San Diegans… do you have about an hour??
Catch the last two performances (June 30th at 9 p.m. and July 1st at 4 p.m.)
of Pop Theater’s first act of
‘The Beautiful Machine’ –
A Sci-Fi, Pop/Rock Musical
at the 5th Annual San Diego International Fringe Festival
Centro Cultural de la Raza, Balboa Park, San Diego
The Beautiful Machine is set in a dystopian, futuristic enclosed city. The government has turned to inhumane population control techniques, exterminating those who do not qualify as “complete” or “viable” specimens for procreation. Ben Phoenix, a newly promoted engineer has recently been exiled to the dark fringes of society. Alone and distraught, he has been left with nothing, and yet he is the most talked about person in the city. Why is his name on so many tongues? Why is everyone fighting to recruit him? Is he the one with the key to bringing down the regime?
THE FIRST THREE PERFORMANCES WERE FILLED TO CAPACITY!
ONLY 2 MORE CHANCES TO SEE THIS ORIGINAL PRODUCTION!
The Beautiful Machine is produced, co-written and composed by Mike Neumann (Pop Theater), co-written by Josh Switzer and Directed by Domonique Evans, a graduate student in the SDSU MFA Musical Theatre program, one of only two such programs in the United States. Neumann, a math teacher at San Ysidro High School, calls The Beautiful Machine “Sci-Fi and Pop Music – a recipe for fun!” and his inspiration was “wanting to make musical theater “non-believers” into fans of the genre, by connecting theater to a musical style that is easily accessible by everyone”. Pop Theater is an up-and-coming theater group debuting its first production in the San Diego International Fringe Festival! Their vision is to expand the genre of the Sci-Fi musical and bring more fans to musical theater.
‘The Beautiful Machine’ Production/Creative Team Left to Right:
Mike Neumann – Lyrics/Music; Josh Switzer – Story;
Domonique Evans – Director; Jeannee Hogan – Manager
The inspiration for Director Domonique Evans “came from my previous directors in both high school and the collegiate level. Without them I wouldn’t be the man or performer I am today. I would love to impact, inspire, and guide our next generation as I was.” Domonique’s view on The Beautiful Machine is “A story about evolution and a government that is afraid of any kind of change”.
The Beautiful Machine Cast includes: Chris Chiles as Ben Phoenix, Brent Roberts as Roman Valice, Kimberly Moller as Clarity Providence, Lindsey Denham as Xandelle Jackson, Jillian Jackson as Anna Phoenix and Kitty Baton Rouge, Leo Chang as Jimmy Philadelphia, Emmy Farese as Charlotte (and Understudy Clarity), Terence J. Burke as President, Riece Johnson as Dibbs, Alexandra Lee as Sydney Bismarck (Understudy Xandelle), and Thomas Reasoner as Conway (Understudy Ben).
‘The Beautiful Machine’ extends thanks to their generous DONORS – without whom this would not be possible : Vicky & Bill McGinnis, Gina & Mike Farhar, Michael & Ruth Neumann, Jennifer Feddish, Kendra Tracy, Simon Schwartz, Carlos “Senpai” Luna, Ashley McCann, Joyce Inzunza, Ann & Rafael Montiel, Joey Thompson, Marie Thompson, Randa O’Connor, Miriam Haughey, Mike Byrne, Amy Walsh, Nina Stoddard, Elaina Scott, Richard Ho, Jennifer Lane, James Hall, Lucas Williams, and Thomas Nielsen.
Special thanks from ‘The Beautiful Machine’ to: Imran Shiekh – ‘The Beautiful Machine’ heart logo design; Shannon van der Reck- Prop Design; San Diego Steampunks – Promo photos; Jenny Lane and New Works Studio– Invaluable help and advice; Joe DeMers – Pianist; Susanna Vaughn- Assistant Choreographer; SJF Communications– Promotion & Media; Chloe Clark- Light Board Operator; Michael Short Photography-Videography; Chris Armstrong-transporting & moving props; and Hans Neumann- For believing in his Dad.
Here’s a video from ‘The Beautiful Machine’ appearance on ‘Tonight in San Diego‘:
TICKET INFORMATION: General Admission tickets are $10 (Plus $5 Fringe Tag): https://sdfringe.ticketleap.com/beautiful-machine/dates
SCHEDULE of REMAINING PERFORMANCES:
Friday, June 30 – 9:00 pm; & Saturday, July 1 – 4:00 pm
Look for ‘The Beautiful Machine’ Album release in July on Spotify!
LOCATION: Centro Cultural de la Raza, 2004 Park Blvd., (Balboa Park) San Diego, CA 92101
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