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PsyPhi Productions at BLKBOX this Summer!

Audition Notice:

GEEKS! The Musical
Book & Lyrics: Thomas J. Misuraca
Music: Ruth Judkowitz
Produced by PsyPhi Productions

Musical Director: Brandon Sherman
Director: TBA
Production Location: BLKBOX Theatre in Hillcrest (location of ion theatre company)

GEEKS! THE MUSICAL follows the adventures of a gaggle of geeks though the San Diego Comic Book/Sci-Fi Convention. Geek boy, Jordan, is on the search for Batman issue #92, but stumbles upon Kerry, the geek girl of his dreams. In the meantime, his best friend and Doctor Who fanatic, Chip, offers to distract Kerry’s friend, Emerson, a gay man with impossibly high standards. But a series of miscommunications has Jordan believing that Kerry was stolen from him by his childhood hero, Mel Tyler, a has-been sci-fi actor. Meanwhile, Audrina the Goth girl and her best friend Trey attempt to sell their avant-garde comic. All this while they sing, dance and geek out!


Audition/Callback Times —
Auditions: Wednesday May 28, 2014 — 6-10pm
Callbacks: Saturday May 31, 2014 — noon - 3pm

Production Dates —
Rehearsal: June 4 - July 2, 2014
Previews: July 3 & 4, 2014
Opens: July 5, 2014
Performances: Thu - Sat with some pre-determined Comic-Con-week extra shows
Runs through August 16, 2014.

Note: Please be aware that GEEKS! The Musical will run during Comic-Con and shows may be added in addition to those on the original schedule.

Contact info 

To submit for an audition:

Please email headshot and resume and a request for an audition slot to Lance at

Please prepare a short (2min) comedic monologue and 16 Bars (approx 1 minute) of an uptempo piece showing off your personality. Please provide sheet music or CD/mp3 in the appropriate key.

Additionally, sides will be available at the audition and actors may be asked to cold-read.

Audition location: 3706 Sixth Avenue, San Diego, CA. 92103 — ion theatre company’s BLKBOX Theatre

Pay: $500+ added shows or possible extension

Roles available 

All roles open to all ethnicities.

JORDAN: A geek, early 30s. IT guy. A comic book fan.

CHIP: A nerd, late 20s. Computer programmer. A Doctor Who fan.

KERRY: A female geek, late 30s. Web developer. A sci-fi and comic book fan.

EMERSON: A gay geek, early 40s. Real estate agent. Gamer. Misses the days of Dungeons & Dragons.

TREY: A bi-sexual artist, early 20s. There to find a publisher for a comic he drew. Has artistic/bohemian style.

AUDRINA: A Goth girl, early 20s. There to find a publisher for a comic she wrote with Trey. Wears all black and has a broodish manner.

MEL TYLER: A has-been actor, early 60s. There to sign autographs, and not happy about it.

Setting: Comic-Con, San Diego

**This is the San Diego premiere of a show that has been a hit in both L.A. and N.Y.!**

Shining City

For immediate release                                                                                 

August 12, 2013                                                                                                           or 

ion theatre proudly opens Season 8
with the San Diego Premiere of

Shining City by Conor McPherson

Powerful Irish drama tackles longing and loss in modern-day Dublin

San Diego, CAShining City channels the human need for love and redemption while journeying through realms of the ordinary and the supernatural.  Directed by Producing Artistic Director Glenn Paris, this San Diego premiere opens the bold, Hillcrest company’s 8th Season. In addition to Shining City, which was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play in 2006, Mr. McPherson is the author of such plays as The Weir, St. Nicholas, Dublin Carol, and The Seafarer. He is a recipient of the Evening Standard and Laurence Olivier awards, among others, and his most recent play, The Night Alive premiered at London’s Donmar Warehouse in June.

In Shining City, two men meet as doctor and patient in a small office in Dublin. The patient, John, is being haunted by visions of his wife for whose accidental death he feels inexplicably responsible. The therapist, Ian, has his own ghosts since leaving first the church and then his new family. Both men move through their sense of guilt and culpability, looking to find redemption in the most unlikely places.

