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Ray of Light Announces Yeast Nation (the triumph of life) Cast and Production Team
Ray of Light Begins Their Anticipated Season of New Musicals with Triassic Parq
Ray of Light Theatre Announces Triassic Parq Cast and Production Team
Ray of Light Theatre Announces 2014 Season of New Musicals

Ray of Light Theatre Announces Yeast Nation (the triumph of life) Cast and Production Team

San Francisco’s musical theatre company continues their 2014 season with the West Coast premiere of a new musical from the Tony-winning writers of Urinetown

Yeast Nation (the triumph of life)

WEST COAST PREMIERE
October 3 – November 1, 2014
The Victoria Theatre (16th & Mission Streets, San Francisco)

Book and Lyrics by Greg Kotis; Music and Lyrics by Mark Hollmann
Directed by Jason Hoover; Musical Direction by Ben Prince

Tickets available now at rayoflighttheatre.com

See Yeast Nation press photos here.

Photo by Erik Scanlon. Featuring Kevin Singer as Jan-the-Second-Oldest.
See Yeast Nation press photos here.

SAN FRANCISCO, August 12, 2014 — Ray of Light Theatre, San Francisco’s non-profit musical theatre company, today announced the cast and production team behind the second show in its season of new musicals that explore the distant past. Opening October 3, 2014, at the Victoria Theatre in San Francisco, Yeast Nation (the triumph of life) teams Ray of Light up with Tony-winners Greg Kotis and Mark Hollmann, the brains behind the smash-hit Urinetown, to develop the West Coast premiere of this bizarrely hilarious rock musical. In the year 3,000,458,000 B.C., the salt-eating yeasts are the only living creatures on earth, and they’re up against a food shortage, a strange new emotion called “love” and the oppression of a tyrannical king. When the king’s dreamer of a son ventures out of the known yeastiverse, the yeasts’ story – and ours – is changed forever.

The New York Times says, “This is the rare satire that knows exactly what it’s doing and commits to it,” while the Chicago Tribune raves, “When you’ve stopped laughing from this yeast infection, you can tap your toes and clap your hands to a wholly lovable score.”

This West Coast premiere production is the product of a collaboration with Ray of Light and writers Greg Kotis (book and lyrics) and Mark Hollmann (music and lyrics). Kotis conceived the musical almost twenty years ago as “a contrarian, environmentalist anti-musical and it would tell the tale of the first musicalizable moment in all of time.” After performances in Alaska, New York City and Chicago, Kotis and Hollmann chose Ray of Light for the West Coast premiere production. The writers worked side-by-side with Ray of Light staff and cast during a week-long workshop in July, which concluded with a presentation to early subscribers.

“The workshop showed us that this musical has electricity, primordial as it may be,” said Jason Hoover, Yeast Nation director and Ray of Light Theatre artistic director. “The audience had no clue what to expect, yet connected with the bizarre story of these ‘yeasts’ and laughed all the way through the show’s hilarious book and score. Yes, it is possible to connect with singing yeasts!”

Ray of Light has assembled a cast of eighteen of the best and most talented performers in the Bay Area to round out the Yeast Nation cast. Spanning backgrounds in opera, modern and classical dance, as well as cabaret and musical comedy, this group will bring the world’s first living life forms to life with grace and humor.

Yeast Nation Cast

Teresa Attridge (Jan-the-Sly)
Joshua Beld (Chorus 1)
Melinda Campero (Ensemble)
Jesse Cortez (Chorus 6)
Danny Cozart (Jan-the-Elder)
Roy Eikleberry (Jan-the-Wretched/Ensemble)
David Glazer (Jan-the-Youngest)
Celia Jones (Chorus 4)
Mary Kalita (The New One/Ensemble)
Juliana Lustenader (Jan-the-Famished)
Courtney Merrell (Jan-the-Sweet)
Lizzie Moss (Chorus 5)
Heather Orth (Jan-the-Unnamed)
Kevin Singer (Jan-the-Second-Oldest)
Lindsay Stark (Ensemble)
Mischa Stephens (Jan-the-Wise)
Aaron Vanderbeek (Ensemble)
Vanessa Vazquez (Chorus 2)
Ted Zoldan (Chorus 3)

