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Comedy ‘True West’ Auditions Dec 4

Director Jay Johnson has announced auditions for Studio Players’ second show of the season, the Sam Shepard comedy True West. Auditions for all roles will be held on December 4 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. at Horace Mann Middle School. For more information, please contact studioplayers@outlook.com.

The Plot: Sons of a desert dwelling alcoholic and a suburban wanderer clash over a film script. Austin, the achiever, is working on a script he has sold to producer Sal Kimmer when Lee, a demented petty thief, drops in. He pitches his own idea for a movie to Kimmer, who then wants Austin to junk his bleak, modern love story and write Lee’s trashy Western tale.

The Roles:

Austin (20s-30s) is a straight-laced, ambitious screenwriter eager to sell his period drama to a big Hollywood producer and burdened by the presence of his brother, Lee.

Lee (20s-30s) is a charming drunk, a thief, prone to acts of violence, and generally combative in most situations.

Saul Kimmer (40s-50s) is a Hollywood producer who believes in Austin’s talent but is charmed by Lee’s big ideas.

Mom (50s-60s) is (appropriately) Austin and Lee’s mother, who makes a brief appearance late in the play to shed some light on the world from which these two very different siblings sprang.

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THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW Cast Announced

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Director Tom Berger has announced the cast of Studio Players’ upcoming production of The Rocky Horror Show. The cast includes returning Studio Players actors Hannah Benton (The Laramie Project), Koral Rose Curkeet (Extremities), Sarah Huebner (Dog Sees God), and Timmy Wiverstad (Dog Sees God). The complete cast list follows.

Dr. Frank ‘N Furter – Scott Schmidt
Brad – David Quinn
Janet – Hannah Benton
Riff Raff – Duncan Doherty
Magenta – Koral Rose Curkeet
Columbia – Sarah Huebner
Eddie / Dr. Scott – Timmy Wiverstad
Narrator – Lee Trotta
Rocky – Sean Lavallee
Phantoms – Jennifer Wunderlin, Caylee Sparks, Tiffany Bauer

The Rocky Horror Show opens on Thursday, October 29, at 7:30 p.m. Performances continue on Friday, October 30 & Saturday, October 31 at 7:30 p.m., with a special performance at midnight on Saturday, October 31. Tickets can be purchased online at www.paradigmannex.ticketleap.com.

THE CURIOUS CASE OF THE WATSON INTELLIGENCE Will Play One Week Earlier Than Originally Announced

In order to avoid conflicts with other performances happening in the Paradigm music venue and other local theatrical productions, Studio Players’ production of The Curious Case of the Watson Intelligence will play March 10-12 at 7:30 p.m., one week earlier than originally announced.

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Watson was a 2014 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and explores society’s changing relationship with objects through the lives of four notable Watsons.

Watson: trusty sidekick to Sherlock Holmes; loyal engineer who built Bell’s first telephone; unstoppable super-computer that became reigning Jeopardy! champ; amiable techno-dweeb who, in the present day, is just looking for love.

These four constant companions become one in this brilliantly witty, time-jumping, loving tribute (and cautionary tale) dedicated to the people—and machines—upon which we all depend.

Watson will close Studio Players’ fourth season. The seasons begins with The Rocky Horror Show on October 29, 2015.

For more information on Studio Players, contact studioplayers@outlook.com.

Tickets are now on sale for GREATER TUNA

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Tickets are now available for Studio Players’ Greater Tuna, directed by Ty Wesley and starring Zack Pledl & Cody Gornal. Tickets are $10.00 for general admission, and can be purchased in advanced through TicketLeap.com or in person at Paradigm Coffee & Music. Performances are Thursday, July 17 through Saturday, July 19 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, if available, can also be purchased at the door one half hour prior to performances.

Written by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard, Greater Tuna features two actors playing over 20 roles as they portray the hilarious lives of citizens in small town Tuna, TX.

Additional fees apply for online and credit card purchases.

Studio Players Announces its 3rd Season

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Studio Players is pleased to announce shows for it’s upcoming 3rd season. The following shows will be presented at the Paradigm Annex.

The season kicks off with Greater Tuna, written by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard. This ambitious comedy features two actors playing over 20 roles as they portray the hilarious lives of citizens in small town Tuna, TX. Greater Tuna made it’s off-Broadway premier in 1982, and was one of the most produced plays in the country by 1985. The original acting duo performed for President George H.W. Bush and starred in an HBO adaptation of the play. Greater Tuna will play July 17-19, 2014.

Extremities, by William Mastrisimone, tells the story of a young woman, Marjorie, who is attacked in her home by a would-be rapist, Raul, and manages to turn the tables on him, tying him up in her fireplace. When Marjorie’s two friends return home, a tense argument ensues as each makes the case for what to do with Raul. Personal histories are shared, and secrets are spilled as Raul uses the knowledge he’s gained stalking the young women to negotiate his release. Extremities will play October 23-25, 2014.

Finally, Yankee Tavern, by Steven Dietz, will transport you inside the crumbling walls of a New York City bar. Just when you thought you’d heard every crazy 9/11 conspiracy theory, a stranger walks into the Yankee Tavern. There, a young couple finds themselves caught up in what might be the biggest conspiracy of all. This acclaimed production is a fierce, funny and ultimately mind-bending work of theatrical power that grips you until the final word. What you don’t know can hurt you. Yankee Tavern will play April 9-11, 2015.

Auditions: GREATER TUNA

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Studio Players and Director Ty Wesley will be holding auditions in the Horace Mann Middle School choir room for Greater Tuna on Tuesday, May 20, with callbacks on Wednesday, May 21. Greater Tuna, the first production of Studio Players’ 2014-2015 season, is an affectionate and hilarious satire on small town life. Two male actors play over 20 roles to bring Tuna, TX to life.  Sides will be provided.

Rehearsals will begin in June. Specific dates will be arranged after casting.

Greater Tuna opens July 17, 2014.

For more information, email studioplayers@outlook.com.