show opened at the Rubicon of Ventura last season as "Lady Macbeth Sings the Blues."

Amanda McBroom of Ojai starred in the show and wrote the lyrics. Joel Silberman directed the show and composed the music.

"Every year since we started, we have produced a world-premiere play or musical," said executive director Karyl Lynn Burns.

"To have gotten to nurture something that will have a life beyond Ventura is thrilling."

To celebrate the premiere, Burns arranged a special public fundraising tour that will whisk as many as 45 local theater fans to New York City to see McBroom's show.

There are still about 10 seats available for the Rubicon Broadway Tour, Sept. 27 to Oct. 2.

The deadline to sign up is Sept. 1.

Besides attending the press opening of "A Woman of Will," guests on the tour will take in "Wicked," a musical about the college days of the "Wizard of Oz" witches; "Doubt," a Tony Award-winning drama about a nun waging a moral war on a priest suspected of foul play; and "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," a musical comedy about kids competing for their lifelong dream to take home a spelling trophy.

"A Woman of Will" is a one-woman show about a writer whose professional and personal life are in crisis. Hired to finish the lyrics of a Broadway-bound musical version of William Shakespeare's "Merchant of Venice," McBroom's character, Kate, juggles serious decisions about her marriage while battling writer's block.

In desperation, she reaches out to Shakespeare's leading ladies for guidance, which comes in the form of 17 original songs offering a midlife look at age, sex, love and life in general.

The tour celebrating "Woman of Will" costs $2,632 per person based on double occupancy and includes round-trip airfare to New York; Paramount Hotel accommodations; lunch at Tavern-on-the-Green in Central Park; dinner at Metro 84 in the Warwick New York Hotel; and a tour of the Rockefeller estate, "Kykuit."

Guests also will get a behind-the-scenes tour of the "Woman of Will" set, a discussion with the producers, a CD signed by McBroom and Silberman, and a specially designed "Woman of Will" necklace and bracelet.

Singles also are welcome on the tour for an extra $880.

The tour is doubling as a fundraiser for the Rubicon, so a portion of each traveler's cost is tax-deductible, said Rubicon development director Diana Dunbar.

Dunbar said response has been excellent. With 35 people signed up already, she said she is led to believe the Rubicon will host more tour-and-theater fundraisers.

"Someday maybe we'll do a London theater tour," she said, "maybe other New York trips.

For more information or to sign up for any of the remaining slots, call Dunbar at 667-2912, ext. 248, or e-mail her at ddunbar@rubicontheatre.org.

E.W. Scripps Co.

 

Received this special offer from Playbill in my e-mail on 9/5/05:

A Special Offer From

PLAYBILL


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Golden Globe Award-winning Amanda McBroom ("The Rose") with an
unforgettable, original score by Joel Silberman.

While working out of town on a new Broadway musical, Kate faces
the demands of an unrelenting deadline while struggling to choose between
her long-term marriage and her secret, younger lover. What follows is a
celebration of life in a crackling display of wit and wisdom
bursting forth from 17 original songs.

 

And now, as a Playbill club member, you have the chance to
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RTC AWARDS

 

LA DRAMA CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS

2008/2009


http://losangeles.broadwayworld.com/article/Laurie_Metcalf_Kirk_Douglas_et_al_Honored_with_LA_Drama_Critics_Circle_Nominations_20100125

Laurie Metcalf, Kirk Douglas et al. Honored with L.A. Drama Critics Circle Nominations

The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle has announced its nominations and special awards for excellence in Los Angeles and Orange County theatre for the year 2009. The 41st Annual Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards ceremony will take place on Monday, March 22 at the Colony Theatre, thanks to the generous donation of the Colony's management. The theatre is located at 555 N. Third Street, in Burbank.

The 2009 special award recipients are as follows:

The Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in theater will be awarded to the Rubicon Theatre Company. The award is accompanied by a $500 check, funded by Disney Theatricals.

 

 

OVATION AWARDS/NOMINATIONS

2008/2009

CONGRATULATIONS TO RTC FOR 5 OVATION NOMINATIONS!!!


Here is Joe Spano profiling RTC's nomination for Best Season:

 

 

http://www.lastageblog.com/ovation-nominees/

http://www.lastageblog.com/2010/01/11/ovation-award-recipients-announced/


Ovation Nominees / Winners

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And the 2008/2009 Ovation Award Nominees/Winners are…

Best Season

Fountain Theatre
Coming Home
Gem of the Ocean
Photograph 51

Geffen Playhouse
Beethoven as I Knew Him
Louis & Keely: Live at the Sahara
By the Waters of Babylon
Farragut North
The Seafarer
Time Stands Still

Rubicon Theatre Company
Fiddler on the Roof
She Loves Me
Spit Like a Big Girl
The Best is Yet to Come: The Music of Cy Coleman
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

The Chance Theater
Evita
Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical
Jesus Hates Me
The Girl, the Grouch and the Goat

Troubadour Theater Company  -  WINNER
Alice in One-Hit Wonderland 2: Through the Looking Glass
As U2 Like It
It’s a Stevie Wonderful Life


Production of a Musical - Intimate Theatre

Divorce! The Musical
Rick Culbertson, in association with Lynn Marks and Paradox Entertainment

HAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical
The Chance Theater

Joe’s Garage
Open Fist Theatre Company

Kiss of the Spider Woman - The Musical   -  WINNER
Havok Theatre Company

Life Could Be a Dream
David Elzer, Peter Schneider & Crooning Crabcakes LLC


Production of a Play - Intimate Theatre
A Skull in Connemara
Theatre Tribe

Coming Home
Fountain Theatre

Equus
The Production Company

Family Planning   -  WINNER
Chalk Repertory Theatre

Photograph 51
Fountain Theatre

Stick Fly
The Matrix Theatre Company

The Idea Man
Elephant Theatre Company


Production of a Musical - Large Theatre
Alice in One Hit Wonderland 2: Through the Looking Glass
Troubadour Theater Company

As U2 Like It
Troubadour Theater Company

Louis & Keely, Live at the Sahara   -  WINNER
L & K Productions

Smokey Joe’s Cafe
El Portal Theatre in association with Corky Hale

The Last Five Years
East West Players


Production of a Play - Large Theatre

Farragut North
Geffen Playhouse

Lydia
Center Theatre Group: Mark Taper Forum

The Little Dog Laughed
Center Theatre Group: Kirk Douglas Theatre

The Rehearsal
A Noise Within

Two Trains Running   -  WINNER
Ebony Repertory Theatre


Book/Lyrics/Music for an Original Musical

Dolly Parton & Patricia Resnick
9 to 5: The Musical
Center Theatre Group: Ahmanson Theatre

Erin Kamler   -  WINNER
Divorce! The Musical

Rick Culbertson, in association with Lynn Marks and Paradox Entertainment

Book, Lyrics and Music by Frank Zappa
Adapted by Pat Towne and Michael Franco from Frank Zappa’s original stage play
Joe’s Garage
Open Fist Theatre Company

Ken Roht & John Ballinger
Ken Roht’s Calendar Girl Competition
Bootleg Theater

Charles Strouse, Susan Birkenhead & Bob Martin
Minsky’s
Center Theatre Group: Ahmanson Theatre


Playwrighting for an Original Play

Rajiv Joseph”
Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
Center Theatre Group: Kirk Douglas Theatre

Tim Toyama” & Aaron Woolfolk
Bronzeville
Robey Theatre Company

Carolyn Almos, Matt Almos, Albert Dayan and Jon Beauregard
Land of the Tigers
Sacred Fools, Burglars of Hamm and Frantic Redhead Productions

Vince Melocchi
Lions
Pacific Resident Theatre

Kevin King”   -  WINNER
The Idea Man
Elephant Theatre Company

John W. Lowell”
The Letters
Andak Stage Company

Donald Margulies
Time Stands Still

Geffen Playhouse


Director of a Musical

Matt Walker*^
Alice in One Hit Wonderland 2: Through the Looking Glass
Troubadour Theater Company

Matt Walker*^   -  WINNER
As U2 Like It
Troubadour Theater Company

Rick Sparks^
Divorce! The Musical
Rick Culbertson, in association with Lynn Marks and Paradox Entertainment

Oanh Nguyen^
HAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical
The Chance Theater

Nick DeGruccio*^
Kiss of the Spider Woman - The Musical
Havok Theatre Company

Jeffrey Polk^
Smokey Joe’s Cafe
El Portal Theatre in association with Corky Hale

Jon Lawrence Rivera^
The Last Five Years
East West Players


Director of a Play

Stuart Rogers
A Skull in Connemara
Theatre Tribe

August Viverito’
Equus
The Production Company

Larissa Kokernot   -  WINNER
Family Planning
Chalk Repertory Theatre

Shirley Jo Finney^
Stick Fly
The Matrix Theatre Company

David Fofi
The Idea Man
Elephant Theatre Company

Scott Ellis^
The Little Dog Laughed
Center Theatre Group: Kirk Douglas Theatre

Israel Hicks^
Two Trains Running
Ebony Repertory Theatre


Music Direction

Eric Heinly
Alice in One Hit Wonderland 2: Through the Looking Glass
Troubadour Theater Company

Eric Heinly
As U2 Like It
Troubadour Theater Company

David O
Divorce! The Musical
Rick Culbertson, in association with Lynn Marks and Paradox Entertainment

Ross Wright
Joe’s Garage
Open Fist Theatre Company

Darryl Archibald   -  WINNER
Smokey Joe’s Cafe
El Portal Theatre in association with Corky Hale

Billy Stritch*
The Best is Yet to Come: The Music of Cy Coleman
Rubicon Theatre Company

Daniel Thomas
The Producers
Musical Theatre West

Choreographer
Jon Engstrom^
42nd Street
Cabrillo Music Theatre

Nadine Ellis, Ameenah Kaplan & Christine Lakin^
Alice in One Hit Wonderland 2: Through the Looking Glass
Troubadour Theater Company

Ameenah Kaplan
Altar Boyz
Celebration Theatre

Christine Lakin^
As U2 Like It
Troubadour Theater Company

Kelly Todd
HAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical
The Chance Theater

Ken Roht
Ken Roht’s Calendar Girl Competition
Bootleg Theater

Lee Martino^   -  WINNER
Kiss of the Spider Woman - The Musical
Havok Theatre Company


Acting Ensemble

Alice in One Hit Wonderland 2: Through the Looking Glass
Troubadour Theater Company

