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What we look like tomorrow
is determined today

Since the pandemic forced us to close our doors in March, Rubicon has been rising to some serious challenges. We pivoted hard by creating digital content, taking our summer youth programs online, and launching the nation’s first theatrical Drive-In concert series. We were determined that COVID-19 wouldn’t keep the company from fulfilling its mission to entertain, enrich, and educate.

 

September is no exception

In 30 days we will present more than 30 events - live streamed full productions of our award-winning plays, a brand new live streamed one-act with music, our summer youth shows presented as both live streams and on demand, and a re-broadcast of Voices of America!

 

Many of these events are FREE

We are glad to be offering our world-class artistry as a source of joy and healing during these hard times and we invite you to join us. If you do, please consider what Rubicon means to you. Then, if you are able, please consider donating to Rubicon to ensure our survival through and beyond the pandemic. We can only rise to this challenge with your help.

 

Show you believe the
arts are essential

 

Together we can
Rise to the Challenge!

 

Schedule of Events

September 19 @ 7:00pm - September 20@ 2:00pm

(FREE) Livestream

A Song. A New One-Act Play with Music

Written by Taylor Fagins

Directed by

Chris Butler

Starring

Preston Butler III,

Greta Oglesby, Krystle Rose Simmons

and Joe Spano

Produced by

Stephanie Coltion

Production Manager

Jessie Vacchiano

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic,

one man struggles to find peace and

purpose in a world wracked with civil unrest,

racial injustice, and a public health crisis.

Rubicon presents the world premiere of

A Song., a conversation about race,

responsibility, hope and belonging in these

new and uncertain times. Through a moving

and innovative new one act play with music,

emerging young playwright Taylor Fagins takes us inside the life Gill, an artist, a son, a lover and a young Black man in America as he fights to find his footing in society and to create his own song. For a preview, check out playwright and songwriter Taylor Fagins’s moving viral song, “we need more.”

FREE

 
 

On-Demand Now through September 20th ($)
Live-Streamed Broadcast

Hershey Felder as
George Gershwin Alone

Live from
Florence, Italy

Music & Lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin
Book by Hershey Felder
Directed by Stefano de Carli and Hershey Felder
Adapted from the stage play directed by Joel Zwick

George Gershwin Alone tells the story of America’s great composer, who with the groundbreaking Rhapsody in Blue, made a “Lady out of Jazz.” The show incorporates the composer’s best-known songs from “The Man I Love” and “Someone to Watch Over Me,” through the hits of An American In Paris and Porgy and Bess, to a complete performance of Rhapsody In Blue. With 3,000 performances, from California to Broadway to London’s West End, for the first time, Hershey Felder brings George Gershwin to life on the stage of one of Europe’s oldest and most famous theatres—Teatro della Pergola.

 

available now through September 30 (FREE)
Live AUDIO Broadcast

McREELE

By

Stephen Belber

Directed by Jenny Sullivan

Starring

Chris Butler

When death row prisoner Darius McReele transforms into a charismatic front-runner in the Delaware senate race, the spin starts spinning out of control. Playwright Stephen Belber leads us to ask is he doing the right thing for the wrong reasons, or the wrong thing for the right reasons? Does it ultimately matter?

 

The cast features by Rubicon Associate Artistic Director Chris Butler (Gem of the OceanOne Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest at Rubicon), Eric Stoltz (“Madam Secretary,” “Pulp Fiction”) and Lauren Tom (“The Joy Luck Club”). It is directed by Rubicon’s Artistic Associate Jenny Sullivan.

Recorded before a live audience at the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles in November of 2005. Courtesy of L.A. Theatre Works.

September 19 @ 2:00pm - September 22 @ 2:00pm ($)
Re-Broadcast On Demand

Macbeth
Summer Youth Program

It’s Shakespeare for the computer age! Our Fearless Shakespeare program goes online with Macbeth, the story of a brave Scottish general who, following an encounter with a trio of witches on the Scottish moors, is driven to murder the King and

take the throne for himself, only to be

destroyed by the fear, guilt, and

paranoia that follows. Fast-paced and

furious, the production features a cast

of 13 young artists from Connecticut to

California. Watch the witches, kings, and

calamity all from the comfort of home!

