CSU Fullerton's RED SCARE ON SUNSET Opens 10/6 in the Hallberg Theatre
"Red Scare on Sunset" by Charles Busch, directed by CSUF graduate student Kyle Cooper, runs October 6-29, 2017 in the Hallberg Theatre on campus. "Red Scare on Sunset" is a funny and frighteningly pure parody of the 1950's Communist "invasion of Hollywood." When film star Mary Dale discovers that her own husband has been lured into the local Communist party by way of a method-acting class, she wages a private war to save her husband and conquer the Beverly Hills Commies. The McCarthy era is turned on its head in this novel take on a serious subject. "Red Scare on Sunset" contains fog, haze, and herbal cigarettes.
Playwright Charles Busch wrote one of his earliest plays, "The Sister Act," while attending Northwestern University. Over the course of his career, Busch became famous for playing the leading ladies of his plays in drag. He is probably best known for writing "The Tale of the Allergist's Wife." This was the first play he created for a mainstream audience and one of the first he did not star in.
CSUF graduate directing student Kyle Cooper is an alum of Chapman University. Cooper works as a director and writer for theatre and film in the Los Angeles area. He was the assistant director for the Ovation Award-winning West Coast premiere of "The Boy From Oz." As a filmmaker, he has been on the development team for "London Has Fallen," "Septembers of Shiraz," and Bernard Rose's "Frankenstein," and has written on projects for Rob Minkoff ("The Lion King") and Dennis Dugan ("Happy Gilmore"). He currently has a television show in development with director Simon Wells ("The Prince of Egypt") and show runner Diane Whitley (Disney's "The Evermoor Chronicles").
The cast of "Red Scare on Sunset" includes Isobel Beaman, Johnny Eberhardt, Rachel Fosnaugh, Caleb Gibson, Rhys Gillett, Chloe Hergesheimer, Kathleen Jacob, Danielle Johnson, Matt Katterhagen, Carla Leoz Maurer, Michael John Libera, McKenna Oldmixon, Emma Dayton Petersen, Samantha Preshaw, Danielle Rutledge, Jessica Schreiber, Devin Spoon, and André Vernot.
Scenic Design is by Ann Sheffield, lighting design is by Chris Henrriquez, costume design is by Karen Weller, sound design is by Frankie Hoese, projections design is by Todd Faux, and hair/makeup design is by Alejandro Bermudez.
"Red Scare on Sunset" plays at 8pm on October 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28 and at 2pm on October 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29 in the Hallberg Theatre. General admission tickets are $14 ($12 with advance Titan Discount purchase for students, seniors or with a CSUF ID). All tickets are $14 at the door. Tickets are available by calling (657) 278-3371, 11am-5pm, Monday through Friday and online.
Soon to follow in the CSUF season is Tony nominated "Cry Baby, the Musical" with music by Adam Schlesinger, lyrics by David Javerbaum and book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan. The production is directed by CSUF alum Sarah Ripper with musical direction by Mitchell Hanlon and choreography by William F. Lett. The musical runs October 27-November 12, 2017 in the Little Theatre on campus.