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 BACKYARD RENAISSANCE UNLEASHED  

Cut loose with us throughout the year at our one-night-only Backyard Renaissance UNLEASHED events. Just remember to leave the leash at home. You won’t need it where you’ll be going…

Performing LIVE November 18 — December 11, 2021

WITCHLAND by Tim Mulligan

Directed by Andrew Oswald

WHAT’S WITCHLAND ABOUT?

Equal parts horror, comedy, and cautionary fable.

Leave your troubles behind and laugh in terror as you enter the immersive world of…WITCHLAND.

When gay couple Jared and Van pull up stakes in Seattle, WA, and move with their daughter to the small town of Richland, WA, it’s difficult to know what’s real and what’s illusion.  Is it a nagging cough or radiation poisoning?  Is it small town charm or the local lore come to life?  Is it an alcohol-induced delusion or is the neighbor next door really a sorceress of the dark arts?

Pssst!….What if we told you that elements of this story are true?

The story of Witchland is based upon the author’s experiences growing up in Richland, a small town in Eastern Washington — deemed “the most toxic place in the Western Hemisphere.”  A witch, a mysterious reappearing pile of sticks, a baby graveyard, and an illness plaguing the entire town are only a few of the eerie truths revealed in this one-of-a-kind world premiere.

Fright Coordinator & Haunt Specialist   Jeffrey Neitzel
Lighting Designer   Lorrena Harvey
Scene/Prop Designer   Tony Cucuzzella
Costume Designer   Faith A. James
Sound Designer   George Ye
Stage Manager   Anna Younce
Assistant Stage Manager   Dylan Napieralski

at Tenth Avenue Arts Center

930 Tenth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

(where the 163 South turns into Tenth Avenue)

PURCHASE WITCHLAND TICKETS HERE

Past UNLEASHED Events

TOXIC AVENGER CHRISTMAS CHAOS

November 25, 2019 at Tenth Avenue Arts Center

@ 7:30pm

PURCHASE TOXIC AVENGER TICKETS HERE

LIVE LIP SYNC FACE-OFF 3

April 1, 2019 at Moxie Theatre

WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE?

Camp B-Movie Staged Reading

Wednesday September 12th @ 7:30pm

ONE NIGHT ONLY

Featuring Melinda Gilb & Shana Wride

Theodore and Adele Shank Theatre
2910 La Jolla Village Drive
La Jolla, CA 92037

WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE? was a smash hit when it was released in 1962. It earned five Academy Award nominations and was responsible for revitalizing the careers of two of Hollywood’s most famous and accomplished actresses, Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. Both Academy Award winners, the movie work for Davis and Crawford had dried up since they had reached a certain age. The success of the film led each to a busy second phase of their careers in mostly B movies which kept them working and in the public eye until their deaths.

The pairing of legendary actresses Bette Davis and Joan Crawford captured the public’s imagination before the film was even released. Rumor had it that they had always been bitter competitive rivals, much like the Hudson sisters in the story, and everyone wanted to see how much fur would fly in the completed film.

The success of the film inspired a new sub-genre of horror some have referred to as the grand dame horror film.


(Based on the overwhelming popularity of the staged readings
of the BYR’s Camp B-Movie SHOWGIRLS, MOMMIE DEAREST, and TROLL 2)

STARRING:

MELINDA GILB as former child star Baby Jane & SHANA WRIDE as her sister Blanche

ALSO FEATURING:

PHIL JOHNSON as eccentric and cash-strapped Edwin Flagg

(Adapted by Anthony Methvin & Tom Zohar)
HOSTED BY: Anthony Methvin

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THE SAVOYARD MURDERS

by OMRI SCHEIN

Tuesday September 4th @ 8:00pm

ONE NIGHT ONLY

Featuring Richard Baird, Francis Gercke, Jessica John, Phil Johnson, Brian Mackey, David McBean, and Shana Wride

Tuesday September 4, 2018 @8pm

Theodore and Adele Shank Theatre
2910 La Jolla Village Drive
La Jolla, CA 92037

Savoyard  (nSa·voy·ard \ sə-ˈvȯi-ˌärd \)

a devotee of the comic operas of W. S. Gilbert and A. S. Sullivan

Murders  (nmur·ders  \ ˈmər-dərs \)

the crimes of unlawfully killing people especially with malice aforethought

It’s time for fans of Gilbert & Sullivan to face the bloody music!