Featured in the production are ion Founding Executive Artistic Director Claudio Raygoza as the patient John, ion alums Francis Gercke (Hurlyburly, Grace) as the therapist, Ian, and Jessica John (Angels in America and John Ball’s In the Heat of the Night) as Ian’s estranged girlfriend, Neasa. Zack Bonin makes his ion debut as Laurence. The creative team includes company members Karin Filijan (lighting design) and Claudio Raygoza (scenic), returning ion artists Jessica John (costumes) and James Dirks (sound design), and newcomer Zachary Hankin (properties).

Title:                           Shining City

Playwright:                  Conor McPherson

Director:                     Glenn Paris

Location:                     BLKBOX, 3704 Sixth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103

Dates:                         Previews: ($15) Sat August 31 – Fri September 6 (Thu – Sat 8pm & Sat 4pm)

                                    Media Opening:  Sat, September 7, 2013 at 4pm

                                    Public Opening: Sat, September 7, 2013 at 8pm

                                    Run: ($29 - $35)

                                    August 31  –  September 28, 2013, Thu – Sat 8pm & Sat 4pm

Box office:                (619) 600-5020 or

Featuring: Zack Bonin, Francis Gercke, Jessica John and Claudio Raygoza; James Dirks (Sound), Karin Filijan (lights), Zachary Hankin (properties), J. John (costumes), C. Raygoza (scenic).

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 embarks on its full eighth season from the perch of its newly outfitted fully-accessible theatre venue in Hillcrest, BLKBOX.

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ion presents a groovy summer cabaret: "Ass or A Midsummer Night's Fever"

ion theatre Unleashes a Summer Cabaret Surprise

70s Disco Immersive Dance Party Inspired by ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

Boogies into Hillcrest’s URBN CNTR in August

San Diego, CADisco Inferno. The Hustle. I Will Survive. Join ion theatre in August when it unveils Ass or A Midsummer Night’s Fever – a bold, new audience-immersive cabaret – inspired by one of Shakespeare’s most enduring comedy-fantasies: A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Guests are encouraged to don their disco-dancing best as they join a cast of motley merry-makers based on the Bard’s original characters infused with 70s icons ranging from Star Wars denizens to Studio 54 superstars – all while dancing the night away to many of the eras’ most boogie-inducing anthems.

Featured in this open-ended, eventually late-night romp, are ion member Evan Kendig, ion alum Rhianna Basore and in their ion debuts, Anne Gehman, Justin Lang, Max Macke, Marco Puente, Brittany Taylor and Shaun Tuazon, and is set to the sizzling choreography of frequent ion collaborator, Michael Mizerany. This hour-long dance party includes a group dance lesson, dance competition and multiple door prizes along with food and beverages available for purchase. The production is co-developed and directed by ion artistic directors Glenn Paris and Claudio Raygoza. Ass or A Midsummer Night’s Fever opens on Thursday April 8 at 8pm and runs Thu & Fri at 8pm and Saturdays at 7:30pm and 10pm through August 24. After that time, the production will run late-nights at URBN CNTR 4THE ARTS, located at 3708 6th Avenue on Friday and Saturday nights at 10pm with dates to be announced in the near future.

Opening:  Thursday August 8, 2013 at 8pm

Runs: Thu & Fri at 8pm, Sats at 7:30pm & 10pm

Tickets: ($20 - $30)

August 8 – 24, 2013 with new dates to be announced soon


Box office:  (619) 600-5020 or

Featuring: Rhianna Basore, Anne Gehman, Evan Kendig, Justin Lang, Max Macke, Marco Puente, Brittany Taylor & Shaun Tuazon; Claudio Raygoza (Production Design), Mary Summerday (costumes).

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 embarks on its full seventh season from the perch of its newly outfitted fully-accessible theatre venue in Hillcrest, BLKBOX.

