It’s a Mystery and Comedy Delight as El Paseo Arts Foundation Presents Dead Air, January 22nd and 23rd.

It’s another evening of laughter and fun as El Paseo presents the hilarious murder mystery/comedy Dead Air by Lee Mueller on Monday, January 22nd and Tuesday, January 23rd at the Isla Grand Beach Resort. The show takes place on the night the cast is celebrating the 37th Anniversary of the Guy Godfry radio show and the 50th Anniversary of WEZY. The Guy Godfry Show is a dated radio program in jeopardy of cancellation due to a corporate take-over of the network. As part of the anniversary celebration the show is being broadcast in front of a live studio audience. When show gets underway, one of the cast members is murdered and panic ensues. With the assistance of the audience, the Guy Godfry crew scrambles to uncover the culprit responsible for the on-air murder.

The cast replays the twists and turns of the night and the audience plays an important role in identifying “who done it”. Throughout the seemingly endless live radio chaos, everyone is asking, “Is anyone listening? Does anyone care?”.

The stellar cast includes some El Paseo Arts favorites and some newcomers to the El Paseo Arts stage. Andy Riley brings his dry wit to the character of the slightly demented, long-time radio personality, Guy Godfry. Frank Shisler is hysterically funny in his stage debut as Danny O’Dennis, Godfry’s second banana. Andrea Wright shines as Lil’ Mary Allegany, third banana radio co-host, and Briana Boughter makes her El Paseo Arts debut as Annie, the show’s production assistant. Mark Shellard returns to the stage as Frank, the producer of the Guy Godfry Show, and Silvy Berman makes her El Paseo Arts debut as Sheila, the assistant producer of the Guy Godfry Show. Lexie Hanson is Sally Fairweather, corporate executive, and Danny Dollar brings an added touch of humor as Sven Herberphuphen, a well-known orchestra leader. Carlos Bringas makes his El Paseo Arts debut as Johnny, the radio station intern, and Greg Lockwood plays the Announcer for the radio show.

The evening begins with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar at 6:30 p.m. and the curtain goes up on the radio show at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the event are $30 per person; $25 for El Paseo Arts members. Tickets are available at Paragraphs Bookstore, S.O.S., PadreRitaGrill, the Art Gallery in Lighthouse Square and online at

El Paseo’s mystery/comedy spoof has become an annual event that everyone enjoys. It’s fun and funny, and there are fabulous prizes for five lucky audience members who correctly identify the “killer”.

Don’t miss your chance to get tickets for this show – they usually sell out well in advance of the performances!

El Paseo Hosts Acclaimed Professional Production of William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged)!

“The Reduced Shakespeare Company has always been a hybrid of highbrow and low humor, and this show hits that sweet spot to appeal to all comers.” – DC Theatre Scene
“There’s no need to brush up your Shakespeare to enjoy William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged)!” – DC Metro

El Paseo Arts Foundation proudly hosts this acclaimed production of William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged)! on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 6th and 7th, 2018, at the SPI Convention Center. Created by the Reduced Shakespeare Company, the comedy features a stellar cast of three writers and Co-Directors – Austin Tichenor, Reed Martin and Teddy Spencer, playing themselves. The play imagines them just returned from a tour in London, where, buried under a parking lot in Leicester, they found a 100 hour long manuscript written in the 17 year old Shakespeare’s very own hand (a “Faux-lio” if you will). With The Long Lost First Play of William Shakespeare (abridged), the Reduced Shakespeare Company reigns supreme as the undisputed masters at reimagining the Bard into hilarious entertainment. This is Shakespeare that even a disinterested teenager will be hard pressed to sleep through as plot gimmicks and quotes from the Bard’s plays are manipulated into a hilarious show that is certainly a laugh a line.

This “first play” places 1,639 of Shakespeare’s character together in one universe, which continuously references itself and imagines them messed up in a feud between Shakespeare’s most famous sprites, Puck and Ariel. Every iconic Shakespearian plot device is in the show: ancient grudges, unsettled ghosts, mistaken identities, magical spells, powerful tempests, devastating shipwrecks, men dressed as women, spontaneous breaking into song, and twins, twins, twins. There are even kazoos, puppets and water pistols. And if you’ve ever wondered how many ways one can riff on “to be or not to be,” the answer is – a lot. And they are all hilarious.

