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 Rasse. Janie 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 www.iontheatre.com
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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