Valley Favorite Bob Sorrenson To Direct Upcoming GYT Production Of URINETOWN
Greasepaint hosts hometown son and valley favorite Bob Sorrenson as director for the upcoming production of URINETOWN THE MUSICAL.
Over a career spanning four decades, director and actor, Bob has been involved in hundreds of plays, films and television shows. As an actor his credits include I Am My Own Wife, The Pajama Game, Fully Committed, The Mystery Of Irma Vep, God Of Carnage, Permanent Collection, Ghosts, Art, Swinging On A Star, Noises Off, Midsummer Nights Dream And Two Gentlemen Of Verona for The Arizona Theatre Company. Other theater credits include The San Jose Rep, Seattle Rep, Actors theatre Of Phx., Phoenix Theatre, Arizona Jewish Theatre, Actors Lab, The Southwest Shakespeare Co., The Oslo Theatre in Florida, The Barrington Stage, Two Rivers Theatre among others. Numerous film and television credits include Gotham, Veep, Desperado, and recurring roles on HBOs Boardwalk Empire and NBCs Law and Order.
Bobs directing credits include: The Dixie Swim Club and Rumors for Theatreworks in Phx. The Complete History of America Abridged, Rounding Third, It Had To Be You, and More Fun Than Bowling for Actors Theatre Of Phoenix, Steel Magnolias for Phoenix Theatre, and Beau Gest and Gest a Second, Social Security, Gift Horse, The Odd Couple (Female Version) and Im Not Rappaport for Arizona Jewish Theatre. Six Women With Brain Death and Personals for Theatre League. Bobs awards include: Eight AriZoni Best Actor awards, New Times Best of Phoenix award, Critics Circle award for best actor, and The National Society Of Arts And letters Outstanding Achievement award for acting and directing.
In the not-so-distant future, a terrible water shortage and 20-year drought has led to a government ban on private toilets and a proliferation of paid public toilets, owned and operated by a single megalomaniac company: the Urine Good Company. If the poor don't obey the strict laws prohibiting free urination, they'll be sent to the dreaded and mysterious "Urinetown." After too long under the heel of the malevolent Caldwell B. Cladwell, the poor stage a revolt, led by a brave young hero, fighting tooth and nail for the freedom to pee "wherever you like, whenever you like, for as long as you like, and with whomever you like."
Starring: Preston Kersting as Bobby Strong, Alyssa Granger as Hope Cladwell, Raymond Cusick as Caldwell B. Cladwell, Justus Popken as Officer Lockstock, Benny Cowans as Little Sally, Liv Boscardin as Penelope Pennywise, Ethan Drew as Joe "Old Man" Strong
Director: Bob Sorenson
Musical Director: MaryEllen Loose
Choreographer: Madison MacDonald
Music Mark Hollmann
Book Greg Kotis
Rundates: February 15 - 24
Ticket Prices: $17
Box Office: 480-949-7529 Greasepaint.org
Venue: The Historic Stagebrush Theatre, 7020 East 2nd St., Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Photo: Director Bob Sorrenson with Alyssia Granger (as Hope) and Preston Kersting (as Bobby)