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Grey Gardens

March 11, 2013        

ion proudly presents the Southern California premiere of GREY GARDENS

book by Doug Wright, music by Scott Frankel, lyrics by Michael Korie

Cult documentary-turned-Tony-winning-musical features ion’s Linda Libby

San Diego, CA – ion is thrilled to have attained exclusive rights to present the Southern California Premiere of the 2006 Broadway musical Grey Gardens. The book is by Doug Wright – Pulitzer prize-winning author of I Am My Own Wife – with music written by Scott Frankel and lyrics by Michael Korie.  Nominated for 10 Tony® awards including Best Musical, it won three including two for the performances of Christine Ebersole and Mary Louise Wilson.

Grey Gardens, based on the 1975 Maysles brothers’ documentary of the same name, follows the lives of Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale (‘Big Edie’) and her daughter Edith Bouvier Beale (‘Little Edie’)– Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’s aunt and cousin respectively. Set in their once-opulent East Hampton homestead – the Grey Gardens of the title – this scathingly original musical tracks the progression of the women’s lives from their exalted status as rich and socially polished aristocrats to their eventual, largely isolated, dilapidated existences. ion company member Kim Strassburger directs.

The ion production features company member Linda Libby* – recipient of two San Diego Craig Noel awards for her work with ion (Request Programme and Gypsy), and San Diego favorite Annie Hinton* making her ion theatre debut. Returning to the ion stage are Kevane La’Marr Coleman (Angels in America; Chicago: A Speakeasy Cabaret), Ralph Johnson (Gypsy), Emma Rasse (Punk Rock) and Ruff Yeager (Wonder Wounded Heroes). Also making their ion stage intros are Charles Evans, Charlene Koepf, and Lou RasseJanie Prim (Sondheim Valentine) is musical director.  The creative team includes ion’s executive artistic director Claudio Raygoza (scenic), ion company members Karin Filijan (lighting) and Melanie Chen (sound), returnees Michael Mizerany (choreography), David Medina (props) and newcomer Erick Sundquist (costumes). The Stage Manager is Maria Orozco, production Manager is Shawn Faber and ion’s producing artistic director Glenn Paris produces.

*Member Actors’ Equity Association

Title:                             Grey Gardens  

Book/Music/Lyrics:       Doug Wright, Scott Frankel, Michael Korie

Director:                      Kim Strassburger

Location:                     BLKBOX, 3704 Sixth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103

Dates:                         Previews: ($15) Sat March 23 at 4pm and 8pm

                                                Thu - Fri March 28 & 29 at 8pm

                                                Media Opening:  Sat, March 30, 2013 at 4pm

                                                Public Opening: Sat, March 30, 2013 at 8pm

                                                Run: ($20 - $33)

                                                March 30  – April 20, Thu – Sat 8pm & Sat 4pm

Box office:                (619) 600-5020 or


Cast: Kevane La’Marr Coleman, Charles Evans, Annie Hinton*, Ralph Johnson,                         Charlene Koepf, Linda Libby*, Emma Rasse, Lou Rasse & Ruff Yeager                                              Technical: Melanie Chen (Sound), Betsy Dunbar (assistant stage manager),                                           Shawn Faber (production manager), Karin Filijan (lights), Michael Mizerany                                       (choreographer), Maria Orozco (stage manager), Glenn Paris (producer), Janie                                               Prim (musical director), Claudio Raygoza (scenic), Erick Sundquist (costumes).

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 embarks on its full seventh season from the perch of its newly outfitted fully-accessible theatre venue in Hillcrest, BLKBOX.

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The Master Forger

For immediate release                                                                      

ion theatre proudly presents

David Weiner’s
The Master Forger

Previously produced in London and Boston, The Master Forger tells Dutch painter Han van Meegeren’s true story using vibrant characters, while revealing the secret art of forgery.  In war-shattered 1945 Amsterdam, van Meegeren, an obscure art dealer, sells a Vermeer that ends up in the hands of Hermann Göring and is discovered after World War II ends.  Charged by the victorious Allies with treason for selling a cultural treasure to the Nazis, van Meegeren must support his claim that the painting was not a Vermeer but rather his own creation.  Wiener’s script goes into fascinating detail, as Van Meegeren must attempt to recreate another forgery or face the gallows.

