Boom opens at The West Side Show Room

PRESS RELEASE 06/03/2014

The West Side Show Room presents:

boom

a play by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb

 

The West Side Show Room presents the comedy boom, written by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb and directed by Mike Werckle.  boom tells the story of two college students who meet on craigslist for an evening of casual sex, but are thwarted by the apocalypse.

 

According to Nachtrieb’s website, the students “meet in a subterranean biology lab for an erotic ‘casual encounter.’ But there's nothing casual whatsoever about this particular evening. Will meaningless sex have meaning? What's going on in the fish tank? And who is that woman, Barbara, pulling levers in the corner? Something is about to explode.”

 

boom is like the Big Bang Theory meets Armageddon, with a bit of Twelve Monkeys,” says Werckle. “But in spite of the comedic premise, it has highly intelligent underpinnings. boom pits belief against science and ends up as a passion play for evolution.”

 

The New Yorker says "From pants-around-the-ankles comedy to hipster Twilight Zone takeoff… boom is imaginative and easy to like."

 

The cast includes Carolyn Cadigan as the mysterious museum docent “Barbara.”  Carolyn is the former drama instructor at Keith Country Day School and a co-founder of Rockford’s celebrated Artists’ Ensemble Theater.   Her most recent role was “Lady in a Leotard” in The West Side Show Room’s production of MilkMilkLemonade.

 

Playing science student Jules is another West Side Show Room veteran, Alex Ruano.  Originally from Rockton, Alex was trained in theater at University of the Pacific.  Recent roles include The Fiddler's Three at Rock Valley College's Studio Theatre, and a show-stealing turn as Etienne the butler in The West Side Show Room’s production of Vampire Lesbians of Sodom.

 

In her West Side Show Room acting debut, Rockford native Adriana Contreras plays journalism student Jo.  Adriana is currently pursuing a BFA in Acting & Directing from Rockford University, and recently appeared there as Lady Utterword in George Bernard Shaw’s Heartbreak House.

 

The West Side Show Room was founded by a diverse group of theater artists who are committed to bringing exciting, locally produced theater back to downtown Rockford.  boom is their third play.

 

Mike Werckle (Artistic Director). Rockford native Mike Werckle completed the intensive Foundation Acting Program at California Institute of the Arts, and received his BFA in Character Animation in 1992.  After a long career in the video game industry, he went on to earn his MFA in Film Production from The University of Texas in 2006.  Using his mastery of both animation and film, Mike became a sought after Previsualization Animator and Visual Effects Artist, working alongside top directors to design thrilling sequences on films such as Superman Returns, Live Free or Die Hard, I Am Legend, Tropic Thunder, Machete, and Predators.  Mike recently helped design the dinosaur sequences for Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life (Palme d'Or, Cannes Film Festival, 2011) and worked with The Wachowskis on their upcoming sci-fi epic Jupiter Ascending.  Mike is currently the Owner and Creative Director of Animcorp, a full service animation and video production company which recently produced spots for Big Papa’s Barbecue, and Johnny Pamcakes.  

 

In 2013, Mike opened The West Side Show Room in Rockford with the goal of bringing exciting, locally produced theater back to downtown Rockford.  He directed and acted in The West Side Show Room’s first two plays: Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, and MilkMilkLemonade.

 

Listing Information

Venue:

The West Side Show Room, 410 Mulberry Street, Rockford

 

Times:

11 Performances: June 13 - 29

Thursday June 19, 26 @ 8pm

Friday June 13, 20, 27 @ 9pm

Saturday June 14, 21, 28 @ 9pm

Sunday June 15, 22, 29 @ 7pm

 

Ticket Donation:

$5 - $10

 

Reserve Seats:

www.thewestsideshowroom.com/tickets

 

 

 

The West Side Show Room Brings Back Vampire Lesbians of Sodom for ArtScene

PRESS RELEASE 04/03/2014

The West Side Show Room presents:

SCENEscene

and

Vampire Lesbians of Sodom

a play by Charles Busch

The West Side Show Room announces SCENEscene, an all day cabaret of short performances coinciding with The Rockford Area Arts Council’s ArtScene.    Open Friday April 11 from 5 - 10pm, and Saturday April 12 from 4 - 10pm, SCENEscene features short plays, storytellers, music, stand up comedy, and a stage combat demonstration.  Each day’s events culminate with at free performance of the wildly successful burlesque comedy Vampire Lesbians of Sodom at 9pm.

