Cabaret has always been a subtly subversive form of musical theatre but it will be losing some of its reserved elegance as Joe Iconis (seen in photo above) and his merry band of of musical theater punks redefine the form. It promises to be an explosive night of high-octane showtunes. Quirky portraits of normal people, outcasts, vagabonds, suburbanites, weirdos, fat kids and porn stars are set to hummable music that pulses with the energy and excitement of a barroom brawl. Grab a drink, gather round the old piano and sing along to songs with a rock and roll spirit and an old fashioned heart.
This heretical outing is, of course, another naughty offering of the Barrington Stage Company’s Musical Theatre Lab under the direction of William Finn, Musical Theatre Lab Artistic Producer, Julianne Boyd, Artistic Director, and Tristan Willson, Managing Director.
When you let the younger creative geniuses free reign, of course, it ismore akin to trying to corral a house full of cats.
Hell Raisers: A Night of Songs by Joe Iconis will have only four performances – Thursday, August 11 at 8pm, Friday, August 12 at 8pm, and Saturday, August 13 at 8pm and 10pm at BSC Stage 2 (36 Linden Street, Pittsfield).
Directed by John Simpkins (Artistic Director of the Tri-Arts Playhouse in Sharon, CT), Hell Raisers features Molly Hager (NY/Regional: Fat Camp and Factory Girls), Jeremy Morse (Drama Desk nominee for Bloodsong of Love), Lance Rubin (BSC’s Songs in 2006 and 2007; Off-Broadway: Bloodsong of Love), and Jason ‘Sweet Tooth’ Williams (Off-Broadway: Bloodsong of Love). Joe Iconis is also the music director. Seth Eliser is drummer and guitarist. Dylan Uremovich is lighting designer. Allison Smartt is sound designer. Natasha Sinha is associate producer. Christopher Donovan is production stage manager.
Joe Iconis (music/lyrics, music director) is a writer and concert performer. He has been nominated for two Drama Desk Awards, a Lucille Lortel Award, and is the recipient of an Ed Kleban Award, a Jonathan Larson Award and a 1992 Stratford Elementary School Excellence in Music Certificate. He is the author of Bloodsong of Love (NAMT 23rd annual Festival of New Musicals, October 2011), The Black Suits (book co-written with Robert Maddock), ReWrite, Theaterworks USA’s The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks and We The People. The original cast recording of Things To Ruin, Joe’s theatrical rock concert, is available on Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight records. Joe is greatly inspired by Robert Altman, Dolly Parton, The Muppets and The Family of artists he frequently surrounds himself with. www.MrJoeIconis.com.
Molly Hager has many credits: NY/Regional: Fat Camp (Hanna Theatre, dir. Casey Hushion), Cloaked (dir. Terry Berliner), Only Children (dir. Emma Griffin), Factory Girls (NAMT).
Film: It’s Kind of A Funny Story, Mad City, Goodbye Lover. Television: “Young Hearts Unlimited.”
But wait,there’s more!
Jeremy Morse is making his BSC debut in Hell Raisers. Off-Bway: Bloodsong of Love (Lo Cocodrilo/Hick) – Drama Desk Nomination. North Carolina Theatre: Hello Dolly! (Barnaby). Gateway Playhouse: Spamalot (Patsy/Mayor/Guard 2), John W. Engeman: Damn Yankees (Rocky), My Fair Lady (Harry), upcoming Camelot (Mordred). Ogunquit: My Fair Lady (Cockney Quartet). Theatreworks: The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks (Norman). NYC: Various Joe Iconis concerts.
Lance Rubin appeared in in William Finn’s Songs by Ridiculously Talented… in 2006 and 2007. Performs often with Joe Iconis and Family; favorite productions include Bloodsong of Love, Things to Ruin, The Plant that Ate Dirty Socks and The Black Suits at the Public. Regional: The Opposite of Sex at Williamstown. TV/Film: The Music Never Stopped, Herman and Shelly and NBC’s Mercy as Trevor the naked sleepwalker. Member of Ensemble Studio Theatre, and a co-creator/performer in The Lance and Ray Show at the UCB Theatre. Three-time-winner of the Golden Tambourine Award for Agility.
Jason Williams was last seen in Daniel Mate’s The Longing and the Short of It. He has worked extensively with Joe Iconis; collaborations include Bloodsong of Love (Ars Nova), Rewrite (Urban Stages), The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks (TheatreworksUSA), The Black Suits (SPF- The Public Theater), Things to Ruin (Poisson Rouge) and The Rock and Roll Jamboree (Laurie Beechman Theater). Other credits include Damn Yankees (Engeman Theater), Crossing Brooklyn (Transport Group), The Trouble With Doug (CAP21, NAMT dir. by Victoria Clark) and Mac Welman’s Harm’s Way (newFangled theatReR). AEA
Tickets and Dates
Performances of Hell Raisers will be on Thursday, August 11 at 8pm, Friday, August 12 at 8pm, and Saturday, August 13 at 8pm and 10pm at BSC Stage 2 (36 Linden Street, Pittsfield). Tickets are $15 Thursday/Friday and $20 on Saturday by calling 413-236-8888 at the Barrington Stage box office (30 Union Street), or online at www.barringtonstageco.org. NEW! Food and wine by Mission Bar + Tapas one hour before showtime in our newly renovated Stage 2 Café.