Tiberius Spriggs, Gilbert and Sullivan historian and aficionado, throws the most delightful tea parties.  Muffins! Salmon sandwiches!

And murder.

Which one of his motley guests is ruthlessly bumping off random British subjects in the style of England’s most notorious creators of comic operas? And will the punishment fit the crime?

Put on your savoyard caps and find out!

LIVE LIP SYNC FACE-OFF 2

HOSTED by ANTHONY METHVIN

Monday June 11th @ 7pm

We can’t stand the antisyncopation….

Our favorite San Diego theatre artists compete head to head and sync or sink as they present live lip sync performances.

Your applause determines the winner.

Passion, music, and creativity collide in one of the most unpredictable and entertaining nights you’ll ever spend in an audience. Don’t miss your opportunity to help crown San Diego’s next Lip Sync Face-Off Champion!

BACKYARD RENAISSANCE UNLEASHED EVENT INCLUDES:
Live LipSync 2 Performances!
Available food and adult beverages!
Opportunity Drawings!
Surprises!

MERRY MUSICAL MAD LIBS: CHRISTMAS UNBLEEPED!

Monday, December 4th, 2017 –  7pm

(Your Favorite Childhood Fill-In-The-Blank Game, All Grown Up!)

BACKYARD RENAISSANCE THEATRE wants to ______ you to some of San Diego’s most _____ musical-theatre _____s, performing Broadway tunes with a _______ twist!

(Go on. Fill in the blanks. We’re all friends here.)
RATED: R (for strong language)

A night of great laughs, great singing and a few words you may have to look up later.

Featuring a top-notch list of San Diego favorite musical theatre actors, performing the songs you love…in a way we guarantee you’ve never heard them before!

STARRING:

HOSTED BY: Anthony Methvin
MUSIC DIRECTOR: Derrick James

MOMMIE DEAREST – BAD MOVIE NIGHT STAGED READING

Monday, September 18th, 2017 –  7pm

See MOMMIE DEAREST like you’ve never seen it before while supporting one of San Diego’s newest theatre companies!

Backyard Renaissance Theatre Company’s LIVE Staged-Reading features a top-notch list of San Diego’s favorite theatre actors!

RATED: R (for strong language and situations)

STARRING:
David McBean,
Jacque Wilke,
and Shana Wride

ADAPTED & DIRECTED BY: Anthony Methvin

INCLUDES:
Staged Reading of MOMMIE DEAREST!
Available food and adult beverages!
Opportunity Drawings!
Surprises!

LIVE LIP SYNC FACE-OFF

Monday, August 14th, 2017 –  7pm

(Watch your favorite performers sing their faces off.)

The Battle Begins..
Only one person can take home the trophy and how they win it, is up to them… Costumes, lip sync skills, song choice and creativity all take part in making one the FACE OFF CHAMP!

Featuring a top-notch list of San Diego theatre artists, performing the songs you love…in a way we guarantee you’ve never heard them before!

SHOWGIRLS

February 27th, 2017 at 7pm

Paul Verhoeven’s 1995 stripper fiasco, SHOWGIRLS, is almost equally reviled as an over-the-top, camp, trash-film as it is celebrated as a legitimate, cult-following masterpiece.

Satire or not, sharp social critique or campy exploitation film (and who’s to say it can’t be both?), SHOWGIRLS is a kitschy onslaught of full-blown mayhem and a bizarro spectacle to behold.