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
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
Yeast 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.