El Paseo Arts Foundation presents MEN ARE FROM MARS – WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS – LIVE!

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El Paseo Arts Foundation presents

MEN ARE FROM MARS – WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS – LIVE!

THE SPI CONVENTION CENTER OCTOBER 18 AND 19, 2016

THE NEW YORK TIMES says a “First-person, funny domestic tales and retro stand-up comedy based on The New York Times best-seller.”

Tickets On Sale Now!

 El Paseo Arts Foundation presents this Off-Broadway hit show at the SPI Convention Center on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 18 and 19, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at Paragraphs Book Store, PadreRitaGrill, The Art Gallery in Port Isabel, and online at www.elpaseoarts.org.  Tickets are priced at $30 per person/$25 for members.  El Paseo Art’s ticket pricing is 50% less than the regular price for this production!

Men Are From Mars – Women Are From Venus – LIVE! is more than just the book.

After beginning in Paris in 2007, Men are From Mars–Women are From Venus – LIVE! has been seen by more than one million people around Europe. It debuted in the United States in February 2013 in Raleigh, North Carolina and played to audiences around the United States and Canada throughout the year before moving to Off-Broadway in 2015, where it fast became a hit show with New York audiences. Currently, the production is again touring professional venues in major cities across the United States.

This laugh-out-loud one-man show looks at the way men and women communicate (or miscommunicate).  It will have couples elbowing each other all evening as they see themselves on stage in this rollicking examination of gender differences. Sexy and fast paced, this show is definitely for adults, but will leave audiences laughing and giggling like little kids!  When Mars and Venus collide, the adventures are earth-shatteringly hysterical.  Gray’s book hypothesizes that men and women are so fundamentally different that they can be viewed as being from separate planets, each with its own distinct culture, expectations and emotional responses. Relationships encounter problems because the worldviews of these two planets are often at odds.It’s a great recipe for a night out: a little storytelling blended with some comedy and a dash of sage wisdom from the book.

Amadeo Fusca stars as a man who originally rejected the advice in Gray’s book, until a chance meeting with the author changes his mind and changes how he handles his relationship with a woman.  Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Amadeo currently performs on the Upright Citizens Brigade Maude House Sketch Comedy team Hot Bird. In 2013, he won the legendary Friars Club “So You Think You Can Roast?” competition beating out 55 other comedians, roasting 80’s child star Ricky Schroeder, and NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman in the process. As the winner, Amadeo was among those on the dais to roast comedic actor Jack Black, along with comic legends such as the “Roastmaster” General Jeff Ross, Sarah Silverman, Artie Lange, Bob Saget, Amy Schumer and more. Amadeo’s success at the roast landed him two quotes in “Entertainment Weekly’s” funniest jokes of the event. In addition to his comedy, Amadeo also can be seen in various television and film productions. His wide range of dramatic and comedic roles include a co-starring role in the final episode of the HBO hit series “Boardwalk Empire”, a co-starring role in the season finale of the Netflix series Marvel’s “Daredevil”, a co-starring role in the CBS show “As The World Turns”, and a supporting role in the feature film A New York Heartbeat, starring Eric Roberts and Rachel Brosnahan.

Since being published in 1992, John Gray’s Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, exploring the differences between the sexes, has sold in excess of 50 million copies, been translated into 40 different languages and is one of the most recognizable titles in the world. Gray has written 17 books and became one of the most trusted relationship authors during the 80’s, appearing on the national lecture circuit and on such TV shows as “Good Morning America,” “Oprah” and “Larry King Live.”

Producer, St. Louis based Emery Entertainment has produced or promoted thousands of events around the globe, including superstar attractions Blue Man Group, David Copperfield and James Taylor.

The talented team assembled for this production continues with the award winning playwright Eric Coble, direction by Broadway veteran Mindy Cooper, and animation & video production by the talented animators at Bazillion Productions.

For more information on the show email treasurer@elpaseoarts.org or call 956-943-4700.

