I DIG ROCK AND ROLL MUSIC
A Celebration of Folk Rock Then and Now
Conceived by Ovation Winner James O’Neil, Lifetime Grammy Winner
George Grove and Tony Nominee/LADCC Winner Dan Wheetman
Rubicon Theatre Company presents an updated encore run of last year’s World Premiere of I DIG ROCK AND ROLL MUSIC with an all new cast September 11 through September 29 at Rubicon Theatre, 1006 E. Main Street in Ventura’s Downtown Cultural District.
A sequel to Lonesome Traveler, which premiered at Rubicon in 2013 and transferred Off-Broadway, earning Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk nominations, I Dig Rock and Roll Music is a celebration of folk-rock then and now. The show had a successful run at Rubicon last fall and is back by popular demand. Described as a theatrical concert, the evening features songs from 1965 through the 1970s made famous by Peter, Paul and Mary; The Mamas and the Papas; Carole King; Joni Mitchell; Carly Simon; The Fifth Dimension; The Association; Otis Redding; Cat Stevens; The Youngbloods; The Beatles; The Eagles; and many others. I Dig Rock and Roll Music also includes original songs of passion and protest inspired by the era written by Noel Paul Stookey (Paul of Peter, Paul and Mary), and other members of the group. The event was conceived by Ovation winner and Rubicon co-founder James O’Neil, Lifetime Grammy Award-winner George Grove, and LADCC-winner/Tony nominee Dan Wheetman. Musical direction is by Scott Anthony, with arrangements by George Grove and the performers.
I Dig Rock and Roll Music features six performers, most are singer/songwriters and multi-instrumentalists: Scott Anthony (Once at South Coast Rep, The Christians at Center Theatre Group), who also serves as Musical Director; Ovation Winner Yvette Cason (9/11-9/19) (Dreamgirls and Play On! on Broadway); Harley Jay (Rent and King Kong on Broadway, Rubicon’s Hello! My Baby); Beau Moore (Lonesome Traveler Tour with Peter Yarrow/Hedwig…); Charlotte Morris (Lonesome Traveler Tour with Peter Yarrow/Once); Emiliano Almeida (Rubicon’s Songs for a New World) on drums.
The first production of I Dig Rock and Roll Music was a hit with critics and fans alike, with the Ventura County Star describing the show as “Irresistible in its appeal…an urgent call for today’s audiences to take charge of their world and their destinies.” Backstage West called the show “…a dazzling array of uber-talented singer/songwriters. To that we say, ‘Right on!’” and the Southern California Guide writer said that, “the music of this show speaks to all generations…this is a do not miss! A thrilling new event.”
More about the Singer/Songwriters
YVETTE CASON makes her Rubicon debut with I Dig Rock and Roll Music and appears from 9/11-9/19. Her Broadway credits include Play On! (for which she also won an Ovation Award) and Dreamgirls. Her regional credits include Blues in the Night (Wallis), Shout Sister Shout (Pasadena Playhouse), Barbecue (Geffen Playhouse), A Night with Janis Joplin (Pasadena Playhouse and 5thAvenue), Ella Fitzgerald: The Musical (Lesher Theatre), Once on This Island (LA Reprise), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (La Mirada), St. Louis Woman (Encores), Into the Woods (Sacramento Music Circus) and Sisterella (Pasadena Playhouse/NAACP Theatre Award). Her film credits include “A Wrinkle in Time,” “Dreamgirls” and “Middle of Nowhere.” On television, she has guest starred in “For the People,” “Shameless,” “Real Husbands of Hollywood,” “ER,” and “Alias.” She has toured with Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder, David Foster and Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds.
HARLEY JAY returns to Rubicon following his stellar performance in the World Premiere of Hello! My Baby and Return to the Forbidden Planet. His Broadway credits include Rent and, most recently, King Kong (in which he closed last week). National touring credits include Rent and Miss Saigon. Harley has appeared on television for Disney’s Encore “Grease Live!” on FOX, “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “The Fast and the Furious.” While living in L.A., Harley’s band shared the stage with Rick Springfield, Eddie Money, Marc Broussard, Wilson Phillips and American Idol winner Kris Allen.
BEAU MOORE joins the cast of I Dig Rock and Roll Music having toured with Peter Yarrow and the cast of Lonesome Traveler. His New York credits include The Penalty at the Public Theatre, Still Life with Yellow at The New York Fringe and Map of Virtue at Paradise Factory. His extensive regional credits include playing Andrej in Once at Zach Theatre, and Jacek in Hedwig. He is a graduate of New York Conservancy for Dramatic Arts and a member of The New Students.
CHARLOTTE MORRIS is a New York based actor, musician and singer/songwriter. Charlotte appeared in the tour of Rubicon’s Lonesome Traveler with special guest Peter Yarrow. Most recently, she reprised her role of Reza in Once at The Public Theatre of San Antonio. Charlotte also just completed her first solo tour, playing 10 plus major cities between New York and Texas.
Musical Director SCOTT ANTHONY will also be performing in I Dig Rock and Roll. Scott has worked for years as a singer, composer, designer and musician in a career that has found him in studios, theatres and concert venues large and small. A graduate of Boston’s Berklee College of Music, he spent most of his time working in the Midwest, with occasional forays into New York, performing in popular bands, contributing to countless recordings and working on award-winning and World Premiere plays. Now in L.A., Scott has recently worked with South Coast Rep (Once) and Center Theatre Group (The Christians).
Drummer EMILIANO ALMEIDA is a percussionist and music producer. He returns to Rubicon having previously appeared in tick…tick…BOOM! and Songs for a New World.
