SAN DIEGO – Nov. 7, 2012 – For the first time in seven years, San Diego REPertory Theatre presents a holiday play, “The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged),” written and directed by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor, and starring the Three Wise Guys of the Reduced Shakespeare Company (RSC) Michael Faulkner, Nick Orfe and Dustin Sullivan. Audiences will experience holiday hijinks when previews begin Wednesday, Dec. 5 on the Lyceum Stage. Opening night is Friday, Dec. 7, and performances run through Dec. 23, 2012.
“We are big fans of the RSC’s brand of irreverent but loving versions of our sacred holiday rituals,” says Sam Woodhouse, artistic director, San Diego REP. “Prepare for some laughs, singing, dancing and a good time as guests enter St. Everybody’s Non-Denominational Universalist Church, participate in the annual Multicultural Interfaith Holiday Variety Show as well as their Christmas Pageant.”
Guests will leave singing the Ultimate Reduced Christmas Carol, knowing how Santa saved Christmas, and learn quirky and eccentric facts about the history of favorite Christmas traditions. The audience gets to celebrate all the winter holidays in one entertaining sitting including Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Saturnalia, so regardless of religious preferences, no one’s holidays memories are safe from skewering.
ABOUT THE CAST
Michael Faulkner has, with the RSC, toured the globe (the real one, not the Old one), contributed material to “All The Great Books (abridged),” and appeared on NPR and “Jeopardy!” A graduate of Second City Los Angeles, he holds a BA in theater from UC Santa Cruz and is working his way through Shakespeare’s clowns, playing “Elbow” at A Noise Within, Hortensio and Launcelot Gobbo at Kingsmen Shakespeare, and winning a Best Shakespeare Performance 2012 award from stagescenela.com for his “Malvolio” at La Cañada Flintridge Shakespeare Festival. He’s performed on stages and festivals across the United States, including Shakespeare Santa Cruz (8 seasons), Kennedy Center, Cincinnati Playhouse, Pittsburgh Public Theater, ACT (Seattle), San Diego Rep, San Jose Rep, Merri-mack Rep, Alabama Shakespeare, South Coast Rep. Faulkner has also appeared on “The Tonight Show,” “Angel,” “Strong Medicine,” and “Two Guys and a Girl.” He can currently be seen air-drumming to Rush in a Volkswagon Passat commercial.
Mick Orfe joined the RSC in 2006, and has performed all seven of their currently touring productions in such exotic locales as Holland, Belgium, Barbados, Alaska, Hong Kong, Singapore and South Orange, New Jersey, among many others. His television credits include: “Cold Case,” “Threat Matrix,” “Strong Medicine,” “One Life to Live,” USA Network’s “Up All Night,” “Mad TV,” and recently, “The Onion News Network.” His regional theater credits include: “Blue Jacket” (Dayton Daily News, Best Supporting Actor), “Romeo and Juliet,” “Henry V,” “Honky Tonk Highway,” “The Foreigner,” and the National Tour of the Obie Award-Winning “Freedom Train.” He went to NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and also studied Sketch and Improv with The Groundlings and Second City in Los Angeles. Orfe also has to his credit 150 Grateful Dead Shows, 13 Poker Tournament Final Tables, six musical instruments, a sweet jump-shot, two great kids, one hot wife, and a partridge in a pear tree.
Dustin Sullivan has toured with the RSC all over the United States and Ireland. He has performed in London’s West End and was in the national tour of “Little House on the Prairie: The Musical,” starring Melissa Gilbert. Also a playwright and lyricist, Sullivan is currently a member of the Advanced BMI Musical Theatre Workshop, where he met the composer Jonathan Reid Gealt. Together, the pair is collaborating on a musical adaptation of the novel “Dust and Shadow,” which tells the tale of Sherlock Holmes as he investigates the murders of Jack the Ripper.
Tickets are now on sale for “The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged).” San Diego REP’s box office is open Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. on non-performance days and noon until curtain on performance days. Groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets at a discounted rate. Four hours of free parking at Horton Plaza is available for patrons who validate at the Lyceum Theatre. For more information, please visit www.sdrep.org.
About San Diego REPertory Theatre
San Diego REPertory Theatre (San Diego REP) produces intimate, exotic, provocative theatre. We promote a more inclusive community through vivid works that nourish progressive political and social values and celebrate the multiple voices of our region. Founded in 1976, San Diego REPertory Theatre is downtown San Diego’s resident theatre, promoting a more inclusive community through work that nourishes progressive political and social values. The company produces and hosts over 300 events and performances year-round its three stages at the Lyceum Theatre. Since moving to the Lyceum, the REP has produced 39 mainstage productions by Latino playwrights, and more than 40 world premieres. The company has received more than 200 awards for artistic excellence from the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle, Patté Theatre Awards, NAACP, Backstage West, Dramalogue, and StageSceneLA. In 2005, the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle presented the REP with the Craig Noel Award “For 30 Years of Artistic Dedication to Downtown and Diversity.”
San Diego REPertory Theatre feeds the curious soul. To learn more about San Diego REPertory Theatre, to purchase tickets, or make a donation, visit www.sdrep.org. Join us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/sandiegorep) and follow us on Twitter (@SanDiegoREP).
About the Reduced Shakespeare Company
The Reduced Shakespeare Company is a three-man comedy troupe that takes long, serious subjects and reduces them to short, sharp comedies. The “Bad Boys of Abridgement” have created seven stage shows, two television specials, several failed TV pilots, and numerous radio pieces – all of which have been performed, seen, and heard the world over.
Since 1981, the company has delighted audiences throughout North America and England with their reduced versions of “The Complete Works of Shakespeare,” the Bible, “All the Great Books,” “The History of America,” and even the “World of Sports.” Learn more at www.reducedshakespeare.com.
Calendar Listing for “The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged)”
Dec. 5 to Dec. 23, 2012
Performances are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. (except preview Sunday). Performances also are scheduled on selected Saturdays at 2 p.m. and selected Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Please visit www.sdrep.org for specific days and times.
The Lyceum Stage
San Diego REPertory Theatre
79 Horton Plaza
San Diego, Calif. 92101-6144
Tickets: $33 to $52 / Students $18