Fridays: July 8*, 15*, 22, 29………………………………8PM
Saturdays: July 9, 16, 23, 30***…………………………8PM
Sunday matinees: July 10, 17, 24……………………..3PM
*Pay What You Can Fridays
*** Gala Buffet Fundraiser Closing Night: Minimum $40 Donation
( Curtain Call Theatre at the Russian River is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Any donation amounts higher than $20 are Tax-Deductible).
All performances EXCEPT the GALA:
Brian Friels’ award winning masterpiece “Dancing At Lughnasa” (pron. LU-NA-SA) is a tender and humorous recounting of the challenges of the family Mundy in rural Ireland, in 1936.
It is a memory play as told by the youngest (now old man) surviving member of the family many years later, his recollections of the loving, sometimes contentious, relationship between five sisters who are all unmarried and living together precariously by surviving hard times and making the best of it along the way.
The haunting music of the Pagan Festival of “La Lughnasa” as it is called, is evocative of the stark hills and the ancient times before Christianity became Ireland’s religion. While the music of the 1930’s brings back memories associated with sensuality and the need to the harsh realities during those Depression years.
The cast of eight are remarkable in their ability to capture the subtle nuances of their characters and their relationships.
The sets are done on two levels with panoramic views of the stark setting of the Irish hills and valleys with a suggestion of the unreal.
All in all, this production is presented with much heart and attention to detail.
Join us for another memorable production at the fastest growing theater company in the Wine Country of West Sonoma County.
We now accept ticket pre-sales through Sonoma Nesting Company in Guerneville. Call 707-524-8739 for details.
See you there.
Michael Tabib, Artistic Director
July 8*, 9, 10+, 15*, 16, 17+, 22, 23, 24+, 29, 30***
* Only TWO “Pay What You Can” Fridays
+ Sunday Matinees at 3PM
All ticket prices are $20 General; $15 Seniors over 60 and Students with ID.
*** Our traditional Gala Fundraising Closing Night performance with champagne, a full buffet, premium wines and non-alcohilic beverages. $40 Donation.
“P.S., Your Cat Is Dead” is a hilarious and thought-provoking comedy about an actor facing numerous life-shattering events on New Years’ Eve. Jimmy Zoole (played by Dax Berg) arrives home after losing a role in a play, as well as his part in a soap-opera, to find his girl-friend, Kate (Tina Woods) is leaving him and spending the weekend with another man (Dan Vanek as Fred). To top it off, he discovers he has been robbed for the third time! What happens when he actually captures the thief (Jake Hamlin as Vito Antenucci) is a wild ride that will leave you laughing, and maybe even crying a bit. More than souls are bared at the funniest New Years’ Eve gathering one can imagine, as Jimmy gains control of his life and his future. It is no surprise that a good bit of very strong language is exchanged, and since there’s also an exposed bum, this show, while fun for adults, is not for children!
Cast: Wid Dax Berg, Jake Hamlin, Dan Vanek, Tina Woods
CONTAINS EXPLICIT LANGUAGE AND PARTIAL NUDITY
Friday Evenings: April 1*, 8*, 15,22 8pm
Saturday Evenings: April 2, 9, 16, 23 * 8pm
Sunday Matinees: April 3, 10, 17 3pm
All peformances except Gala:
$20 General; $15 Students and Seniors 60+
* Pay what you can Fridays*
Our Fundraising Closing Night featuring Korbel Brut and Wines, Sumptuous Delectables and Desserts and Non Alcoholic Beverages. $40 Donation
Doors open at 7pm, Curtain at 8 pm
This is Curtain Call Theatre’s latest offering at Russian River Hall. Reservations strongly suggested: Call 707-524-8739.
The Russian River Health Center suffered arson in late December. It is most vital to restore these services to many persons in dire need of them all year round. In response Curtain Call Theatre is doing a benefit by presenting a fully staged reading of George Bernard Shaw’s “Don Juan In Hell”.
Saturday January 16 at 8PM
Sunday January 17 at 2PM.
Minimum Donation is $20.
Any donation in excess will be most appreciated.
ALL DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE.
Reservations are strongly advised: 707-524-8739 Box Office.
If you are unable to attend and would still want to make a donation, please send your check to:
Curtain Call Theatre
P. O. Box 588
Guerneville, CA. 95445
Please indicate the event in the memo section of your check.
We thank you all in advance for your continued support in keeping this beautiful part of Sonoma County attractive and a refuge for all.