In addition to Vampire Lesbians, SCENEscene will include the following acts:  Up With (Some) People, a short play by Joshua Conkel; Storytelling/Monolgues by Adrienne Gunn, Michele Mancuso, and Misha Sanders Lentz; music by Firmish Skirmish; and a stage combat demonstration by Erin Philpott.

“We are excited to be a part of Spring ArtScene 2014,” said Mike Werckle, the Artistic Director of The West Side Show Room. “We are opening our doors for people to get a taste of the kind of exciting performances we are bringing back to downtown Rockford.”

SCENEscene performances will occur all day on the half hour, with time in between for socializing and learning about The West Side Show Room.  At the end of each day, Vampire Lesbians will be performed in its entirety for free.  Werckle encourages visitors to “walk down to The West Side Show Room after visiting all the great ArtScene locations and see our hilarious little play.”

The cast of Vampire Lesbians includes Carolyn Cadigan as nosy gossip columnist Oatsie Carewe. Carolyn is the former drama instructor at Keith Country Day School and co-founder of Rockford’s celebrated Artists’ Ensemble Theater. Veteran Chicago performer Erin Philpott stars as the “glacial and terrifying star of stage and screen” Madeleine Astarte.  Erin is a certified Fight Instructor and choreographed the fight scenes in the original Chicago production of Vampire Lesbians of Sodom.  Mike Werckle will also be reprising his role as the hideous succubus La Condesa Scrofula de Hoya

Written by Charles Busch and directed by Werckle, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom is one of the longest running Off-Broadway plays of all time, and provides an opportunity for this young, innovative theater company to perform the kind of raw, no holds-barred theater that is rarely experienced in Rockford.

According to Busch’s website, “Vampire Lesbians of Sodom tells the saga of two fatally seductive vampiresses whose paths first collide in ancient Sodom. Their bitter rivalry as bloodsuckers but more importantly, as actresses, endures for two thousand years with stops along the way in 1920’s silent movie Hollywood and contemporary Las Vegas.”  With outrageous humour, flamboyant cross-dressing, and ridiculous sight-gags, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom is a satire of Hollywood stardom done in a burlesque comedy style.

The West Side Show Room was founded by a diverse group of theater artists who are committed to bringing exciting, locally produced theater back to downtown Rockford.  Vampire Lesbians of Sodom is their inaugural show.

Mike Werckle (Artistic Director). Rockford native Mike Werckle completed the intensive Foundation Acting Program at California Institute of the Arts, and received his BFA in Character Animation in 1992.  After a long career in the video game industry, he went on to earn his MFA in Film Production from The University of Texas in 2006.  Using his mastery of both animation and film, Mike became a sought after Previsualization Animator and Visual Effects Artist, working alongside top directors to design thrilling sequences on films such as Superman Returns, Live Free or Die Hard, I Am Legend, Tropic Thunder, Machete, and Predators.  Mike recently helped design the dinosaur sequences for Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life (Palme d'Or, Cannes Film Festival, 2011) and worked with The Wachowskis on their upcoming sci-fi epic Jupiter Ascending.  Mike is currently the Owner and Creative Director of Animcorp, a full service animation and video production company which recently produced spots for Big Papa’s Barbecue, and Johnny Pamcakes.  

In 2013, Mike opened The West Side Show Room in Rockford with the goal of bringing exciting, locally produced theater back to downtown Rockford.