As U2 Like It
Troubadour Theater Company

Divorce! The Musical
Rick Culbertson, in association with Lynn Marks and Paradox Entertainment

Forbidden Broadway:  Greatest Hits Volume 1
Musical Theatre West

Mercury Fur
needtheater

Model Behavior, i.e., the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
24th Street Theatre

Stick Fly   -  WINNER
The Matrix Theatre Company


Lead Actor in a Musical

Hershey Felder* as Ludwig van Beethoven, etc.
Beethoven As I Knew Him
Geffen Playhouse

Will Collyer* as Josh
BIG: The Musical
West Coast Ensemble

Eric Kunze* as Jesus
Jesus Christ Superstar
Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities

Chad Borden* as Molina
Kiss of the Spider Woman - The Musical
Havok Theatre Company

Jake Broder* as Louis Prima   -  WINNER
Louis & Keely, Live at the Sahara
Geffen Playhouse

Christopher Fitzgerald* as Billy Minsky
Minsky’s
Center Theatre Group: Ahmanson Theatre

Michael K Lee* as Jamie
The Last Five Years
East West Players

Lead Actor in a Play
Morlan Higgins* as Mick Dowd
A Skull in Connemara
Theatre Tribe

Sam R. Ross* as Alan Turing
Breaking the Code
The Production Company

Chris Pine* as Stephen Bellamy
Farragut North
Geffen Playhouse

Sam Anderson* as Ichabod Banks
The Bird and Mr. Banks
Road Theatre Company

Glynn Turman* as Memphis   -  WINNER
Two Trains Running
Ebony Repertory Theatre

Matt Gottlieb* as Gabriel Hornstein
Who Lives?
Renal Support Network

Joe Spano* as George
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Rubicon Theatre Company


Lead Actress in a Musical

Megan Hilty* as Doralee Rhodes
9 to 5: The Musical
Center Theatre Group: Ahmanson Theatre

Allison Janney* as Violet Newstead
9 to 5: The Musical
Center Theatre Group: Ahmanson Theatre

Vanessa Claire Smith* as Keely Smith   -  WINNER
Louis & Keely, Live at the Sahara
L & K Productions

Katrina Lenk as Linda Lovelace
Lovelace A Rock opera
The Hayworth

Leslie Uggams* as Lena Horne
Stormy Weather
Pasadena Playhouse

Lillias White* as Lillias
The Best is Yet to Come: The Music of Cy Coleman
Rubicon Theatre Company

Jennifer Paz* as Cathy
The Last Five Years
East West Players


Lead Actress in a Play

Deidrie Henry* as Veronica
Coming Home
Fountain Theatre

Alina Phelan* as Olivia
Family Planning
Chalk Repertory Theatre

Aria Alpert* as Rosalind Franklin
Photograph 51
Fountain Theatre

Julia Fletcher* as Anna
The Letters
Andak Stage Company

Julie White* as Diane   -  WINNER
The Little Dog Laughed
Center Theatre Group: Kirk Douglas Theatre

Laurie Metcalf* as Virginia
Voice Lessons
Zephyr Theatre

Betty Garrett* as Sarita Myrtle
Waiting in the Wings
Theatre West


Featured Actor in a Musical

Jim Holdridge* as Eugene
Life Could Be a Dream
David Elzer, Peter Schneider & Crooning Crabcakes LLC

Niles Rivers as Niles
Smokey Joe’s Cafe
El Portal Theatre in association with Corky Hale

TC Carson* as TC
Smokey Joe’s Cafe
El Portal Theatre in association with Corky Hale

John Woodard III* as John
Smokey Joe’s Cafe
El Portal Theatre in association with Corky Hale

Maceo Oliver* as Maceo
Smokey Joe’s Cafe
El Portal Theatre in association with Corky Hale

Michael Paternostro* as Carmen Ghia   -  WINNER
The Producers
Musical Theatre West

David Engel* as Roger DeBris
The Producers
Musical Theatre West


Featured Actor in a Play

Jeff Kerr McGivney as Mairtin Hanlon
A Skull in Connemara
Theatre Tribe

David Ross Paterson* as Dillwyn Knox
Breaking The Code
The Production Company

David Ari* as Rosen
Family Planning
Chalk Repertory Theatre

Adolphus Ward* as Solly Two Kings
Gem of the Ocean
Fountain Theatre

Hugo Armstrong* as Sabretooth and Tim   -  WINNER
Land of the Tigers
Sacred Fools, Burglars of Hamm and Frantic Redhead Productions

Geoff Elliott* as Hero
The Rehearsal
A Noise Within

Roger Robinson* as Holloway
Two Trains Running
Ebony Repertory Theatre


Featured Actress in a Musical

Beth Leavel* as Maisie
Minsky’s
Center Theatre Group: Ahmanson Theatre

Dionne Figgins* as Dionne
Smokey Joe’s Cafe
El Portal Theatre in association with Corky Hale

DeLee Lively* as DeLee
Smokey Joe’s Cafe
El Portal Theatre in association with Corky Hale

Sharon Catherine Blanks* as Sharon
Smokey Joe’s Cafe
El Portal Theatre in association with Corky Hale

