Rubicon Theatre Company News

Design-Focused 'in 1: the podcast' Welcomes WAR PAINT Associate Lighting Designer Paul TobenDesign-Focused 'in 1: the podcast' Welcomes WAR PAINT Associate Lighting Designer Paul Toben
by in 1: the podcast - Mar 13, 2017

Episode 70 is direct from Cory's kitchen and it's with Lighting Designer Paul Toben. Paul is currently in town serving as the Associate LD for the new Broadway musical War Paint, but he's with us today to do some deep excavating into the true nature of being a working designer. (more...)

Photo Flash: Rubicon Theatre Company Celebrates Black History Month with THE DEVIL'S MUSIC: THE LIFE AND BLUES OF BESSIE SMITHPhoto Flash: Rubicon Theatre Company Celebrates Black History Month with THE DEVIL'S MUSIC: THE LIFE AND BLUES OF BESSIE SMITH
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2017

Rubicon Theatre Company celebrates Black History Month with THE DEVIL'S MUSIC: THE LIFE AND BLUES OF BESSIE SMITH, starring singer and actress Miche Braden of the original Off-Broadway production (named one of the 10 Best Off-Broadway productions of the year by the N.Y. Daily Times). Described by CBC as a, "bawdy, bluesy, boozy rollicking night out at the theatre," the show follows the life, loves and career of blues and jazz singer Bessie Smith, called the "Empress of the Blues."  (more...)

BWW Review: THE DEVIL'S MUSIC: THE LIFE AND BLUES OF BESSIE SMITH at Rubicon Theatre CompanyBWW Review: THE DEVIL'S MUSIC: THE LIFE AND BLUES OF BESSIE SMITH at Rubicon Theatre Company
by Cary Ginell - Feb 24, 2017

It's been 80 years since Bessie Smith, the celebrated Empress of the Blues, died a lonely death, after an auto accident on a desolate Mississippi road. Contrary to legend, Smith did not bleed to death after being refused admission to a white Southern hospital. That story was related to Down Beat magazine by Columbia Records impresario John Hammond, who later apologized, saying that it was all based on hearsay. But her injuries were severe enough so that when she was taken to the nearest hospital (which happened to be one that accepted blacks), that she was beyond saving, and died at the young age of 43. (more...)

BWW Review: GULF VIEW DRIVE at Rubicon Theatre CompanyBWW Review: GULF VIEW DRIVE at Rubicon Theatre Company
by Cary Ginell - Feb 10, 2017

In See Rock City, the second installment of Arlene Hutton's trilogy about a post-World War II family, aspiring novelist Raleigh Brummett had left for New York to pursue his career, leaving his school teacher wife May behind in the rural town of Corbin, Kentucky. Hutton's trilogy about the Brummetts, a family struggling to stay together amid everyday challenges, concludes with the third and final chapter, Gulf View Drive, which plays through Sunday at the Rubicon Theatre Company in Ventura. (more...)

Rubicon Theatre Company Presents THE DEVIL'S MUSIC: THE LIFE AND BLUES OF BESSIE SMITHRubicon Theatre Company Presents THE DEVIL'S MUSIC: THE LIFE AND BLUES OF BESSIE SMITH
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2017

Rubicon Theatre Company celebrates Black History Month with THE DEVIL'S MUSIC: THE LIFE AND BLUES OF BESSIE SMITH, starring singer and actress Miche Braden of the original Off-Broadway production (named one of the 10 Best Off-Broadway productions of the year by the N.Y. Daily Times). Described by CBC as a, "bawdy, bluesy, boozy rollicking night out at the theatre," the show follows the life, loves and career of blues and jazz singer Bessie Smith, called the "Empress of the Blues." (more...)

Enrollment Open for Spring Session Acting Classes at Rubicon Theatre CompanyEnrollment Open for Spring Session Acting Classes at Rubicon Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2017

Time to get yourself and/or your kids signed up for a fun, exciting learning experience.  (more...)

Rubicon Theatre Company Presents Free Reading of THE THREE SISTERS BRONTERubicon Theatre Company Presents Free Reading of THE THREE SISTERS BRONTE
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2017

Award-winning playwright Arlene Hutton's newest play THE THREE SISTERS BRONTË receives a FREE staged reading at Rubicon Theatre Company on February 6 at 7:00 p.m. Interweaving the famous trio of literary sisters and Anton Chekhov's masterpiece Three Sisters, the play examines the complexities of feminism, art, love and family. Set against the bleak and windy Yorkshire moors in the mid-1800s, Arlene Hutton's THE THREE SISTERS BRONTË follows the lives of the sisters as they struggle to find creative prosperity while navigating the harsh realities of a male society. Faced with limited opportunities for educated women, Charlotte, Emily and Anne live in the rich worlds of their imaginations, until they are forced to face the truth that nothing is certain, and their destinies are best served when held firmly in their own hands. (more...)

