Friday, January 23, 2009

Hellbound Hero and the Mayor

posted by brad at 10:09 AM
Last night the company had a double bill.

We had our second preview of Peter Sinn Nachtrieb's Hunter Gatherers (opens Saturday) at the theatre, and we we also performing as part of the Mayor's "State of the City Address" program, in the Gold Room of the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, just up the street.

Many might think we were an odd choice for a Mayoral event, including us. However, the Mayor of Pasadena is deeply connected to the arts and has proven to be very supportive of many smaller and more adventurous artists and companies, like us, and it was an honor to be chosen to represent and provide a little taste of the local arts scene at this key civic event. We would be introducing ourselves to a lot of people who had no reference to us.

The city's Vice Mayor welcomed everyone (a little more than 300), had some young men present flags, and an elementary girl lead the audience in the Pledge of Allegience.

Then us. Our material - an excerpt of Matt Pelfrey's new play that we commissioned, called "No Good Deed."

Our performance included plenty of swearing, sexual innuendos, references to substance abuse, a little bit of physical violence, a swirlie in a real toilet and a Marilyn Manson-esque super hero called Hellbound Hero that rips out people's hearts and boils their eyes with lightning bolts. Pretty much our standard fare with a few less "f*cks" and "sh*ts". We think the Mayor appreciated that.

The result? Some shock, some disbelief, and suprisingly, a hefty amount of genuine laughter and enthusiasm.

We'll post some footage when we can get our hands on some.

Preview 2 of Hunter Gatherers also went well last night. It is great to have Peter here with us this week to help put the finishing touches on the play and to talk with audiences on Saturday and Sunday nights. Final preview for HG is tonight. Get your tix now, you don't want to miss this one.

Be Furious.


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