Puerto Vallarta’s Act II Stages Announced 2014-2015 Season Lineup

The season officially opened with the return of funny man and playwright, DEL SHORES, on October 1st, and the INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE of Del Shores’ newest AWARD WINNING movie, SOUTHERN BAPTIST SISSIES at ACT II Main Stage Theater November 1st at 7:00 p.m. V.I.P. seating is available as well as a cost-saving ticket package!

ASSORTED FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

November 6th is OPENING NIGHT of the spitfire comedy written and directed by Vallarta resident Ron Spencer, who has recently retired from his position of Founding Artistic Director at Theatre On The Square in Indianapolis. ASSORTED FRUITS AND VEGETABLES takes place in the first Midwestern United States all-gay retirement community where one man’s irreverent attitude and turbo-charged sex drive wreaks havoc when fueled by a handsome, young Latino caregiver. A love story like nothing you’ve ever seen! AFV will be running Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays Nov 6th – Nov 22 at 8:00 p.m.

LOVE LETTERS

starring world renowned actors Linda Purl and Gregory Harrison will be performed for two shows only; Dec 5th and 6th. Gregory Harrison actor and producer, is best known for his roles on Trapper John, M.D.(1979), Los Colmillos del Infierno (1984) and Au Pair (1999 and countless other television shows and movies. Linda Purl is known to audiences as Ashley Pfister, Fonzie’s fiancée on Happy Days, Charlene Matlock, Andy Griffith’s daughter on Matlock and more recently from recurring roles opposite Gregory Harrison on Reckless, also True Blood, The Office as Helene Beasley and the Golden Globe Award winning series Homeland, as Elizabeth Gaines. She has starred in over 45 made-for-TV movies. Broadway credits include Tony nominated The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Getting and Spending; and she has performed at such theatres as Long Wharf, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Old Globe, Mark Taper Forum, Santa Fe Opera, Cleveland Playhouse, Berkeley Rep, Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Princess Grace Theatre in Monaco, Imperial Theatre, Tokyo, Japan. Tickets now on sale at www.vallartatickets.com

THE PVMC CHRISTMAS CONCERT

The much-loved PVMC (Puerto Vallarta Men’s Chorus) Returns to the Main Stagefor their all new Christmas Concert under the new direction of MaestroAlfonso Lopez. Act II Entertainment is very excited to welcome them back to the Main Stage! Performance dates to be Dec 4th, 12th and 13th.

FOREVER PLAID

Opens for 2 performances only Dec 19th, and20th. Under the direction of Alfonso Lopez, audiences will enjoy the story about 4 singers from Puerto Vallarta on their way to their very first paid job performing at the wrap party of NIGHTO F THE IGUANA starring Richard Burton in 1964. Before they arrive a bus full of nuns, on their way to the Lady Of Guadalupe Church for a vigil, runs them off the highwayand plunges them to their death. 50 years later, on the anniversary of the movie, they are brought back from heaven to perform their show one time in front of a living audience. Starring local performers, Elvis Martinez, Alfonso Lopez, Alfredo Mendoza and Alberto Montalvo Zodek . Forever Plaid is produced by Act II Entertainment.

THE VOICE OF VALLARTA SEASON 2

Returns soon to the Main Stage! Once again the highest attended show in Vallarta history is looking for the best singer in the Bay of Banderas. Auditions will be open to the public Oct 11th, 18th and 25th at 2:00 pm at the Main Stage at Act II STAGES. The Golden Ticket call back show will be held on Sunday November 16th.The competition’s SEASON OPENER will be on December 7th at 8:00 p.m., hosted once again by Juan Pablo Hernandez who turns SPANGLISH into an art form!

This year’s judges are:
PVMC Choral director, Alfonso Lopez and returning to the table, Kharla Barragan,Carlos Santana, and Elizabeth Ensor. The Voice of Vallarta will run every Sunday till the big closing night March 29th. A Voice of Vallarta Pass is now available at www.vallartatickets.com. This pass will get you into all auditions, seats in the first three rows, one cocktail per show and seats for the big closing night. Check it out!

JESUS CHRIST SUPER STAR

Opens for a limited run in December. Starring Adriana Quinto; producer, director, and star of last year’s smash hit FRIDA will tell this story as only she can. With a nod to the style in which Frida was produced; Adriana and Danny Mininni will produce this production, under the umbrella of Act II Entertainment, in a unique way that promises a treat for audiences. With live musicians and singers, Adriana and her dancers interpret this epic story through dance. Set to open December 2, 2014. Please see website for all show details.

SantaLand Diaries

is an essay by David Sedaris. It is a humorous account of Sedaris’ stint working as a Christmas elf in “SantaLand” at Macy’s department store. This critically acclaimed show,starring Jamie Morris, has performed all over the United States, and now makes its International Debut at Act II STAGES. Santa Land performance dates are: Dec 16, 17, 18, 22, 23 and 24th at 8:00 pm in the Main Stage. Edge Miami writes: “There is something delicious about watching a performer who absolutely loves what he is doing. Relishing every word down to the last crumb, actorJamie Morris conspicuously consumes Davis Sedaris’ script, The SantaLand Diaries bite by bite and moment by moment. Each adventure he recounts about the nightmare of being an elf at Macy’s, ushering families through Santa land on the way to see the great man, is funnier than the next.

This is a Christmas feast to rival the spread Ebenezer Scrooge brought to Tiny Tim’s family on Christmas day. It will leave you begging “Please sir, I want some more.”

