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Annia Wyndham, Tamar Shai, and Morgan Mitchell in TossPot Productions' 2014 'A Gulag Mouse.' (Photo by Jamie Lang)

Sacred Fools Theater Announces 2015–16 Season

The Los Angeles-based theatre company’s 19th season promises a Siberian psychological thriller, a musical prequel to ‘Hamlet,’ and two world premieres by local artists.

LOS ANGELES: The Sacred Fools Theater Company has announced its 19th season, a lineup that includes new works and regional premieres.

The first show of the season, currently running, is the world premiere of Candide, Jon Jory’s six-actor adaptation of the novel by Voltaire (through Oct. 17). Co-artistic director Paul Plunkett directed the production.

Miravel (Nov. 13–Dec. 19, 2015), Jake Broder’s play about the romantic and musical entanglements of composer Alphonso Bloch, opens the season. Broder, whose Louis & Keely: Live at the Sahara premiered at Sacred Fools in 2008, will play the reclusive musician. Shaunessy Quinn will direct.

“After the wild success of Louis and Keely: Live at the Sahara, I’m thrilled to bring back my co-writer Jake Broder to premiere another original musical,” said Sacred Fools co-artistic director Vanessa Steward in a statement. “Only this time around, Jake will use his extensive jazz training from Guildhall School of Music to create original music for this new piece influenced by Gertrude, Cyrano, and his own personal journey.”

Next up is the meta-theatrical comedy Past Time (opening Jan. 22, 2016). Directed by Jeremy Aldridge, this production marks Sacred Fools’ sixth premiere from playwright Padraic Duffy.

A Gulag Mouse (opening April 8, 2016), Arthur M. Jolly’s wartime tragicomedy, will follow. Set in the wastes of Siberia, the play examines the limits of humanity when survival itself is at stake.

The season will conclude with Skulduggery: The Musical Prequel to Hamlet (opening June 24, 2016), a new collaboration between playwright Michael Shaw Fisher (Exorcistic) and musical director Michael Teoli (CarnEvil). Directed by Scott Leggett, the madcap Skulduggery finds inspiration in the Claudius-Gertrude-Hamlet Sr. love triangle that precedes the action of the Bard’s classic play.

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