BackStage West can't stop praising us!

"A hell of a lot of fun... this
theatrical formula is a hoot!"
- BackStage West (2004)

"Fast-paced, fun filled...
bravura late-night entertainment!"
- BackStage West (2005)

Where the top three come back,
and the rest… Rest.


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Conceived, Hosted and
Produced by Tom Kiesche

Triple Crown is a Sacred Fools late-night, fun-spirited competition where actors, writers & directors compete against other actors, writers & directors for your entertainment.

And You… You get to choose which three come back the next week... and which don’t.


Triple Crown – How it works -- In A Nutty Shell

  1. The Best Short “Original” 1 Scripts Are Chosen By the Producers after being read and evaluated by two TRIPLE CROWN readers.  (Pieces obviously longer than 7 minutes, won't be read.  And we're interested in Narrative pieces with a beginning, middle and end.)

  2. "Teams" (writers, directors and actors) are put together by the individuals who submitted the chosen scripts.

  3. Each “team” rehearses their chosen pieces on their own.

  4. On Saturday Night, just after the mainstage show, "teams" will compete against other "teams" for the Audience's pleasure.

  5. At the end of the show, the audience chooses which three pieces will come back the following week.  And of course… Which pieces don’t.

  6. The following week, the returning pieces compete, this time against other new pieces, written, acted and directed by other new teams. All of this, for the amusement of the Audience.


Triple Crown -- How It Works -- In Detail
(Writers/Performers/Directors - please read before submitting!)


"Back to School"
Returning for the FIFTH week!
Writer: Tom Kiesche
Director: Mikhail Blokh
Actor: Bryan Bellomo

He's back, and he's... he's... Well, he's back

Returning for the FOURTH week!
Writer/Director: Ed Goodman
Actors: Brendan Hunt, Colton Dunn & Marshal Ibanez

Anachronistic lit bits with the Master of the Macabre!

"Games People Play"
Returning for the SECOND week!
Writer: Jenelle Riley
Director: Bryan Bellomo
Actors: Henry Dittman, Frank Smith, Bryan Bellomo & Jules Bruff

Get ready for some adult entertainment.

Previous weeks...

Co-Producer (Show Assist) - Bart Shattuck
Co-Producer (Rehearsals) - Becky Harrison

Readers: Bryan Bellomo, Brandon Clark, Kathi Copeland, Padraic Duffy,
David LM Mcintyre, Meredith Anne Patt, Jenelle Riley, Bart Shattuck & Ruth Silveria

Light Operator - Brandon Clark / Sound Operator - C.M. Gonzalez
Pinch Tech - Hans Gelpke



BackStage West

First there was the Fast & Loose late-night theatre series, in which short original scripts are written, cast, directed, and presented in 24 hours.  Now the Fools have concocted a competition of one-acts in which each week's audience votes, a la American Idol, for three winners to return the following Saturday to face four challengers.  The technical aspects are rudimentary, the comedy sometimes juvenile and askew, but the whole thing is a hell of a lot of fun for viewers and performers alike.

In the order performed, this week's contestants included the returning Succulent Seminar, by Tom Kiesche – a gut-busting, one-man tour de force starring Eric Giancoli as an abusively "helpful" Tony Robbins-like motivational speaker.  Dave Ulrich's imaginative yet oddly titled Poor Little Fuckers was a seemingly endless play within a play within a play. In Mark Harvey Levine's Surprise, David Cheaney played a pathetically gifted psychic who struggles with only a two-minute lead time on his predictions.  Lena Bouton appeared in Bob DeRosa's Danger Girl as a jaded nympho of a superhero riffing on her sexual exploits while desperately seeking true love.  Silencer, by Padraic Duffy, a Riverdance one-gag wonder, went on a bit too long for my taste.  The last of the three returnees, Frosty Colored Moon – another entry from Tom Kiesche – featured the versatile Michael Lanahan as a bedecked cross-dresser musing on the power of his feminine wiles.  Rounding out the night was Jenelle Riley's Stalker: A Love Story, starring a befuddled Julie Alexander as the object of Anthony Blackman's hilariously bug-eyed affection.  David Wilcox's perfectly stiff-backed turn as an attending police detective reversed the entire situation and gave credence to the admonition "be careful what you wish for."  With two weeks left, this theatrical formula is a hoot.  And, for the record, I picked shows one, two, and seven.  The winners were – drumroll please – one, four, and five.  So I was one for three.  Hey, opinions are, after all, like noses.  Everyone's got one – except maybe Michael Jackson.

-- Dink O'Neal
BackStage West

BackStage West (again, a year later!)

In this fast-paced, fun-filled Saturday night competition of eight original short pieces, the audience votes for three winners of an onstage act-off to return the following week for a new competition. It's the brainchild of producer-host Tom Kiesche. Dressed in a referee's striped shirt and backed by an off-the-wall cheerleader, Kiesche, who penned three of the entries (including one of the night's winners, "Me and Lugo"), kept the action and the laughs zipping along.

Ben Rock ably directed "Me and Lugo," which finished in the money for the second week in a row. It featured Corey Klemow, as a would-be lady's man, whose therapy unleashes his out-of-control, inner cave-man, hysterically played by Big Dave Mattey, who sweeps a reluctant love interest (the fetching Shelby Medlang), off her feet and strong-arms his rival (Bob Orshak) into submission.

The other two winners were "Lassie Come Home," a hilarious spoof of the Lassie series, by writer-director Bart Shattuck, who played Timmy's doofus dad. Anjelique Knight played his cheating wife, and Jamie Vandavert delivered a sidesplitting portrayal as a pretend Lassie, who's a Scotsman ravishing Timmy's mom right under her husband's nose.  [Webmaster's note: Actually, Writer/Director Bart was Lassie and Jamie was the dad.]

The second-time winner, "Love on Speed," was written by Jenelle Riley and wonderfully directed by Michael Lanahan. This wacky takeoff on speed-dating, in which participants get a couple of minutes per date, meeting person after person, featured Anthony Backman as the reluctant male speeder, who is creeped out by an obsessive, self-critical woman (Maggie Marion), grossed out by an angry lesbian searching for the right sperm donor (Martha Marion), and wowed by an intelligent, pretty, and kindhearted dater who nails him on his selfish motives (Jennifer Wilson). It's bravura late-night entertainment that includes the good, the bad, and the curiously weird.

-- Jim Crogan
BackStage West