Michael Tabib, Artistic Director
Curtain Call Theatre in Monte Rio presents
“Don Juan in Hell” by George Bernard Shaw, one hell of a way to spend an intriguing night at the theater during your holiday season. It has no Jingle bells or any of the usual holiday cheer. But it does have a lot more. Three people who can’t decide whether to go to Heaven or to Hell argue about the benefits of each. It’s another humorous, naughty Shavian play as a staged reading by Curtain Call Theatre. Enjoy arguments with the Devil about good and evil, the proverbial battle of the sexes, Man and Superman, predictions beyond your imagination, and sobering facts about our world as we know it.
Gretchen Belgrave, Joseph Potter, Michael Tabib, Bill Young
Five performances, the last being the Traditional Gala full buffet with champagne, wines, desserts.
Friday Evening: December 11, 18 8pm
Saturday Evenings: December 12, 19 8pm
Sunday Matinee: December 13 3pm
All peformances except Gala: $12 General
*First Friday is Pay What You Can
** Gala Buffet Fundraiser December 19**
Our Fundraising Closing Night featuring Korbel Brut and Wines, sumptuous delectables and desserts and non alcoholic Beverages
Doors open at 7pm, Curtain at 8pm
Reservations and details call 707-524-8739.
**Special Fundraising Event to benefit Russian River Health Center**
January 16 at 8PM and January 17 at 2PM Curtain Call Theatre will perform a fully staged reading of George Bernard Shaw’s “Don Juan In Hell” to benefit the Russian River Health Center which experienced a fire that destroyed a good portion of its building.
The performances will take place at:
Russian River Hall 20347 Highway 116
Monte Rio, Ca. 95462.
Minimum Donation is $20. Any and all donation above this amount will be most appreciated.
Reservations 707-524-8739. Seating is limited. Reserve early.
All Donations are Tax deductible. Please be generous.
If you are unable to attend, please send your tax-deductible donation made out to:
Curtain Call Theatre
P.O. Box 588,
Guerneville, CA 95446
Directed by: Michael Tabib
Chris Auzston-Brady, Jake Hamlin, Kathy Ping-Rogers, Joseph Potter, Michelle Randall, Yelena Segal, Bill Young
October 16 thru November 7, 2015
Americana at its most poignant, bucolic, and humorous. Set in an ancient cemetery in the heart of the vast country, this amazing set of stories told by ghosts of the dwellers, tell the secrets, trials, and tribulations of what are to us the quintessential representations of our own fears and quirks.
Join us for an evening of sheer poetic monologues drawn right from the midst of our ancestors and their progeny who struggled to build this country to give us a heartland of promise, dreams, and aspirations for a bright future.
Schedule of Performances:
Friday Evenings: Oct 23, 30, Nov 6, 13, 20 8pm
Saturday Evenings: Oct 31, Nov 7, 14, 21 8pm
Sunday Matinees: Oct 25, Nov 1, 8, 15 3pm
All perforances except Gala:
$20 General; $15 Students and Seniors 60+
*Pay what you can Fridays
** Gala Buffet Fundraiser Novermber 21**
Our Fundraising Closing Night
featuring Korbel Brut and Wines, Sumptuous delectables and desserts and non alcoholic beverages
Doors open at 7pm, curtain at 8pm
We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay!
The thought-provoking Political satire was written by Italian Playwright, actor, director, and composer Dario Fo in 1974.
The name of the farcical comedy is also translated into English as “We Can’t Pay? We Won’t Pay!” and “Low Pay? Don’t Pay!”
This political farce about consumer backlash against high prices is regarded as one of Fo’s best-known plays internationally.
Now showing at the Russian River Hall in Monte Rio through August 10, 2015
Curtain Call Theatre in Monte Rio invites you to yet another entertaining production of live theater, filled with imaginative staging, witty dialogue, interesting concepts, and almost overthetop characters. “On The Verge, or The Geography of Yearning” by Eric Overmeyer is a play of language, that follows three Victorianera lady adventurers as they spin through time travel. The play was originally produced in New York City in 1985 to outstanding reviews.
As “On The Verge” begins these adventures of the three Victorian women explorers, it is 1888 and we find them on a beach in what they believe to be Terra Incognita, a new, unexplored land. The three are from very different geographic backgrounds but all exhibit their own form of independence from the world in general and specifically men. During the course of the play the three together discuss many aspects of their past exploring adventures, with Mary played by Gretchen Belgrave, and Fanny played by Lisa Posternak frequently trying to outdo each other. Thalassa Papakonstantis as Alexandra, the third and youngest of the group, and Bill Young who plays a variety of characters, eight in all, round out the cast. As the ladies progress on their travels, it becomes apparent that they are not on an ordinary journey, and as well as trekking, they realize they are time traveling.
Since this is a play about language, the most challenging aspect of “On The Verge” is getting the actors comfortable with the language of the play. The language and rhythm of the Victorian lady traveler is quite different from our contemporary forms of slang and speech. It’s fun to watch the construct of their language deteriorate as they move from one time zone to another as they grow nostalgic for the future.
