The Curiouser Group Presents World Premiere of THE GILDED

By: Feb. 03, 2010
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The Curiouser Group is proud to present The Gilded, an original musical written and directed by Reynaldi Lolong, as part of the 2010 Thick House Presenting Series. The Gilded previews February 18, and runs through March 7. Press opening is Friday February 19.


The Gilded will play the following schedule: Thursday at 7pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm. All performances will take place at the Thick House, 1695 18th Street (on Portrero Hill between DeHaro and Arkansas). Tickets are $30 ($20 for 2/18 preview) and can be purchased at www.thegilded.com or by calling 1-800-838-3006.

Set in a steampunk-inspired world, The Gilded is the story of a disillusioned soldier, a runaway princess, and a troupe of actors who arrive in the cold, industrial city of Commodore and perform stories of fantasy and adventure - all the while living one of their own. A new, original musical, it is a celebration of theatre: from the moment it captivates you to the times when it is all that you have.

The Gilded cast includes Lisa Auchterlonie, Jamie Cunanan, Ben Euphrat, Molly Gazay, Ivan Hardin, Jesus Martinez Jr., Jonathan Reisfeld, and Alexis P. Wong. Musical direction is by Robby Greengold, and choreography is by Bay Area favorite and Shellie award-winner Brandy Collazo. The Gilded also features scenic design by Tanya Orellana, costume design by Adam Lee Brodner, lighting design by Stephanie Buchner, and production stage manager is Stephen Chun. Writer/director Reynaldi Lolong has studied Dramatic Writing at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts with Cassandra Medley, and at SFSU with Bill Peters and Anne Galjour.

THE GILDED GIVES BACK: When buying tickets online, audiences are encourage to use either code "Bowditch" (Foster City's Bowditch Middle School) or "SMHS" (San Mateo High School), and $5.00 of the ticket price will be donated to that respective school's Drama Department (valid for all performances except preview). "Getting to participate in theatre at Bowditch and San Mateo High was a life-changing experience for me," says writer-director Reynaldi Lolong. "Doing theatre in middle school and high school isn't just about performing - it's about learning confidence, and collaboration, and respect for others. These are essential educational programs and they need the funding to preserve them." Reynaldi Lolong, choreographer Brandy Collazo, and lighting designer Stephanie Buchner are all alumni of both Bowditch Middle School and San Mateo High School.


FREE EVENT: Audiences are also invited to join The Gilded's writer (book/music/lyrics) Reynaldi Lolong at the Thick House on Wednesday March 10 at 8pm for an evening of original compositions, songs from other musical projects, and highlights from The Gilded. Lolong will be joined by San Francisco singer-songwriter Brendan Getzell (myspace.com/brendangetzell).
Admission is free for this event.

About the Thick House: ArtsDeco presents contemporary new theater that reflects and engages the San Francisco Bay Area's racially and culturally diverse audience community. We believe that when art is relevant and accessible it can transform the world, so our work rises naturally out of connecting to the local community, to popular culture, and to events of the day. ArtsDeco operates the Thick House as a performing arts/community center -- presenting world-class professional theater, hosting neighborhood events, collaborating on community projects, and partnering with local businesses. For more information about ArtsDeco and the Thick House, visit: www.thickhouse.org.

 



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