Pegasus Theater Company presents Don Juan in Chicago, written by David Ives and directed by Alexis Evon Christenson. The show opens February 12 and runs through February 28 at the Graton Community Club, 8996 Graton Road in downtown Graton.
Don Juan in Chicago is a hilarious farce -- a mash-up of myths and legends about the womanizing Don Juan and Faustian bargains, written in David Ives' trademark brilliant wordplay (warning: there are some rhyming couplets in this play).
When the play opens in 1599 in Seville, 30-year old, still virginal Don Juan sells his soul to the devil for immortal life so he can quench his thirst, not for sex, but for learning everything there is to know and the meaning of life to boot. But the devil insists on a deal point: Don Juan must bed a different woman by midnight every day of his never-ending life. Oh, and Don Juan adds the soul of his servant Leporello to the bargain, just so things can be kept tidy.
We then fast forward 400 years and 146,000 women later and find Don Juan (now known as Don Johnson) on the South Side of Chicago with his trusty servant (now called Lefty). Our anti-hero is exhausted by the daily seductions. Even worse, he's fallen in love and the devil is sensing victory. Will Don Juan/Johnson be saved from the fiery pits of hell? Come to the show and find out!
Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 8 p.m., and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. General admission is $18; except tickets for the matinee on Sunday, February 14, which is a Valentine's Day Chocolate Gala with complimentary confections by Noel's Cakes, cost $25; and Friday, February 19, is pay-what-you-can (pay-what-you-can performance tickets are available on a walk-in basis only).
This play contains mature themes and strong language.
THANKS TO OUR UNDERWRITERS
We are grateful to Hans Bruhner of Pinnacle Capital Mortgage in Sebastopol and Sharon Hawthorne of ASK Realty in Graton for stepping up to help underwrite Pegasus Theater Company's 2016 season opener, Don Juan In Chicago.
Both Hans and Sharon live and work in west Sonoma County communities that Pegasus serves. Both know that a vibrant local theater company indirectly supports a community's real estate values.
Hans pitching in to help Pegasus financially is a reminder that his has long been a trusted name in mortgage services to west Sonoma County borrowers. Hans and his wife Lori live in Guerneville where both are active members of the Russian River Rotary Club.
For years River-area playgoers have known Sharon as an actor and director. Since her home office is in Graton, she can walk to the Graton Community Club where Don Juan plays February 12 through 28. Before Pegasus shows Sharon enjoys having dinner with friends at one of Graton's fine restaurants.
Thanks again, Sharon and Hans.
Scott Kersnar President of the Board Pegasus Theater Company
THE GOOD BODY
Theater creatives love to do the kinds of plays that dig deep and challenge, that are edgy, new and different. Audiences don't always flock to those kinds of productions. Our series of 4 staged readings this season in intimate venues is an opportunity for Pegasus and like-minded audiences to enjoy the offbeat and provocative.
Our first staged reading, Eve Ensler's The Good Body, takes place March 6 at 6 p.m. at the Blue Door Gallery, 16359 Main St. in downtown Guerneville.
Women everywhere are always battling with their bodies, wanting to fix them, enhance them, or make a part of them smaller or larger, in their quest for the perfect body. The Good Body is an eye-opening and amusing exploration of what women do for the ideal body and why, despite their insecurities, all women live in the good body.