‘John Muir: Watch, Pray & Fight’ opens MLRT season

MAMMOTH LAKES REPERTORY THEATRE ANNOUNCES

2018-2019 SEASON

John Muir one-man show kicks off a season packed with drama, comedy and film

(Press release) Mammoth Lakes – Artistic Director Shira Dubrovner announces the 2018-2019 Mammoth Lakes Repertory Theatre season. First off Mark Raddatz returns to Mammoth on Labor Day weekend with his successful one-man show JOHN MUIR: WATCH, PRAY, & FIGHT. There are three performances only – Friday, August 31st and Saturday, September 1st at 7:00 pm with the final show on Sunday, September 2nd at 4:00 pm.

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Raddatz created the show about the legendary mountaineer, naturalist and founder of the Sierra Club using Muir’s own words. This entertaining and inciteful production is Muir as he would have appeared and spoken to an audience in his own time when in his fifties the very shy and private mountaineer became a very public man.

Next up is DREAMSCAPE, created and originally directed by Rickerby Hinds for two public performances only on Saturday, September 22 at 7:00 pm and Sunday, September 23 at 4:00 pm.  A meditation and re-imagining of the night of December 28, 1998, when nineteen-year-old Tyisha Miller was shot and killed by four Riverside Police Department officers while she lay unconscious in a car; the play takes a powerfully clear-eyed look at the relationships between race, the body, and violence.

​Through Beatboxin’, spoken word and dance, the performance is structured around an autopsy report recited by a dispassionate coroner. As each of the twelve bullet wounds is described in  clinical detail—the damage done to the arm, shoulder, scalp, teeth, thigh, neck, back, breast, eye, mouth, skull—Myeisha reminisces about her life, using each body part as a jumping off point.

She describes the pleasures of softball, dancing, kissing, and hair styling with sweetness, humor, and all the insight of a nineteen-year-old. DREAMSCAPE is the winner of 3 Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP 2016 Awards: Best Lead Actress (Natali Micciche, Rhaechyl Walker), and Best Lead Actor (John “Faahz” Merchant), Best Director (Rickerby Hinds)

DREAMSCAPE is part of MLRT’s Theatre for Young Audiences production, with free performances scheduled for local high school students prior to the public performances.

This year, MLRT introduces a new fundraiser, HOT HAVANA NIGHTS, sponsored by Paul & Kathleen Rudder. The premiere gala fundraising will benefit the Mammoth Lakes Repertory Theatre and the Mono Arts Council. With live Cuban Music from Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca, admission includes two complimentary special signature cocktails from Devils Creek Distillery our drink sponsor. Heavy Cuban-inspired appetizers as well as a cigar smoking area – so bring your own cigar, live and silent auctions and Live Art by local artists promise to make for an evening that is sure to be an event everyone is talking about for years to come, so get ready to Mambo the night away at HOT HAVANA NIGHTS!

In November, MLRT’s Theatre for Young Audiences production of Mark Twain’s HUCK FINN, by Greg Banks, playwright, will be presented to 3rd through 8th  grade students in the Eastern Sierra at no charge, with two public performances on Saturday, November 10th at 4:00 and 7:00 pm. The St. Paul Pioneer Presssaid of this production: “This version of the story captures Twain’s cadence and complexity, and it’s tinged with a sense of awe for the Mississippi River, a character that never says a word but still speaks volumes.”

Then join us on December 15th at 7:00 pm to celebrate the 10th year Mono County has participated in the national POETRY OUT LOUD competition for high school students. The competition, featuring students from throughout Mono County, returns to Mammoth Lakes after two years in Bridgeport. There is no charge to attend and be inspired by our local youth.

The Christmas holiday season will see the Neil Simon evergreen BAREFOOT IN THE PARK gracing the Edison Theatre stage. Dubrovner directs the show the New York Times calls “a bubbling, rib-tickling comedy.”  Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds in every sense of the word. After a six day honeymoon, they get a surprise visit from Corie’s loopy mother and decide to play matchmaker during a dinner with their neighbor-in-the-attic Velasco, where everything that can go wrong, does. The show runs December 20ththrough January 6th, 2019.

The laughs continue in February with the riotous farce SUITE SURRENDER by Michael McKeever running February 7th through the 24th.  Also directed by Dubrovner, SUITE SURRENDER takes place in 1942 as two of Hollywood’s biggest divas have descended upon the luxurious Palm Beach Royale Hotel — assistants, luggage, and legendary feud with one another in tow. Everything seems to be in order for their wartime performance…that is, until they are somehow assigned to the same suite. Mistaken identities, overblown egos, double entendres, and a lap dog named Mr. Boodles round out this hilarious riot of a love note to the classic farces of the 30s and 40s.

TAHOE ADVENTURE FILM FESTIVAL, Todd Offenbacher’s touring festival of the most extreme outdoor adventure footage you will ever see, returns for its seventh year. Promoter Offenbacher will emcee the evening of this high-octane footage – “the next best thing to doing it!” for two shows only Saturday, March 9that 5:00pm and 7:30 pm.

Watch for more surprises to be announced.

The final event of the season is the 5th annual MAMMOTH LAKES FILM FESTIVAL, committed to screening new independent films by inspired and innovative filmmakers! You won’t want to miss this highly respected film festival on Memorial Day weekend 2019 – May 22nd to May 26th.

Season sponsors include Mammoth Lakes Recreation – Measure U and Paul and Kathleen Rudder.

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FACT SHEET:

WHAT:             Mammoth Lakes Repertory Theatre Season 2018-2019

WHEN:             Opening August 31, 2018

WHERE:           Edison Theatre, 100 College Parkway, Across from Cerro Coso College

HOW MUCH:   Charges vary per production

MORE INFO:  It’www.MammothLakesRepertoryTheatre.org

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The Mammoth Lakes Foundation is dedicated to supporting higher education and cultural enrichment in the Eastern Sierra. For more information or to make a tax deductible donation please contact the Foundation at (760) 934-3781 or visit www.mammothlakesfoundation.org. You may also contribute directly to the Mammoth Lakes Repertory Theatre by calling 760.934.6592 or visiting the MLRT website at MammothLakesRepertoryTheatre.org. 

Our nonprofit work is only possible through your generosity.

 

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