THE MUSICAL COMEDY MURDERS OF 1940

Ringing in the New Year on Jan 2! A hilarious “whodunnit;” the name says it all. Music, comedy, and murder. THE MUSICAL COMEDY MURDERS OF 1940 is set in the mansion library of Elsa von Grossenkneuten in Chappaqua NY in 1940. She has invited the crew of a musical that had a series of murders associated with it to her home to consider a new show which she will produce. This is actually a ruse to reopen the cold case of the Stage Door Slasher. To tell you any more would spoil the fun. This Murder Mystery is a nonstop ride of laughs and mystery, directed by Danny Mininni. This is Danny´s second time in the director’s chair for this show. In 1990 his California production was honored by winning the L.A. TIMES Best Pick of the Week with extended runs and sold out shows. MCM of 1940 will be staring many of Vallarta´s favorites. Act II Founding member Elizabeth Ensor, Mary Amelotte, Anthony St Martin, Roger Uscila, Stephanie Wright watts, Adam Bishop, Salvador Ruiz, Cherry De Lorenzo, Heidi Pitts and Hal Bonta. Show dates are Jan 2, 3 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16,17

The Golden Girls

Staring four of San Francisco’s top drag luminaries; Heklina (Dorothy), Cookie Dough (Sophia), Matthew Martin (Blanche) and Turleen (Rose).The mise-en-scène is reasonably straightforward. Take four talented drag performers, cast them in two classic episodes of the ground-breaking and uproarious TV show: THE GOLDEN GIRLS, and hilarity will ensue.

The Golden Girls started performances in San Francisco in 2006 in the front parlor of a Victorian Mansion in the Western Addition of the City by the Bay. The shows quickly became more and more popular with the shows being performed twice annually – for a month every June and for a month each December. As The Golden Girls became more popular, they moved to sold out-runs at ever larger venues. In 2011 the show moved to the 500 seat Victoria Theatre where it now plays every December, for smash runs of its Christmas Episodes. In 2013 all 12 shows sold out! They’ve toured with the shows from New Orleans to the Russian River, and now look forward to their Puerto Vallarta debut!

The Golden Girls will play 8 shows only, January 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30 and 31 at 8pm
January 25 at 3pm
Youtube clips: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JH0pd3q6pNU

EQUUS

After last season’s smash hit comedy Desperate Princesses,Perro Bravo Productions bring for the first time to the Puerto Vallarta stage Equus, a play by Peter Shaffer. EQUUS tells the story of a psychiatrist who attempts to treat a young man who has a pathological, religious fascination with horses. An explosive play that took critics and audiences by storm; Equus is Peter Shaffer’s exploration of the way modern society has destroyed our ability to feel passion. Alan Strang is a disturbed youth whose dangerous obsession with horses leads him to commit an unspeakable act of violence. As psychiatrist Martin Dysart struggles to understand the motivation for Alan’s brutality, he is increasingly drawn into Alan’s web and eventually forced to question his own sanity. Equus is a timeless classic and a cornerstone of contemporary drama that delves into the darkest recesses of human existence. Starring award winning actors, Ron Spencer, César Bravo, Anthony St. Martin, and featuring Stephanie Watts Wright, Ana Cecilia EspinosaMartinez, Juan Pablo Hernandez, Samantha Dueñas, Linda St. Martin, Michael James Murray, José de Jésus Santiago Salcedo, Gustavo Contreras, Alejandro Lamas Bogarin, Max Albertos and Salvador Mascareñas Ruiz. Equus will be directed by Alain Perreault, and plays from February 4th until February 21ston Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm. There will be a Saturday matinee on February 14th at 3:00pm.

THE OLDEST PROFESSION

In Paula Vogel’s ‘The Oldest Profession’ it’s always ladies’ night
Directed by Danny Mininni

“No one calls me granny!” announces Mae, stomping triumphantly back onstage in her sensible shoes after knocking out a taunting streetwalker who’s honing in on her territory.

Mae is the elderly madam of a whorehouse for aging prostitutes, who cheer her on from a park bench where they gather regularly during their breaks.

In Paula Vogel’s “The Oldest Profession” , we watch this squabbling sisterhood, who’ve worked together for 50 years, weather the storm of economic and political changes in the country (beginning on the eve of Ronald Reagan’s election) over the course of presumably many years.

The ladies of the night arrived in New York years ago from New Orleans to set up shop: bossy, practical-minded Ursula; earthy Edna and her best friend, the sweetly naive and nattering Vera; flamboyant Lillian; and Mae, whose mind is starting to wander (“I’m just sayin’, old vessels leak,” mutters Ursula, who’s eager to take over operations).

Vogel follows the group’s fortunes as the economy rises and falls, putting political commentary in their mouths that sometimes feels forced.

More satisfying, and at times quite poignant, is the interplay among the women as they navigate their way through a career that parallels the trajectory of just about any labor job in America, minus the taxes and the social security. Their clients are aging and dying, just as they themselves are.

A little bit “Golden Girls,” a smidgen of over-the-hill “Sex and the City,” with a dollop of political asides tossed in, this is a charming, airy audience-pleaser — not realistic, just downright, irresistible fun. The Oldest Profession will be staring Patti Hirsch, Pat Carney, Cherry De Lorenzo, Teri Hogan and sharing a role Sandi Beddis and Vicky Steuteville.

The Oldest Profession will be in the Main Stage theater on March 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28 April 2, 3, 4 at 8:00 PM


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