 

Listing Information

Venue:

The West Side Show Room, 410 Mulberry Street, Rockford

Time/Date:

Friday April 11, 5 - 10pm

Saturday April 12, 4 - 10pm

Ticket prices:

Free Admission

Website:

www.thewestsideshowroom.com


 

For more information please contact Mike Werckle at thewestsideshowroom@gmail.com

For a digital copy of this press release, please visit www.thewestsideshowroom.com/press

 

The West Side Show Room Announces Next Show: MilkMilkLemonade

PRESS RELEASE 03/03/2014

 

The West Side Show Room Announces Next Show: MilkMilkLemonade

The West Side Show Room presents:

MilkMilkLemonade

a play by Joshua Conkel

 

After a successful two month run of Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, The West Side Show Room presents its next play MilkMilkLemonade, written by Joshua Conkel and directed by Mike Werckle.  Developed in Chicago and performed Off Broadway in 2009, this new play continues The West Side Show Room’s commitment to producing exciting fringe theater in downtown Rockford, Illinois.

 

According to Conkel’s website,  MilkMilkLemomade is “about Emory, an 11-year-old boy who lives on a farm with his Nanna, and a depressed chicken named Linda, who is about to be processed. Nanna wishes Emory would get his head out of the clouds, stop choreographing ribbon stick dance numbers, and be more like Elliot, the boy down the road with a penchant for burning things. Emory and Elliot have a relationship — just not one Nanna would expect or approve of. With absurd, poignant dialog and brutal characterizations, MilkMilkLemonade is a bitterly funny exploration of gender, sexuality, life, death, and the human body.”

 

TimeOut New York says MilkMilkLemonade is “unafraid to go for the belly: They want you laughing, nauseated or both. It's proof of how desperately comedy needs audacity: Here, as on your average chicken farm, only the plucky survive."

 

The cast includes Carolyn Cadigan as the narrator “Lady in a Leotard.”  Carolyn is the former drama instructor at Keith Country Day School and co-founder of Rockford’s celebrated Artists’ Ensemble Theater.  Trained in theater at the University of Massachusetts, Carolyn brings a wealth of experience including a long residency at the renowned Lamb’s Players Theatre in San Diego.  Her most recent role was “Oatsie Carewe” in The West SIde Show Room’s recent production of Vampire Lesbians of Sodom.

 

Mike Werckle appears again in ridiculous drag, this time as Linda, a 7 foot tall chicken who dreams of impersonating Andrew Dice Clay.  Werckle last appeared as La Condesa in Vampire Lesbians of Sodom.

 

Rosemary Million, a veteran of many Pec Playhouse productions, plays Nanna, Emory’s chain smoking grandmother.  Rosemary has recently been seen as Sister Aloyisius in Doubt, and Gertie in Fuddy Meers, both at at Pec Playhouse.

 

The rest of the cast includes Rockford College alum Andrew Harth as Emory and Colton Thompson as Elliot.

 

The West Side Show Room was founded by a diverse group of theater artists who are committed to bringing exciting, locally produced theater back to downtown Rockford.  MilkMilkLemonade is their second show.

 

Mike Werckle (Artistic Director). Rockford native Mike Werckle completed the intensive Foundation Acting Program at California Institute of the Arts, and received his BFA in Character Animation in 1992.  After a long career in the video game industry, he went on to earn his MFA in Film Production from The University of Texas in 2006.  Using his mastery of both animation and film, Mike became a sought after Previsualization Animator and Visual Effects Artist, working alongside top directors to design thrilling sequences on films such as Superman Returns, Live Free or Die Hard, I Am Legend, Tropic Thunder, Machete, and Predators.  Mike recently helped design the dinosaur sequences for Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life (Palme d'Or, Cannes Film Festival, 2011) and worked with The Wachowskis on their upcoming sci-fi epic Jupiter Ascending.  Mike is currently the Owner and Creative Director of Animcorp, a full service animation and video production company which recently produced spots for Big Papa’s Barbecue, and Johnny Pamcakes.  

