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Jan. 07, 2019

Ray of Light Announces its 2019 Season

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Ray of Light Theatre to present
American Psycho, Caroline, or Change and The Rocky Horror Show
for its 2019 Season

SAN FRANCISCO — January 7, 2019 — Ray of Light Theatre, San Francisco’s non-profit musical theatre company, today announced its 2019 season of musicals featuring the satirical thriller American Psycho, the awe-inspiring Caroline, or Change and a new interpretation of the annual Halloween favorite, The Rocky Horror Show. This season of politically and socially relevant musicals follows a critically-acclaimed 2018 season that included the all-female production of Jesus Christ Superstar and Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

“We always aim to produce shows that Bay Area audiences won’t be able to find anywhere else, and this season’s lineup of musicals is uniquely Ray of Light,“ said Jason Hoover, artistic director. “American Psycho and Caroline, or Change take place during two distinct eras in American history, yet they both explore themes of identity and class that are still painfully relevant today. And with D’Arcy Drollinger returning to The Rocky Horror Show, we’re so excited to bring a diverse and invigorating season of musicals to The Victoria Theatre stage this year.”

American Psycho
Music and Lyrics by Duncan Sheik
Book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
May 17 through June 8

Based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis, American Psycho tells the story of Patrick Bateman, a young and handsome Wall Street banker with impeccable taste and unquenchable desires. Through an electric score we see Patrick and his elite group of friends spend their days in chic restaurants, exclusive clubs and designer labels. But at night, Patrick takes part in a darker indulgence, and his mask of sanity is starting to slip. This satire paints a pointed picture of the consumerism and misogynistic attitudes of the 80’s corporate world, a theme still relevant more than 30 years later.

Caroline, or Change
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Book and Lyrics by Tony Kushner
September 13 through October 5

Set in Louisiana in 1963, the Tony-nominated Caroline, or Change is a riveting, fantastical and awe-inspiring musical that takes place during one of the most dramatic times in America’s history. Featuring a score that blends blues, gospel and traditional Jewish melodies, Caroline.. provides a breathtaking medium for playwright Tony Kushner’s (Angels in America) provocative and personal story. Caroline… follows the Gellman family, their African-American maid and her family as they all come to grips with a seemingly crippling deluge of political change, social change and pocket change.

The Rocky Horror Show
Book and Music by Richard O’Brien
October 23 through November 2

Now in its fifth year, Ray of Light’s smash Halloween event returns in a newly imagined interpretation that brings new sets, new choreography and new direction — but the same madness of Transexual Transylvania. With San Francisco icon D’Arcy Drollinger returning to the lab as Frank-N-Furter, Richard O’Brien’s cult classic will have you shivering in antici… this Halloween.

Season subscriptions will go on sale the end of January at Individual tickets for American Psycho will go on sale in March, with Caroline, or Change and The Rocky Horror Show later this summer. American Psycho, Caroline, or Change and The Rocky Horror Show will all be performed at the historic Victoria Theatre in San Francisco’s Mission district.

Nov. 14, 2018

Congratulations to our 2018 Theatre Bay Area Awards Recipients!

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The Theatre Bay Area Awards are held annually to honor the excellence in professionally oriented theatre through a peer-based, Bay Area-wide adjudication process. This year’s TBA Awards were held on November 5, 2018 at the Herbst Theatre and brought in a crowd of nearly 700 attendees. The ceremony featured 5 performances, including a montage from ROLT’s Jesus Christ Superstar. ROLT Celebrates 5 TBA Award Winners for their outstanding work with Jesus Christ Superstar:

Shane Ray & Eliza Leoni – Outstanding Direction of a Musical

Christian Meija – Outstanding Lighting Design

Ben Prince – Outstanding Music Direction

Hayley Lovgren – Outstanding Performance in a Featured Role

Courtney Merrell – Outstanding Performance in a Featured Role

ROLT congratulates our friends and family on their nominations, awards, and continued success in the theatre!

Sep. 23, 2018

#Shesus Nominated for 14 TBA Awards

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Ray of Light Theatre’s all-female production of Jesus Christ Superstar receives 14 Theatre Bay Area Award nominations including best production of a musical! 

