Returning to Walnut Creek with demons in tow, the national tour of C.S. Lewis' "The Screwtape Letters" brings its smoking hot show to town on June 21-23.
Presented by the Fellowship for the Performing Arts, the wickedly funny theatrical adaptation of Lewis' novel takes place at the Lesher Center for the Arts. Told from the point-of-view of Satan's chief psychiatrist, Screwtape, the show is a topsy-turvy, morally inverted universe where God is the enemy and the Devil is "Our Father below."
For tickets to this provocative take on spiritual warfare from a demon's point of view, call 925-943-SHOW or go to www.lesherartscenter.org.
Congratulations to California Shakespeare Theater. Not only is that group performing a crazy fun ride through history with its current production of "American Night: The Ballad of Juan Jose" (through June 23), but it has been selected to participate in an open captioning program. The two-year regional theater partnership provides open captioning for the deaf and hard-of-hearing at select Main Stage performances during Cal Shakes' 2013 season.
"Cal Shakes has always been committed to making Shakespeare and the classics relevant to everyone," says Managing Director Susie Falk. "Our newly redesigned campus is fully accessible to patrons with mobility restrictions; now, thanks to this partnership with Theatre Development Fund and its National Open Captioning Initiative, we are able to increase our commitment to accessibility by providing services that allow patrons who are deaf or hard-of-hearing to fully participate in the live theater experience."
Cal Shakes' open-captioned performance date for "American Night" has already taken place, but there is still plenty of time to plan for the other dates -- July 10 at 7:30 p.m. for "Romeo and Juliet," Aug. 21 at 7:30 p.m. for "Lady Windermere's Fan" and Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m. for "A Winter's Tale," all Bruns Amphitheater, 100 California Shakespeare Theater Way (formerly Gateway Boulevard) in Orinda. For more information, call 510-548-9666 or go to www.calshakes.org.
The Drama Association of Rossmoor isn't taking the summer off. The dedicated thespians have lots to keep them busy as they prepare a staged reading of "Arthritis Be Damned" on July 20 and 27 at 7 p.m. and on July 21 at 2 p.m., all at Walnut Creek's Mt. Diablo Unitarian-Universalist Church, 55 Eckley Lane.
Written by Rossmoor resident Bud Lembke, the plot revolves around a fierce controversy in the retirement community, renamed Harkmoor in the play. The multimillion-dollar construction of an event center sparks Lembke's parody of the happy, and sometimes not-so-happy, days living in Harkmoor.
Dana Anderson directs the seven-person cast. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Berkeley Repertory Theatre had barely opened its two-week run of "George Gershwin Alone" when it announced that the show has been extended until July 7. Starring Hershey Felder as George Gershwin, the show includes music by George and Ira Gershwin and features insights into George's brief and brilliant life. In fact, Felder was given full access to the Gershwin archive to create this tribute, which has already played on Broadway and in London's West End. For tickets, call 510-647-2949 or go to www.berkeleyrep.org.
If you haven't seen it yet, don't miss the final weekend of Center Rep's charming musical "Sweet Charity." The show starring the irresistible Molly Bell runs through June 22 at the Lesher Center.
Timothy Near directs, with Jennifer Denison providing the sparkling choreography. Call 925-943-SHOW or go to www.lesherartscenter.org.
If you find yourself over in Pacifica, there is still time to catch Orinda actress Jean Barnhart appearing in A.R. Gurney's "Love Letters."
It may be a bit of a drive for rehearsals and performances, but Barnhart says, "I've wanted to do this show for quite a while, so it's been exciting for me."
Produced by Pacifica Spindrift Players, the show has a final performance on June 21 at 8 p.m. Go to www.pacificaspindriftplayers.org.
Also performing across a bridge is Maureen Williams. The managing director of Concord's Butterfield 8 Theater Company performs in the Missouri Street Theatre's production of "Les Miserables" June 21- July 14 at the Downtown Theatre, 1035 Texas St. in Fairfield. Tickets can be purchased online at https://vendini.com.
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