 

In 2013, Mike opened The West Side Show Room in Rockford with the goal of bringing exciting, locally produced theater back to downtown Rockford.  He directed and acted in The West Side Show Room’s first hit play Vampire Lesbians of Sodom.

 

Listing Information

Venue:  The West Side Show Room, 410 Mulberry Street, Rockford

Time:  8pm

Dates: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, March 6 - 15, 2014

Ticket prices:  $15 - General Seating

Advance Ticket Sales: www.thewestsideshowroom.com/tickets

Website: www.thewestsideshowroom.com


 

For more information please contact Mike Werckle at thewestsideshowroom@gmail.com

For a digital copy of this press release, please visit www.thewestsideshowroom.com/press


 

The West Side Show Room Extends Hit Show Vampire Lesbians of Sodom

PRESS RELEASE 01/17/2014

The West Side Show Room Extends Hit Show Vampire Lesbians of Sodom

The West Side Show Room presents:

Vampire Lesbians of Sodom

a play by Charles Busch

After an initial two week run with sell out crowds, The West Side Show Room is extending it’s play Vampire Lesbians of Sodom.

“We were overwhelmed with the positive response to Vampire Lesbians, so we decided we’re going to keep doing it as long as people want to see it,” said Mike Werckle, Artistic Director of The West Side Show Room. The group is bringing on a few new cast members and is also adding musical numbers to the show.  \

Werckle found a treasure trove of early twentieth century sheet music in a box from his great-grandmother and decided to weave the songs into the play.  “These early twentieth century songs are rarely heard and add to the old time music hall feel of the play.”  Selections include The Laughing Vamp, I’m Hungry for a Little Bit of Love, and I Wasn’t Born to Be Lonesome.

Joining the cast as nosy gossip columnist Oatsie Carewe is Carolyn Cadigan, former drama instructor at Keith Country Day School and co-founder of Rockford’s celebrated Artists’ Ensemble Theater.  Trained in theater at the University of Massachusetts, Carolyn brings a wealth of experience including a long residency at the renowned Lamb’s Players Theatre in San Diego.  Her most recent role was “City Her” in the musical Gifts of the Magi at Artists’ Ensemble.

Veteran Chicago performer Erin Philpott is coming on board as the “glacial and terrifying star of stage and screen” Madeleine Astarte.  Erin is a certified Fight Instructor and choreographed the fight scenes in the original Chicago production of Vampire Lesbians of Sodom.

Returning are original cast members Genny Bonavia, David Mortenson, and Liz Newman who performs with local bluegrass band The Stragglers.  Mike Werckle will also be reprising his role as the hideous succubus La Condesa Scrofula de Hoya

Written by Charles Busch and directed by Werckle, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom is one of the longest running Off-Broadway plays of all time, and provides an opportunity for this young, innovative theater company to perform the kind of raw, no holds-barred theater that is rarely experienced in Rockford.

According to Busch’s website, “Vampire Lesbians of Sodom tells the saga of two fatally seductive vampiresses whose paths first collide in ancient Sodom. Their bitter rivalry as bloodsuckers but more importantly, as actresses, endures for two thousand years with stops along the way in 1920’s silent movie Hollywood and contemporary Las Vegas.”  With outrageous humour, flamboyant cross-dressing, and ridiculous sight-gags, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom is a satire of Hollywood stardom done in a burlesque comedy style.

The West Side Show Room was founded by a diverse group of theater artists who are committed to bringing exciting, locally produced theater back to downtown Rockford.  Vampire Lesbians of Sodom is their inaugural show.

