El Paseo Arts kicks off its eleventh season of arts events on August 19th, 20th and 21st with Christopher Durang’s hilarious, 2013 Tony Award winning comedy Vanya and Sonia and Marsha and Spike. The New York Times called this rollicking and touching new comedy “deliriously funny.” It’s a show that has already achieved the status of a modern classic.
On September 24th, Louie’s Backyard hosts our second annual comedy club night. Back by popular demand, Dennis Reagan headlines the event that also features new comic John Felts. Audiences last year loved our musical visit to Armadillo Acres, so November 17th and 18th, we return there as The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical takes the stage at the SPI convention center. This companion to the original Great American Trailer Park Musical is just as much of a good time-— and comes complete with a trailer-park twelve days of Christmas, the ghosts of past, present and future, and of course, keg -nog.
January 7th, 8th, and 9th, 2016, we start the New Year with Neil Simon’s elegant farce Rumors. The hilarious events of the evening provide the fodder for great characters doing what Neil Simon does best – making the mundane insane. Then the Camille Playhouse brings their production of Driving Miss Daisy for a special Island performance on February 4th. In a series of absorbing scenes spanning twenty-five years, the Miss Daisy and her driver Hoke grow ever closer to each other, You won’t want to miss this warm and charming production.
“Shamrocks and Harp” is an Irish variety show with a fabulous harpist, some of the talented musicians from the San Antonio Branch of Comhaltus, World Championship dancers, a word champion story teller, and a ballad singer doing favorite Irish songs like “Danny Boy” and “When Irish Eyes are Smiling”. The Isla Grand Beach Resort play host to “Shamrocks” on February 12th and 13th, 2016.
El Paseo returns to the Isla Grand on February 23rd and 24th with Sam Spade and the Case of the Malted Falcon. this season’s hilarious mystery spoof with a chance for audience members to guess the identity of the murderer and win prizes. Then, April 2nd at the Convention Center, we enjoy a touch of classical music with a concert by the duo of pianist Shoko Nakamura Kinsella and saxophonist Dr. Cynthia Cripps. Finally, we wrap up the season with a mystery farce at the Convention Center on April 23rd, 24th and 25th – The Bold, the Young, and the Murdered! As a parody of maudlin soap operas, the entire play can be summed up pithily as “so bad it’s good– and it’s oh so funny!
You won’t want to miss a single one of the eleventh season events. Individual tickets for each event are $30 per person and $25 for members, but you can save money by purchasing a season ticket for all nine events. Season tickets will be available for purchase at Paragraphs Book Store, beginning August 1st. Season Tickets for non-members are $240 dollars and only $200 for El Paseo members.
El Paseo Arts will host its Third Annual Foreign Film Festival at the Island Cinema beginning the first Tuesday in January and continuing every other week through the first week in March. Once again, the films will be award-winning productions from around the world. Tickets for the Film Festival are $10 per person.
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