Yeast Nation Production Team and Staff

Jason Hoover, Director/ROLT Artistic Director
Ben Prince, Music Director
Dane Paul Andres, Choreographer
Amanda Lee Angott, Costume Designer
Daniel Cadigan, Technical Director
Joe D’Emilio, Lighting Designer
Laraine Gurke, Stage Manager
Anton Hedman, Sound Designer
Eliza Leoni, Dramaturg/ROLT Associate Artistic Director
Angrette McCloskey, Set Designer
Kevin Pong, Props Designer
Ray of Light Staff
Alex Kirschner, Production Manager
Lee Haskin, Volunteer Coordinator
Courtney Merrell, Sponsorship Coordinator
Justin Sadoian, Press/Marketing Manager
Greg Sottolano, Patron Service Manager
Alexis Wong, Finance Manager
Shane Ray, Founding Artistic Director

Additional cast and staff information here

Production Details

Show dates: October 3 – November 1, 2014
Show times: Wednesdays – Saturdays @ 8pm (except for special 7pm performance with talkback with writers Greg Kotis and Mark Hollman on Saturday, October 4); two matinee performances on Saturday October 25 and Saturday November 1 @ 2pm
Venue: The Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th

For Calendar Editors

WHAT:Yeast Nation (the triumph of life)
West Coast Premiere
5 Week Limited Engagement
WHEN: October 3 – November 1, 2014
Preview at 8pm on Thursday, October 2
Opening night and reception at 8pm on Friday, October 3
WHERE: 2961 16th St. (at Mission), San Francisco, CA, 94103
TIMES: Wednesdays – Saturdays @ 8pm (except for special 7pm performance with talkback with writers Greg Kotis and Mark Hollman on Saturday, October 4); two matinee performances on Saturday October 25 and Saturday November 1 @ 2pm; preview at 8pm on Thursday, October 2
TICKETS: For tickets ($25-$36) and information, visit rayoflighttheatre.com (Student/Senior/Group discounts offered.)

About Ray of Light Theatre

Founded in 2000, Ray of Light has grown quickly and developed a reputation for fresh interpretations of the classics and bold new musicals that push boundaries. Show highlights include Triassic Parq (2014), CARRIE the Musical (West Coast premiere, 2013), Into the Woods (2013), Sweeney Todd (2012), Assassins (2011), Jerry Springer the Opera (West Coast premiere, 2010), The Rocky Horror Show (2008) and Bat Boy (2005, 2006). In addition to full productions, Ray of Light presents exciting new cabaret talent in its Cabaret Spotlight Series, a partnership with Martuni’s piano bar.

Get a peek into the process of creating a new musical on our Yeast Nation blog.
For more information, visit us at rayoflighttheatre.com, on FacebookInstagramTwitter, and YouTube.



Ray of Light Theatre begins their anticipated 2014 season of new musicals with

Triassic Parq

BAY AREA PREMIERE

May 30 – June 28, 2014
The Eureka Theatre (Jackson at Battery)
San Francisco

Music by Marshall Pailet; Book by Marshall Pailet, Bryce Norbitz and Steve Wargo
Directed by Alex Kirschner; Musical Direction by Robbie Cowan
Season subscriptions and single tickets available now at: www.rayoflighttheatre.com

SAN FRANCISCO, May 1, 2014 — Ray of Light Theatre, San Francisco’s non-profit musical theatre company presents the first show in their season of new musicals that explore the distant past. Triassic Parq brings dinosaurs, showtunes, and sex changes together in this inventive new show that will have you laughing and crying all the way back to the prehistoric era. Triassic Parq follows a pack of sexually evolving dinosaurs in a certain prehistoric, Spielberg-inspired amusement park as they struggle with love, faith and science. When one female T-Rex suddenly turns male, the entire pack must question their identity, gender and what is possible. Winner of Best Musical at LA’s 2013 Ovation Awards and the NY Fringe Festival 2010, Triassic Parq examines love, faith and science through a hilarious lens. And singing. Singing dinosaurs. Check out a short little video that explains it all. (Sort of.)

