Theatre of NOTE and Opiate of the Masses to Premiere RIO HONDO This November

Theatre of NOTE and Opiate of the Masses to Premiere RIO HONDO This November

Theatre of NOTE, in association with Opiate of the Masses, brings a bonus production to its 2015 season: the world premiere of RIO HONDO by Bill Robens, the author of Entropy, Kill Me, Deadly and A Mulholland Christmas Carol and directed by Jaime Robledo, of Stoneface and Watson fame.

RIO HONDO will preview on Friday, November 13 and Saturday, November 14 at 8PM, and opens Thursday, November 19th at 8PM. The show runs through Sunday, December 20th at Theatre of NOTE, 1517 N. Cahuenga Blvd. (just North of Sunset) in Hollywood.

RIO HONDO (performed in CinemaStage!) is set against the backdrop of the Wild West.

It's the epic story of a lone stranger with a haunted past who comes back to Hondo to face his demons while combating both a notorious desperado and ruthless assassins working for the railroad--all the while trying to protect a beautiful widow, and her land, from the encroaching forces of progress and change. RIO HONDO follows the classic western tentpole plot lines, but spins those iconic scenarios with humorous twists. From the world's greatest blind female gunfighter, the Filipino cook/poet/philosopher, and young gunfighters with six-shooter envy, RIO HONDO is a new serving of Bill Robens' comic gift, once again applied to a significant cinematic genre, complemented by Jaime Robledo's manic, inventive staging, which ropes in as many laughs as there are cows in an old west cattle drive.

ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM

BILL ROBENS (Playwright) is a veteran of Hollywood's vibrant small theatre scene. Writing several plays such as Entropy, The Poseidon Adventure: the Musical, the comedy variety show, A Fish Without His Flippers, and the perennial Hollywood favorite, A Mulholland Christmas Carol. He is also the author of the stage play Kill Me, Deadly which has been produced in theaters all over the world, and recently adapted into a feature film.

JAIME ROBLEDO (Director) most recently directed the Ovation nominated Astro Boy and the God of Comics at Sacred Fools Theater Company where he is a proud member. There, he also directed Stoneface: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Buster Keaton (winner LA Weekly Award - Best Director), wrote and directed Watson: The Last Great Tale of the Legendary Sherlock Holmes (winner LA Weekly Award -Comedy Direction, Ovation Nominee, Saturn Award Winner) and its sequel Watson and the Dark Art of Harry Houdini, directed the West Coast premieres Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (8 LA Weekly Award Nominations including Best Production), Tallgrass Gothic, and Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom. Other credits: the World Premieres of Hearts Like Fists at Theatre of NOTE (LA Weekly Nominee - Best Director), Efficiency, for the 2015 Sci-Fest LA, and The Ebony Frame for Wicked Lit 2015.

ABOUT THE CAST AND DESIGN TEAM

The cast of RIO HONDO features: Gene Michael Barrera, David Bickford, Krista Conti, Grace Eboigbe, Scott Golden, Michael Holmes, Phinneas Kiyomura, Mandi Moss, Lynn Odell, Alina Phelan, Darrett Sanders, Stephen Simon, Lauren Van Kurin, Kirsten Vangsness and Nicholas S. Williams.

RIO HONDO features an impressive array of local theatre designers, including: Pete Hickok (Set Designer), Matt Richter (Light/Sound Designer), Kimberly Freed (Costume Designer), Mike Mahaffey (Fight Director), Ben Rock (Projection Designer), Michael O'Hara (Props Master), Ryan Johnson (Composer). The Stage Manager for the production is Aaron Saldaña.

RIO HONDO will preview on Friday, November 13 and Saturday, November 14 at 8PM, and opens Thursday, November 19th at 8PM. The show runs through Sunday, December 20th at Theatre of NOTE, 1517 N. Cahuenga Blvd. (just North of Sunset) in Hollywood.

Performances are Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM, and Sundays at 7PM. Tickets are $25; students and seniors are $20. For tickets and details, call (323) 856-8611, or visit www.theatreofnote.com to purchase tickets online and to view complete schedule.

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