No need to equivocate – see Equivocation!

August 27th, 2014
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England, 1605: Shagspeare is commissioned by the prime minister to write the “true historie” of the Gunpowder Plot. And it must have witches! A witty and high-stakes political thriller with contemporary resonances, this intriguing play gallops from the great Globe to the Tower of London to the halls of Parliament to the heart of Judith, Shag’s younger daughter, who finds herself unexpectedly at the very heart of the political, dramatic and—ultimately—human mystery.

“We have been waiting with bated breath for the regional rights for this show to become available,” said RC Artistic Director Clint Rebik. “Ever since several of us saw it in Ashland a few years ago, it’s been something we wanted to do.”

“It’s such a great story, and it’s presented in such a theatrical way!” added RC Executive Director Peggy Metzger. “You’ll be amazed – special effects, sound and lighting, swordfights. It’s really exciting!”

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Equivocation is directed by Catherine L. Brown – well-known in the area for her excellent costume designs. “I haven’t directed in years, but I’ve been wanting to direct with Redwood Curtain. This script is so extraordinary…I knew this was the one!”

The cast includes veteran RC actors James Hitchcock, Gary Sommers, Dmitry Tokarsky and Cody Miranda, as well as newcomers David Hamilton and Ambar Cuevas. Scenic Deisgn is by Ray Gutierrez, lighting by Michael Burkhart, and costumes by Jenneveve Hood. Special effects team includes Jillian Park, Hannah Toyoda and Jared Sorenson, with Fight Choreography by Craig Benson. Jessica McKnight stage manages.

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Equivocation previews on Thursday and Friday September 4th and 5th, with $10 tickets, and opening night with Gala reception is Saturday, September 6th, with tickets at $20. Performances continue Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights through September 27th.  Cheap date Thursdays on September 11th, 18th, and 25th, two tickets for $20. A 2pm Sunday Matinees take place on September 21st, with tickets at $15. Ticket price on Friday and Saturday (except Gala) nights is $15.

Redwood Curtain is at 220 First Street (between C and D) in Old Town, Eureka. Main entrance through Snug Alley.

As the theatre is intimate with only 80 seats, reservations are highly recommended, and there is no late seating. Evening performances begin promptly at 8pm, Sunday matinees at 2pm.

Tickets can be purchased securely online at www.redwoodcurtain.com. To reserve tickets, email boxoffice@redwoodcurtain.com or call 443-7688.

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“Equivocation” Poster Reveal

August 20th, 2014
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Equivocation begins its run in just over two weeks, on September 4. Check out the hot-off-the-presses poster… and get your tickets now!

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About Equivocation
England, 1605: Shagspere is commissioned by the prime minister to write the “true historie” of the Gunpowder Plot. And it must have witches! A witty and high-stakes political thriller with contemporary resonances, this intriguing play gallops from the great Globe to the Tower of London to the halls of Parliament to the heart of Judith, Shag’s young daughter, who finds herself unexpectedly at the very heart of the political, dramatic and – ultimately – human mystery.

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“Equivocation” Actors Fight Through Rehearsals

August 18th, 2014
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Rehearsals for Redwood Curtain’s Equivocation are underway getting ready for the show’s first preview performance on September 4. Fight choreography has been key in these rehearsals to develop fights that are exciting for the audience, but safe for the actors.

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Gary Sommers (left) and Cody Miranda work with reherhsal swords.

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In this more recent shot, Gary and Cody continue their practice. You can also see that the painters have been at work on the background.

The actors also got a field trip on a recent evening when they needed an alternate space for rehearsals. Since cast member Dmitry Tokarsky is a member of the Coast Guard they were able to use an available meeting room, and get a helicopter tour, too! There was even a little bonus sword practice.

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Gary Sommers and Ambar Cuevas work with the swords. Meanwhile, behind them, Dmitry Tokarsky shows director Catherine L Brown the copter.