Mike Werckle (Artistic Director). Rockford native Mike Werckle completed the intensive Foundation Acting Program at California Institute of the Arts, and received his BFA in Character Animation in 1992.  After a long career in the video game industry, he went on to earn his MFA in Film Production from The University of Texas in 2006.  Using his mastery of both animation and film, Mike became a sought after Previsualization Animator and Visual Effects Artist, working alongside top directors to design thrilling sequences on films such as Superman Returns, Live Free or Die Hard, I Am Legend, Tropic Thunder, Machete, and Predators.  Mike recently helped design the dinosaur sequences for Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life (Palme d'Or, Cannes Film Festival, 2011) and worked with The Wachowskis on their upcoming sci-fi epic Jupiter Ascending.  Mike is currently the Owner and Creative Director of Animcorp, a full service animation and video production company which recently produced spots for Big Papa’s Barbecue, and Johnny Pamcakes.  

In 2013, Mike opened The West Side Show Room in Rockford with the goal of bringing exciting, locally produced theater back to downtown Rockford.

Listing Information

Venue: The West Side Show Room, 410 Mulberry Street, Rockford

Time: 10pm

Dates: Fridays and Saturdays, starting January 24th

Ticket prices: $8 in advance, $10 at the door

Advance Ticket Sales: www.thewestsideshowroom.com/tickets

Website: www.thewestsideshowroom.com

The West Side Show Room Announces Vampire Lesbians of Sodom

PRESS RELEASE 12/13/2013

The West Side Show Room presents:

Vampire Lesbians of Sodom

a play by Charles Busch

Rockford’s new fringe theater company The West Side Show Room presents the play Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, written by Charles Busch and directed by Mike Werckle.  One of the longest running Off-Broadway plays of all time, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom provides an opportunity for this young, innovative theater company to perform the kind of raw, no holds-barred theater that is rarely experienced in Rockford.

According to Busch’s website, “Vampire Lesbians of Sodom tells the saga of two fatally seductive vampiresses whose paths first collide in ancient Sodom. Their bitter rivalry as bloodsuckers but more importantly, as actresses, endures for two thousand years with stops along the way in 1920’s silent movie Hollywood and contemporary Las Vegas.”  With outrageous humour, flamboyant cross-dressing, and ridiculous sight-gags, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom is a satire of Hollywood stardom done in a burlesque comedy style.

The play will be presented with companion piece Sleeping Beauty or Coma, a send-up of 1960s Mod fashion London.  Enid Wetwhistle, a young office temp, is selected to model the new fashion line of tyrannical designer Sebastian Lore.  When Enid is a no-show on the runway, the evil Sebastian takes his revenge by spiking her drink with LSD.

The cast includes Beloit, Wisconsin comedian Vickie Lynn, Second City Training alum Kevin Poole (who recently portrayed Riff Raff in The Rocky Horror Show at Starlight), veteran performer Chad Brazzle, and Liz Newman who performs with local bluegrass band The Stragglers.

The West Side Show Room was founded by a diverse group of theater artists who are committed to bringing exciting, locally produced theater back to downtown Rockford.  Vampire Lesbians of Sodom is their inaugural show.

Mike Werckle (Director).  Mike received a BFA in Character Animation from California Institute of the Arts in 1992 and an MFA in Film Production from The University of Texas in 2006.  Using his mastery of both animation and film, Mike became a sought after Previsualization Animator and VFX Artist, working alongside top directors to design thrilling sequences on films such as Superman Returns, Live Free or Die Hard, I Am Legend, Tropic Thunder, Machete, and Predators.  Mike recently helped design the dinosaur sequences for Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life (Palme d'Or, Cannes Film Festival, 2011) and worked with The Wachowskis on their upcoming sci-fi epic Jupiter Ascending.  Mike is currently the Owner and Creative director of Animcorp, a full service animation and video production company.  In 2013, Mike opened The West Side Show Room in Rockford with the goal of bringing exciting, locally produced theater back to downtown Rockford.

 

Listing Information

Venue: The West Side Show Room, 410 Mulberry Street, Rockford

Time:8pm

Dates: Fridays and Saturdays, December 20 - Jan 4

Ticket prices: $10 - $15 in advance, $12 at the door

Advance Ticket Sales: www.thewestsideshowroom.com/tickets

Website: www.thewestsideshowroom.com