First, we’re quite excited to be part of the first Cabrillo Theater Festival. Cabrillo College Theater Arts has opened its black box theater space to local companies this spring and is producing a festival of eight one-act plays, and one improv show--guess who! UGU will be performing at 9:20 p.m. on Saturday, May 4. The plays run the gamut from ghost stories to Woody Allen, including a bawdy farce presented by UGU member Suzanne’s other theater company, Friends of Gus. Special ticket rates are available if you see more than one show in the festival.
Here’s the line-up:
Handy Dandy by William Gibson directed by Wilma Marcus Chandler (Lampshade Productions)
Believe It Or Not by Storytellers Erica Lann-Clark and Olga Loya
Turn of the Screw by Jeffrey Hatcher directed by Brian Spencer (SEETheatre)
Blackbird by David Harrower directed by Joan Van Antwerp (Van Antwerp Theatre Company)
Breath, Boom by Kia Corthron directed by Karmina Mendez (Rainbow Theatre Company
A Contemporary American’s Guide to a Successful Marriage ca 1959 by Robert Bastron directed by Davis Banta (You Had To Be There Improv and Sketch Comedy)
Death by Woody Allen directed by Adam Stanton (Cabrillo)
Eleanora Duse Dies in Pittsburgh by Don Nigro directed by Robin Aronson (Friends of Gus)
Then, also in May, UGU will be part of the annual Santa Cruz Improv Fest--a great chance to see performances by many of the talented local improv troupes. Our show is on Saturday, May 18 at 8 p.m.
And why should the 21st century be the only world that gets to enjoy all this improv? To rectify this situation, we’re going back in time to Scotland--at least metaphorically speaking--with shows at the Scottish Renaissance Festival (http://scottishrenaissancefestival.org) on June 15 and 16 (exact times TBA). We’ll be improvising one-act Shakespeare plays that will have the Bard twirling in his grave. With delight, of course.
Finally, we’re super jazzed about being part of this year’s Santa Cruz Fringe Festival. We’ll have five shows during the 10 days of the Fringe, July 11 through 20. Check out www.scfringe.com for all the details closer to the date.