Daniel Sugimoto, Artistic Director, will present the World Premiere of “MY DATE WITH DEATH – A Musical Romance,” with Book, Music and Lyrics written by Daniel Sugimoto, starring Daniel Sugimoto as Lincoln Thomas (Link) and Samantha M. Lawrence as Jasmine/Lady Death/Diallo under the direction of Julia Lisa. Performances will be presented at the Miles Memorial Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Boulevard (located between Wilshire Boulevard and Arizona Avenue), Santa Monica, CA 90403, for a Limited Four-Week Run on Saturdays and Sundays at 8:00 p.m. on November 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, December 1 and 2, 2018. FREE PARKING AVAILABLE Tickets can be purchased by calling 323-301-9002 or online at www.thezootheatreco.com
In “MY DATE WITH DEATH – A Musical Romance,” Link finds himself at the end of his rope, drinking the remainder of his life away at a bar when he is visited by a Spirit from the beyond. This Spirit reveals herself to be a Soul Collector sent to keep Link from ending his energy too soon. Strap in and take a Dickensian sprint across the universe with Link, an isolated soul, as he falls in love with Lady Death, and her never-ending knowledge of the cosmos.
Writer/Composer Daniel Sugimoto says, “I have struggled my entire life with questions of suicide, the purpose of life and what comes after. In ‘MY DATE WITH DEATH – A Musical Romance,” through the character of Link, I am channeling my personal pain into music and asking not what can others do for I, but what me can do for others. Being so close to calling it quits in real life, I have decided to reframe my purpose and express my love of death as a genuine love of life in this theatrical venture.”
Sugimoto continued, “Much like an episode of ‘Dr. Who,' the British science-fiction television program, in which an extraterrestrial being, Dr. Who, explores the universe in a time-traveling spaceship, through my fantasy musical, ‘MY DATE WITH DEATH,' I try to breathe light into the dark side of the universe of death, loss and those who struggle with suicide. With 12 brand new original songs and two characters, I'm focusing on different ways to think, discuss, and cope with the inevitable end of this thing called life. My hope is to entertain and to ease one's ideas towards issues that more than a few deal with on a daily basis and maybe come out with a brighter broader understanding for those who need a hand here and there.”