Closing Weekend of “Old Explorers”

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A Comedy by James Cada and Mark Keller with Stephen Wellman and Robert Rossman

THURSDAY, March 10 AT 7 p.m.
FRIDAY, March 11 AT 8 p.m.
SATURDAY, March 12 AT 8 p.m.
SUNDAY, March 13 AT 2 p.m.

This Just In…

“Old Explorers is a Winner!”

Reprinted from The Union, March 10, 2011

“Wonderful acting and wildly funny imaginary adventures are what I found upon attending the comedy “Old Explorers,” making its West Coast premiere with Sierra Stages. Watching the actors ride “camels” in and of itself is reason enough to go!

The journey begins in the apartment of retired JC Penney accountant Leinen Kugel. A knock on the door brings fellow widower Warner Watney and … whoosh, you’re off on the first of many exciting adventures. With the help of their worldly explorer alter egos, Heinrich Schliemann and Henry Stanley, these two old friends would rather conjure up grand expeditions in search of the Fountain of Youth or the Lost City of Atlantis than just sit in the park and play “old man.”

Written by Minnesotans James Cada and Mark Keller in 1978, “Old Explorers” is their way to protest the notion that there’s no place for the elderly in America. They felt that the combination of the two old explorers and how they dealt with aging and death would challenge today’s generation.

Stephen Wellman as Leinen/Schliemann and Bob Rossman as Warner/Stanley turn in stellar performances. Their superb acting and comedic timing combine to bring out every little nuance in their characters. I was particularly struck by the ease in which they both switched back and forth between their characters and their characters’ alter egos, accents and all.

Co-directed by Rossman and Wellman, they’ve come up with a fast paced and fun production. Rossman’s set design is simple yet incredibly effective in suggesting the “explorer” theme. Exotic fabrics draped here and there, a world globe, a few bar stools, and an old wooden chest adorn the stage. Add in lighting by Rod Lewis and sound effects run by stage manager Carly Wellman and you have a stage set for exploration.

The Off Center Stage lends itself perfectly to this production. The intimate little theatre draws the audience right into the action. You can see and hear the smallest inflections in voice and mannerisms the actors have chosen to bring these characters to life. As one theatre patron put it, “You felt just like you were living it with them.”

“Old Explorers” is a wonderful way to get your daily dose of laughter, with a few touching and poignant moments thrown in. Don’t miss this terrific little show!”


Off Center Stage
315 Richardson Street, Grass Valley
(behind The Center for the Arts)

Also available at BriarPatch and The Book Seller and at the door


Enjoy a holiday show in Nevada City

TinyTim“Tiny Tim’s Christmas” shows at the beautiful historic Nevada Theatre in downtown Nevada City from November 26th through December 26th.

This whimsical twist on the classic Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” finds Tiny Tim, all grown up, living in New York City. Tim owns a toyshop, his life long dream, but has become much of a Scrooge himself. The spirit of someone near and dear to him comes to him on Christmas Eve. Will Tim see the error his cold ways before it’s too late for love and joy?

“Tiny Tim’s Christmas” is a family show and features a large cast, fabulous set, and plenty of holiday music and dance. The Nevada Theatre is located at 401 Broad Street in Nevada City. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door, and are also available at the Bookseller and Briar Patch in Grass Valley, Harmony Books in Nevada City, or by calling (530) 268 5419. For more information, see

Local Nutcracker production this weekend

grass-valley-nutcracker-snowflakes-2010The local production of The Nutcracker is happening this weekend at the Don Baggett Theatre at Nevada Union High School. This Christmastime classic is presented by Center Stage Dance Studio. Performances are Friday, December 3rd at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, December 4th at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m., and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. General seating tickets are $17 for adults and $15 for children and seniors. Please see for more information.

“To Kill a Mockingbird” at the Nevada Theatre

MockingBirdStarting this Friday, October 9th, through November 7th, LeGacy Productions presents Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” at the Nevada Theatre. 50 years since it was published, Nevada County’s finest actors will bring this Pulitzer Prize winning novel to the stage. Tim O Connor directs this story of civil rights and racism during the 1930s.Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door, available at the BriarPatch and the Bookseller in Grass Valley, Harmony Books in Nevada City, online at or call (530) 268 5419.

The 10th Annual Nevada City Film Festival is Coming!

FilmFestAugust 19-22nd the Nevada City Film Festival presented by AJA Video will celebrate their 10-year anniversary with four days of film screenings, filmmaking panel discussions and parties. Each year thousands of film buffs and filmmakers travel from around the world to gather for one long fun-filled weekend in Nevada City and Grass Valley to enjoy the best in independent filmmaking. This year over 40 short films and a handful of feature lengths showcasing filmmaking’s rising talent as well as established directors will be screened in three locations including the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley and the Miners Foundry Cultural Center and Nevada Theatre in Nevada City.

This year’s festival special guests are comedians Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim of the cult television show Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job. Together they will be presenting a special screening of shorts and music videos from the show. The Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! is a sketch comedy television series on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim that has featured a variety of actors and comedians such as John C. Reilly, Neil Hamburger, “Weird Al” Yankovich, David Cross, Zach Galifianakis, Will Forte, and Jeff Goldblumm among others. The popular Nevada City Film Festival Comedy Show also returns with Heidecker headlining. The festival favorite sold out last year and features six comedians.

Go to for more information on tickets, venues and a full program guide of this year’s selected films.