Don’t Be Left Behind! Now through March 25 at the Nevada Theatre in Nevada City
Audiences are praising the Sierra Stages production of “End Days”, an irreverent but deeply felt comedy about science, religion, and family. Written by Deborah Zoe Laufer, “End Days” plays for six more performances through March 25 at the historic Nevada Theatre in Nevada City.
The reviewer from the Prospector called “End Days” an “auspicious start” to the Sierra Stages 2017 season, noting that “On opening night, the audience laughed loudly and often, as did I. So enjoy yourself, with humor and thoughtfulness.” Among the other comments received from audience members so far are the following:
• “Do not miss this delightful, funny, and deeply thoughtful play. If you’re interested in the meaning of life, in the collisions of Judaism and Christianity, in astrophysics (including the theories of Stephen Hawking), in Elvis, in 9/11, in kissing, in the Rapture, in wave vs particle theory, in hilariously dysfunctional families (this is a partial list), you will be utterly entertained and very moved. Directed with wit and energy by Robert Rossman, with spot-on costume design by Paulette Gilbert. Don’t miss this!”
• “Sierra Stages does it again. It is a brilliant script, with four main characters, each on its own character arc. In this age of polarization, the script manages deftly to take us from polarized positions on religion, to compassionate understanding and acceptance. And it does so with a laugh a minute. This production is well-cast, well-acted, and well directed. I encourage my Nevada County friends to give it a go. Auburn, Roseville, and Sacramento friends, it would be worth your drive, too. You may see me there, as I am thinking of going again, to catch more of the humor that I missed the first time. Oh, yeah, it would be fun to see the Jesus and Stephen Hawking.”
• “End Days” is an excellent production just launched by Sierra Stages with terrific cast and direction by Bob Rossman, solid designs and impressive tech, about a dysfunctional family in a dystopian world with competing agonies of despair, anger, denial, unrequited love and unreasonable faith in a surreal comedy stew with live hallucinations of improbable teachers and surprising redemption…all quite delightful. DO NOT MISS IT!”
• “You really can’t miss with a Goth teenager, an Elvis impersonator, a depressed Dad, a religiously fanatical Mom, a beatific Jesus, and Stephen Hawking all hanging out together. Kudos to Robert Rossman and his team for a truly unique theatrical evening!”
The Sierra Stages production of “End Days” is directed by Robert Rossman, with set design also by Robert Rossman, lighting design by Erin Beatie and Joshua Vrooman, and costume design by Paulette Sand-Gilbert. The cast includes Nevada County actors Brian Arnold, Cathy Callas, Max Freedman, Michele Nesbit, and T.E. Wolfe.
Performances of “End Days” are on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM, Sunday March 19 at 2 PM, and Thursday March 23 at 7 PM. General Admission tickets are $25. Reserved Seating is available for $35 (in advance), and is a great way to provide additional financial support for Sierra Stages. For tickets and information, visit www.SierraStages.org or call Sierra Stages at 530.346.3210.
For the 9th consecutive year, Sierra Stages offers an affordable Season Pass. Two Season Pass options are available: General Admission Pass ($65) or Reserved Seating Pass ($95). Season Pass holders may select any performance of each show in 2017: “End Days” (through March 25 at the Nevada Theatre), the hit musical “Chicago” (July 14- August 5 at the Nevada Theatre) and the contemporary intimate musical “Ordinary Days” (October 5-28 at the Off Center Stage in Grass Valley. Sierra Stages 2017 Season Passes may be purchased online at www.SierraStages.org or by calling Sierra Stages at 530-346-3210.
Sierra Stages is a nonprofit community theatre based in western Nevada County with a mission to provide quality productions that are affordable and accessible to everyone. Since it began eight years ago, Sierra Stages has presented 30 plays and musicals and has been recognized by the Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance with six Elly Awards and 58 Elly Award nominations. The annual Elly Awards honor outstanding achievements of community theatres and artists in the greater Sacramento area. Sierra Stages performs at various local venues, including the Nevada Theatre in Nevada City and the Off Center Stage in Grass Valley.