“Flat-out ingenious” – New York Times

“Monstrously funny” – Time Out New York

Dinosaurs going through gender crises, questioning their faith, finding love and struggling to fit in aren’t your typical musical theatre storylines, so we quickly learned to expect the unexpected with this show,” said Alex Kirschner, director of Triassic Parq. “But what we didn’t anticipate was just how hysterical it would be to watch a group of actors playing dinosaurs while dancing like a 90′s boy band and singing about the joys of womanhood—all with dinosaur hands, of course.” Artistic director Jason Hoover adds, “As hilarious as the show is, it also asks very meaningful questions about how we identify ourselves. What does it mean to be an outcast forced away from your community, whether that community is one of religion, gender, or science? How can we be our unique selves while making those human—or dinosaur—connections we crave?”

Show dates: May 30 – June 28, 2014
Show times: Wednesdays – Saturdays @ 8pm; two matinee performances on Saturday June 21 and Saturday June 28 @ 2pm
Venue: The Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson St. (at Battery), San Francisco, CA, 94111

About Ray of Light Theatre
Founded in 2000, Ray of Light has grown quickly and developed a reputation for fresh interpretations of the classics and bold new musicals that push boundaries. Show highlights include CARRIE the Musical (West Coast premiere, 2013), Into the Woods (2013), Sweeney Todd (2012), Assassins (2011), Jerry Springer the Opera (West Coast premiere, 2010), The Rocky Horror Show (2008) and Bat Boy (2005, 2006). In addition to full productions, Ray of Light presents exciting new cabaret talent in its Cabaret Spotlight Series, a partnership with Martuni’s piano bar.

For more information, visit us at www.rayoflighttheatre.com, on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

Triassic Parq Cast (see their bios here)
Javi Harnly (Mime-a-saurus)
Chelsea Holifield (T Rex 2)
David Naughton (Velociraptor of Faith)
Lewis Rawlinson (Velociraptor of Innocence)
Alex Rodriguez (Velociraptor of Science/Morgan Freeman)
Monica Turner (T Rex 1/Kaitlyn)

Triassic Parq Production Team and Staff (see their bios here)
Alex Kirschner, Director
Robbie Cowan, Music Director
Dane Paul Andres, Choreographer
Erik Scanlon, Assistant Director
Annie Dauber, Set Designer
Joe D’Emilio, Lighting Designer
Anton Hedman, Sound Designer
Wendy Ross Kaufman, Costume Designer
Kevin Pong, Props Master
Daniel Cadigan, Technical Director
Ray of Light Staff
Jason Hoover, Artistic Director
Eliza Leoni, Associate Artistic Director
Lee Haskin, Volunteer Coordinator
Courtney Merrell, Sponsorship Coordinator
Justin Sadoian, Press/Marketing Manager
Greg Sottolano, Patron Service Manager
Alexis Wong, Finance Manager
Shane Ray, Founding Artistic Director

Tickets, information and more about our 2014 season at rayoflighttheatre.com

For Calendar Editors

WHAT: Triassic Parq
Bay Area Premiere
5-Week Limited Engagement

WHEN: May 30 – June 28, 2014
Preview at 8pm on Thursday, May 29
Opening night and reception on Friday, May 30

TIMES: Wednesdays – Saturdays @ 8pm; two matinee performances on Saturday June 21 and Saturday June 28 @ 2pm.

WHERE: The Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson St. (at Battery), San Francisco, CA  94111

TICKETS: For tickets ($25-$36) and information, visit www.rayoflighttheatre.com.


Ray of Light Theatre Announces Triassic Parq Cast and Production Team

The Bay Area premiere will run May 29th-June 28th at the Eureka Theatre in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO, March 25, 2014 — Ray of Light Theatre, San Francisco’s non-profit musical theatre company, announced the cast and creative team of Triassic Parq.

“We have assembled a fantastic cast and team that is up to the challenge of this bizarrely hilarious yet heartwarming show,” said Artistic Director Jason Hoover. “I can’t wait to see what they create.”