Nikki Crawford* as Young Lena
Stormy Weather
Pasadena Playhouse

Dee Hoty* as Kay Thompson
Stormy Weather
Pasadena Playhouse

Sarah Cornell* as Ulla   -  WINNER
The Producers
Musical Theatre West


Featured Actress in a Play

Jenny O’Hara* as Maryjohnny Rafferty
A Skull in Connemara
Theatre Tribe

Danielle Kennedy* as Greta
Family Planning
Chalk Repertory Theatre

Elia Saldana as Jilly
Family Planning
Chalk Repertory Theatre

Tasha Ames* as Izzy   -  WINNER
Rabbit Hole
Malibu Stage Company

Kerry Carney as Francine Carlson
The Idea Man
Elephant Theatre Company

Josette DiCarlo* as Tamara
The Prodigal Father
Celebration Theatre and Playwrights 6

Angela Goethals* as Honey
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Rubicon Theatre Company


Costume Design - Intimate Theatre

Jeffrey Schoenberg
Bach at Leipzig
Odyssey Theatre Ensemble

Erika C. Miller
HAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical
The Chance Theater

Martine Granby
Joe’s Garage
Open Fist Theatre Company

Ann Closs-Farley’   -  WINNER
Ken Roht’s Calendar Girl Competition
Bootleg Theater

Ann Closs-Farley’
Land of the Tigers
Sacred Fools, Burglars of Hamm and Frantic Redhead Productions

A. Jeffrey Schoenberg’
Light Up The Sky
Open Fist Theatre Company

Catherine Glover
Who Lives?
Renal Support Network

Costume Design - Large Theatre
William Ivey Long’
9 to 5: The Musical
Center Theatre Group: Ahmanson Theatre

Sharon McGunigle’
Alice in One Hit Wonderland 2: Through the Looking Glass   -  WINNER
Troubadour Theater Company

Ann Closs-Farley’
James and the Giant Peach
MainStreet Theatre Company

Gregg Barnes’
Minsky’s
Center Theatre Group: Ahmanson Theatre

Soojin Lee’
Oliver Twist
A Noise Within

Soojin Lee’
The Rehearsal
A Noise Within

Robert Perdziola’
The School of Night
Center Theatre Group: Mark Taper Forum


Lighting Design - Intimate Theatre

Luke Moyer’
A Skull in Connemara
Theatre Tribe

Brian Sidney Bembridge
Battle Hymn
Circle X Theatre Company

Luke Moyer’   -  WINNER
Dracula
NoHo Arts Center Ensemble

Steven Young’
Kiss of the Spider Woman - The Musical
Havok Theatre Company

Chris Wojcieszyn
Spider Bites
Theatre of NOTE

Christian Epps’
Stick Fly
The Matrix Theatre Company

Jeremy Pivnick’
Who Lives?
Renal Support Network


Lighting Design - Large Theatre

Jules Fisher’ & Peggy Eisenhauer’
9 to 5: The Musical
Center Theatre Group: Ahmanson Theatre

David Lander’
Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
Center Theatre Group: Kirk Douglas Theatre

Paul Gallo’
Farragut North
Geffen Playhouse

Anne Militello’
Louis & Keely, Live at the Sahara
L & K Productions

Ken Booth’
Oliver Twist
A Noise Within

Donald Holder’   -  WINNER
The Little Dog Laughed
Center Theatre Group: Kirk Douglas Theatre

Dan Weingarten’
Two Trains Running
Ebony Repertory Theatre


Scenic Design - Intimate Theatre

Jeff McLaughlin   -  WINNER
A Skull in Connemara
Theatre Tribe

Desma Murphy’
Dracula
NoHo Arts Center Ensemble

Leonard Ogden
Eternal Equinox
Grove Theater Center

Christopher Scott Murillo
HAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical
The Chance Theater

David Harwell’
Rantoul And Die
Elephant Theatre Company

John Iacovelli’
Stick Fly
The Matrix Theatre Company

Will Pellegrini
Who Lives?
Renal Support Network


Scenic Design - Large Theatre

Scott Pask’
9 to 5: The Musical
Center Theatre Group: Ahmanson Theatre

Derek McLane’
Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
Center Theatre Group: Kirk Douglas Theatre

Michael Ganio’
By the Waters of Babylon
Geffen Playhouse

Anna Louizos’
Minsky’s
Center Theatre Group: Ahmanson Theatre

Allen Moyer’   -  WINNER
The Little Dog Laughed
Center Theatre Group: Kirk Douglas Theatre

John Lee Beatty’
Time Stands Still
Geffen Playhouse

Edward E. Haynes, Jr.’
Two Trains Running
Ebony Repertory Theatre

Sound Design - Intimate Theatre
Michael Levine & Cricket S. Myers’
Battle Hymn
Circle X Theatre Company

Bruno Louchouarn’
Courting Vampires
The Theatre @ Boston Court

Ken Sawyer^   -  WINNER
Dracula
NoHo Arts Center Ensemble

Cody Henderson & Matt Almos
Land of the Tigers
Sacred Fools, Burglars of Hamm and Frantic Redhead Productions

David B. Marling’ and Christopher Moscatiello
The Bird and Mr. Banks
Road Theatre Company

Joseph “Sloe” Slawinski
Treefall
Rogue Machine

Jeffrey Porter
Who Lives?
Renal Support Network


Sound Design - Large Theatre  (TWO RECIPIENTS)

