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Killing Republicans -A Rock Opera- Gala Opening Night

Killing Republicans -A Rock Opera- Gala Opening Night

1214 Surf Ave.


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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Brought to you by Coney Island U.S.A.

After the performance, we will have an audience discussion with the cast, director and playwright, led by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, Lynn Nottage. Craft beers and Feltman's gourmet hot dogs will be served!

Gala Tickets are $50 online or at the door.

Advance tickets at:

Killing Republicans -A Rock Opera-, a new work by Dick D. Zigun (Founder and Artistic Director of Coney Island USA), Composed by Cristian Amigo (INTAR Theatre Composer in Residence) and Directed by Terry O'Reilly (Mabou Mines) will premiere at The Shooting Gallery Arts/Annex in Coney Island, on April 30th and run through May 15th.

The plot of KILLING REPUBLICANS -A Rock Opera- is a fantasy conversation among First Class passengers on a transatlantic flight:
Jodie Foster the actress...
Goodness Gracious a Nigerian pop singer...
and her husband, Billy Bob From Biloxi a rich rockabilly Mississippi oilman ...

They have drinks, talk politics and sing about the history of assassination attempts on Republicans from Abe Lincoln and Senator Charles Sumner, through McKinley, Garfield, Roosevelt, Ford and Reagan. They sometimes sing about "Poor People In Coach" and other times wonder who really ended slavery, Lincoln the Republican or Democrat Lyndon Banes Johnson?

Songs are influenced by music style including the Ramones in a punk anthem also inspired by Walt Whitman "Oi, Captain! My Captain"; Sex Pistols inspired "It's A New Century,Republicans"; Hendrix inspired "Love Republicans"; Hardcore Thrash Metal inspired "That's When We Googled Garfield"; SonicYouth inspired "We Must Be Suffering Jetlag"; and Johnny Cash inspired "The Ballad of Teddy Roosevelt".

BillyBob from Biloxi: Nikos Brisco
Jodie Foster: Juliet Schaefer
Goodness Gracious: Jessi Williams
Jet Stream: Celina Leroy
Jet Stream: Amanda Jencsik

Book & Lyrics: Dick D. Zigun
Original Music: Cristian Amigo
Director: Terry O'Reilly
Sound & Video Design: Dennis Catalfumo
Scenic & Costume Design: Kate Dale
Scenery & Properties: Alix Martin
Stage Manager: Amanda Jencsik

A Funhouse Philosophers Production

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Funded in part by NYC Department of Cultural Affairs


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