 

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Cast and director of Equivocation (left to right): David Hamilton, Cody Miranda, Catherine L. Brown, Gary Sommers, Dmitry Tokarsky, Ambar Cuevas, James Hitchcock.

Equivocation by Bill Cain and directed by Catherine L. Brown, begins Thursday, September 4 and continues through Saturday, September 27 playing Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm along with a 2pm Sunday matinee on September 21. Get your tickets now.

About Equivocation
England, 1605: Shagspere is commissioned by the prime minister to write the “true historie” of the Gunpowder Plot. And it must have witches! A witty and high-stakes political thriller with contemporary resonances, this intriguing play gallops from the great Globe to the Tower of London to the halls of Parliament to the heart of Judith, Shag’s young daughter, who finds herself unexpectedly at the very heart of the political, dramatic and – ultimately – human mystery.

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MURAL to be unveiled!

October 3rd, 2012
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The mural is almost complete!

Join us for the

GRAND UNVEILING

this Saturday at Arts Alive!

 

If you haven’t had a chance to walk by our building on First Street and meet “Bearymore, the Great Winged Grizzly,” we hope you will come by soon.  Artist Daniel C. Nyiri is up on the scaffolding most days bringing Bearymore to life. 

Additionally, we have contracted with Brant Electric to add more lighting to the alley entrance.

Yes.  It has taken much longer than we had hoped or anticipated.  And it’s taken more money: supplies, unexpected permits, fees, equipment, and…even more permits.

 

So – We need your help to finish our projects, which are attracting a great deal of attention in Old Town….just what we need to build audiences.  And just what First Street needs to add some excitement and attraction to the growing development around First and C Street Market Square!

In fact, we have received so much buzz about the mural, that we’ve garnered a matching grant!

Donate by October 15 and a portion of your contribution will be matched!

Please take a moment and give what you can to help us finish the projects and refill our coffers, so we can continue to grow and bring you the best in Humboldt County theatre!

With heartfelt thanks for your continued support,

 

Join us at Arts Alive October 6 – we’re going to unveil the new mural around 620pm!  Come eat Grizzly cake at 220 First Street, Eureka.

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Beware…the Great Winged Grizzly!

June 26th, 2012
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Sometimes….I am not a patient woman. 

Two years ago, we decided to raise funds to paint a mural on the 1st Street side of our theatre.  As more activity and traffic takes place on the boardwalk, we wanted to get noticed!  We commissioned our friend and artist Daniel Nyiri to design a mural for us – Daniel has designed many of our sets over the years and is an accomplished scenic artist, muralist and watercolorist.  He submitted several design options, which we – Clint and myself and the board – pondered and opinionated about for some time.

Many generous donations came in during that fundraiser, although we fell a bit short of our goals.  Back to the sketches – what can we afford?  Which one will work best?  Get approval from the landlord.  Talk to the city.  Look at more sketches.  Wait for another board meeting.  Look at the sketches again.

Time went by.  (Time is not something we have a lot of.  A volunteer staff producing five shows a year, plus our annual radio fundraiser, all the while reading scripts and planning the following year’s productions, has to squeeze in moments for those “extra” projects.)  It felt imperative to get something moving  – people donated money to a mural project, so we needed to have a mural.  We needed help and we didn’t know where to turn. 

Then – ta da! – one of our board members ran into Kati Texas, a local artist who leads the Rural Burl Mural Bureau, a project of the Ink People.  Katie offered her help – she had experience in these kinds of projects, in communicating with the city, and with presenting to the Design Review Board.  Kati, along with a couple of persistent board members, nudged the project along, until…..

The Great Winged Grizzly is about to appear!

The Great Winged Grizzly, by Daniel Nyiri

Work has actually now begun – Kati and the fine young people of the RBMB are currently doing the prep work on the wall, base painting, and then sketching out the basic design of the mural.  Daniel will then come in and do the painting, finishing and finessing.  Come by and see the progress!  (Better yet, come see a show and check out the mural while you’re here!)

