Sacred Fools Season 20


Poster Art by Gabe Leonard

SKULLDUGGERY: The Musical Prequel to Hamlet
book, lyrics & music by Michael Shaw Fisher
directed by Scott Leggett (Forbidden Zone, Neverwhere)
musical direction by Michael Teoli (CarnEvil)
choreography by Natasha Norman

SEPTEMBER 30 - NOVEMBER 5, 2016
Fridays & Saturdays @ 8pm
Sunday Matinees @ 3pm beginning Oct. 16
Previews: Fri-Sat, Sept. 23-24

WORLD PREMIERE!  Never trust a ghost. Let the Gravediggers take you back in time to reveal the tale you’ve never heard behind the greatest play in the English language. Skullduggery: The Musical Prequel To Hamlet follows the twisted love triangle of Claudius, Gertrude and Hamlet Sr. as it spins, song by song, the unlikely journey of these lovers from innocent youth to the climactic moment of Hamlet Sr.’s “most foul” murder. Centuries-old questions shall finally be answered: What really happened to Yorick? What happened to Ophelia and Laertes’ mother? The missing pieces will connect with revelation upon revelation. Ghosts will rise, revolutions waged, and the bones of Shakespeare’s masterpiece dug up from the earth and exposed in the moonlight. All sides shall be told. All bones shall be heard. After all, a grieving son’s point of view can’t always be trusted.

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MOM'S DEAD
by Nathan Wellman (Ryan is Lost)
directed by Alicia Conway Rock

NOVEMBER 11 - DECEMBER 10, 2016
Fridays & Saturdays @ 8pm
plus Thursdays, Dec. 1 & 8 @ 8pm
Previews: Fri-Sat, Nov. 4-5

WORLD PREMIERE!  Company member playwright Nathan Wellman weaves a dark, twisted tale of a family in crisis. When Mom falls down the stairs, four adult siblings must cope with their family’s unraveling without killing one another in the process. At turns hilarious and brutal, Mom's Dead rips open the wounds that only family can heal. "...a sprawling family drama, both funny and heartfelt." -Playwrights Horizons

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ROSE AND THE RIME
by Nathan Allen, Chris Mathews, and Jake Minton
directed by Jacob Sidney

JANUARY 20 - FEBRUARY 25, 2017
Fridays & Saturdays @ 8pm
plus Sunday Matinees Feb. 12 & 19 @ 3pm
Previews: Fri-Sat, Jan. 13-14

WEST COAST PREMIERE!  Rose and the Rime tells the tragic and magical story of the frozen town of Radio Falls. When Uncle Roger reveals to young Rose that her parents were murdered, Rose sets off with her companion, Rabbit, to find the mysterious Rime Witch. What follows is a stark transformation of the town and its inhabitants that forces Rose to question whether disturbing the fragile peace of the snow is worth the fire it causes. From snowfall and sleigh rides to witches and barbecues, the tale of Radio Falls and its inhabitants is spun right before our eyes through a mixture of inventive ensemble storytelling, puppetry, fabric and animation. Like all great fables, it’s sophisticated and mature while accessible to all ages.

TBA (Science Fiction Adaptation)

MARCH 31 - MAY 6, 2017
Fridays & Saturdays @ 8pm
plus Sundays, April 23 & 30 @ 7pm
Previews: Fri-Sat, March 24-25

Continuing our long and successful history of translating beloved stories from other media to the stage (Neverwhere, Stoneface, Absolutely Filthy, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?), Sacred Fools closes its 20th season with an adaptation of a well-known science fiction novel not performed in over four decades. Details will be officially announced in the coming weeks!

20/20

A series of 20 FREE special events to celebrate our 20th season! Performances, lobby displays, dance classes, cabarets, and much, much more, drawing from our long and rich history. Keep checking back over the course of the season for more!

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ALSO THIS FALL...

Miss Beryl Swiver presents
Miss Beryl Swiver in
THANKS A LOT: My Gratitusical!
One Woman’s Musical Journey to Herself and Back.
Starring Miss Beryl Swiver (from her own idea)

Book by Richard Levinson and Rebecca Larsen
Music and Lyrics by Richard Levinson
Additional material by Jenelle Riley
Featuring Rebecca Larsen as Miss Beryl Swiver
Directed by Kiff Scholl

OCT. 16 & 30, NOV. 6 & 13, 2016
SUNDAYS @ 7pm

You're welcome. Beryl Swiver returns to the small stage for a limited run of her award-winning Hollywood Fringe hit. Be appalled. It's amazing.

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THROUGHOUT THE SEASON...


Photos by Marian Gonzalez , Aaron Francis & Joseling Jolieth

Serial Killers

Saturdays @ 11pm
(returning Oct. 1)

Five shows enter... three shows leave.

BEGINNING ITS TWELFTH SEASON THIS FALL!  Each week, three continuing stories face off against two new tales. At the end of the show, you vote for the three stories that you would like to see continue on to next Saturday night, where their subsequent episodes will then be pitted against two completely new storylines. Each week's serials could live on for weeks... or be quietly smothered in their sleep – it’s up to you. But whichever pieces you vote for, one thing is for certain - by the end of the evening, you will be a Serial killer.

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Fast & Loose

Next: New Year's Eve
Saturday, Dec. 31 @ 8pm

A FOOLISH TRADITION!  Several new plays are created in just 24 hours. We'll have time for sleep later.

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Ten Tops

Second Mondays @ 8pm
Oct-Dec & Feb-Apr
(Performer signup: 7:30pm)
Next: October 10, 2016

Anything goes! Join in! Or just watch! In Sacred Fools' oldest ongoing show, ten performers get up to seven minutes each to do anything they want, from sketch comedy to dramatic readings to dance. Arrived too late to be one of the ten? "Charisma Round" performers get three minutes each! "I’m pleased to have encountered a night in which I didn’t know what to expect, and was, every time, genuinely surprised and always entertained." –L.A. Splash Watch for TEN TOPS over the coming year on Oct. 10, Nov. 14, Dec. 12, Feb. 13, March 13 & April 10.

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Returning this Spring

The Box

a Narrative Experiment in Late Night Theater
produced & created by Padraic Duffy & Hans Gelpke

MARCH 3-25, 2017
Fridays & Saturdays @ 11pm

From the Creators of Serial Killers! THE BOX is an experiment in randomly generated narrative. Given a collection of characters and settings from which to choose, writers will create fragments- small scenes and snippets that will then be put together randomly and performed each night. The hope is that a story will emerge - one that is dark, mysterious, and moving.

There are a million different stories in THE BOX. In the end, we will hear just one.

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Sacred Fools Season 21

MR. BURNS: A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY
by Anne Washburn
directed by Jaime Robledo (Watson, Stoneface, Astro Boy & the God of Comics)

FALL 2017

LOS ANGELES PREMIERE! After the collapse of civilization, a group of survivors keep the spark of human spirit alive by telling stories around a campfire. As the years wear on, these stories expand into the realm of myth. At turns sidesplitting and bone-chilling, Mr. Burns also features an unusual approach for the Fools: each act will be staged in a new space, transporting the audience as we search for the light.

The Sacred Fools Workshop Series

Sacred Fools launched its Workshop Series in order to provide opportunities for company members to expand and enrich material that is still under construction, outside of the pressure of production.  Learn more...

- Sacred Fools Company Member

At a Glance
Season 20
Skullduggery
Mom's Dead
Rose and the Rime
TBA Sci-Fi Adaptation
Gratitusical
Serial Killers
Fast & Loose
Ten Tops
The Box
Season 21
Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play
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