Hot Summer Show
“A BREATHTAKING FEAT OF THEATER… wildly imaginative… A dizzying fusion of sound, lights, puppets, masks and music… the Pinocchio puppet is a spectacular creation.” —Los Angeles Times
May 18 – June 24, 2018
Previews: Wednesday May 16 at 8pm
Regular Run: Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 3pm and 7:30pm
Tickets: $45 - $65
$25 RUSH TICKETS EVERY NIGHT for
Students and Equity Members
RATED PG-13 for Mature Content.
Don't miss the immersive pre-show carnival experience starting 1-hour before the show!
Wood Boy Dog Fish
Written by Chelsea Sutton
with Rogue Artists Ensemble
Original Music by Adrien Prévost
Directed by Sean T. Cawelti
In this delightfully macabre take on The Adventures of Pinocchio, the cricket is killed, a blue poltergeist haunts us all, the legendary Dogfish monster preys on our greatest fears and a little wooden puppet struggles to discover what it means to be real.
The Wood Boy Dog Fish experience begins one hour before show time, just inside the gates of the Garry Marshall Theatre. Audiences are immersed in the mysterious and quirky carnival world with games, food, drink and surprises before they even find their seats.
Wood Boy Dog Fish is a visual feast that combines masks, highly expressive physical performance, dance, interactive sets, multiple puppetry traditions, projected media and sophisticated special effects and illusions — including 3D enhancement — to transport audiences inside an old carnival ride.
The powerhouse ensemble cast features Tyler Bremer as Cat, Lisa Dring as Wick, Tane Kawasaki as Blue, Amir Levi as Fox, Rudy Martinez as the titular Wood Boy, Ben Messmer as Geppetto, Sarah Kay Peters as a puppeteer, Keiana Richàrd as the Fire Eater, Mark Royston as a puppeteer, Miles Taber as the MC of Funland, and Paul Turbiak as the terrible Dogfish and the Cricket.
The creative team includes scenic designers Francois-Pierre Couture and Matt G. Hill, costume designer Lori Meeker, sound designer Steve Swift, lighting designer Joey Guthman, video designer Dallas Nichols, hair and makeup designers Joceyln Pazos and Erica Romero, prop designers Jason Anderson and Victoria Pamlenyi, choreographer Nate Hodges, and puppet and mask designers Greg Ballora, Sean T. Cawelti, Christine Papalexis, Jack Pullman, Morgan Rebane and Brian White.
Reviews from the 2015 Production:
“This darkly macabre adult retelling of the legend of Pinocchio is so visually dazzling and so filled with ingenious, spectacularly colorful marvels that the originality conjured by this company is alone worth the price of admission … Wood Boy Dog Fish is wondrous in so many ways.”
“AN UNPARALLELED THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE… unlike anything I have ever seen…astonishingly ambitious… The climactic scene that takes place in a carnival ride is 3D enhanced, creating yet another thrilling dimension to an already extraordinary effort” —Paul Myrvold’s Theatre Notes
“A RAW EDGY EXPERIENCE...In sharing this century-old tale, Rogue Artists Ensemble reminds us what theater can be when unconventional minds unite.” —Gia On The Move