San Diego, CA – ion theatre Executive Artistic Director Claudio Raygoza will perform solo in two plays in repertory: The Gun Show by EM Lewis and Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll by Eric Bogosian.
Double Dare replaces the previously scheduled Este which ion will stage at a later date, and will produce a November staged reading on a date TBA. Este has been postponed for casting considerations.
Double Dare will have its Media Opening at 2pm, Saturday, October 14 with both shows performed back-to-back. (Total running time: 2.5. hrs). The Public opening at 8pm will feature only Sex, Drugs Rock & Roll.
From a farming community in rural Oregon to the big cities of LA and NYC, playwright EM Lewis takes aim at her own relationship with firearms in The Gun Show. An actor shares Ms. Lewis’s unique perspective and true stories about America’s most dangerous pastime as if they were his own through brutal honesty and poignant humor. Leaning neither right nor left, The Gun Show jumps into the middle of the gun control debate, and asks “Can we have a conversation about this?”
In Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll, Eric Bogosian offers a penetrating and often biting criticism of what he calls a "schizoid" culture, poking fun at the excesses and absurdities of modern life. From his portrayal of a rock star who glamorizes drugs while warning kids to "just say no" to his satirization of male bonding to a piercing look at homelessness and mental illness, Bogosian unmasks the icons and myths of a sometimes myopic and self-indulgent society that overconsumes even as it weeps for the less fortunate.
Double Dare is directed and designed by Raygoza and stage-managed by Kevin Kornburger. ion company member Yolanda Franklin (The Ballad of Emmett Till) along with ion artist Daren Scott (The Normal Heart) serve as assistant directors with Producing Artistic Director Glenn Paris serving as Executive Producer.
What – Double Dare: The Gun Show by EM Lewis and Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll by Eric Bogosian, directed by and performed in alternating repertory by Claudio Raygoza
When – Previews: The Gun Show: Saturday, October 7 @ 4pm, Thursday, October 12 @ 8pm;
Sex, Drugs…Saturday, October 7 and Friday, October 13 @8pm
Media Opening: ***Saturday, October 14, 2:30pm; Public Opening: Saturday, October 14, 7:30pm*** Both shows back to back.
The Gun Show runs Thursdays @ 8pm and Saturdays @ 4pm through October 28. Please note that the 2:30pm & 7:30pm Saturday October 14 schedule is unique. Regular Saturday matinees of The Gun Show will be at 4pm. Sex, Drugs…runs Fridays and Saturdays @ 8pm through October 28
Where – ion’s BLKBOX theater, 3704 6th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103
Tickets – Previews: $12; Public Opening (Catered party with cast & crew afterward) $45; All other: General: $35; Senior (60+): $29; Student, Military $20; AASD/AEA: $18 (ID for discount required.) Online: www.iontheatre.com or (619) 600-5020.