The annual TBA Awards are designed to honor excellence in professionally oriented theatre through a peer-based, Bay Area-wide adjuctication process. Ray of Light Theatre has been awarded many times for it’s bold, creative musicals, but Jesus Christ Superstar has received the most nominations for an individual ROLT show to date. 

The monumental production is nominated in the following categories:

  • Outstanding Production of a Musical
  • Shane Ray & Eliza Leoni: Outstanding Direction of a Musical
  • Peet Cocke: Outstanding Properties Design
  • Maggie Whitaker: Outstanding Costume Design
  • Eric Scanlon – Video Design: Creative Specialties
  • Christian Mejia: Outstanding Lighting Design
  • Teddy Hulsker: Outstanding Sound Design
  • Alex Rodriguez: Outstanding Choreography
  • Ben Prince: Outstanding Music Direction
  • Hayley Lovgren: Outstanding Performance in a Featured Role 
  • Courtney Merrell: Outstanding Performance in a Featured Role 
  • Heather Orth: Outstanding Performance in a Featured Role 
  • Janelle Lasalle: Outstanding Performance in a Principal Role
  • Outstanding Ensemble of a Musical

Members of the #shesus cast are set to perform at the TBA Awards which will take place on November 5th at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco. 

Mar. 14, 2017

Ray of Light Theatre Continues Its 2017 Season with Cult Classics Reefer Madness and The Rocky Horror Show

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Ray of Light Theatre Continues Its 2017 Season with Cult Classics

Reefer Madness and The Rocky Horror Show


Cabaret Spotlight Series to Feature One-Night Engagements by

Bay Area Favorites Ellyn Marie Marsh and Alex Rodriguez


SAN FRANCISCO — March 13, 2017 — Ray of Light Theatre, San Francisco’s non-profit musical theatre company, today announced its 2017 season of cult classic musicals including the raucous propaganda comedy Reefer Madness, and the return of The Rocky Horror Show, starring D’Arcy Drollinger. Ray of Light also announced its Cabaret Spotlight Series at Martuni’s Piano Bar featuring the talents of Ellyn Marie Marsh and Alex Rodriguez, each in their own limited-engagement solo performance.

Reefer Madness has always been a show Ray of Light has wanted to do, and we continue to have a blast making The Rocky Horror Show a San Francisco Halloween tradition,” said Jason Hoover, Ray of Light’s Artistic Director. “We’re going to bring a little bit of political propaganda and a whole lot of sweet transvestite to the Victoria Theatre this fall, and we can’t wait for Bay Area audiences to enjoy it with us.”


Reefer Madness

Book and lyrics by Kevin Murphy
Book and music by Dan Studney
September 15 through October 7
Victoria Theatre, San Francisco

Inspired by the 1936 propaganda film of the same name, this raucous musical comedy takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the hysteria caused when clean-cut kids fall prey to marijuana, leading them on a hysterical downward spiral filled with evil jazz music, sex and violence. The addictive and clever musical numbers range from big Broadway-style showstoppers to swing tunes like ‘Down at the Ol’ Five and Dime’ and the Vegas-style ‘Listen to Jesus, Jimmy,’ featuring J.C. Himself leading a chorus of showgirl angels. This dynamic show will go straight to your head! You won’t be able to resist the spoofy fun of Reefer Madness.


The Rocky Horror Show

Book and Music by Richard O’Brien
October 26 through November 4
Victoria Theatre, San Francisco

Back for its third-annual fully-staged production, Richard O’Brien’s iconic The Rocky Horror Show warps back to the Victoria stage just in time for Halloween! Join lovable squares Brad and Janet as they stumble upon the Frankenstein Place–and its frisky residents from another planet. Featuring D’Arcy Drollinger as “Sweet Transvestite” Frank-n-Furter, this rollicking cult classic will have you shivering in antici…


Cabaret Spotlight Series @ Martuni’s Piano Bar

Bay Area favorites Ellyn Marie Marsh and Alex Rodriguez will present solo cabaret performances at Martuni’s Piano Bar as part of Ray of Light’s Cabaret Spotlight Series. Marsh, a Ray of Light alum, is currently a swing in Broadway’s Kinky Boots while Rodriguez, a Ray of Light staff member, has been seen on Bay Area stages from here to Redwood City and everywhere in between.