John H. Shivers’
9 to 5: The Musical
Center Theatre Group: Ahmanson Theatre

Erik Carstensen   -  WINNER
Beethoven as I Knew Him
Geffen Playhouse

Kathryn Bostic & Cricket S. Myers’
Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
Center Theatre Group: Kirk Douglas Theatre

Lindsay Jones’
Louis & Keely, Live at the Sahara
L & K Productions

Chris Webb & David Molina’   -  WINNER
Lydia
Center Theatre Group: Mark Taper Forum

Cricket Myers’
Mary’s Wedding
The Colony Theatre Company

Lewis Flinn & Cricket S. Myers’
The Little Dog Laughed
Center Theatre Group: Kirk Douglas Theatre


NUMERIC BREAKDOWN

By Organization

Center Theatre Group 25
Geffen Playhouse 14
Troubadour Theater Company 12
El Portal Theatre in association with Corky Hale 10
Theatre Tribe 7
Chalk Repertory Theatre 6
Ebony Repertory Theatre 6
Fountain Theatre 6
The Chance Theater 6
A Noise Within 5
Elephant Theatre Company5
Havok Theatre Company 5
Musical Theatre West 5
Open Fist Theatre Company 5
Renal Support Network 5
Rubicon Theatre Company 5
Rick Culbertson, in association with Lynn Marks and Paradox Entertainment 5
The Matrix Theatre Company 5
East West Players 4
Sacred Fools, Burglars of Hamm and Frantic Redhead Productions
4
The Production Company 4
Bootleg Theater 3
NoHo Arts Center Ensemble 3
Pasadena Playhouse 3
Andak Stage Company 2
Celebration Theatre 2
Circle X Theatre Company 2
David Elzer, Peter Schneider & Crooning Crabcakes LLC 2
Road Theatre Company 2
24th Street Theatre 1
Cabrillo Music Theatre 1
Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities 1
Grove Theater Center 1
MainStreet Theatre Company 1
Malibu Stage Company 1
needtheater 1
Odyssey Theatre Ensemble 1
Pacific Resident Theatre 1
Playwrights 6 1
Robey Theatre Company 1
Rogue Machine 1
The Colony Theatre Company 1
The Hayworth 1
The Theatre @ Boston Court 1
Theatre of NOTE 1
Theatre West 1
West Coast Ensemble 1
Zephyr Theatre 1


By Production

Smokey Joe’s Cafe 10
9 to 5: The Musical 7
A Skull in Connemara 7
Alice in One Hit Wonderland 2: Through the Looking Glass 6
Family Planning 6
The Little Dog Laughed 6
Two Trains Running 6
AS U2 Like It 5
Divorce! The Musical 5
HAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical 5
Kiss of the Spider Woman-The Musical 5
Louis & Keely, Live at the Sahara 5
Minsky’s 5
Stick Fly 5
Who Lives? 5
Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo 4
Joe’s Garage 4
Land of the Tigers 4
The Idea Man 4
The Last Five Years 4
The Producers 4
Dracula 3
Farragut North 3
Ken Roht’s Calendar Girl Competition 3
Stormy Weather 3
The Rehearsal 3
Battle Hymn 2
Beethoven As I Knew Him 2
Breaking The Code 2
Coming Home 2
Equus 2
Life Could Be A Dream 2
Lydia 2
Oliver Twist 2
Photograph 51 2
The Best is Yet to Come: The Music of Cy Coleman 2
The Bird and Mr. Banks 2
The Letters 2
Time Stands Still 2
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 2
42nd Street 1
Altar Boyz 1
Bach at Leipzig 1
BIG: The Musical 1
Bronzeville 1
By the Waters of Babylon 1
Courting Vampires 1
Eternal Equinox 1
Forbidden Broadway:
Greatest Hits Volume 1 1
Gem of the Ocean 1
James and the Giant Peach 1
Jesus Christ Superstar 1
Light Up The Sky 1
Lions 1
Lovelace A Rock opera 1
Mary’s Wedding 1
Mercury Fur 1
Model Behavior, i.e., the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 1
Rabbit Hole 1
Rantoul And Die 1
Spider Bites 1
The Prodigal Father 1
The School of Night 1
Treefall 1
Voice Lessons 1
Waiting in the Wings 1

 


2007/2008

CONGRATULATIONS TO RTC FOR WINNING 4 OVATION AWARDS!!!

 

Here, at the Ovation Awards Reception are (from left to right) Lauren Patten, Jim O'Neill, Marcy Froehlich and Tom Giamario, talking about what the Ovation Awards/Nominations mean to them and to RTC.

 

http://www.broadway.com/2008-Ovation-Award-Winners-Announced/broadway_news/5015740

November 22, 2008

Headlines: 2008 Ovation Award Winners Announced

by Broadway.com Staff  

©2006 Carol Rosegg
Nilaja Sun in No Child...
The winners of the 2008 Los Angeles Stage Alliance Ovation Awards were announced November 17 in The winners of the 2008 Los Angeles Stage Alliance Ovation Awards were announced November 17 in a ceremony hosted by stage and screen veteran Neil Patrick Harris at LA’s Harriet and Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex. Broadway alums John Glover (The Marriage of Bette and Boo), Laurie Metcalf (November) and Gwen Stewart (Rent), among others, were all honored for their performances in various West Coast productions.