Designers and Creatives
The Scenic Consultant for I Dig Rock and Roll Music is Oscar Escobedo. Original Lighting design is by Jon Garofalo, Sound Design and engineering by Jabworks, with video design by Kirby Ward. Dillon Francis is Stage Manager, with Erica Mings as Wardrobe Supervisor and Backstage Manager.
More about the Event
According to Director and Co-Conceiver James O’Neil, “I Dig Rock and Roll Music came about as an offshoot of our experience on Lonesome Traveler. After years of research, reading about the inception and evolution of folk music in America, several themes came to the fore.
“First, as you might guess from the title, Lonesome Traveler expresses the thought that we all take a solitary journey through life – we come in and out of this world alone. But music and storytelling are great unifiers – great healers. They can help us feel a little less lost or alone.”
O’Neil quotes Pete Seeger, saying, “When one person taps out a beat, while another leads into the melody, or when three people discover a harmony they never knew existed, or a crowd joins in on a chorus as though to raise the ceiling a few feet higher, then they also know there is hope for the world.”
“Another major theme of LT,” continues O’Neil, “is the idea that there is nothing new under the sun, and that we are influenced musically and otherwise by those who have come before. (Imagine my joy and surprise when one of my folk heroes Noel Paul Stookey contributed a song for I Dig Rock and Roll Music entitled ‘Standing on the Shoulders’ which expresses that very timeless sentiment, as appropriate to folk-rock as it is to folk.”
LT also spoke to the impact of history on music, and of music on history. It was this idea that propelled O’Neil and the group into exploring the music of the ‘60s and ‘70s and the creation of I Dig Rock and Roll Music. Once Dylan picked up the electric guitar at Newport in 1965, folk took a turn. “The electric sound had already been a part of our culture,” says O’Neil, “specifically in the Blues, but when Dylan embraced the electric sound, the expression of American music changed in a radical way.”
According to O’Neil, the folk music of the ‘50s and early ‘60s told external stories – “Tom Dooley,” “Rock Island Line” and “Puff the Magic Dragon” are a few examples. As folk-rock emerged, storytelling exploded in new directions. It became more personal, more poetical and in some cases, more political. Artists like Joni Mitchell sang songs swathed in the soulful expression of very private joys and hurts. Dylan wrote music that was filled with mystery and metaphor. And the electric sound brought with it a political potency – something about the raw, forceful energy spoke to the upheaval that was happening in America. Songs of passion and protest reflected what was happening and also became anthems for racial equality, women’s rights and other Civil Rights concerns.”
“The performance is not a theatre piece,” concludes O’Neil. “It is a theatrical concert celebrating folk-music then and now. Audience members hear music of the era. They also hear new songs by Noel and some of the singer/songwriters in the company that relate to issues that still resonate today.”
I Dig Rock and Roll Music is sponsored by Janet and Mark L. Goldenson and Theatre League.
Performances Schedule, Tickets and Box Office Information
Tickets for I Dig Rock and Roll Music at Rubicon Theatre may be purchased online at www.rubicontheatre.org, or by phone at 805.667.2900. Performances are Wednesdays at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m., Thursdays at 7:00 p.m., Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 2:00 and 8:00 p.m., and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the theatre box office, open Noon to 6:00 p.m. and one-hour prior to curtain Tuesdays through Sundays during the run. Rubicon Theatre is located at 1006 E. Main Street, Ventura, CA 93001.
Talkbacks with the artists are scheduled following Wednesday performances through the run.
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I DIG ROCK AND ROLL MUSIC
Rubicon Theatre Company presents an encore run of I DIG ROCK AND ROLL MUSIC with an all new group of singer/songwriters September 11 through September 29 at Rubicon Theatre, 1006 E. Main Street in Ventura’s Downtown Cultural District. A sequel to Lonesome Traveler, which premiered at Rubicon in 2013 and transferred Off-Broadway, earning Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk nominations, I Dig Rock and Roll Music is a celebration of folk-rock then and now. Described as a theatrical concert, the evening features songs of passion and protest from 1965 through the 1970s made famous by Peter, Paul and Mary; The Mamas and the Papas; Carole King; Joni Mitchell; Carly Simon; The Fifth Dimension; The Association; Otis Redding; Cat Stevens; The Youngbloods; The Beatles; The Eagles; and many others. I Dig Rock and Roll Music also includes original songs inspired by the era written by Noel Paul Stookey (Paul of Peter, Paul and Mary), and several of the performers. The event was conceived by Ovation winner and Rubicon co-founder James O’Neil, Lifetime Grammy Award-winner George Grove, and LADCC-winner/Tony nominee Dan Wheetman. Musical direction is by Scott Anthony, with arrangements by George Grove and the performers. I Dig Rock and Roll Music features six performers, most are singer/songwriters and multi-instrumentalists: Musical Director Scott Anthony, Yvette Cason (9/11-9/29), Harley Jay, Beau Moore, Charlotte Morris, and Charlotte Morris, with Emiliano Almeida on drums.
September 11-September 29
Saturday Opening Gala ($150 – including post-show party at Water’s Edge with cast)
Regular Performance Times and Prices
Wednesdays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. ($35-$65) (Talkbacks follow all Wednesday evening shows.)
Thursdays at 7 p.m. ($35-$65)
Fridays at 8 p.m. ($35-$65)
Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. ($35-$65)
Sundays at 2 p.m. ($35-$65)
Rubicon Theatre Company
Ventura's Downtown Cultural District
1006 E. Main St. Ventura, CA 93001
Ticket Range: $35- $65
Prices do not include a $4 ticket service fee
Discounts Available for Groups of 10+
Discounts for Seniors 65+, Students, Teachers and Active Military available
Box Office (for single and group tickets): 805.667.2900
Runtime: 2 hours and 15 minutes including intermission.