Don't Miss "The Fix" — An Election Year
Musical Presented Oct. 3-7 at CSU, Chico
Add one part maniacal back room scheming. Another part seedy characters with organized crime associations. Into this mix put a dysfunctional family hell-bent with political aspirations. What do you get — U.S. politics as usual?
All those elements are part of CSU, Chico’s election year production of “The Fix,” a contemporary musical making its Chico-area debut.
Presented October 3-6 at 7:30 p.m. and October 7 at 2 p.m. in Harlen Adams Theatre by CSU, Chico’s School of the Arts, “The Fix” is described by director Joel P. Rogers as “very evocative, very interesting and very current.”
Basically, the story follows a family in the pursuit of political position. The play finds them associated with seedy characters and corporations as they try to shape and prepare a family member for a run at the Presidency. However, this dysfunctional family has problems that complicate their aspirations, including, but certainly not limited to, substance abuse, deceit, and shady organized crime associations.
“The Fix” is a relatively new musical. It received its world premiere at the Donmar Warehouse on April 26th, 1997. Book and lyrics are by John Dempsey with music by Dana P. Rowe and orchestration by Michael Gibson.
“I saw it in 1999 at a theatre in Virginia where it was being work-shopped for a Broadway run,” said Rogers. “I’ve wanted to do it here for several years. With it being an election year, now seemed to be the appropriate time.”
Rogers said the biggest challenge of this contemporary musical is getting it staged in a short period of time.
“We basically have two weeks to get the show staged before we head into run-throughs. That, without question, is the most challenging part. The music is complicated, but the cast is very strong so they have managed to handle that without any trouble.”
Cast members include some of the Department of Music and Theatre’s most talented actors: Ben Day, Matt Hammons, Katie Morrill, Mikey Perdue, Joe Zimmerman, Blair Palmerlee, Heather Osteraa, Ashley Garlick, Rich Holst, David Kahn, Alex Geringer, Lacey Henderson, Rich Holst, Austin Brown, Kelsey Mielle Byrne, Eric Wilhite, Keith Bratton, Tyler Campbell, Danny Beldi, and Jennifer Garlock.
Joining Rogers in staging the production are Department of Music and Theatre designers Dan Schindler (set), Katie Whitlock (sound), Sandy Barton (costumes), and Mike Alexander (lighting).
The play is staged in the present. The choreography utilizes hip-hop and contemporary dance styles. Music, played by a rock band, is fairly contemporary and upbeat; not your typical musical theatre style.
“If you like the music from ‘Rent,’ you will like the music in ‘The Fix.’”
“The Fix” has plenty of sexual innuendo, drug references and dirty language. It is not recommended for children.
“Without question, this play isn't appropriate for young folks,” said Rogers. “The language is tough, the subject matter is really edgy — drugs, alcohol, lots of sexual innuendo, etc. If this were a movie I would suggest at least a PG-13 rating.”
Rogers said audiences that come to “The Fix” will see it as a warning to beware of morally flawed charismatic candidates running for office.
“It brings into question the integrity of our current political organizations and is a warning, without question, of folks that are being ‘placed’ into these roles simply because they are maybe the most charismatic, well spoken, etc. It's an interesting commentary on our recent history in this country and the current political election.”
Advance tickets, at $15 adults, $13 students, and $6 children, are available at the University Box Office (898-6333). Add $2 for tickets purchased at the door. For disability-related accommodations, please call 898-4325.
Photos by Sean Chen