Chad Jones and Theatre Dogs on “Holy Crime” from Campo Santo and A.C.T.
Spitting out her lyrics with punk defiance in a seductively soft voice, Golda Sargento - of the indie group Golda + the Guns - helps encapsulate the old-rock-versus-new-rock showdown that brings “Holy Crime” to a fairly vibrant climax in the new Campo Santo-American Conservatory Theater collaboration that opened Friday at ACT’s Costume Shop. Subtitled “Rock ‘n’ Roll and Sam Shepard,” “Holy Crime” is a mashup of excerpts from “Tooth” and “Holy Ghostly,” two of his early ’70s “rock era” plays, with music by Shepherd and Sargento, working with accompanists Rachel Lastimosa (the bandleader) and Steve Boss. If not as satisfying dramatically as a full staging of “Tooth” can be, it’s a fitting nod to Shepard’s trademark restless experimental side, presented as part of the Magic Theatre’s ongoing “Sheparding America” celebration. Gaunt, countrified Myers Clark sets the tone of old-school blues-rock with undertones of paranoia as the aged Pop facing off against fatal spirits and his urbanized son Ice (a magnetic Ryan Williams French) in the opening “Ghostly” segments. Shepherd effortlessly anchors the more substantial “Tooth” scenes, playing the perhaps over-the-hill Hoss with the pride and fragile self-confidence of a top-gun rocker.
Thank you to Chad Jones for the inclusion of two of our most special projects on this list: “The River” by Richard Montoya and Luis Alfaro’s “Alleluia, The Road”.
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"As with every Campo Santo production, you are guaranteed intelligence and emotion and powerful writing and incredible performances."
- Chad Jones, Theater Dogs
CAMPO SANTO and AMERICAN CONSERVATORY THEATRE
Holy Crime: Rock N Roll and Sam Shepard
January 09 through January 19| 8PM | THU-SUN | $25
TWO WEEKS ONLY- SPECIAL LIMITED SEATING NIGHTLY
As part of the Magic Theatre’s Sheparding America- the several years’ long celebration of the legend Sam Shepard, these two companies are creating a special performance bringing out the musical heart of Shepard’s works.
This new piece Holy Crime: Rock N Roll and Sam Shepard is an evening length piece that brings a live music concert experience using writing from some of Shepard’s earlier “rock and roll” era works: Holy Ghostly and The Tooth of Crime. Campo Santo and American Conservatory Theatre, led by this project’s Co-Directors Sean San Joseand Mark Rucker, have developed an evening that merges the texts and aesthetics of both original pieces and their own styles to create a piece responding to the the spirit of these early pieces- and done with all live music- throughout.
Seats will fill up- these shows are for only 50 people a night- and for two weeks only! Don’t miss your opportunity to experience this front row live music and theatre battle!
Continuing our explorations of redefining performance spaces- we are presenting this for only 50 people a show, for two weeks only- our own version of an in house concert residency. After going on a journey for Luis Alfaro’s “Alleluia, The Road” we hope you will want to travel more with us in an intimate theatre experience. In the past we have used our new play focus to populate iconic landscapes with our own aesthetic and communities- like with “Hamlet: Blood in the Brain” with Naomi Iizuka and California Shakepseare Theater. We hope you will join us as we play and populate in the Sam Shepard world and enjoy some hot music theatre in the process with collaborators coming together from Campo Santo, A.C.T.’s MFA program, Felonious, Dirty Boots, Golda and the Guns, Makossa West, the Mime Troupe, Mugwumpin- featuring: Juan Amador, Steve Boss, Myers Clark, Ryan Williams French, Lisa Hori-Garcia, Florentino Gonzales, Rachel Lastimosa, Golda Sargento, Tommy Shepherd, Sango Tajima, Isiah Thompson and Alejandro Acosta, Nicole Lucero, Ashely Rogers, and Ashley Smiley.
New Campo Santo project working with A.C.T.
"Holy Crime: Rock N Roll and Sam Shepard"
bringing a new live music concert experience to Sam Shepard’s words!
peep this cool new Latino play list.. very interesting..
Interview and Radio Theatre Performances from Campo Santo performers Dwayne Calizo, Catherine Castellanos, and Brian Rivera from selections of Luis…
"current show “Alleluia, The Road” by Luis Alfaro.. extends!"
Intersection for the Art
Very cool radio piece on “Califas” festival from Intersection for the Arts and California Shakespeare Theater with Luis Alfaro’s “Alleluia, The Road” play for Campo Santo- great @Crosscurrents radio piece on KALW with the manita @Rebeka Rodriguez from Intersection