Many thanks to Daniel, Kati, the terrific young people of the RBMB, and the RC board members who nudged this project along.

Thank you again to all who donated to the mural and other building improvements.  And if you haven’t had the chance to contribute, it’s not too late!  Donate online, send us a check, or come see our next production SHOW PEOPLE (July 5-28) and hand a donation directly to a member of our friendly house staff.

I’m still not a patient woman. 

~Peggy

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Reflecting….and looking forward.

December 13th, 2011
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What a year it has been!  In our second year in our new Old Town space, we had quite a few adventures!  After opening the year with our annual Live Radio show, this time titled The Road to Zoundsibar!, we launched an exciting World Premiere, The Lawn, which really got people talking!

Almost, Maine, a sweet love story, captured the hearts of our wonderful audiences, and Kimberly Akimbo kept them rolling in laughter and quarters!   Yankee Tavern roiled in some intriguing conspiracies, and The Last Five Years was a two-person musical delight.

All along, we worked with creative, generous artists.  We welcomed appreciative audiences.  And we were grateful for hundreds of hours of volunteer assistance.

Thank you for a successful season….and on to the next!

Our fifth annual live Radio show, A Fifth of Zounds, kicks off the New Year on January 21.  Think Prairie Home Companion meets Saturday Night Live, with a Humboldt County twist! Buy tickets here

And Season Tickets are now available for five delightful and spirited productions…featuring an exciting mix of seasoned company members and new faces.  What a wonderful gift for under the tree this year!

May the holidays and the new year bring you the very best!

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Makeover Campaign Update

October 1st, 2011
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UPDATE…

Thank you to all who donated to our extreme Makeover campaign!  We raised about $4000 of the $6000 we needed to do all of the improvements we wanted to do.  We are currently planning and designing the implementation of improvements, which will be followed by applications for permits – it all just takes much more time than we’d like it to.  But hopefully you will start to see some changes soon.  In the meantime, our eternal thanks and we will keep seeing you at the theatre!   (And you can still donate to the cause by clicking HERE.)

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Bringing it back around….

April 25th, 2011
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Once upon a time, I started college as a Freshman at California State University, Chico.  Being a theatre geek from the get-go, I went to the first audition I had the opportunity to go to – for a production of Shakespeare’s “Comedy of Errors” – directed by the late, great Donna Breed.  I got the small but pivotal role of the Abbess (I was tall and had a loud voice, despite my youth).

The costume designer on that marvelous piece of theatre (this was the early 80’s by the way, just to date myself) was a lady named Gail Holbrook.  The costume I wore in that show included a large hat that looked fairly – well, medieval, for lack of a better word – with a large round circle on the top of my head.  Later on, I came to find out that the technicians on that show, over the headsets, would, upon my deus-ex-machina-like entrance at the end of the production, refer to me as “toilet-bowl head.”  An auspicious beginning to college theatre.

But it was the beginning of a long friendship with Gail Holbrook.  There were many productions over the next few years in Chico, usually her directing and me acting:  Blue Window, Steel Magnolias, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, to name a few.  And there were many parties (many parties – it was Chico in the 80’s, after all), road trips, and laughter.  And many other friends in common – many now keeping in touch via Facebook.

More recently, Clint met Gail through his affiliation with the American College Theatre Festival – both as frequent adjudicators of college productions.

Clint and I have been talking to Gail for several years about coming “over to the coast” to work with us at Redwood Curtain.  Although the desire has been there – the time to do so was not.  But now that she is officially retired from her Professorship at Chico State, the time has come.

And we couldn’t be more thrilled.  Firstly, because she is an experienced and professional director to add to our talented pool of theatre artists.  And secondly, for me personally, when we’ve had the time during her stay, we drink wine and reminisce (and gossip) about the “good old days.”  I’m sure there are a few Chico State Theatre alumni from those years whose ears have been burning lately.

This is one of the things I love about theatre – the friendships and bonds that we accumulate.

Priceless.