The annual Ovations, which honor achievements in California theater, classify awards according to the size of eligible theaters.

The Civic Light Opera’s production of Miss Saigon, a heavy favorite to clean up with 11 nominations, took home four awards total, including Best Musical in a Large Theater. Close behind were Cabrillo Musical Theatre’s productions of Jekyll & Hyde and Singin’ in the Rain, which received three awards each, and the Geffen Playhouse’s production of The Quality of Life. The 2008 Ovation Award winners are:


PLAYWRITING FOR AN ORIGINAL PLAY
Jane Anderson
The Quality of Life
Geffen Playhouse

BOOK/LYRICS/MUSIC FOR AN ORIGINAL MUSICAL
Music and Lyrics by John Bucchino;
Conceived by John Bucchino and Daisy Prince
It's Only Life
Rubicon Theatre Company
(John and Daisy were not at the awards ceremony, but here is the presentation of their award):


RAY STRICKLYN MEMORIAL AWARD FOR SOLO PERFORMANCE
Nilaja Sun
No Child...
Center Theatre Group: Kirk Douglas Theatre

ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE
Stan Chandler
David Engel
Larry Raben
Darcie Roberts
The Andrews Brothers
Musical Theatre West

DIRECTION OF A PLAY
Matt Shakman
Secrets of the Trade
Black Dahlia Theatre

DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL
Nick DeGruccio
Jekyll & Hyde
Cabrillo Music Theatre

CHOREOGRAPHY
Bradley Rapier
City Kid - The Musical
City Kid Productions, LLC

MUSICAL DIRECTION
Alby Potts
Singin' in the Rain
Cabrillo Music Theatre

TOURING PRODUCTION
Avenue Q
Center Theatre Group: Ahmanson Theatre

PLAY, INTIMATE THEATRE
The Quality of Life
Geffen Playhouse

PLAY, LARGE THEATRE
R. Buckminster Fuller: The History (and Mystery) of the Universe
Rubicon Theatre Company
(Here are Karyl Lynn and Jim accepting their award!):

 

 

FRANKLIN R. LEVY MEMORIAL AWARD FOR MUSICAL, INTIMATE THEATRE
Louis & Keely: Live at the Sahara
Sacred Fools Theatre Company

MUSICAL, LARGE THEATRE
Miss Saigon
Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities

SET DESIGN, INTIMATE THEATRE
Desma Murphy
And Neither Have I Wings To Fly
Road Theatre Company

SET DESIGN, LARGE THEATRE
Thomas S. Giamario
Bus Stop
Rubicon Theatre Company
(Here is Tom accepting his award):

LIGHTING DESIGN, INTIMATE THEATRE
Jeremy Pivnick
Crime and Punishment
Actors Co-op/Crossley Theatre

LIGHTING DESIGN, LARGE THEATRE
Darrell Clark
Miss Saigon
Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities

LIGHTING DESIGN, LARGE THEATRE
Steven Young
Jekyll & Hyde
Cabrillo Music Theatre

SOUND DESIGN, INTIMATE THEATRE
Ken Rich
The Common Air
Elephant Stageworks

SOUND DESIGN, LARGE THEATRE
John Feinstein
Miss Saigon
Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities

COSTUME DESIGN, INTIMATE THEATRE
Scott A. Lane
Pest Control - The Musical
Open at the Top Productions

COSTUME DESIGN, LARGE THEATRE
Paul Tazewell
Ray Charles LIVE - A New Musical
Pasadena Playhouse

LEAD ACTOR IN A PLAY (TIE)
Joe Spano
R. Buckminster Fuller: The History (and Mystery) of the Universe
Rubicon Theatre Company

LEAD ACTOR IN A PLAY
John Glover
Secrets of the Trade
Black Dahlia Theatre
(Here is Jimmy Smitts presenting, and Joe and John accepting their awards):


LEAD ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Laurie Metcalf
The Quality of Life
Geffen Playhouse

LEAD ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Robert J. Townsend
Jekyll & Hyde
Cabrillo Music Theatre

LEAD ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Jennifer Paz
Miss Saigon
Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities

FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY
Barry Lynch
Of Mice and Men
Theatre Banshee

FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY
J. Nicole Brooks
As Much As You Can
Hendel Productions West

FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Randy Rogel
Singin' in the Rain
Cabrillo Music Theatre

FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Gwen Stewart
All Shook Up
Musical Theatre West
 



CONGRATULATIONS TO RTC FOR 17 OVATION AWARD NOMINATIONS!!!

THE 2008 OVATION AWARD NOMINEES ARE…

1. FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

Misty Cotton as Ellen
MISS SAIGON
Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities

Melissa Fahn as Lina Lamont
SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN
Cabrillo Music Theatre

Megan Lawrence as Charlotte
FLORA, THE RED MENACE
Reprise Theatre Company

Tracy Lore as Miss Sandra
ALL SHOOK UP
Musical Theatre West

Beth Obregon as Emma Carew
JEKYLL & HYDE
Cabrillo Music Theatre

Cathy Rigby as Mammy Yokum
LI’L ABNER
Reprise Theatre Company

Gwen Stewart as Sylvia
ALL SHOOK UP
Musical Theatre West

2. FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

John Bisom as The Scarecrow
THE WIZARD OF OZ
Musical Theatre West

Danny Calvert as Dennis
ALL SHOOK UP
Musical Theater West

Larry Cedar as Finsdale
LI’L ABNER
Reprise Theatre Company

Barry Pearl as Jim Haller
ALL SHOOK UP
Musical Theatre West

Aaron Phillips as John Utterson
JEKYLL & HYDE
Cabrillo Music Theatre

Randy Rogel as Cosmo Brown
SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN
Cabrillo Music Theatre