“On The Verge” features a small cast, great script, and a great approach to imaginative theatre. Audience members might leave the theatre following performances of “On The Verge” thinking about how far they themselves have “traveled” in recent years. The play is clearly about women and their particular travel through time. It is also about humans as they move and develop through history and into the future.
Directed by Michael Tabib, the managing director of Curtain Call Theatre at The Russian River Hall. The play features a seasoned cast of talented actors well equipped to provide an evening of fun, frolic, and joyous laughter for all who attend. “On The Verge, or The Geography of Yearning ” will open on Saturday, August 9th and run each weekend thru Saturday, August 30th. Each Friday and Saturday performances will start at 8pm. Sunday matinees at 3pm. To make theater more accessible to all, the first two Friday performances are “PayWhatYouCan” events. Our Champagne Buffet Gala fundraising event will be held on closing night, Saturday, August 30th, with a delicious buffet of delectables and desserts plus Korbel Champagne & wines and nonalcoholic beverages. Your donation is fully tax deductible. For this special Gala Event, doors will open at 7PM, Curtain at 8PM. For reservations and further information, please call (707) 5248739.
The Curtain Call Theatre invites you to yet another entertaining theatrical production filled with puns and laughter that will ‘earnestly’ make you glad you attended “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde. It is Wildely funny and irreverent!!! This is perhaps Wilde’s most famous play and is gently subtitled ‘A Trivial Comedy for Serious People’. In this farcical comedy the protagonists maintain fictitious personae in order to escape burdensome social obligations. “Earnest” is set in late Victorian London and utilizes witty dialogue and an ingenious case of manufactured mistaken identity to create humorous social satire.
Directed by Michael Tabib, the managing director of Curtain Call Theatre at the The Russian River. The play features a seasoned cast of talented actors well equipped to provide an evening of fun, frolic, and joyous laughter for all who attend. “The Importance of Being Earnest” will open March 15th and run each weekend until April 12th. Friday and Saturday performances start at 8pm., Sunday matinees at 3pm. Regular admission is $20, Seniors $15. To make theater more affordable for everyone, the first three Fridays are “paywhatyoucan”.
Our Gala Event fundraiser performance will be Saturday, April 12th, closing night, with a delicious buffet of hors d’oeuvres, entrees, side dishes, desserts, Korbel Champagne & wines and nonalcoholic beverages; all for a tax deductible donation of $40.00. Doors open at 7PM, Curtain at 8PM.
For reservations and further information, please call (707) 5248739.
by: Gretchen Belgrave
What’s in a name? WAIT, WAIT we’re not doing Shakespeare yet. Besides, in “The Importance of Being Earnest”, Curtain Call Theatre’’s current production, names do matter they’re quite important actually. Well… one particular name.
According to young Gwendolen, this name “has a music of its own. It produces vibrations”. Now if this seems a bit superficial, you’re right. Lady Bracknell regrets to say that they were “living in an age of surfaces”.
This applies to words in general. In this stylized but spirited comedy of manners, it’s not what you say, but how you say it. How words are worn is as important as how the chin is worn (“very high” at that time). Gwendolen tells Cecily, “In matters of grave importance, style, not sincerity, is the vital thing.” Cecily thinks that even if she can’t believe what her suitor tells her, it “does not affect the wonderful beauty of his words”.
Do these characters ever say what they mean? Can they believe each other, or themselves? Names and other words can be used to define us, to gain status, or just for fun. We can’t all be Earnest but some can try with hilarious results.
Although mocking one’s society is somewhat risky, it’s obvious that the clever and controversial Oscar Wilde is having a great deal of fun laughing at the entrenched nonsensical postures of his time. This play is rather Shakespearean, with its twisty identity confusions, overthetop characters, and silly resolutions. Mr. Wilde holds a mirror to the human soul, but makes it catch light and sparkles with irreverent wit as we laugh, not only at the past, but at ourselves.
Curtain Call Theatre has again assembled a fine assortment of talented actors and created a simple but elegant set, utilizing innovative technical improvements. Come and see for yourself and take a splendid romp through Edwardian England. Lady Bracknell is quite firm on this point (as she is on all points).
“The Importance of Being Earnest”, directed by Michael Tabib, will open on March 15. Friday and Saturday performances start at 8 p.m., Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. Regular admission is $20, Seniors & Students with ID $15. The first three Fridays are “paywhatyoucan”. Our Gala Event fundraiser will be Saturday, April 12, closing night, with a delicious buffet of entrees, sidedishes, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, champagne, wine and nonalcoholic beverages; tax deductible donation is $40.00 Doors open at 7PM, Curtain at 8PM.
For reservation and further information, call (707) 5248739.