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Toilet Ban is Subject of Musical


UC Riverside Department of Theatre Performs Hilarious “Urinetown”

Performances set for May 12, 13, 19 and 20 in University Theatre

(May 9, 2006)

left to right:  Helen Kim (Little Sally), Alex Myerchin (Bobby Strong), Manda Lutsky (Hope) and  Randy Ingram (Officer Lockstock)        <br />
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left to right: Helen Kim (Little Sally), Alex Myerchin (Bobby Strong), Manda Lutsky (Hope) and Randy Ingram (Officer Lockstock)
Photo credit: Alan A. Call





RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — The UC Riverside Department of Theatre will present one of the most uproariously funny musicals in recent years, Urinetown, in five performances between May 12 and 13, 19 and 20 in University Theatre. Shows start at 8 p.m., except for a 2:30 p.m. matinee Saturday, May 20.

This hilarious tale of greed, corruption, love, and revolution is set at a time when water is worth its weight in gold. In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides he's had enough, and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom. Inspired by the works of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, Urinetown is an irreverently humorous satire.

The show, written by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis, premiered at the Fringe Festival in 1999, and was an instant hit with fringe audiences, who applauded the show's sly references to classic musicals such as West Side Story and Sweeney Todd. Word of mouth spread quickly, and the show was picked up for an Off-Broadway run in 2001. The reviews were wildly enthusiastic, and the show was transferred to Broadway's Henry Miller Theater where it opened on September 20, 2001. It was the first Fringe Festival show to achieve that feat. It was nominated for 10 Tony Awards, and won three, for Best Book, Score, and Direction. It also won the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical.

This production contains mature themes and language and may not be suitable for all audiences.

Admission is $18 general and $16 for students and seniors. Tickets are available by calling: (951) 827-4331. Parking costs $5 in Lot 6. (No fee with UC permit. Information: (951) 827-3245.

UCR’s production team:

JIM ALEXANDER (Director/Choreographer) has performed on Broadway and in national and international tours. He was Resident Director for Florida Studio Theatre and Artistic Director of Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma and since returning to California has performed as Fingersmith in Beggar's Holiday and as Uncle Willie in High Button Shoes at The Rubicon Theatre; choreographed Tintypes at The Rubicon, Carousel and The Sound of Music at the Curtain Call, directed Fiddler On The Roof and A Christmas Carol at Santa Barbara Civic Light Opera, the world premiere of Visions at the John Raitt Theatre, the U.S. premiere of Job and The Snake at The Grove and Fiddler On The Roof and My Fair Lady at Elizabeth Howard's.

PATRICK DORAN-SHEERAN (Musical Director) is an accomplished composer, performer and musical director. During his 12-year career as a professional composer for dance, theatre and independent short films, he has worked with dancers from Cirque du Soleil in 2001, and the Los Angeles-based dance company Tongue premiered a work scored by him at the Getty Center in 2003. Patrick has performed on stages throughout the western U.S. and around the world, including Vienna, Austria, Auckland, New Zealand and the Sydney Opera House. Over the past ten years he has served as musical director for UCR productions of Cabaret, Into the Woods, The Rocky Horror Show, Hair and The Good Person of Setzuan. Patrick holds an MA in Music Composition from UC Riverside.

HAIBO YU (Scenic Designer) is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829 and The Society of British Theatre Designers. He has a BFA from the Central Academy of Drama, in China, an MA from the University of Leeds, in England, and an MFA equivalent from Central St. Martins College of Art and Design, London. He has worked in theatre, film, and television in Europe, China, Hong Kong, and the USA. His design credits are extensive. He was a co-author of the book Devised and Collaborative Theatre and is skilled in the use of digital technology in theatre design.

BONNIE CHERRIE (Costume Designer) is the Costume Shop Manager, and a Costume Designer/Lecturer for the UCR Department of Theatre. She has previously worked for the University of Houston, the Houston Shakespeare Festival and the Children's Theatre Festival, and served as Head Cutter/Draper and Adjunct professor and Designer. She was the Assistant Professor of Drama for Prairie View A & M University in Texas, serving as Costumer and Historian.

KEVIN MORRISSEY (Lighting Designer) is an Assistant Professor in Theatre at Los Angeles City College. Previously, he was a Designer and Lecturer at UCR for nearly ten years where he designed scenery, costumes, lighting and/or sound for over fifty productions. He received a BFA from DePaul University and an MFA from New York University with extensive design credits in theatre, film, television and industrial production. He is a member of both IATSE Local 847 and Local 829.

BRADFORD WILLIAMS (Sound Designer) is owner and President of On-Trax, Inc. in Riverside, a premier audio and video production company for the past 24 years. He recently designed sound for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at Cerritos College, and has designed numerous other production including Let's Call the Whole Thing Gershwin at the Geffin Playhouse in Los Angeles
left to right:  Alex Myerchin (Bobby Strong) and Manda Lutsky (Hope)<br />
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left to right: Alex Myerchin (Bobby Strong) and Manda Lutsky (Hope)
Photo credit: Alan A. Call

left to right:  Helen Kim (Little Sally)and  Randy Ingram (Officer Lockstock) <br />
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left to right: Helen Kim (Little Sally)and Randy Ingram (Officer Lockstock)
Photo credit: Alan A. Call

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