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How to stage a World Premiere, and have a great time doing it

February 3rd, 2011
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So, a director walks into a bar….um, no.

Once Upon A Time….nah….

So, last Fall Michael Fields, Producing Artistic Director of the Dell’Arte Company, called us.  He was fresh from a reading of a brand new play at CalArts, where he also serves as Director of the California State Summer School for the Arts Theatre Program.  “This play called The Lawn,” he said, “would be a great piece for Redwood Curtain, and I’d love to direct it.  It’s offbeat, hilarious…and a little nuts.  I think you’ll love it.”  Since our collaboration with Michael in 2004 with Big Love was such a big success, both financially and artistically, we were eager to read The Lawn.

We did love it.  We said yes.  That was easy.

We contacted the L.A.-based playwright, Cody Henderson, who turned out to be a great guy.   Arrangements were made, calendars were discussed, casting took place, and rehearsals began.  Cody visited for a long weekend during the rehearsal process, working closely with the director and the actors.  Great discussions (with pizza and beer) ensued.  The company loved having him here to, as Michael put it, “focus the lens and deepen the understanding.”  And to have pizza and beer.

We are proud to be the first company in the nation to produce this hilarious, quirky comedy.  We are humbled to enjoy such a wonderful collaborative spirit with Michael and with other professionals from Dell’Arte.

Now it’s YOUR turn to be involved in this exciting collaboration.  The play is not “finished” until the first audience experiences it.  The playwright watches and listens to YOUR reactions, to YOUR laughter (or not), to focus subsequent revisions.   Adjustments may be made.  YOU become part of finessing and perfecting this play, for future productions by theatre artists.

So come on down to the theatre and view the Lawn:   join us on this creative journey, and we hope you enjoy it.  We’ve had a ball.

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So much fun….

June 24th, 2010
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Producers’ Log.  Stardate, June 24, 2010

For four years there was very little.  Today, the producers are juggling three shows, or is it four?  Oh-em-gee!

Blue Lake Casino loves us.  Since we began doing our annual “Zounds!” radio show there in 2009, they have asked for more.  So we have teamed up with them for this weekend’s special event – Some Enchanted Evening, the Songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein.  Featuring the fabulous vocal talents of Jim Buschmann, Christina Jioras, Anthony Mankins and Rebecca Nichols, with accompaniment by the brilliant John Chernoff, this cabaret-style show features glorious tunes from such shows as South Pacific, Sound of Music, The King and I, and Carousel.  Tickets to the performance on Saturday June 26 are $30 and include dinner – available by calling the Players’ Club at BLC.  If this is as successful as we hope for both Redwood Curtain and the casino, this could become an annual event….the Redwood Curtain Cabaret?

Fortune is in rehearsal currently, with technical rehearsals this weekend.  It should be very fun to see how the sound and lighting effects work together to create storms and dreams and magical effects.  Director Jyl Hewston has a great design team gathered, and actors Clint Rebik (yes, it’s true!) and Cassandra Hesseltine are hard at work creating delightful characters in this sweet, quirky romantic comedy.  Look for more news as we approach the July 15 preview.

And our September show, Moonlight and Magnolias, has cast and designers lined up and the first “table read” is being planned.  Director James Read has cast some talented Redwood Curtain veterans (that’s the diplomatic way of saying these guys have been working with us for a loooong time, and we love them):  James Floss, Ron Halverson, and Jerry Nusbaum.  And an exciting newcomer joins the RC acting company:  Andrea Zvelco.  This rollicking comedy celebrates the golden age of movies – and that makes us happy.

And did I mention how successful the Redwood Curtain Gallery has become?  The gallery is open for every Eureka Arts Alive! on the first Saturday of each month, and features fabulous local artists.  The July/August installation is “Starshine” featuring the exquisite watercolors of Ellen Briggs, a long-time supporter of Redwood Curtain.  We are thrilled to finally have a space where we can welcome and celebrate the visual arts, as well as the performing arts.

Wow.  That’s a lot going on.  We need a nap.

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