Thursday, February 7, 2013

'Von Bach' comedy in South Pasadena Feb. 16

“Von Bach.” A comedy.

WHO: Written by Owen Hammer. Directed and produced by Scott Rognlien. Presented by The Next Arena and California Performing Arts Center.

WHERE: Fremont Centre Theatre, 1000 Fremont Ave. (at El Centro), South Pasadena, CA 91030. Ample free parking behind theatre.

WHEN: February 16- March 10, 2013. Sat. at 8:00, Sun. at 3:00. 
$10 Previews February 14 and 15 at 8pm

ADMISSION: $25. Students and seniors $20. Except Gala Opening on Saturday, February 16, when all seats will be $34.99 (includes Champagne reception).

RESERVATIONS: (866) 811-4111 (toll-free).


     Frankenstein’s monster? A pussycat. The Wolf Man? Just a lapdog. Dracula? Has no bite. The most terrifying being to return undead to walk among the living is the one, the only “Von Bach!”

            Baron Heinrich Von Bach was the nineteenth century scientific genius resurrected from the dead after he sought answers to the mysteries of death and the secrets of immortality. At least that’s the story Hollywood told when they got ahold of the gothic romance novel written by Elsa Jaeger.

            Decade after decade, new films based on the bloody life and undeath of Von Bach keep churning out, until the present day, when screenwriter Minna McPheeters sets out to make the true story of Von Bach, one of love and loss, on film with Worldwide Studios.

            Suddenly, in the middle of production, the real Von Bach returns once more from the dead and, suffice it to say, he is not happy. Will any of the cast and crew survive?

This Valentines Day, Love won’t die, and neither will….VON BACH!

            The cast includes Jonathan Howard, Maia Peters, JR Reed, Summer Stevens, Matt Taylor, and David Wilcox.

            Owen Hammer is the playwright. He’s written many one-act plays for The Next Arena and also has a thriving career as a visual effects artist on such films as “Quantum of Solace,” “Superman Returns,” “Shoot ‘Em Up,” and “Piranha” (2010), and many more.

            Scott Rognlien directs. A graduate of Northwestern University’s Performance Studies program, he is the Artistic and Managing Director of The Next Arena. With TNA, he directed “No Exit,” “We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay!,” and “The Angry Guy in the Pink Hat,” and adapted for the stage Nabokov’s “Invitation to a Beheading.” He has also directed shows in Chicago, Oregon and England.

             Sound design: Matt Richter. Set design: Kurtis Bedford. Lighting design: Kate Leahy.  Filmed segment directors: Rognlien, Hammer, and Craig Kuehne.

            The show is a co-production of The Next Arena and the California Performing Arts Center. The venue, Fremont Centre Theatre, was once a funeral home, making this an appropriate choice for this entertainment.

            Don’t be scared. It’s only a comedy. You’ll die laughing!


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