12 February 2019

A free reading this Sunday at Sacred Fools...

Here you are.  Fully charged.  You.

What happens when the powers of machines exceed those of nature? At what point will A.I. resemble humans enough to deserve human rights? Absurdly comic and existentially chilling, U-R-U examines the societal obsession with progress at all costs and the decreasing worth of humanity in this increasingly artificial world.
SFNW Reservations

This Sunday at 5pm I'm directing the final installment of SFNW:  the very first Sacred Fools New Works Reading Series!

January 25th, 1921 saw the world premiere of R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots), a science-fiction play by the Czech writer Karel Čapek, and the work that gifted the word "robot" to the lexicon.

Approaching the 100th Anniversary of R.U.R., Julia Lederer's U-R-U brings a modern perspective to the rise of robots as the planet's dominant life-form.  Spoiler alert:  it's hilarious!

Reserve your free tickets now at bitly.com/SFNW2019, and join us at the Plunge after for drinks and conversation about the end of humanity!

U-R-U features Aviva Pressman, Tracey Leigh, Tim Kopacz, Emily Kosloski, Emily Goss, Peter James Smith, Carrie Keranen, Leigh Wulff, and Bruno Oliver

Julia Lederer is a writer from Toronto. Her plays have been performed across North America, from Los Angeles to Toronto, to New York, Chicago, Boise, and Alaska. Her work includes the internationally acclaimed WITH LOVE AND A MAJOR ORGAN (Boise Contemporary Theatre; Strawdog Theatre; part of The Theatre @ Boston Court's Polly Warfield Award-Winning Season with 4 Los Angeles Drama Critic's Circle Nominations including "Best Production" and 5 Stage Raw Nominations), REALITY THEATRE (SummerWorks Performance Festival), FRAME (Seven Collective; Alumnae Theatre), and recent workshop productions of U-R-U at Occidental College in LA and Humber College in Toronto. 

WITH LOVE AND A MAJOR ORGAN is published by J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing and is currently being developed into a feature film. Other FILM/TV work includes UPSTAGED (Great Lake Films, streaming on HighBall TV), EAT YOUR HEART OUT (Elevated Film's Audience Choice Award), and SPOONING (upcoming 2019 Cinequest Film Festival Premier). Julia recently worked on the 4th season of KIM'S CONVENIENCE, as part of the CBC's emerging writers' room. 
A few years ago I had the great pleasure of being part of the World Premiere of the Behavior of Broadus by Burglars of Hamm.  Next month the San Gabriel Valley Choral Company celebrates Living Composers in our Spring concert, and I can't wait to revisit one of Broadus' original songs by the Burglars and Brendan Milburn!  Save the evening of March 16th at St. Luke's Episcopal in Monrovia!  

I hope the polar vortex isn't freezing your spirits!  - j

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07 January 2019

New Year, New Plays!  (Plus video from The Messiah)

You think you're talking to robots.

Hello, and Happy New Year!  I'm starting off 2019 with a return to the world of new-play development I love so much, producing the first ever Sacred Fools New Works Reading Series (SFNW)!

(Scroll down to watch me sing The Messiah :)

I'm really excited about launching this first-of-its-kind effort by Sacred Fools to share exciting new plays with our community at such an early stage, and I can't think of four better playwrights to help us do it.  They're talented, playful, and fearless writers, joined in an effort to discover and reveal the future of the form.

We kick off January 20th at 5pm, and follow up with three more readings Sundays at 5, all in the Broadwater Second Stage.  Click over to bitly.com/SFNW2019 to reserve your free seats today, and read on to learn more about these exciting plays!

Sunday, January 20th @ 5pm
MONKEY LOVE by Madhuri Shekar
Directed by Reena Dutt
Featuring Kapil Talwalkar, Ulka Mohanty, Troy Blendell, Lauren Van Kurin, Jax Ball
Deep in the jungles of East India, two different couples (of the monkey and of the human persuasion) experience an eventful night of falling in, and out, and back into love. Finding your soulmate is tricky enough – the real challenge is holding on to them.
Sunday, January 27th @ 5pm:
Directed by Shaela Cook
Featuring Libby Baker, Joe Hernandez-Kolski, Lynn Adriana, Crystal Keith, Rowan Hall
A talking stork, lesbian moms, and the power to build your own baby... Two couples, both early in their pregnancies, collide over what to do with their test results. With rapid advances in reproductive technology, modern eugenics is science's Wild West. How far will we go when playing God?
SFNW Reservations
Sunday, February 10th @ 5pm:
THE COUCHES by David Jacobi
Directed by Travis Snyder-Eaton
Cast TBD
Ethan Couch has lived in a bubble of pampered privilege for his entire life, so when he's convicted of killing four people while driving drunk, he and his mother Tonya flee to a resort in Mexico rather than face the consequences. In this self-imposed state of limbo, Ethan pays hotel clerk Daniel $1000 to be his friend and help maintain the facade of his prior life.
Sunday, February 17th @ 5pm:
U-R-U by Julia Lederer
Directed by Jacob Sidney
Cast TBD
What happens when the powers of machines exceed those of nature? At what point will A.I. resemble humans enough to deserve human rights? Absurdly comic and existentially chilling, U-R-U examines the societal obsession with progress at all costs and the decreasing worth of humanity in this increasingly artificial world.
Last month I sang the bass solos in The Messiah even though I'm a baritone and I lived to tell the tale though you might not be able to tell from the look on my face :)

Here's to a prosperous and happy new year!  - j

Copyright © 2019 Jacob Sidney, All rights reserved.

12 December 2018

Messiah this Saturday, and a Campaign of Fools!

For he is like a refi-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-ner's fire...

The Messiah is this Saturday! 
The San Gabriel Valley Choral Company has been hard at work on Handel's gloriously melismatic oratorio, and I have to say we're sounding awfully good.  We look forward to sharing a light and buoyant Messiah with you in genuine baroque style.  Don't worry, though:  I still get to bring the fire and brimstone in the bass solos ;)
Get your tickets now at www.sgvccsingers.org.

This season my theatrical home made a commitment to financially accessible theatre:  No ticket over $15.

We need your help to keep that offer alive.

Click here to make a generous donation today to
Sacred Fools Theatre Company.
Any new dads on your gift list?  Get 'em a good laugh with Daddy Drinks!

Happy Holidays!  - j

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