Chance Theater proudly presents the world premiere adaptation of the classic Halloween tale The Legend(s) of Sleepy Hollow
This new family-friendly look at what really happened to Ichabod Crane starts October 8 on the 2nd Stage at Chance Theater @ Bette Aitken theater arts Center
Chance is delighted to present the world premiere adaptation of Washington Irving’s classic spooky tale, The Legend(s) of Sleepy Hollow as the final production of its first Theater for Young Audiences season. Performances will begin October 8 and continue through October 18 on the 2nd Stage at Chance Theater @ Bette Aitken theater arts Center. The show is written by Jonathan Josephson and directed by Darryl B. Hovis.
Finally, the true story of what happened to Ichabod Crane on that dreaded night in Sleepy
Hollow will be revealed... straight from the horse’s mouth. Literally. This theatrical adaptation of the timeless tale of the gawky school teacher, the fair damsel Katrina Van Tassel, and a colorful collection of quirky characters, will awaken the imagination—and the dreaded specter of the Headless Horseman. Delightfully adventurous, this is an ideal Halloween story for literature and theater lovers of all ages.
“Who doesn’t love a spooky story at Halloween?” asked director Darryl B. Hovis, who had previously directed Alice in Wonderland to kick off the TYA Season. “What draws me to Jonathan Josephson’s script is the fact that it not only has the spookiness, humor, and a horseman without a head, it also brings a strong sense of humanity to the story. Irony is not lost on the fact that part of it is told through an animal that is mostly written off in most versions. The relationship between Ichabod and Gunpowder comes to the forefront and the ideas of friendship, loyalty, and love become the central themes. Ichabod, all alone trying to find his way, takes a chance on a down trodden old horse, releasing his spirit free and teaching us what it means to truly believe in each other. When faced with the most frightening of obstacles, friendship endures, and we realize that just when we feel most alone, we are never alone.”
Jonathan Josephson (Playwright) Twenty-three of Jonathan’s plays have been produced at theatres, schools and site- specific locations around the world. Chance Theater collaborations include productions of The Giant and the Pixie and B&C, part of Variations on a Theme: The Best, and a staged reading of the short play trio Charles Dickens’ Christmas Tree. Jonathan is also the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Unbound Productions, a theatre company that produces adaptations of classic literature as immersive theatre events (unboundproductions.org). For Unbound’s Wicked Lit, Jonathan has written 8 different adaptations including Las Lloronas (WL14), Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The New Catacomb (WL13), and Mark Twain’s A Ghost Story (WL11, 2011 TCG Conference). Recently, Jonathan received an Individual Artist Grant from the City of Pasadena to write Holmes, Sherlock and The Consulting Detective for the debut of Mystery Lit. Jonathan’s original plays have been produced at The Actor’s Theatre of Louisville (Humana Festival of New American Plays), Milwaukee Repertory Theater (RepLab), San Jose Repertory Theatre (SJREAL) and many others. Jonathan’s short plays are published by Playscripts, Original Works Publishing, and YouthPLAYS. BA in Theatre: Playwriting, UCSD. DG, ALAP.
Darryl B. Hovis (Director, Co-Education Director) earned his MA in Theatre Production at Central Washington University and studied acting at the Professional Conservatory at UCSD under Anna Shapiro (Steppenwolf) as well as South Coast Repertory under Karen Hensel. He is the co-founder and artistic director of the Culver City Academy of Visual and Performing Arts, where he developed an intensive arts program for high school students in theatre, film, music, and art, and has gone on to develop theatre programs at other Southern California high schools, as well as Theatre International at Leysin American School in Leysin, Switzerland. He has directed a multitude of productions, some of his favorites being Therese Raquin (Chance Theater), Rent and The Threepenny Opera (Samohi Theatre), Machinal and Resurrecting Antigone (UniTheatre), and The Miracle Worker and Treehouses (AVPA). He dedicates his work to God and to his wife, Angela, and three children, Dylan, Andrew, and Julia.
Gunpowder’s Merry-Making Party for Boys & Girls
Travel back to 1790's New York and join in on the merry-making with the cast of The Legend(s) of Sleepy Hollow! Learn a period dance with the fair Katrina Van Tassel and Ichabod Crane, arm wrestle with the redoubtable Brom Bones, and play games with everyone's favorite talking horse, Gunpowder. Enjoy piles of tasty, classic Americana fare including sandwiches and apple cobbler, a selection of delicious drinks, and adult beverages for the grown-ups. Costumes, photos and videos highly encouraged! Ticket price includes a reserved seat to the performance, all games and crafts, and the yummy spread! Tickets to this special event are $50 for Adults and $40 for children.
The production team for The Legend(s) of Sleepy Hollow includes scenic and props designer Alexandra Giron, lighting designer Martha Carter (After The Revolution), sound designer Iris Zacarias, costume designer Mauri Anne Smith (Alice in Wonderland), production stage manager Cynthia C. Espinoza and rehearsal stage manager Robin Shorter.
The cast for The Legend(s) of Sleepy Hollow stars Robin Walton (Hairspray) as Baltrus Van Tassel, who is joined by five actors making their Chance Theater debuts – Nick Bradford Slimmer as Ichabod Crane, Victoria Rafael as Katrina Van Tassel, Aaron McGee as Brom Bones, Stephanie Wilborn as Gunpowder and Gabriel Gentile in a variety of roles.
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ABOUT CHANCE THEATER
Proud to be one of the leading ensemble-driven theatre companies in Southern California, CHANCE THEATER has won five Ovation Awards (including two for Best Production of a Musical--Intimate Theater for Triassic Parq -- The Musical and Jerry Springer: The Opera). The Chance also received an LADCC Award last year for its reimagined revival of West Side Story. The Anaheim City Council recently named Chance Theater “the official resident theater company of Anaheim”. Twice named “Outstanding Arts Organization” by Arts Orange County, Chance Theater is also a recipient of the LADCC’s Polly Warfield Award for Excellence. Founded in 1999, Chance Theater is focused on its goal of being Orange County’s premiere mid-size contemporary theater by contributing to a more compassionate, connected, and creative community. As a constituent member of Theatre Communications Group, Network of Ensemble Theaters, and the LA Stage Alliance, Chance Theater continues to bring national attention to the Southern California and Orange County theater scenes.
WHAT: THE LEGEND(S) OF SLEEPY HOLLOWFinally, the true story of what happened to Ichabod Crane on that dreaded night in Sleepy Hollow will be revealed... straight from the horse’s mouth. Literally. This theatrical adaptation of the timeless tale of the gawky school teacher, the fair damsel Katrina Van Tassel, and a colorful collection of quirky characters, will awaken the imagination—and the dreaded specter of the Headless Horseman. Delightfully adventurous, this is an ideal Halloween story for literature and theater lovers of all ages.
WHEN: Thursday, October 8 – Sunday, October 18 Thursdays at 7pm
Saturday at 1pm and 5pm Sunday at 11am and 5pm
WHERE: Chance Theater @ Bette Aitken theater arts Center, 5522 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim, CA 92807 TICKETS: $20.00 - $25.00. Call (714) 777-3033 or visit www.ChanceTheater.com.
Photo Credit: Aaron McGee, Nick Bradford Slimmer, Victoria Rafael and Robin Walton