The cast includes Robbie Cowan (Pianosaurus), Javi Harnly (Mime-a-saurus), Chelsea Holifield (T-Rex 2), David Naughton (Velociraptor of Faith), Lewis Rawlinson (Velociraptor of Innocence), Alex Rodriguez (Velociraptor of Science/Morgan Freeman) and Monica Turner (T-Rex 1/Kaitlyn).

Alex Kirschner (director), Robbie Cowan (music director), Dane Paul Andres (choreographer), Annie Dauber (set designer), Joe D’Emilio (lighting designer), Wendy Kaufman (costume designer), Anton Hedman (sound designer), Kevin Pong (props designer), Daniel Cadigan (technical director) and Erik Scanlon (assistant director) comprise the production team.

Triassic Parq follows a pack of sexually evolving dinosaurs in a certain prehistoric, Spielberg-inspired amusement park as they struggle with love, faith and science. Written by Marshall Pailet, Bryce Norbitz and Steve Wargo, Triassic Parq won Best Musical at both Los Angeles’ Ovation Awards 2013 and the New York Fringe Festival 2010.

Season subscriptions, including the West Coast premiere of Mark Hollman and Greg Kotis’ Yeast Nation (the triumph of life), are on sale now at www.rayoflighttheatre.com. Single tickets will be available soon.

Triassic Parq performance dates: May 29th (Preview, 8pm), May 30th (Opening night, 8pm), May 31st (8pm), June 4th (8pm), June 5th (8pm), June 6th (8pm), June 7th (8pm), June 11th (8pm), June 12th (8pm), June 13th (8pm), June 14th (8pm), June 18th (8pm), June 19th (8pm), June 20th (8pm), June 21st (2pm & 8pm), June 25th (8pm), June 26th (8pm), June 27th (8pm), June 28th (2pm & 8pm)
Triassic Parq Venue: Eureka Theatre, 250 Jackson Street (at Battery), San Francisco

More information at RayofLightTheatre.com

About Ray of Light Theatre’s 2014 Season

Triassic Parq
Bay Area Premiere
Music by Marshall Pailet; Book by Marshall Pailet, Bryce Norbitz and Steve Wargo
May 29th-June 28th, 2014 Eureka Theatre, San Francisco
Dinosaurs, showtunes and sex changes come together in this inventive new musical that will leave you laughing and crying all the way back to the prehistoric era. When one female T-Rex suddenly turns male, the entire pack must question their identity, gender, and what is possible. Winner of Best Musical at LA’s 2013 Ovation Awards and NY Fringe Festival 2010, Triassic Parq examines love, faith and science through a hilarious lens. And singing. Singing dinosaurs.
“Flat-out ingenious”-New York Times
“Monstrously funny”-Time Out New York

Yeast Nation (the triumph of life)
West Coast Premiere
Music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann; Book and lyrics by Greg Kotis
October 2014
Victoria Theatre, San Francisco
Ray of Light teams up with Greg Kotis and Mark Hollmann, the brains behind the smash-hit Urinetown, to develop the West Coast premiere of this bizarrely hilarious rock musical. In the year 3,000,458,000 B.C., the salt-eating yeasts are the only living creatures on earth, and they’re up against a food shortage, a strange new emotion called “love” and the oppression of a tyrannical king. When the king’s dreamer of a son ventures out of the known yeastiverse, the yeasts’ story–and ours–is changed forever.
“This is the rare satire that knows exactly what it’s doing and commits to it.” -New York Times
“When you’ve stopped laughing from this yeast infection, you can tap your toes and clap your hands to a wholly lovable score.” -Chicago Tribune

About Ray of Light

Founded in 2000, Ray of Light has grown quickly and developed a reputation for fresh interpretations of the classics and bold new musicals that push boundaries. Show highlights include CARRIE the Musical (West Coast premiere, 2013), Into the Woods (2013), Sweeney Todd (2012), Assassins (2011), Jerry Springer the Opera (West Coast premiere, 2010), The Rocky Horror Show (2008) and Bat Boy (2005, 2006). In addition to full productions, Ray of Light presents exciting new cabaret talent in its Cabaret Spotlight Series, a partnership with Martuni’s piano bar. For more information, visit us at www.rayoflighttheatre.com, on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

Ray of Light Theatre Announces Its 2014 Season of New Musicals

San Francisco company will produce Bay Area premiere of Triassic Parq and West Coast premiere of Yeast Nation (the triumph of life)

SAN FRANCISCO, November 29, 2013 — Ray of Light Theatre, San Francisco’s non-profit musical theatre company, announced its 2014 season, a lineup of fresh new musicals that explore the distant past.

