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CURTAIN 5 has three productions scheduled for the remainder of the 2017 Season, as well as a hopeful encore.


HOLD THIS STONE, by Nikiko Masumoto and Brynn Saito, is directed by Nikiko Masumoto, and performed by the writers. Performance dates are November 9-10 @7:30 pm at Fresno Soap Co Stage. HOLD THIS STONE is an original performance art drama with poetry and dialogue. It’s a showcase in which our actors, both fourth generation Japanese Americans, re-imagine their family histories through the words of Japanese American men, women and children interred in U.S. concentration camps during WW!!. A major percentage of the ticket sales will benefit the Yonsei Memory Project supported by a grant from the Fresno Arts Council. I saw Nikiko’s solo performance piece last year at Fresno State University, and I encouraged her to expand on a new work to be produced by CURTAIN 5. She agreed.

An intimate musical tribute to renowned Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, VIVA FRIDA!, is written, directed and performed by Albee Sanchez and two talented vocalists, will be presented at Arte Americas November 17 @8:00 pm, and on November 18 and 19 @2:00 and 7:00 pm. A portion of the ticket sales will benefit Arte Americas. The tribute is an original concept and work by Albee Sanchez, who is also a very talented actor and vocalist.

JUST A BOOK CLUB, a new drama, by Fresno Pacific University student, Jesse Parr, will be directed by Marciella Puckett, and will be a CURTAIN 5 TheatreGROUP-Fresno Soap Co. Stage co-production. Performances are December 1-2 and 8-9 @7:30 pm, and December 3 and 10 @2:00 pm at Fresno Soap Co. Stage. Jesse’s first drama, FIRST TRY, opened the 2017 Season and played to capacity audiences.

Under consideration is an encore of four performances in December or early January of our sold out run August 11 through 13 of SHAKESPEARE’S R&J, an adaptation of Romeo and Juliet by Joe Calarco, directed by Fresno State University Theatre Arts Professor, J. Daniel Herring. The intimate production features four young actors who play students at a restrictive Catholic Boys School. The boys become enraptured with the play and enact it in secrecy.

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