$18 + processing fees

 

September 26&27 (FREE)
Re-Broadcast On Demand until Sept. 29

Voices of America
Songs and Stories of Conflict, Crisis, Hope, and Healing
 

Re-Broadcast On Demand for 72 hours only.


Songs and Stories of Conflict, Crisis, Hope, and Healing: our Voices of America event was an examination of what it means to be an American through music and spoken word and was originally streamed on the weekend of Independence Day, 2020. Join us for a thinking person’s observance of where America has been and what the possibilities are for our future.

FREE

September 26 @ 2:00pm - September 29 @ 2:00pm ($)
Re-Broadcast On Demand

Journey of the Noble Gnarble
 

It’s the most charming show you’ll see this year! Performed by students in Rubicon’s Stinky Feet Theatre Workshop, Journey of the Noble Gnarble tells the story of a little gnarble who lives at the bottom of the sea but dreams of someday seeing the sky above the

ocean. Join 16 of our region’s most talented

5-12-year-olds in this touching story that teaches

the importance of positivity and determination!

$18 + processing fees

 

September 30 - 5pm-Midnight! (FREE)

Facebook live events and updates every half-hour

After a month of critical fundraising we will all need to blow off some steam! Join us on Facebook live for music, giveaways and the final update for our Rise to the Challenge campaign. 


5:00pm: Guest Appearance
5:30pm: Guest Appearance
6:00pm: Guest Appearance and giveaway
6:30pm: Guest Appearance
7:00pm: Guest Appearance and giveaway
7:30pm: Guest Appearance
8:00pm: Guest Appearance and giveaway
9:00pm: Guest Appearance
10:00pm: Guest Appearance and giveaway
10:30pm: Guest Appearance
11:00pm: Guest Appearance and giveaway
11:30pm: Guest Appearance
12:00am: Guest Appearance and final Rise to the Challenge update!

FREE

 

Past Events

August 29 & 30, 2020
Streamed Broadcast

ANNIE
Summer Youth Program

For show details, click here.

Did you miss the streamed broadcast?

Click here to access Annie On Demand

Now through September 13

Past Events

August 29 & 30, 2020
Streamed Broadcast

LAST TRAIN TO NIBROC
 

​​FREE streamed broadcast

(Streamed online at Vimeo.com, requires a reservation and password)

For show details, click here.

September 5 & 6. 2020
Streamed Broadcast

See Rock City
 

May and Raleigh return to Corbin, Kentucky after plans to honeymoon in Rock City are derailed. The newlyweds settle into small-town life, but when victory overseas results in unexpected consequences on the home front, May and Raleigh must confront hidden truths and deal with the challenges of a new, post-war America. 

FREE

(Streamed online at Vimeo.com, requires a reservation and password)

For show details, click here.

September 7-9 @ 8:00pm ($)
Ventura Fairgrounds

Music of the knights
Rubicon Goes Retro Drive-in Concert Series

You won’t want to miss this celebration of song with the music of some of the world’s most beloved “Knights,” Andrew Lloyd Webber, Paul McCartney, and Elton John. Performed by a cast of Broadway and Rubicon favorites including Ted Neeley (Jesus, from the movie Jesus Christ Superstar) who will be with us to sing his unforgettable rendition of “Gethsemane.”

For show details, click here.

Now Through September 13
Get On Demand

ANNIE
Summer Youth Program

Travel back to 1933 New York City with the story of a down-on-her-luck orphan in search of her parents who, thanks to some grit and resilience, finds her way to the home of billionaire Oliver Warbucks, befriends President Franklin D. Roosevelt, inspires change for the great and small in America, and finds a family better than any she could have dreamed of.

For show details, click here.

Did you miss the streamed broadcast? Get ANNIE On Demand now through September 13.

September 12 & 13 (FREE)
Streamed Broadcast

Gulf View Drive
 

May and Raleigh have relocated to Florida, enjoying their dream house and the security their love brings until their peaceful home is turned upside-down by the arrival of Raleigh's cheerless mother and soul-searching sister. The year is now 1953, and outside their over-crowded home, questions concerning race, segregation, patriotism, and traditional values seep into their lives, challenging them to grow and change with the times, or face the consequences of unyielding resolve.

FREE

(Streamed online at Vimeo.com, requires a reservation and password)

For show details, click here.

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