David Weiner’s plays have been produced across The United States, Canada, England, and India.  He is published by Smith & Kraus and M.E. Sharpe. He was a Heidman Award Finalist at the Humana Festival in Louisville, Kentucky.  He previously served as a Dramaturgy Associate wit the La Jolla Playhouse and is currently on staff with the Ghana Africa International Operations.

The debut of ion theatre’s Naked Plays Reading Series, features Amanda Cooley Davis, Jeff Hillman, Evan Kendig, Walter Ritter, Brian Salmon, and Matt Thompson with Stage Directions by Samantha Ginn.  The reading is directed by ion’s Play Development Director Matt Thompson.  A moderated talk back session after the reading will feature playwright David Weiner.

Location:                   BLKBOX, 3704 Sixth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103

Dates:                        February 25, 2013 at 7:00pm

Suggested donation of $10.

There will be wine and light snacks.

To reserve, please send an e-mail with your name and number of reservations to new

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Punk Rock

ion theatre proudly presents the West Coast premiere of
Punk Rock by Simon Stephens

San Diego premiere only second U.S. production of powerful British play

Shattering drama explores the volatility of adolescent life

San Diego, CA – Bullying. Underage sex. Drugs. School violence. The kids are not all right as ion’s seventh season bristles into the new year with this startling play by electric British playwright, Simon Stephens.  Based on the author’s experience as a teacher, the play explores the underlying tensions and potential violence in a group of affluent, articulate seventeen year-old students as they prep for the next chapter in their adult academic lives. When a new classmate arrives suddenly, friendships are tested and allegiances shift amidst the pressures of everyday adolescence – with tragic results.  Author of Three Kingdoms and Pornography, Stephens has celebrated several premieres at the Royal Court and National Theatres. “Edgy and jangled,” “crackling and superb,” and a “remarkable new play” were just some of the descriptions of this astonishing new work when it premiered at London’s Lyric Hammersmith in 2009.  Only the second production in the U.S., ion is thrilled to bring this play and playwright to San Diego audiences for the first time. The play features returning ion artists David Ahmadian (Wonder Wounded Heroes), Benjamin Cole (The Mystery Plays), and the ion debuts of Ryan Casselman, Tyler Jones, Samantha Littleford, Charles Maze, Lizzie Morse and Samantha Vesco, and is directed by ion Producing Artistic Director, Glenn Paris. The technical team includes company members Karin Filijan (lighting), Melanie Chen (sound), Claudio Raygoza (scenic), Courtney Fox Smith (Costumes) and is stage-managed by Shawn Faber.  Assistant directors are Matthew Alexander & Gemma Grey.

Punk Rock  

Simon Stephens

Glenn Paris

, 3704 Sixth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103

Previews: ($15) Sat February 9 at 4pm & 8pm,
Thu - Fri February 14 & 15 at 8pm

Media Opening:
Sat February 16, 2013 at 4pm

Public Opening:
Sat February 16, 2013 at 8pm

($20 - $33) February 21 – March 9, Thu – Sat 8pm & Sat 4pm

Box office:
(619) 600-5020

David Ahmadian, Ryan Casselman, Benjamin Cole, Tyler Jones,
Samantha Littleford, Charles Maze, Lizzie Morse & Samantha Vesco.

Melanie Chen (sound); Shawn Faber (stage manager); Karin Filijan (lights); 
Claudio Raygoza (scenic); Courtney Fox Smith (costumes);
Matthew Alexander & Gemma Grey (assistant directors); Gemma Grey (dialect coach).

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 embarks on its full seventh season from the perch of its newly outfitted fully-accessible theatre venue in Hillcrest: BLKBOX.

Haditha by Joan Bernier



An I.E.D. explodes in Haditha, Iraq and lives course in unforeseen directions at home and abroad.

Private First Class Brian Briseno is on his second tour to Iraq. After his best friend, T.J., is killed by the I.E.D., Brian’s squad begins “clearing” nearby houses. Twenty-four Iraqi men, women and children are killed in this process. Brian is sent into the houses as a “combat photographer” and photographs the bodies of the casualties before loading them into military trucks.  How he is marked that day invades his senses.

Private First Class Michael Ravelin is on his second deployment to Iraq. He finds T.J.’s body after the explosion. His part in that morning leads him to trauma induced hallucinations where he learns to count in Arabic from a boy who was killed.

