ion theatre company caps Season 8 with an eagerly anticipated musical premiere:
PASSION by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine
featuring achingly beautiful music and passionate storytelling
San Diego – In a remote military outpost in war-torn Italy, a handsome army captain, separated from his beautiful – but married – mistress, is forced to re-evaluate his beliefs about love when he becomes the object of the obsessive, unrelenting passions of Fosca, his Colonel's plain, sickly cousin. Unexpected and thrilling, Passion is one of Stephen Sondheim's most emotional works — intimate, raw, erotic and dark.
The 1994 musical features a sweeping, romantic score, which Sondheim describes as one long rhapsody, accompanying an intelligent, thought-provoking book that bears James Lapine's trademark lyricism. As with all of Sondheim and Lapine's work, the masterful creators of Sunday in the Park with George and Into the Woods, Passion requires a cast of accomplished singing actors.
Directed by ion company member Kim Strassburger with musical direction and accompaniment by Mark Danisovszky, Passion features returning ion artists Andy Collins (Parasite Drag), Jason Heil (Angels in America), Ralph Johnson (Grey Gardens), Katie Whalley (Gypsy) & Ruff Yeager (Wonder Wounded Heroes), with the ion debuts of Bryan Banville, Kevin Burroughs, Sandy Campbell, Patrick Gates, Nadia Guevara, Brandon Sherman & Christina Wenning. Produced by Glenn Paris and Claudio Raygoza, the creative team includes company members Melanie Chen (sound design) Karin Filijan (lighting design), and Raygoza (scenic) and in her ion debut, Jeanne Reith (costumes). The stage managers are Aaron Galindo and Monica Perfetto.
Dates: Preview: ($18) Fri April 25 at 8PM
Public Opening: Sat, April 26, 2014 at 4pm
VIP Opening: Sat, April 26, 2014 at 8pm
Run: ($33 - $39); May 3, 2014 – May 10, 2014 at 8PM
Box office: (619) 600-5020 or www.iontheatre.com
Featuring: Bryan Banville, Kevin Burroughs, Sandy Campbell*, Andy Collins, Patrick Gates, Nadia Guevara, Jason Heil*, Ralph Johnson, Brandon Sherman, Christina Wenning, Katie Whalley & Ruff Yeager. Melanie Chen (Sound), Karin Filijan (Lights), Aaron Galindo (Stage Manager), Catherine Miller (Dramaturgy), Monica Perfetto (Asst. Stage Manager), Claudio Raygoza (Scenic), and Jeanne Reith (Costumes). *Member Actors’ Equity Association
ION THEATRE COMPANY is a federally-recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Founding Executive Artistic Director Claudio Raygoza and Producing Artistic Director Glenn Paris jointly lead ion theatre company as it completes its full eighth season from the perch of its fully-accessible theatre venue in Hillcrest, BLKBOX.
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