Slipstream closes season with Sondheim’s ‘The Frogs’
FERNDALE—Slipstream Theater Initiative presents its final show of the season, The Frogs from September 6 through 29.
This homage to the Greek classical comedy by Aristophanes is given new life through the magic of Stephen Sondheim with lyrics by Bert Shevlove and Nathan Lane. A god and a slave go down to the underworld… and all the world’s a punchline. Dionysus, god of wine and drama—though not necessarily in that order—has seen the state of our world, and vows to bring back a great playwright to reinvigorate and re-inspire his people. Accompanied by the god Pan in the guise of a slave, Xanthias, Dionysus travels through a menagerie of Greek Mythology to Hades to bring George Bernard Shaw with the hope of speaking some sense to the world, but what will happen when they run into William Shakespeare? As a battle of the Bards ensues, we are recalled to our passion for art, truth, love, and of course… Theatre!
The cast features Dan Johnson as Dionysus, Miles Bond as Pan/Xanthias, Jake Rydell as Herakles/Charisma, Rachel Bieber as Charon/Aekos, Maxim Hunt as Pluto, Kaitlyn Valor Borque as George Bernard Shaw, Jonathan Jones as William Shakespeare, and Megan Welenc as Ariadne/Virilla. Blake Pruneau provides musical accompaniment, with Jake Rydell doubling as music director. The production is directed by Luna Alexander, and stage managed by Alanna Elling, with technical design and execution by Jackson Abohasira, and costumes by Tiaja Sabrie.
This production is recommended for ages 13 and up.