Photo Flash: GULF VIEW DRIVE The Final Play in Arlene Hutton's TrilogyPhoto Flash: GULF VIEW DRIVE The Final Play in Arlene Hutton's Trilogy
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2017

Rubicon Theatre Company presents GULF VIEW DRIVE , the third and final play in Arlene Hutton's Nibroc Trilogy, directed by Indy award-winning Katharine Farmer with the same cast reprising their critically-acclaimed roles from the Los Angeles Times "Critic's Choice" productions of Last Train to Nibroc and last season's See Rock City. Lily Nicksay ("Boy Meets World"/The Wild Duck at A Noise Within) and Erik Odom ("The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2"/Sons of the Prophet at The Blank) return as May and Raleigh, along with See Rock City featured cast members Clarinda Ross (Spit Like a Big Girl/Steel Magnolias) and Sharon Sharth (Waiting for Grace/ member of Actors Studio and Circle Rep in New York). Joining the cast is returning Rubicon artist Faline England (Crimes of the Heart (Indy Award)/Turn of the Screw (Ovation Nomination). The ongoing love story of May and Raleigh concludes with the Kentucky couple now living comfortably in Florida in the 1950s. But their settled life is once again rocked by the arrival of family and turbulent events that threaten their sunny existence. Their love and devotion are put to the test when they must make unconventional decisions in a rapidly changing world. GULF VIEW DRIVE opens in Ventura on Saturday, January 28 at 7:00 p.m., followed by a post-show party with cast, crew and local VIPs. Low-priced previews are January 25-27. The show runs Wednesdays through Sundays through February 12, 2017. (more...)

27th Annual LA STAGE Alliance Ovation Award Winners Announced - THE BOY FROM OZ, HAM: A MUSICAL MEMOIR and More Big Winners!27th Annual LA STAGE Alliance Ovation Award Winners Announced - THE BOY FROM OZ, HAM: A MUSICAL MEMOIR and More Big Winners!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2017

The 27th Annual LA STAGE Alliance Ovation Awards, celebrating theatrical excellence and achievement throughout Los Angeles, were presented on Tuesday, January 17, at the Ahmanson Theatre at The Music Center. (more...)

27th Annual LA Stage Alliance Ovation Awards Celebrated Achievement Throughout Los Angeles27th Annual LA Stage Alliance Ovation Awards Celebrated Achievement Throughout Los Angeles
by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2017

The 27th Annual LA STAGE Alliance Ovation Awards, celebrating theatrical excellence and achievement throughout Los Angeles, were presented on Tuesday, January 17 at the Ahmanson Theatre at The Music Center. (more...)

Rubicon Theatre Company Presents The Final Play in Arlene Hutton's 'Nibroc Trilogy'Rubicon Theatre Company Presents The Final Play in Arlene Hutton's 'Nibroc Trilogy'
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2017

Rubicon Theatre Company presents GULF VIEW DRIVE , the third and final play in Arlene Hutton's Nibroc Trilogy, directed by Indy award-winning Katharine Farmer with the same cast reprising their critically-acclaimed roles from the Los Angeles Times "Critic's Choice" productions of Last Train to Nibroc and last season's See Rock City. Lily Nicksay ("Boy Meets World"/The Wild Duck at A Noise Within) and Erik Odom("The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2"/Sons of the Prophet at The Blank) return as May and Raleigh, along with See Rock City featured cast membersClarinda Ross (Spit Like a Big Girl/Steel Magnolias) and Sharon Sharth (Waiting for Grace/ member of Actors Studio and Circle Rep in New York). Joining the cast is returning Rubicon artist Faline England (Crimes of the Heart (Indy Award)/Turn of the Screw (Ovation Nomination). (more...)

Aditi Brennan Kapil's IMOGEN SAYS NOTHING to Premiere at Yale Rep This WinterAditi Brennan Kapil's IMOGEN SAYS NOTHING to Premiere at Yale Rep This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2016

Yale Repertory Theatre presents the world premiere of IMOGEN SAYS NOTHING by Aditi Brennan Kapil, directed by Laurie Woolery, at Yale Repertory Theatre (1120 Chapel Street), January 20-February 11. Opening Night is Thursday, January 26. (more...)

