CEREMONY Comes to San Diego Fringe, 7/5-13

CEREMONY Comes to San Diego Fringe, 7/5-13

Ceremony, written and performed by Michael Kass and Michael Kass and 7 Buckets, directed by Diana Wyenn, will play the 2014 San Diego International Fringe Festival at the Cabaret Theater at 10th Avenue Theatre and Arts Centre, 930 10th Ave., San Diego, CA 92101.

At age 35, Michael Kass is super sad. Instead of doing normal things like therapy or drinking too much, he quits his job, goes to Peru, finds a shaman and drinks a tea renowned for making people see their worst fears. How far will one man go to find himself? And will he be able to find his way back?

CEREMONY is an intensely personal story that grapples with universal themes of isolation, self doubt and coming of age in the context of a shamanic medicine ceremony. It premiered at the Hollywood Fringe Festival last year where it garnered rave reviews and awards including the Duende Distinction for Playwriting, a Best of Fringe Extention and a nomination for Best Solo Show. LAist called the production "Absolutely wonderful. . .a worthy lineal descendant of Spalding Gray's Swimming to Cambodia, this Ceremony is an occasion to savor and certainly not to miss" and the LA Weekly designated the show its Pick of the Week and one of the 20 Best Things to Do in LA.

Performances:
Saturday, July 5th at 11 AM
Sunday, July 6th at 8 PM
Wednesday, July 9th at 3:30 PM
Thursday, July 10th at 9:30 PM
Sunday, July 13th at 6:30 PM

For tickets and passes, visit www.sdfringe.org.

About the Artists:

Ceremony is Michael Kass' first full-length solo show. He is a fixture in the Los Angeles storytelling community, having won multiple Moth StorySlams and appeared in shows including Spark Off Rose, Taboo Tales, I Love a Good Story and countless others. Also an actor, Michael most recently appeared in the World Premiere of Jami Brandli's S.O.E. and has worked with companies including Son of Semele Ensemble, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble and Chicago's Tony Award Winning. Lookingglass Theater Company. Michael's writing has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times and blogs including Thought Catalog and Fierce and Nerdy.

An incredible asset to the piece, director Diana Wyenn is a theater artist with a socially-driven practice who has collaborated as a director, choreographer, designer, producer, and performer on scores of productions with some of Los Angeles' most daring theater companies, including Evidence Room, Theatre Dybbuk, Open Fist Theatre Company, Theatre of Note, Sacred Fools, Son of Semele Ensemble, and Unknown Theater where she also served as Associate Artistic Director. She received her BFA in Drama from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.

About San Diego Fringe: San Diego International Fringe Festival is a project of Contact Arts, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 2003 along with Actors Alliance of San Diego with the purpose building a network of creativity & communication. Contact Arts & AASD aim to connect ideas with social action through progressive performance & community engaged projects. www.ceremonytheshow.com

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