As September rolls around, theater companies throughout Contra Costa County and beyond begin their fall seasons. Center Rep starts things off with Lynn Ahren's musical murder mystery farce "Lucky Stiff," running Aug. 31—Oct. 7 at Walnut Creek's Lesher Center for the Arts.
Directed by Robert Barry Fleming, it features a dynamite cast of Tielle Baker, Evan Boomer, Lynda DiVito, Taylor Jones, Marcus Klinger, Dani Marcus, Keith Pinto, Benjamin Pither, Joel Roster and Colin Thomson.
Get ready for lots of slamming doors, mistaken identities, $6 million in diamonds, and a corpse in a wheelchair. Tickets can be purchased by calling 925-943-5846 or by going to www.lesherartscenter.org.
Center Rep has also graciously offered to exchange Willows Theatre tickets for tickets to its production of "Lucky Stiff." As many of you know, the Willows board of directors closed both theaters last week and announced that the company would file Chapter 7 bankruptcy.
Willows ticket holders can exchange their tickets for available "Lucky Stiff" tickets at the Lesher Center box office, the Walnut Creek Library, or Walnut Creek Barnes & Noble Booksellers.
Diablo Theatre Company opens its season with "My Way, A Musical tribute to Frank Sinatra," running Sept. 7—29, at the Lesher Center for the Arts.
Directed and choreographed by Derrick Silva, the nostalgic
The cast includes Michael Cassidy, Chloe Condon, Jessica Fisher and Carlos Lopez. For tickets, call 925-943-SHOW (925-943-7469) or go to www.lesherartscenteer.org.
Celebrating the 75th anniversary of Tao House, the Eugene O'Neill Festival in Danville presents a cornucopia of events around the famed playwright's works.
O'Neill, who was awarded four Pulitzer Prizes as well as the Nobel Prize for Literature, composed many of his greatest masterpieces while living at Danville's Tao House.
The festival begins with Role Players Ensemble's production of "Ah, Wilderness!" (Sept. 7-22) at Danville's Village Theatre, followed by Pear Avenue Theatre's presentation of "A Moon for the Misbegotten" (Sept. 27-30) at the Old Barn at Tao House, with a special fundraising dinner available prior to the performances on Sept. 28-29.
An exhibit of "Tao House -- Through Artists' Eyes" will run at the Village Theatre Gallery through Sept. 22, and several lectures on America's greatest playwright are also scheduled. Go to www.eugeneoneill.org.
Attending the memorial service for longtime theater supporter and costumer Barbara Galla, I once again marveled at the love and support showed by members of the local theater community.
Tielle Baker and Randy Anger both sang beautifully poignant songs and many wonderful stories were shared at the reception following.
The community will once again be gathering to celebrate the life of local icon, Harvey Berman, who passed away in May. A versatile talent, Berman directed film, stage and opera productions and was the artistic director for Center Rep.
But many in the theater community will remember him as a dedicated and inspiring teacher. He was all these things and more, and he left the theater community a more creative and vibrant presence thanks to his many contributions.
Come and share your stories at a celebration of his life at 2 p.m. Aug. 26, at Walnut Creek's Lesher Center for the Arts.
Theater for Young People has certainly changed these days as evidenced by the Music Box Theatre Company's recent production of "Urinetown: The Musical" at Danville's Village Theatre.
Directed and choreographed by Tielle Baker and filled with talented young people, this production would put many adult shows to shame.
Musical director Evan Alparone certainly had some talented singers to work with especially Jonathan Miller as Bobby Strong, Francesca Blake as Hope Cladwell, Sophia Blake as Little Sally, and Jen Bigoness as Miss Pennywise. Great production values and costumes as well.
For more information on Music Box, go to www.musicboxtheatreco.com.
Contact Sally Hogarty at email@example.com.