~ San Diego Reader
~ Charlene Baldridge, San Diego Theater Critic
San Diego, CA – ion theatre proudly presents the San Diego premiere of Wayne Lemon’s Jesus Hates Me, co-directed by Glenn Paris and Claudio Raygoza. First developed at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, this serio-comedy has seen celebrated productions in Orange County, Dallas, Denver Theatre Center and South Coast Repertory Theatre.
Deep in the heart of rural Texas, disillusion and broken dreams face off with zealotry and pain – and no where is this more evident than the Blood of the Lamb Miniature Golf Course, with its life-sized crucified Christ mannequin hanging over Hole 17. That alone is sufficient for broken, ex-football-hero Ethan to question his place in the universe. As if his shattered dreams and Nietzche-reading weren't enough, Ethan's mom has taken to stealing mannequins from Wal-Mart as he struggles to connect with his one-time girlfriend who runs the local bar. Wayne Lemon's irreverent take on the search for meaning is hilarious, poignant, heartfelt, and a deeply vivid portrait of lives teetering on the edge of something big. The production features returning ion artist Laurence Brown (Topdog/Underdog) and in their ion debuts: Dana Fares, Charlie Gange, Lisel Gorell-Getz*, Richard Johnson and Connor Sullivan. The directors are Glenn Paris and Claudio Raygoza. The production team includes Raygoza (Scenic, Sound and Lighting Design), Mary Summerday (Costume Design), Melissa Hamilton (Props) and Kevin Kornburger (Stage Manager).
Jesus Hates Me begins previews Saturday April 16, opens Saturday April 23 and runs through May 14. Tickets range from $10-$32 and can be purchased at www.iontheatre.com or by calling (619) 600-5020. Preview performances are deeply discounted and there are ongoing discounts for seniors, students, active military and members of Actors Alliance and Actors’ Equity Association. Performances of Jesus Hates Me are at BLKBOX Theatre located at 3704 6th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103 on the corner of 6th and Pennsylvania Avenues. Approximate running time: 90 mins. For mature audiences only.
*Member Actors' Equity Association