Teri Bibb and More Set for Family Friendly Holiday Concerts at Rubicon Theatre CompanyTeri Bibb and More Set for Family Friendly Holiday Concerts at Rubicon Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2016

Rubicon Theatre Company makes the holidays merry and musical with special concerts at the theatre for audiences of all ages. (more...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at Peter Van Norden in A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Rubicon TheatrePhoto Flash: Sneak Peek at Peter Van Norden in A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Rubicon Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2016

Last season's critically acclaimed, World Premiere hit Charles Dickens' A CHRISTMAS CAROL returns to Rubicon Theatre Company this holiday season with Broadway, TV and film veterans Peter Van Norden (RTC's Copenhagen) and Joe Spano ('NCIS,' RTC's Bucky) reprising their roles in this innovative retelling of the classic. Charles Dickens' A CHRISTMAS CAROL opens in Ventura on Saturday, December 10, followed by an after-party at Rhumb Line Restaurant. The show is currently in previews for a run through December 24, and BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Hilary Maiberger and Derek Carley in DADDY LONG LEGS at TheatreWorksPhoto Flash: First Look at Hilary Maiberger and Derek Carley in DADDY LONG LEGS at TheatreWorks
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2016

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley presents an enchanting musical romance for the holidays, Daddy Long Legs, created by John Caird (Book) and Paul Gordon (Music & Lyrics). Based on the novel by Jean Webster, this tuneful yuletide treat from the director of Les Miserables, and the composer of Jane Eyre and Jane Austen's EMMA, tells the tale of a spirited orphan girl who is sent to a prestigious college by a mysterious benefactor. Her heartwarming journey to independence, education, and romance during the suffragette-era in New England is chronicled in a wealth of witty letters and glorious songs. (more...)

The Critically-Acclaimed, Innovative Holiday Hit Returns to Rubicon CHARLES DICKENS' A CHRISTMAS CAROLThe Critically-Acclaimed, Innovative Holiday Hit Returns to Rubicon CHARLES DICKENS' A CHRISTMAS CAROL
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2016

 Last season's critically acclaimed, World Premiere hit CHARLES DICKENS' A CHRISTMAS CAROL returns to Rubicon Theatre Company this holiday season with Broadway, TV and film veterans Peter Van Norden (RTC's Copenhagen) and Joe Spano ("NCIS," RTC's Bucky) reprising their roles in this innovative retelling of the classic. Adapted by Producing Artistic Director Karyl Lynn Burns and directed byBrian McDonald, the 25-member cast features many of the same actors from the original production that earned a "Critic's Choice" in the Los Angeles Times and rave reviews from Ventura County Star, CASA Magazine, VIDA Magazine and the Ventura Breeze. Presented as a play with music, this dynamic and compelling stage version is highly theatrical. Actors narrate at various times, play multiple characters, sing and contribute to the soundscape for the production in the style of the Royal Shakespeare Company's landmark production of The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. CHARLES DICKENS' A CHRISTMAS CAROL opens in Ventura on Saturday, December 10 at 7:00 p.m. followed by an after-party at Rhumb Line Restaurant. Low-priced previews are December 7-9. The show runs Wednesdays through Sundays through December 24. (more...)

J. Bernard Calloway Returns in Title Role of 'THE GRINCH' at The Old Globe TonightJ. Bernard Calloway Returns in Title Role of 'THE GRINCH' at The Old Globe Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2016

The Old Globe presents its 19th annual production of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (more...)

J. Bernard Calloway to Return in Title Role of 'THE GRINCH' at The Old Globe; Cast, Creatives Set!J. Bernard Calloway to Return in Title Role of 'THE GRINCH' at The Old Globe; Cast, Creatives Set!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2016

The Old Globe today announced the complete cast and creative team for the Globe's 19th annual production of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (more...)

BWW Review: RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET at Rubicon Theatre CompanyBWW Review: RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET at Rubicon Theatre Company
by Cary Ginell - Nov 4, 2016

Before Mamma Mia!, before The Marvelous Wonderettes, and before Jersey Boys, there was Return to the Forbidden Planet, an Off-Broadway space farce that was one of the first musicals to incorporate pop hits into its score. A spoof of the 1956 cult sci-fi film, Forbidden Planet, Bob Carlton's musical utilizes the language and general storyline of William Shakespeare's The Tempest in relating the adventures of an interstellar space ship, which is drawn to a mysterious planet by a mad scientist and his beauteous daughter. The show is being staged at the Rubicon Theatre Company in Ventura in a colorful, lively production directed and choreographed by Kirby Ward. (more...)

BWW Review: Rubicon Theatre's RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET is Scintillating Sci-Fi FunBWW Review: Rubicon Theatre's RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET is Scintillating Sci-Fi Fun
by Ellen Dostal - Nov 2, 2016

Rubicon Theatre Company lands a winner with its latest musical comedy RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET by Bob Carlton. The silly sci-fi confection is two hours of deliciously kitschy fun accompanied by a rock and roll score that blasts out more than twenty hits from the '50s and '60s and a dynamite cast that spews planetary puns and classical text faster than the speed of light. (more...)

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