El Paseo Arts Hosts the Camille Playhouse’s Production of Margaret Edson’s Award-Winning Play, Wit

 “(A) brutally human and beautifully layered new play…you feel both enlightened and, in a strange way, enormously comforted.” (New York Times)

On September 15, 2016, El Paseo Arts Foundation is proud and honored to host a performance of the Camille Playhouse’s powerful production of Wit, by Margaret Edson.  Under the direction of the Camille’s new artistic director, Christopher Ikner, Wit has been described by The New York Times as “the kind of theatrical experience of which legends are made”. This powerfully play examines what makes life worth living through Edson’s exploration of one of existence’s unifying experiences―mortality.  It also probes the vital importance of human relationships.

In Wit, Edson delves into timeless questions with no final answers: How should we live our lives knowing that we will die? Is the way we live our lives and interact with others more important than what we achieve materially, professionally, or intellectually? Can science and art help us conquer death, or our fear of it? What will seem most important to each of us about life as that life comes to an end?

“Every once in a while a play comes along that bonds people together in extraordinary ways. The play “isn’t a tearful lecture on how to die; it’s a dry-eyed lesson on how to live–with simplicity and kindness.”  (The Boston Globe) This stunning piece of theatre is not to be missed.

The evening begins at the SPI Convention Center with a cash bar (only), open at 6:30 p.m.  The theatre opens for seating at 7:00 p.m. and the performance begins at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets for Wit are $30 per person, $25 for El Paseo Arts members.  Tickets are available for purchase at Paragraphs Book Store, the Art Gallery in Port Isabel, PadreRitaGrill, and online at www.elpaseoarts.org.

(View the complete press release under SEASON in the menu.)

El Paseo Arts Foundation to Offer Free Acting Workshops

As part of its 12th Season of Performing Arts Events, El Paseo Arts Foundation is offering two, free acting workshops in September and October, 2016.  If you were in a play or two in high school or college and think you might like to do it again; if you are a current student who is interested in theatre; if you have attended plays and think it might be fun to try it, but are a little intimidated at the thought of auditioning; or if you have done some acting and would like to improve your skills, these workshops are a great opportunity for you to learn and/or hone some of the essential skills of stage performance.

Mr. Ray Stewart, who has over 50 years of experience as as a professional actor, director and teacher, is the instructor for the workshops. He has a lot of knowledge and insight to share with people who would like to experience the thrill and joy of theatrical performance. One doesn’t have to be a highly trained actor to be effective on stage. A few essential techniques can be learned and, with a little practice, one can become “stage-worthy”, or able to deliver an affective performance.

Each workshop consists of five sessions, one session per week. Workshop 1 is scheduled on Thursdays:   September 15, 22 and 29, and October 6 and 13, 2016.  Workshop session 2 is scheduled on Mondays: September 26, and October 3, 10, 17 and 24, 2016.  All the workshop sessions will be held at the SPI Community Center, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.  Both workshops are open to persons 15 and older, and are free to attend.  Participants are requested to commit to attending all five sessions of the workshop for which they register.

El Paseo Arts Foundation’s local productions this season will offer plenty of opportunities for aspiring performers to practice their skills.  We hope that you will take advantage of the workshops and then take time to audition for a show.  It’s a mind expanding experience to play a character different from yourself; to walk in someone else’s shoes, so to speak. You can feel and express emotions that are usually unavailable or inexpressible in your daily life. It’s freeing and enriching and it can improve your communication skills and self-expression. The bonus is that it’s Fun! We hope you will join in the games.

(View the complete press release under SEASON in the menu.)

 

The Bold, The Young, and The Murdered

If you are a fan of soap operas or murder mysteries and you enjoy a comedy that makes you laugh out loud, then El Paseo Arts Foundation’s April production of “The Bold, the Young and The Murdered” is a play that you won’t want to miss. The mystery comedy is scheduled for performance on April 23rd, 24th and 25th at the South Padre Island Convention Center.

If you are a fan of soap operas or murder mysteries and you enjoy a comedy that makes you laugh out loud, then El Paseo Arts Foundation’s April production of “The Bold, the Young and The Murdered” is a play that you won’t want to miss. The mystery comedy is scheduled for performance on April 23rd, 24th and 25th at the South Padre Island Convention Center.

