I’m playing a shepherd in this EPIC Beatles Christmas musical special this Wednesday at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica!
It is this mad mashup / juke-box style retelling of the Nativity story with gospel BEATLES songs an incredible talent. I was in the first workshop of it in 2009 for a new plays festival in Hollywood. It is such a feel good, inspirational, exceptionally timely and universal (yes) moment to reconnect. MANY of us who participate in the show as performers or audience (who come year after year) do not also identify as Christian. Yet the thousands-of-years-old story of a new year / new sun/son (Solstice – new life) – resonates for all.
Come experience BOTH this Winter Solstice at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica!
Director’s Note: This music video was devised by students during the COVID-19 pandemic Spring Semester of 2021. It was recorded by students on their own devices from California to Florida to Taiwan. The framing song is "Cellblock Tango” from Chicago. The theme is around the idea of isolation and reaching out of isolation with confessions -breaking free, finding power, finding peace, finding love, finding joy. Where isolation comes from prison cells in Chicago, for these students in this video, isolation comes from the individual realities of living in a pandemic. Some stories are imagined. The lenses through which we see these confessions are social media, FaceTime, Zoom, Skype or metaphorical, like a bathroom stall mirror or an imagined confrontation with a couch.
Ugly Duckling (Ruth or Ray) – transgender or LGBTQ+ – sings Narrator – non-singing Mother – two solos King (or Queen) of the Geese – blues solo
Sister Sibling of Ugly Duckling (Ella) – solo lines Male Sibling of Ugly Duckling (Joey) – solo lines 2 – 4 Ensemble – solo lines
About the show:
Subtitled An Urban Journey of Self Discovery and Finding Your Flock, our Ugly Duckling will be a transgendered or LGBTQ+ human discovering their sexuality and finding the flock where they fit. MFA Acting grad Jennifer Richardson, is directing this show as part of the Affinity Series for the CSULB Main Season Spring 2018.
Rehearsals: Feb 5 – March 8 | M-F 6-10 pm – Theatre Arts Building Performances: March 9-11 – Times TBA
Director: Jennifer Richardson, MFA Acting Grad | email@example.com
Movement: Julie Granata-Hunicutt, MFA Acting Grad
Music Director: Michael Rothbart, CSULB Music Department
Set and Costume Design: Ulyana Chava, MFA Design Grad
Words and Music: Helen Slater