Mar. 27, 2019

ROLT Congratulates our 2018 SFBATCC Awards Recipients and nominees!

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For 43 years, the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle has honored excellence and achievements in theatre arts within the Bay Area. This year’s awards gala was held on March 25th, 2019 at the iconic Victoria Theatre. ROLT was honored with 11 nominations and 4 awards for the 2018 season:

2018 SFBATCC Recipients:

  • Christian V. Meja – Lighting Design – Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Theodore J.H. Hulsker – Sound Design – Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Heather Orth – Featured Actress in a Musical – Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Ensemble of a Musical – Jesus Christ Superstar

2018 SFBATCC Nominees:

  • Alex Rodriguez – Choreography – Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Maggie Whitaker – Costume Design – Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Joe D’Emilio – Lighting Design – Hedwig and the Angry Inch
  • Ben Prince – Music Direction – Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Eliza Leoni/Shane Ray – Direction of a Musical – Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Hayley Lovegren – Feature Actress in Musical – Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Janelle Lasalle – Principal Actress in a Musical – Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Entire Production Bay Area – Hedwig and the Angry Inch
  • Entire Production Bay Area- Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Entire Production SF City – Hedwig and the Angry Inch
  • Entire Production SF City- Jesus Christ Superstar

Thank you to the SFBATCC and congrats to our family & friends in the Bay Area Theatre Community on their 2018 awards and nominations!

 

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 www.rayoflighttheatre.com. 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. 

Dec. 20, 2017

2018 Season Announcement

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Ray of Light Theatre to Present Jesus Christ Superstar, Hedwig and the Angry Inch and The Rocky Horror Show for its 2018 Season

 

A Season of Icons and Fame Brought to The Victoria Theatre Stage by San Francisco’s Best Purveyor of Edgy Musicals

 

Jesus Christ Superstar to Feature an All-female Cast

 

SAN FRANCISCO — December 20, 2017 —  Ray of Light Theatre, San Francisco’s non-profit musical theatre company, today announced its 2018 season of musicals featuring an all-female adaptation of Jesus Christ Superstar, the iconic Hedwig and the Angry Inch and cult classic The Rocky Horror Show. Ray of Light also announced its Cabaret Spotlight Series at Martuni’s Piano Bar featuring Katrina McGraw in a limited-engagement solo performance.

 

“If there were ever three musicals that spoke to who we are as artists, it would be these ones,” said Jason Hoover, artistic director of Ray of Light Theatre. “Jesus Christ Superstar has been on our list for a long time and we’re so excited to retell it with an all-female cast. And with Hedwig.. and Rocky… we’re doing what we do best by bringing cult classics to San Francisco’s diverse and engaged audience. We can’t wait to see everyone in 2018!”

 

Jesus Christ Superstar

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber

Book and Lyrics by Tim Rice

May 18 – June 9

Victoria Theatre, San Francisco

 

The iconic rock musical that changed everything then, cast with the gender that’s changing everything now. Based on the Gospels’ accounts of the last week of Jesus’ life, Jesus Christ Superstar imagines the humanity of Jesus and Judas’ role on the sidelines in search of the limelight. The timeless score and story make this all-female Jesus Christ Superstar a 2,000-year-old tale fit for 2018.

 

Jesus Christ Superstar will be co-directed by Ray of Light Theatre Founder, Shane Ray, and Associate Artistic Director, Eliza Leoni. Musical direction by Ben Prince and choreography by Alex Rodriguez.

 

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Book by John Cameron Mitchell

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Trask

September 14 – October 6

Victoria Theatre, San Francisco

 

A gender- and genre-bending feast for the eyes and ears, Hedwig and the Angry Inch tells the tale of one of the Eastern Bloc’s most unique characters…and her small, yet very agitated, appendage…through a pulsing rock score.

 

The Rocky Horror Show

Book and Music by Richard O’Brien

October 25 – November 3rd

Victoria Theatre, San Francisco

 

The denizens of Transexual Transylvania, featuring D’Arcy Drollinger, return for the fourth straight year in Ray of Light’s hit Halloween event. Come on up to the lab…again. We can already feel the antici…

 

Cabaret Spotlight Series: Katrina McGraw

You’ve seen hilarious San Francisco native Katrina McGraw steal scenes all over the Bay, from Ray of Light’s Little Shop of Horrors to appearances with SF Playhouse to 42nd Street Moon to the Strand. She brings her wit, charm and serious pipes to her Spotlight Series cabaret, August 26, 7pm at Martuni’s Piano Bar.

 

Individual tickets and Season Passes for Jesus Christ Superstar, Hedwig and the Angry Inch and The Rocky Horror Show will go on sale in early 2018. For more information, visit www.rayoflighttheatre.com.

 

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 Reefer Madness (2017), 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) and The Rocky Horror Show (2015- 2017, 2008). In addition to full productions, Ray of Light presents exciting cabaret talent in its Cabaret Spotlight Series. For more information, visit us at www.rayoflighttheatre.com, on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

Nov. 16, 2017

Congrats to our TBA Award winners!

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ROLT celebrates four TBA Award winners. Complete list here.

OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE: Little Shop of Horrors

OUTSTANDING FEMALE ACTOR IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE IN A MUSICAL: Anne Norland, Silence! The Musical

OUTSTANDING MUSIC DIRECTION: Ben Prince, Little Shop of Horrors

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A MUSICAL: Little Shop of Horrors

Oct. 16, 2017

14 Theatre Bay Area Award Nominations!

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We celebrating 14 Theatre Bay Area Award Nominations! Thank you to all the talented people that make our shows such a bloody good time, both on and off stage. A huge congrats to all of our Ray of Light family members who were nominated for their work at other amazing Bay Area theatre companies.

Best Musical- Little Shop of Horrors
Best Musical- Silence! The Musical
Best Direction of a Musical- Jason Hoover, Little Shop of Horrors
Best Direction of a Musical- Jason Hoover, Silence! the Musical
Best Musical Direction- Ben Prince, Little Shop of Horrors
Best Musical Direction- Ben Prince, Silence! The Musical
Best Principal Actress in a Musical- Mary Kalita, Little Shop of Horrors
Best Principal Actress in a Musical- Anne Norland, Silence! The Musical
Best Principal Actor in a Musical- Sam Faustine, Little Shop of Horrors

Best Principal Actor in a Musical- Brian Watson, Silence! The Musical
Best Supporting Actress in a Musical- Katrina McGraw, Little Shop of Horrors
Best Supporting Actor in a Musical- Brendon North, Little Shop of Horrors
Best Ensemble- Little Shop of Horrors
Best Ensemble- Silence! The Musical

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 www.rayoflighttheatre.com.

 

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 www.rayoflighttheatre.com, on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

 

Press Contact:
Alex Kirschner
alex@rayoflighttheatre.com
206-550-0862

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: http://www.sfbatcc.org/Noms2015.html

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.