Since the acting troupes “pass-the-hat’ origins in 1981, the Reduced Shakespeare Company has created ten world-renowned stage shows, two television specials, several failed TV pilots, and numerous radio pieces, all of which have been performed, seen, and heard the world over. The company’s itinerary has included stops off-Broadway, at the White House, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, London’s West End, the Seattle Repertory Theatre, the American Repertory Theatre and Montreal’s famed “Just For Laughs” Festival, as well as performances in Israel, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Japan, Malta, Singapore and Bermuda, plus countless civic and university venues throughout the USA, the UK, and Europe.

The company’s first three shows, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged!), The Complete History of America (abridged) and The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged) ran for nine years at the Criterion Theatre in Piccadilly Circus. They were London’s longest-running comedies, and the RSC had more shows running in the West End than Andrew Lloyd Webber. They were also funnier. If you like Shakespeare’s work now, you’ll like the show. If you hate Shakespeare, you will love William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged).

The Curtain goes up at 7:30 p.m. on February 6th and 7th at the SPI Convention Center. A cash bar will be available before the show and at intermission. Tickets for The Long Lost First Play of William Shakespeare (abridged) are $30 per person and $25 per person for El Paseo Arts members. Tickets are available for purchase at Paragraphs Book Store, S.O.S., PadreRitaGrill, the Art Gallery in Lighthouse Square, and online at .

Don’t miss William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged). It’s a chance to laugh from beginning to end, and it’s a unique opportunity to see three insanely talented actors (equal emphasis on “insane” and “talented”) deliver a glorious mishmash of Shakespeare’s most famous lines and characters.

The Elephant Man by Bernard Pomerance

February 22 – 24, 2018   7:30 PM
SPI Convention Center

Winner of 1979 Tony Award for Best Play and 2015 Drama Desk Award for Best Revival of a Play, The Elephant Man is based on the life of John Merrick, who lived in London during the latter part of the nineteenth century. A horribly deformed young man – victim of rare skin and bone diseases – he becomes the star freak attraction in traveling sideshows. Found abandoned and helpless, he is admitted to London’s prestigious Whitechapel Hospital. Under the care of celebrated young physician Frederick Treves, Merrick is introduced to London society and evolves from an object of pity to an urbane and witty favorite of the aristocracy and literati, but can never become like other men.


El Paseo Arts Foundation Presents: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee musical

Can you spell “FUN”?

Wednesday, November 15 thru Friday, November 17, 2017 El Paseo Arts kicks off its first local actor production of the season with The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, a Tony award-winning musical! Doors open at 6:30 PM at the South Padre Island Convention Center with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, and the show starts at 7:30.

Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor as a group of students (played by adults) vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing touching stories from their home life, the eclectic group of six pubescents (and some audience volunteers) spell their way through a series of words hoping to never hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box. It’s a riotous ride complete with audience participation.

(See complete press release under Current Season Menu above.)


Meet the Author Series at Paragraphs

“Child of the System: Little Lynn’s Story”

Book signing, discussion and reception with author/poet, Lynn McLaughlin

Tuesday – January 23rd 1-3 PM

Lynn is a child of the Canadian foster care system and a survivor having lived in 11 foster homes in 12 years. “Among all the chaos in my life, I would always be writing a story or a poem. It was my only release.” She began writing poetry at age 17, all inspired by personal events, McLaughlin wasn’t ready to put her past on paper until she began working with the Niijkiwendidaa Anishnabekewag Services Circle in Peterborough. Through the Centre’s group healing exercises and support, McLaughlin found the strength she needed to close a horrific chapter of her life.

“Two Eagles”

Book signing and reception with author/poet, Rudy Garcia

Saturday January 13th 2018 1-3 PM

The book of poems Two Eagles, speaks to the life experiences of Rudy H. García encompassing four chronological stages from childhood memories, immigration issues, educational experiences, and values of hope, faith, and love. The title, Two Eagles, symbolizes the Mexican Golden Eagle and the American Bald Eagle, was chosen by the author to depict his Mexican-American culture and heritage while also captivating the essence of the real life experiences growing up on the border of these two great nations, the United States of America and Mexico. The love of these two countries comes from daily exposure and fluent use of two languages, English and Spanish, and his appreciation for foods, music, and television with family and friends of these two ethnicities meaning everything “All-American” and Mexican. The total immersion in these both great cultures in the author’s life made it impossible to separate the two. Hence, accepting the demographic identity of being Mexican-American proudly enjoying fully, the best of two worlds.

These events are free and open to the public.
Paragraphs On Padre Boulevard, 5505 Padre Blvd

South Padre Island, TX

For information call us at 956-433-5057