Written by Don Zolidis, “The Bold, the Young and the Murdered” is a comedy/mystery that pokes fun at soap operas and the actors on TV soaps. It is also both a murder mystery with an ending that will surprise even the best mystery sleuths and a play within a play as the actors interact with one another on camera and off.Bold young and murdered ad copy

Continue reading “The Bold, The Young, and The Murdered”

“A Touch of Classical”

Get ready for an evening of fabulous classical music, performed by two extraordinary musical talents who are the personification of excellence. Dr. Cynthia Cripps and Dr. Shoko Kinsella are the at the top of their professions individually. However, something magical occurs when these two join forces and the auditory world becomes the personification of classical music in perfect harmony that captivates the soul.

Over the years, the El Paseo Arts Foundation has sponsored a variety of musical concerts and entertainers. We have enjoyed a tenor from Mexico; duets, trios, four-five piece combos, brass, strings, piano and harps. When we decided to once again, enrich our Season 11 with some quality classical music—an event we called, “A Touch of Classical”, we decided to look in our own backyard so to speak. What we found is a treasure trove of musical talent right here in our very own Rio Grande Valley.

Get ready for an evening of fabulous classical music, performed by two extraordinary musical talents who are the personification of excellence. Dr. Cynthia Cripps and Dr. Shoko Kinsella are the at the top of their professions individually. However, something magical occurs when these two join forces and the auditory world becomes the personification of classical music in perfect harmony that captivates the soul. Continue reading ““A Touch of Classical””

Auditions for “The Bold, The Young, and The Murdered”

If you enjoy soap operas, murder mysteries or comedies, auditions for “The Bold, the Young and The Murdered” are perfect for you. March 9 & 10 at Padre Sunset SPI.

If you enjoy soap operas, murder mysteries or comedies, auditions for “The Bold, the Young and The Murdered” are perfect for you. Auditions for the April 23rd – 25th show will be held on Wednesday March 9th and 10th at 6:30 p.m., at the Padre Sunset Club. An afternoon audition will be held on Thursday, March 10th at 2:30 p.m., at the Padre Sunset Club. With a cast of thirteen, five men and eight women, this show has parts for all age groups and personality types. Continue reading “Auditions for “The Bold, The Young, and The Murdered””

“The Tom Franek Show”

Get ready for an evening of fabulous music of all styles, humor, astounding agility as El Paseo proudly presents The Princess Cruise Line top performer, Tom Franek.

image02Get ready for an evening of fabulous music of all styles, humor, astounding agility as El Paseo proudly presents The Princess Cruise Line top performer, Tom Franek.

 

  • “Personality & Talent of a Star.”
  • Minnesota News, 2014

 

Recent Testimonial:

Dale Dodge Mathews Tom–Cannot express in words how much we LOVED your performances aboard the Star Princess. Your talent is beyond incredible. We were so impressed. Standing ovations are rare and you got them at both of the shows we watched. I was the woman that got you a seat next to me at the early show for your friend’s comedy show. I am sure we will be seeing you a lot as you rise to your destined stardom. Hope to see you again.” Continue reading ““The Tom Franek Show””

The El Paseo Arts Foundation pompously presents “The Case of the Malted Falcon”

Get ready for an evening of fatal fun as El Paseo unveils a mystery theater show that spoofs TV chefs, old-time detectives, art lovers, and chocoholics!

Get ready for an evening of fatal fun as El Paseo unveils a mystery theater show that spoofs TV chefs, old-time detectives, art lovers, and chocoholics!

Penned by Tony Schwartz and Marylou Ambrose, the show, Sam Club Private Eye in The Case of the Malted Falcon, takes place at the Gallery of Amazingly Great Art (GAGA) in New York City. Sam Club was hired to guard the priceless chocolate sculpture, The Malted Falcon, during the train ride from Austin, TX to New York City. But on the way, someone hits him over the head and steals the sculpture. Now Sam must find the thief and save the sculpture and his reputation as a private eye. Continue reading “The El Paseo Arts Foundation pompously presents “The Case of the Malted Falcon””

“Driving Miss Daisy” sold out

All tickets for El Paseo Arts’ special presentation of Camille Playhouse’s “Driving Miss Daisy” have been sold, including at the door sales for the night of the event. We apologize for any inconvenience, and hope that ticket-holders will enjoy the show!

All tickets for El Paseo Arts’ special presentation of Camille Playhouse’s “Driving Miss Daisy” have been sold, including at the door sales for the night of the event. We apologize for any inconvenience, and hope that ticket-holders will enjoy the show!