Ellyn Marie Marsh in Live! From Carnegie Hall
Wednesday, April 19

Alex Rodriguez in No Hablo Español
Wednesday, July 19

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit


About Ray of Light

Blood. Sweat. Musicals. Founded in 2001 by Shane Ray in San Francisco, Ray of Light Theatre has developed a reputation for producing bold musicals that push boundaries. Show highlights include Silence! The Musical (2017), The Wild Party (2016), Heathers: The Musical (West Coast premiere, 2015), LIZZIE (West Coast Premiere, 2015), Triassic Parq (2014), CARRIE the Musical (West Coast premiere, 2013), Into the Woods (2013), Assassins (2011), Jerry Springer the Opera (West Coast premiere, 2010), The Rocky Horror Show (2016, 2015, 2008) and Bat Boy (2005, 2006). In addition to full productions, Ray of Light presents exciting cabaret talent in its Cabaret Spotlight Series. For more information, visit us at, on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.


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Alex Kirschner

Feb. 03, 2016

18 SFBATCC Award Nominations for Our 2015 Season!

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Thank you to the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle for our nominations, and congratulations to all.

See the nominations here:

Jan. 11, 2016

The Rocky Horror Show Returns!

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Ray of Light’s production of The Rocky Horror Show will return to the Victoria just in time for Halloween. Our now-annual evening of debauchery will again star D’Arcy Drollinger as the iconic Frank-N-Furter.

Season passholders get early access to special discounted tickets. Buy a pass today!

D’Arcy Drollinger as Frank-N-Furter. Photo by Erik Scanlon.
Dec. 30, 2015

Announcing our 2016 Season!

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Presenting our 2016 season! Buy a season pass for savings on both mainstage shows.

Square-Wild-Party-2The Wild Party

Book, Music, Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Based on the Poem by Joseph Moncure March
May 20th-June 11th
The Victoria Theatre

Featuring one of the most exciting, pulse-racing scores ever written, this lurid prohibition tale steamrolls and roars its way across the stage.

Lovers Queenie and Burrs throw the party to end all parties in their Manhattan apartment. After the colorful arrival of a slew of guests living life on the edge, Queenie’s wandering eyes land on a striking man named Black, while his date Kate sets her sights on Burrs. As the decadence reaches a climax, so does Burrs’ jealousy. Gun in hand and inhibitions abandoned, Burrs turns on Queenie and Black. The gun goes off, but who’s been shot?

Square-Little-Shop2Little Shop of Horrors

Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Music by Alan Menken
Based on the film by Roger Corman
September 16th-October 8th
The Victoria Theatre

The deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical!

Meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant: a foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore Seymour names ‘Audrey II’ after his coworker crush. The plant promises the destitute Seymour fame and fortune–as long as he keeps feeding it human blood. Seymour soon discovers Audrey II’s out-of-this-world origins and global domination intentions, but is it too late to stop the plant and get the girl?

Buy a season pass for savings on both mainstage shows.

And don’t miss our next Spotlight Cabaret…

The Three Jessicas

Sunday, March 6, 7pm
Martuni’s Piano Bar, San Francisco

Jessicas Coker (CARRIE, LIZZIE), Fisher (Heathers) and Quarles (Seussical, Heathers) bring you an evening of pop, comedy, and good old-fashioned belting. And some Wilson Phillips (of course). Featuring ROLT’s ten-time music director, Ben Prince, on piano.

Dec. 18, 2015

2016 General Audition Dates Announced!

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Our season announcement is coming before the New Year and you know what that means: general auditions! If you’re interested in performing with us, these are the dates we’ll be holding auditions:

January 17 11am-5pm
January 18 6:30-10pm
January 20 6:30-10pm
January 21 6:30-10pm

Sign ups will be available when we announce the season. We can’t wait to see you!

Nov. 21, 2015

ROLT Wins Three Theatre Bay Area Awards!

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Congratulations to all nominees and winners of the 2015 TBA Awards! Ray of Light won three awards for our production of Heathers: The Musical:

Best Ensemble
Alex Rodriguez: Choreography
Laura Arthur: Featured Actress

Congratulations to all!

Sep. 30, 2015

LIZZIE is TBA Recommended Production!

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LIZZIE is a Theatre Bay Area Awards Recommended production. Read reviews here.