Fuse Theatre Ensemble Presents UNDER THE INFLUENCE: ALL TRUMPED UP
In 2015 Fust Theatre Emsemble created what was intended to be a workshop (9 performances over two weekends) of a new serial musical by Broadway lyricist Ernie Lijoi. However, they soon learned they had a successful show on their hands that would go on to win the 2015 Drammy Awards for Best Original Score and Best Actor in a Musical. So, they've "Trumped" it up, added some new faces, streamlined the designs, and we are proud to present Under the Influence: All Trumped Up.
An unapologetically feminist, irreverent musical that tackles the influences that surround all of us by examining our hero, Anita: Anita Drink, Anita Smoke, Anita Cup, whichever Anita she is that day. Whether it's Juan Valdez pushing us caffeine, Barbie giving us body issues, some cartoon character pushing nicotine, or our local bartender sliding us another drink, we're all under the influence of something... yes, even Jesus.
Here are some audience comments from the original production:
"If you live in Portland and want to see something fabulous and hilarious and irreverent, drop everything and get tickets for one of the performances of Under the Influence. You're welcome. Do it. Now."
"It was amazing! Worth seeing a second time."
"A "Laugh a minute" or more! Ernie Lijoi's whip-sharp writing takes every bit of your concentration to catch every hilarious double entendre. You want to keep hitting the pause and rewind to make SURE you heard that right but you're on already on the ride of your life so hang on, listen up, and totally enjoy the evening. GO NOW"
When: Sept 15-30
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays @ 7pm except a single matinee on September 24 @ 2pm
Opening Night: September 15, 2017
Where: Funhouse Lounge, 2432 SE 11th Ave, Portland
Tickets: $15 advanced purchase, $20 at the door
Directed and designed by Rusty Tennant and Sara Fay Goldman
Musical Direction by Matt Insley
Costumes by Carrie Anne Huneycutt
Stage Management by Jenn Lindell
Emcee: Ithica Tell
Anita: Sara Nightengale
Woman: Jessica Tidd
Man: Ernie Lijoi