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Alice Ripley Headlines Free Reading of Russell-Melnick Musicals in CA, Dec. 5 & 12

Alice Ripley will headline a free reading of three new musicals that will be presented at the Rubicon Theatre Company (1006 E. Main Street) in Ventura, CA on December 5th and 12th at 7 PM.

Adapted from three different sources by Bill Russell (Side Show, Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens) and Peter Melnick (Adrift in Macao), the excerpted musicals will also feature David McDonald, Julie Dixon Jackson and Nick Cearley; Sheryl Kaller will direct.

Based on the Steve Martin one-act of the same title, Patter for the Floating Lady features a "magician (who) levitates his assistant as they re-examine their affair which has recently ended," state press notes. A Bad Spell is based on Virginia Mariconi's short story; a "newly divorced father tries to bridge a communication gap with his 15-year-old son in boarding school in Switzerland." The Last Smoker in America is about a "highly dysfunctional family in the near future dealing with addiction, betrayal and a gun."

Ripley received Tony and Drama Desk nominations for her performance as Violet Hilton in Side Show.  Other Broadway credits include  James Joyce's The Dead, The Rocky Horror Show, Sunset Boulevard, The Who's Tommy and King David.  She recently starred in the title role of The Baker's Wife at the Paper Mill Playhouse and also won rave reviews when she played Amy in the Sondheim Celebration production of Company at the Kennedy Center.  An accomplished songwriter, she fronts the band RIPLEY.  Everything's Fine is her solo CD, while Duets and Unsuspecting Hearts are CDs she recorded with Side Show co-star Emily Skinner.

To make reservations for the free reading, call (805) 667-2900.

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