Harrison White as John
MISS SAIGON
Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities

3. FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY

J. Nicole Brooks as Nina
AS MUCH AS YOU CAN
Hendel Productions West; Produced by Steve and Ruth Hendel and David Tarlow

Kathleen Mary Carthy as Marin
THE WRECK OF THE UNFATHOMABLE
Theatre of NOTE

Francesca Casale as Cheetah Bee
THE FASTEST CLOCK IN THE UNIVERSE
Celebration Theatre

Sharon Lawrence as Vivien Leigh
ORSON’S SHADOW
Pasadena Playhouse

Johanna McKay as Mrs. Burns
TEEN GIRL
Zephyr Theatre; Produced by Linda Toliver and Gary Guidinger

Lauren Patten as Elma
BUS STOP
Rubicon Theatre Company

Chloe Taylor as Mary
TEEN GIRL
Zephyr Theatre; Produced by Linda Toliver and Gary Guidinger

4. FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY

Mark Colson as Slim
OF MICE AND MEN
Theatre Banshee

JD Cullum as Joseph Tumulty
OF EQUAL MEASURE
Center Theatre Group: Kirk Douglas Theatre

Mark Doerr as Graham
LADY
Road Theatre Company

Bennet Guillory as Wining Boy
THE PIANO LESSON
The Hayworth, Stagewalkers Productions and 444 Productions

Barry Lynch as Candy
OF MICE AND MEN
Theatre Banshee

Morgan Rusler as Boolie Werthan
DRIVING MISS DAISY
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

Mark Taylor as Peter
SECRETS OF THE TRADE
Black Dahlia Theatre

5. LEAD ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

Katrina Lenk as Velma Kelly
CHICAGO
Musical Theatre of Los Angeles Alliance;
Produced by Jeremy Lucas, Bonnie McMahan, Justine Baldwin,
Mindy Rouff and Mark Espinosa

Lulu Lloyd as Lucy Harris
JEKYLL & HYDE
Cabrillo Music Theatre

Bets Malone as Natalie Haller
ALL SHOOK UP
Musical Theatre West

Jennifer Paz as Kim
MISS SAIGON
Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities

Vanessa Claire Smith as Keely Smith
LOUIS & KEELY: LIVE AT THE SAHARA
Sacred Fools Theatre Company

6. LEAD ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

Kevin Bailey as The Engineer
MISS SAIGON
Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities

Jake Broder as Louis Prima
LOUIS & KEELY: LIVE AT THE SAHARA
Sacred Fools Theatre Company

Brandon Victor Dixon as Ray Charles
RAY CHARLES LIVE – THE MUSICAL
Pasadena Playhouse

David Engel as Don Lockwood
SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN
Cabrillo Music Theatre

Eric Kunze as Chris
MISS SAIGON
Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities

Allen E. Read as Rocky
MASK
Pasadena Playhouse

Robert J. Townsend as Jekyll/Hyde
JEKYLL & HYDE
Cabrillo Music Theatre

7. LEAD ACTRESS IN A PLAY

Amy Aquino as Joanne
SECRETS OF THE TRADE
Black Dahlia Theatre

Meredith Bishop as Sophie
THE CONCEPT OF REMAINDERS
The Production Company

Kathleen Chalfant as Rose
RED DOG HOWLS
Gang of Five New York

Karesa McElheny as Vivian Bearing
WIT – THE PULITZER PRIZE WINNING MASTERPIECE
The Production Company

Laurie Metcalf as Jeannette
THE QUALITY OF LIFE
Geffen Playhouse

Tonya Pinkins as Jasmine
AND HER HAIR WENT WITH HER
Fountain Theatre; Produced by Stephen Sachs

JoBeth Williams as Dinah
THE QUALITY OF LIFE
Geffen Playhouse

8. LEAD ACTOR IN A PLAY

Dennis Boutsikaris as Neil
THE QUALITY OF LIFE
Geffen Playhouse

Joe Egender as Ted
HE ASKED FOR IT
Theatre of NOTE

V.J. Foster as Cotton Slocum
CARNAGE, A COMEDY
Actors’ Gang

John Glover
SECRETS OF THE TRADE
Black Dahlia Theatre

Lance E. Nichols as Hoke Coleburn
DRIVING MISS DAISY
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

Darrett Sanders as Avram
THE WRECK OF THE UNFATHOMABLE
Theatre of NOTE

Joe Spano
R. BUCKMINSTER FULLER: THE HISTORY (AND MYSTERY) OF THE UNIVERSE
Rubicon Theatre Company

9. ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE

AND NEITHER HAVE I WINGS TO FLY
Road Theatre Company

THE ANDREWS BROTHERS
Musical Theatre West

BODY POLITIC
The Echo Theater Company

CITY KID – THE MUSICAL
City Kid Productions, LLC

EN UN SOL AMARILLO (MEMORIAS DE UN TEMBLOR)
Center Theatre Group: Kirk Douglas Theatre and FITLA

TRACERS
The Gangbusters Theatre Company; Produced by Leon Shanglebee & Sierra Fisk

WINTER WONDERETTES
Marvelous Dreams, LLC; Produced by David Elzer and Peter Schneider

10. COSTUME DESIGN – LARGE THEATRE

Ann Closs-Farley
NORMAN’S ARK
John Anson Ford Theatre and DuHirst Music (US) Ltd.

