Rhubarb or How to Play with a Rollergirl -- A Hot New Comedy on Wheels
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The timeless battle between Lucifer's forces of evil and Michael the Archangel's champions of goodness is brought to thrilling life in the holiday musical La Pastorela del Cielo, San Diego's longest-running professional theater production. Now celebrating its 23rd season, this beloved Mexican-inspired holiday show is a contemporary twist on the traditional story of the shepherds' journey to Bethlehem to witness the first Christmas. An epic morality play full of ethical choices and introspection, it's presented with levity, music, beautiful costumes and dialogue written entirely in verse, much like a yuletide Dr. Seuss story. This bilingual show is performed primarily in English, with additional Christmas carols sung in Spanish. Learn More
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The play was very good in alot of ways. The preformers were very good at there roles. I saw it on preview night so there were not alot of people there. I did not see the play as a comedy at all though. Not the first time something has been billed as a comedy that really istn' very funny. A couple of the audience laughed one in a while but just a person or two at time when something struck them funny. It was far from a comedy show though. i would have enjoyed it more if i wasnt' expecting it to be funny. . I keep looking for the comedy. THat aside it was a very good charactor study of the 2 main characters and there stuggles with relationships. Entertaining enough but if your expecting to laugh it is not the show for you .
When Karen, a straight-talking, beer-for-breakfast, ass-kicking rollergirl, rolled into Cecelia’s life -- literally -- there was bound to be a collision. Cecelia “isn’t currently developing her social life,” but this Casanova on wheels won’t be ignored. Two complete opposites find themselves living together, driving each other crazy and changing each other’s lives forever. But The Odd Couple this ain’t -- punk rock, mystic oracles, roller derby, some "adult" language and a healthy dose of vegetables are just a few of the elements that make this world-premiere comedy a true original.
Delicia Turner Sonnenberg, the play's director and award-winning Artistic Director of Moxie Theatre, says, “In one sense it’s a straightforward romantic comedy, but at the same time it’s a poetic and visceral look into female sexuality and the struggle to be your complete sexual self.”
Starring Jeannine Marquie, Chrissy Burns, Tim Parker and Susan Peck
Esther Emery (Playwright) is Artistic Associate at Moxie Theatre. Although known in San Diego as a director, she was raised in a family of writers and is thrilled to develop this aspect of her craft with her sisters at Moxie. Directing credits include the award-winning Yellowman and Communicating Doors at Cygnet Theatre, Limonade Tous Les Jours and Devil Dog Six (co-directed with Jennifer Eve Thorn) at Moxie Theatre, Bunbury at Diversionary, and the world premiere of Chrysalis: Rapechild (self-produced in association with Sledgehammer Theatre). Esther has also directed Hecuba (6th @ Penn), Soul Fire (Playwrights Project for Stories of Faith), Cool As We Fly (Ruff Yeager), Tongue of a Bird and Love's Fire (Stone Soup), as well as one-acts for Plays by Young Writers and play readings for Diversionary, Moonlight, Mo'olelo and others.
Delicia Turner Sonnenberg is a founder and Artistic Director of Moxie Theatre. She was recently awarded the Des McAnuff New Visions Award for her risk-taking leadership at Moxie and her body of work in 2006. Before Moxie, Delicia worked as Artistic Associate for San Diego Repertory Theatre as a part of the TCG’s New Generations Program: Future Leaders. Delicia was twice a recipient of the Van Lier Directing Fellowship in New York and is an alumna of the New York Drama League’s Directors Program. Some San Diego directing credits include The Treatment, Pulp (w/ Jason Southerland), Gibson Girl, Dog Act (w/ Jen Thorn), and Kimberly Akimbo, all for Moxie Theatre; Fences for Cynet Theatre; Miss Witherspoon, Intimate Apparel and Proof (w/ Sam Woodhouse) for San Diego REP; Pulp and Fit to be Tied for Diversionary Theatre; Hamlet, and upcoming Prelude to A Kiss for New Village Arts; Sophocles' Antigone, Euripides’ Children of Heracles translated by Marianne MacDonald, and Kimberly Akimbo for 6th @ Penn Theatre; and many plays for the Playwrights Project and Fritz Blitz.
About the Ticket Supplier: MOXIE Theatre
The goal of MOXIE Theatre is to create a place where the audience can count on to be inspired, encouraged, challenged and excited. The Mission of MOXIE Theatre is expand the idea of what is feminine by using the intimate art of theatre to explore and celebrate the complexity of all human relationships. They are committed to producing smart, sexy and surprising plays, primarily those written by women that examine strong female themes and create more diverse and honest female images for our culture.