Oct. 19 -21 Only

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THREE TRUE TALES of Escape, Betrayal and Budget Plastic Surgery

Three condensed versions of three solo shows

Of Brenda Adelman, the San Diego Examiner writes, “Brenda, her family and the audience become a life’s lesson in forgiveness, love and acceptance.”

Chris Carpenter’s column, Curtain’s Up, in the Grunion Gazette writes, “This talented trio relates personal tales that skillfully manage to be both harrowing and hilarious, sometimes simultaneously. The full house responded enthusiastically to ‘Divas in Danger’ and it’s well worth checking out…Williams has a winning, personable storytelling style for sure!”

Divas doesn’t exactly describe the three actress/ authors that perform in this show. These women are gritty and candid—far from the spoiled image that the word “Diva” suggests.

“Chicks in a Fix” was also considered as a title. Although clever, it was too glib for Brenda Adelman’s true tale taken from her one-person show, “My Brooklyn Hamlet.” Her mother was shot and killed by her father and then her father quickly took a new bride, her aunt (her mother’s sister). Her life lesson was to forgive the unforgiveable.

The spirited and comedic actress/author Debra Ehrhardt knows “Jamaica Farewell” is more than a song. With the unwitting help of a CIA Agent, she risked her life escaping her home in Jamaica during a violent revolution, to fulfill her dream of becoming an American. . The Washington Post says, “Debra Ehrhardt possesses a rare ability to mesmerize.” Her show, was produced in L.A. at the Falcon Theatre by Rita Wilson, (Mrs. Tom Hanks).

On a less dramatic scale, although equally shocking, author/storyteller Mariana Williams delivers the comic relief with her true story. Lamenting, “It sucks to be vain and poor,” she describes undergoing budget plastic surgery—with a doctor practicing out of his suburban home in Park City, Utah.

Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m., www.auxdogtheatre.org 

or, call box office: 505-596-0607 Gen. Adm. $18

$15 for Industry, ATG/ALT, Seniors & Students

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The Scarlet Letter, adapted by Phyllis Nagy

The Aux Dog Theatre Nob Hill is excited to open its 2018/19 Season with the classic drama, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s THE SCARLET LETTER adapted by acclaimed contemporary playwright, Phyllis Nagy.

As current as the #MeToo Movement, Hawthorne's great  American Gothic romance comes to searing life in this daring and thought-provoking stage adaptation by Phyllis Nagy. THE SCARLET LETTER is a classic tale of love, sin, punishment, revenge and redemption set in the 17th century Puritan world of Boston, Massachusetts. However, this adaptation by Ms. Nagy has a distinctly contemporary sensibility and message for modern audiences.

"Nagy's reworking of the 1850 novel strips Hawthorne's language and streamlines his story. But the playwright's biggest twist is putting the impish love child center stage -- fully grown and narrating the events following her mother's imprisonment for adultery.”— The Washington Post

Opens Friday Sept. 7, 2018 and runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm in September through the 30th. Opening weekend only - 2 tickets for the price of 1. Widely regarded as America’s first great novel, this compelling story of Hester Prynne and her defiance of local custom is even more resonant in today’s reality of the “#MeToo” and “Times Up”movements.

This seven character story transports the audience back to the earliest days of Puritan Boston.  Crimes such as adultery were punished by measures which included: public shaming to whipping to death.  Most punishments were leveled against the women involved in the “crime".  Our heroine, Hester Prynne chooses to wear her punishment, a scarlet “A” proudly upon her chest at all times and also refuses to divulge the name of her illegitimate child’s father.  The story is complicated by the arrival of Hester’s husband, presumed dead.  The events are seen through the eyes of young Pearl, Hester's illegitimate daughter who is described as “a wild child.”  This modern adaptation challenges our perception of female morality and the punishments society still devises to control it.

This colorful adaptation is written by PHYLLIS NAGY who recently wrote the screenplay to the Academy Award nominated film, CAROL which was her second film with Number 9 Films and Killer Films. Their first collaboration was the HBO film, Mrs. Harris, written and directed by Nagy, which premiered at The Toronto International Film Festival and went on to garner 12 Emmy® nominations (including nominations for Nagy for her writing and directing), three Golden Globe® nominations and two Screen Actors Guild® award nominations. Ms. Nagy’s plays have been performed throughout the world and include: Weldon Rising, The Strip, and Never Land at the Royal Court Theatre, London; Butterfly Kiss, Almeida Theatre Company, London; Disappeared, premiered at the Haymarket Theatre, Leicester in 1995 in a production directed by the author which subsequently toured the UK before a London run at the Royal Court Theatre (Winner of a 1992 Mobil International Playwriting Prize, and a Writer’s Guild of Great Britain Award and a Susan Smith Blackburn prize); and Trip’s Cinch, Actors Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival. Nagy’s stage adaptations and translations include: Patricia Highsmith’s The Talented Mr. Ripley, Palace Theatre, Watford; Chekhov’s The Seagull, Chichester Festival Theatre; and Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, Classic Stage Company, New York and Chichester Festival Theatre.

Directed by Douglas Garland who directed Ibsen’s GHOSTS here at the Aux Dog. Mr. Garland has been directing and designing in professional and academic theatres from Boston to Jackson Hole, Wyoming for over 40 years. Favorite credits include Assistant to the Director on the original Broadway production of THE WHO’S TOMMY and directing and designing THE LEARNED LADIES at New York’s Westbeth Theatre Centre.

The Cast

The complete cast of THE SCARLET LETTER features CAITLIN KELLY (Hester Prynne); MARIO CABRERA (Governor Bellingham); ANNIE ELLIOTT (Pearl); RUBEN MUELLER (Master Brackett); STEPHEN FORREST (Arthur Dimmesdale); JUSTIN GOLDING (Roger Chillingworth); and JUDY HERRERA (Mistress Hibbins).

The show opens Sept. 7th, 2018 and runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm in September through the 30th. ALL SUNDAY PERFORMANCES ARE AT 2 P.M.