Eman Hassan is an eight-year old girl. She lives in one of the houses “cleared” by the Marines.   Most of her family is killed that morning. She travels to Baghdad to be interviewed by an American reporter and returns home on the Euphrates river.   She carries a bag of candy and her story.

Haditha is a story based on the real events in Haditha on November 19, 2005.   The text is derived from correspondence with the TIME magazine reporter who broke the story, court transcripts, text on objects, news articles, podcasts, interviews and theatrical adaptations of events in Haditha, Oklahoma and California.  We follow the three main characters as they return home after this event.

The words of Eman Hassan, Hiba Abdullah, Martin Terrazas and Tim McGirk are their own with slight adjustments to assist with time, place and character references.  

Written by Bay-area playwright Joan Bernier, join ion theatre in commemorating the tragic events of this day in a powerful staged reading directed by Eric Bishop.

The reading will take place at BLKBOX Theatre on Monday November 19, 2012 at 7:30 pm. Admission is free but donations are greatly appreciated.

To reserve, please send an e-mail to There will be a discussion with the playwright after the reading.

Release - 'The Little Flower of East Orange'

For immediate release 

October 23, 2012

Contact: Glenn Paris

(619) 600-5020 ext. 5


ion proudly presents 

The Little Flower of East Orange 

by Stephen Adly Guirgis

Exclusive, rarely produced drama hits BLKBOX in November

By the acclaimed writer of In Arabia We’d All Be Kings 

and The Motherfucker With the Hat

San Diego, CA – Hallucinations. Memories. A shattered past. The prodigal son. Aging, infirm Therese Marie is suffering from hypothermia and shock as she’s wheeled into a Bronx hospital. As the days clatter past and her condition worsens, no one seems to know her story or how to find her family until her long-absent son, Danny – recently out of rehab – materializes suddenly and insists on making her confront the ugly secrets of her past.  First produced at New York's Public Theater in the spring of 2008 featuring Ellen Burstyn, Michael Shannon and directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Little Flower of East Orange is an urban and unconventional family drama from Stephen Adly Guirgis – author of such plays as Jesus Hopped the A-TrainIn Arabia We’d All Be Kings and the recently Tony-nominated The Motherfucker With the Hat. ion celebrates nabbing heavily restricted rights to only the third staging of the work since its debut four years ago. The production features ion company members Trina KaplanJeffrey JonesCatalina Maynard*Glenn ParisClaudio Raygoza & Walter Ritter, returning ion artist Diep Huynh (Song of Extinction) and the ion debuts of Yolanda FranklinMelinda Miller and Durwood Murray, and is co-directed by ion Producing & Executive Artistic Directors, Glenn Paris & Claudio Raygoza. The technical team includes company members Karin Filijan (lighting), Melanie Chen (sound) and is stage-managed by Shawn Faber.

Title:  The Little Flower of East Orange  

Playwright: Stephen Adly Guirgis

Director: Glenn Paris & Claudio Raygoza

Location: BLKBOX, 3704 Sixth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103

DatesPreviews: ($15) Sun November 11 at 6pm, Thu - Fri November 15 & 16 at 8pm

Media Opening:  Sat, November 17, 2012 at 4pm

Public Opening: Sat, November 17, 2012 at 8pm

Run: ($20 - $33) Fri Nov 23 (8pm), Sat Nov 24 (4pm & 8pm), Sun Nov 25 (4pm)

November 29 – December 8, Thu – Sat 8pm & Sat 4pm

Box office: (619) 600-5020 or

Creative: (Cast) Yolanda Franklin, Diep Huynh, Trina Kaplan, Jeffrey Jones, Catalina Maynard*, Melinda Miller, Durwood Murray, Glenn Paris, Claudio Raygoza & Walter Ritter; (Technical): Glenn Paris & Claudio Raygoza (directors); Melanie Chen (Sound); Shawn Faber (stage manager), Karin Filijan (lights).

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 embarks on its full seventh season from the perch of its newly outfitted fully-accessible theatre venue in Hillcrest, BLKBOX.

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