Marcy Froehlich
BUS STOP
Rubicon Theatre Company

Marcy Froehlich
PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE
Rubicon Theatre Company

Shon Le Blanc
YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU
Rubicon Theatre Company

Sharell Martin and Ambra Wakefield
JEKYLL & HYDE
FCLO Music Theatre

Paul Tazewell
RAY CHARLES LIVE – A NEW MUSICAL
Pasadena Playhouse

Naomi Yoshida
PIPPIN
East West Players

11. COSTUME DESIGN – INTIMATE THEATRE

Stephanie Kerley-Schwartz & Lauren Tyler
COMPLEAT FEMALE STAGE BEAUTY
Rogue Machine; Produced by John Perrin Flynn and Matthew Elkins

Gelareh Khalioun
AND NEITHER HAVE I WINGS TO FLY
Road Theatre Company

Scott A. Lane
PEST CONTROL – THE MUSICAL
Open at the Top Productions and Canum Entertainment

Shon Le Blanc
THE MILK TRAIN DOESN’T STOP HERE ANYMORE
Fountain Theatre; Produced by Ben Bradley and Diana Gibson

Nalia Sanders
THE PIANO LESSON
The Hayworth, Stagewalkers Productions and 444 Productions

A. Jeffrey Shoenberg
1776
Actors Co-op/Crossley Theatre

A. Jeffrey Shoenberg
TONIGHT AT 8:30 – PART II: COME THE WILD
The Antaeus Company

12. SOUND DESIGN – LARGE THEATRE

David Beaudry
BUS STOP
Rubicon Theatre Company

Jonathan Burke
SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN
Cabrillo Music Theatre

John Feinstein
MISS SAIGON
Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities

Giampaolo Nalli and Danuta Zarzyka
EN UN SOL AMARILLO (MEMORIAS DE UN TEMBLOR)
Center Theatre Group: Kirk Douglas Theatre and FITLA

Cricket S. Myers
EMERGENCY
Geffen Playhouse

Cricket S. Myers
NORMAN’S ARK
John Anson Ford Theatre and DuHirst Music (US) Ltd.

Cricket S. Myers
PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE
Rubicon Theatre Company

13. SOUND DESIGN – INTIMATE THEATRE

John Ballinger
1001
The Theatre @ Boston Court

David B. Marling
LADY
Road Theatre Company

Cricket S. Myers
DARK PLAY OR STORIES FOR BOYS
The Theatre @ Boston Court

John Nobori
THE TRAGICAL COMEDY OF MR. PUNCH
Bootleg Theatre and the Rogue Artists Ensemble

Ken Rich
THE COMMON AIR
Elephant Stageworks

Ken Sawyer
CRIME AND PUNISHMENT
Actors Co-op/Crossley Theatre

Eric Snodgrass
SNAKE IN THE GRASS
Salem K Theatre Company

14. LIGHTING DESIGN – LARGE THEATRE

Howell Binkley
CLAY
Center Theatre Group: Kirk Douglas Theatre

Darrell Clark
MISS SAIGON
Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities

Michael Gilliam
RED DOG HOWLS
Gang of Five New York

Jeremy Pivnick
DAWN’S LIGHT: THE JOURNEY OF GORDON HIRABAYASHI
East West Players

Jeremy Pivnick
PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE
Rubicon Theatre Company

Jean-Yves Tessier
SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN
Cabrillo Music Theatre

Steven Young
JEKYLL & HYDE
Cabrillo Music Theatre

15. LIGHTING DESIGN – INTIMATE THEATRE

Leigh Allen
SNAKE IN THE GRASS
Salem K Theatre Company

Derrick McDaniel
LADY
Road Theatre Company

Luke Moyer
PEST CONTROL – THE MUSICAL
Open at the Top Productions and Canum Entertainment

Jeremy Pivnick
1001
The Theatre @ Boston Court

Jeremy Pivnick
CRIME AND PUNISHMENT
Actors Co-op/Crossley Theatre

August Viverito
WIT – THE PULITZER PRIZE WINNING MASTERPIECE
The Production Company

Steven Young
THRILL ME: THE LEOPOLD & LOEB STORY
Havok Theatre Company

16. SET DESIGN – LARGE THEATRE

Tom Buderwitz
PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE
Rubicon Theatre Company

Robert Brill
BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON
Center Theatre Group: Kirk Douglas Theatre and the Public Theatre

Gonzalo Callejas
EN UN SOL AMARILLO (MEMORIAS DE UN TEMBLOR)
Center Theatre Group: Kirk Douglas Theatre and FITLA

Thomas S. Giamario
BUS STOP
Rubicon Theatre Company

David Rockwell
ALL SHOOK UP
Musical Theatre West

Gary Wissman
A DELICATE BALANCE
Rubicon Theatre Company

Gary Wissman
YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU