Pegasus Theater Company on the Russian River is gearing up for its eighth annual Tapas, the longest-running new short play festival in Sonoma County, opening Friday, Sept. 19 at the Rio Nido Lodge.
Over nearly a decade of producing new short works by northern California playwrights the festival has drawn large audiences, eager to see the latest products of our region's local talent.
Tapas founder Lois Pearlman remembers that when she first proposed a short play festival to Pegasus in 2005 one of the members of the artistic committee said, "What if nobody sends us any plays?"
"Fat chance", said Pearlman. "We received over 100 plays that first time and some 1,000 total over the years. Some of the plays we have selected for production were by talented first-timers and others by established playwrights who have gone on to huge success in the Greater Bay area and beyond."
This year’s production includes:
The Alpha Bindleman by Paul Braverman, directed by Brandon Wilson
Community Chest by Tod Golding, directed by Adam Palafox
Starbucks on Broadway by Scott Lummer, directed by Abigail Thompson
Dark Windows by Madeline Puccioni, directed by Rusty (William) Thompson
Crazy You Drive Me by James A. Martin, directed by Beulah Vega
Reservations Jeffrey Fischer-Smith, directed by Lois Pearlman
Casting Call by Stephen Sossaman, directed by Darlene Kersnar
Join us for an evening of comedy, tragedy, fantasy, farce and more. Bet you can’t watch just one.
The festival will run Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at 4 p.m., Sept. 19 through Oct. 12. Admission is $15 except for the opening weekend, which is pay-what-you-can. The closing Gala Sunday matinee on Oct. 12 is $30 and includes complimentary champagne and hors d'oeuvres.
You can make reservations online here or by calling (707) 583-2343. Reservations can be confirmed only if they are made at least three hours before the performance.
The Rio Nido Lodge is two miles east of Guerneville. Take Canyon 2 Road off River Road, go past the Rio Nido Roadhouse and you’ll see a white Tudor-style building, the Rio Nido Lodge. There are two parking lots to the left of the building: Pegasus patrons should park in the second lot as the main lot is reserved for Lodge guests. Look for our sign on the left side of the building facing the parking lots.