New to the Fresno theater scene, Ellicia Mertens Elliott makes her California directorial debut with The Comedy of Errors at Woodward Shakespeare Festival, running now. Elliott is the co-founder and Artistic Director of The Rude Mechanicals, “Eastern Washington’s premiere Shakespeare Company,” presenting shows in Prosser, Pasco, Walla Walla and around the Yakima Valley. Before starting […]

Opening May 2 – 4, 2019 in the Fresno area: Carmen Jones This University Theatre production at Fresno State is based on Meilhac & Halevy’s adaption of Prosper Merimee’s “Carmen”, written by Oscar Hammerstein II, music by Georges Bizet. This Fresno premiere is directed by Thomas-Whit Ellis and runs May 3 – 11, 2019 in the John […]

Julia Reimer has a long and diligent resume as the Theater professor/program director at Fresno Pacific Theater and working as an actor and director on productions at Good Company Players, Woodward Shakespeare Festival and The New Ensemble. After 17 years in the position, she has stepped down and is exploring other opportunities and projects, while […]

Things start heating up on stage for a busy late April and May.

April – May 2019 Once again, here is your list of live theater options from Bakersfield to Merced here in the Valley. This time I’m highlighting a couple of independent productions to look out for in May. The indie theater scene in Fresno ebbs and flows, so consider taking a chance on these unique DIY […]

Jane Austen’s Emma, adapted from Austen’s novel by Michael Bloom and directed by Brooke Aiello for Fresno Pacific University, is a lovely production that will satisfy “Janeites” everywhere. Shannon Brewington’s alley stage “covered” in parchment with lines from the novel scratched in like 19th century letters captures Emma’s machinations as if they’re indeed written straight […]

Drive Thru Interview: Brooke Aiello, director of “Jane Austen’s Emma” at Fresno Pacific. “Emma is the story of a gardener figuring out how to listen to her garden.”

For those who may have missed it, here’s my little piece of our show Art or Evidence?: Tea Liturgy. Our theme was on creativity and how we put together this show, one bit at a time.  But my piece turned out to be a little more about what I did when I wasn’t feeling all […]

These are the shows I’m most directly involved with at Rogue Festival this year. They all have multiple performances on Saturday, the final day of the Festival! Tea Liturgy with Art or Evidence? Three musicians and a writer get together to create a show about everyday rituals and share their creative process with each other. […]

Y’all know I don’t review shows. . . but I DO recommend them!