Slated for June, Triassic Parq follows a pack of sexually evolving dinosaurs in a certain prehistoric, Spielberg-inspired amusement park as they struggle with love, faith and science. Triassic Parq, written by Marshall Pailet, Bryce Norbitz and Steve Wargo, won Best Musical at both Los Angeles’ Ovation Awards 2013 and the New York Fringe Festival 2010. Yeast Nation (the triumph of life) follows in October and imagines the hopes, hardships and political turmoil of the world’s first life forms: salt-easting yeasts. Writers Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis, whose smash-hit Urinetown set ticket sales records at American Conservatory Theatre in 2003, will work in-residence with Ray of Light to further develop this story of one dreamer’s curiosity and its colossal impact on the yeasts–and our history.

“Producing cutting-edge musical theater has always been part of our company’s DNA, so we’re delighted to produce two local premieres this season,” said Jason Hoover, artistic director of Ray of Light. “While Triassic Parq and Yeast Nation use stories and characters from ages past, the themes they present are still applicable to our modern lives. These shows are bold and exciting, and we can’t wait for Bay Area audiences to experience them, likely for the first time ever.”

“Ray of Light is exactly the kind of dynamic, imaginative, passionate, and fearless company needed to make Yeast Nation work,” said Greg Kotis, writer and lyricist for Yeast Nation. “It’ll be great to have the show on its feet in San Francisco.”

Season subscriptions will go on sale in December at www.rayoflighttheatre.com. Single tickets will be available in March.

About the Shows

TP-265x240Triassic Parq
Bay Area Premiere
June 2014 at the Eureka Theatre, San Francisco
Music by Marshall Pailet; Book by Marshall Pailet, Bryce Norbitz and Steve Wargo
Dinosaurs, showtunes and sex changes come together in this inventive new musical that will leave you laughing and crying all the way back to the prehistoric era. When one female T-Rex suddenly turns male, the entire pack must question their identity, gender, and what is possible. Winner of Best Musical at LA’s 2013 Ovation Awards and NY Fringe Festival 2010, Triassic Parq examines love, faith and science through a hilarious lens. And singing. Singing dinosaurs.
“Flat-out ingenious”-New York Times
“Monstrously funny”-Time Out New York

YN-265x240Yeast Nation (the triumph of life)
West Coast Premiere
October 2014 at the Victoria Theatre
Music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann; Book and lyrics by Greg Kotis
Ray of Light teams up with Greg Kotis and Mark Hollmann, the brains behind the smash-hit Urinetown, to develop the West Coast premiere of this bizarrely hilarious rock musical. In the year 3,000,458,000 B.C., the salt-eating yeasts are the only living creatures on earth, and they’re up against a food shortage, a strange new emotion called “love” and the oppression of a tyrannical king. When the king’s dreamer of a son ventures out of the known yeastiverse, the yeasts’ story–and ours–is changed forever.
“This is the rare satire that knows exactly what it’s doing and commits to it.” -New York Times
“When you’ve stopped laughing from this yeast infection, you can tap your toes and clap your hands to a wholly lovable score.” -Chicago Tribune

About Ray of Light

Founded in 2000, Ray of Light has grown quickly and developed a reputation for fresh interpretations of the classics and bold new musicals that push boundaries. Show highlights include CARRIE the Musical (West Coast premiere, 2013), Into the Woods (2013), Sweeney Todd (2012), Assassins (2011), Jerry Springer the Opera (West Coast premiere, 2010), The Rocky Horror Show (2008) and Bat Boy (2005, 2006). In addition to full productions, Ray of Light presents exciting new cabaret talent in its Cabaret Spotlight Series, a partnership with Martuni’s piano bar. For more information, visit us at www.rayoflighttheatre.com, on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

 

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