Saturday, August 18, 2012

Ray of Light Theatre Launches Cabaret Series

Ray of Light Theatre in San Francisco is doing a Cabaret Season (which was news to me, but I have just been out of touch).

They're opening with one of my wonderful colleagues from 42nd Street Moon, Ms. Dyan McBride. Here are the deets:

WHATDyan McBride in…Liner Notes: Songs From a Rock N’ Roll Adolescence
WHEN: August 26 @ 7pm
WHERE: Martuni’s Piano Bar, 4 Valencia St., San Francisco

Dyan McBride will take audiences through her formative years using rock n’ roll and pop music as her primer, with songs ranging from Tom Waits to Motley Crue to Meatloaf. Special guests and awkward teenage stories will round out a rockin' evening, featuring David Dobrusky on piano.

“I think adolescence is the most intense period of one's life,” says McBride. “Everything seems epic, important and dramatic. At least it felt that way for me. I had a lot of major events happen to me during this time in my life and music basically kept me sane and told me what was important in life. And music was also a terrifically bad influence on me too, which was what made it so fun.” She continues, “I want [my audience] to, first and foremost, just laugh and have fun. I was totally obsessed, mildly delusional and crazy about pop music and how is that not funny? I also want them to understand that when you fall in love with something, it can change you, save you and determine the path your life takes. While I never became a rock star, I did transfer that passion for music into performing and to quote the Dead, ‘What a long, strange trip it's been.’”

HOW TO BUY TICKETS: Tickets and information are available at:

When I lived in NYC I did cabaret, and my NYC swan song was my show "Pop Goes Elisa!" It was an entire show of all the songs that moved me from the pop/rock/country sphere, and I was partly inspired to create it when I first saw kd lang sing Roy Orbison's "Crying" and found it to be a revelation. It reminded me of the power popular music really has. Not just the power to move you, but the power to help you articulate and express your deepest feelings...even when you're a muddled and confused teen.

Needless to say, I'm really looking forward to this!!

About the Artist
Dyan McBride is an actor, director, singer and teacher. As an actress and director she has worked with such companies as Center REP, 42nd Street Moon, Ray of Light, Marin Theatre Company, Solano College Theatre, Laguna Playhouse, Golden State Productions, New Conservatory Theatre Center, Pacific Alliance Theatre Company, Actors Theatre of Sonoma, Broadway By the Bay, Willows, Napa Rep, Mondavi Center, Utah Musical Theatre and Performance Riverside, to name a few. As a live performer, she has had the opportunity to perform all over the United States and in Europe. In the world of TV-Film-Voiceover she has done work for Comcast Sports Net, Yahoo! Progressive Auto Insurance, Nintendo, Intuit and many more. McBride has her BA from California State University at Fullerton (musical theatre) and her MFA from U.C. Davis (acting). She is a member of the Screen Actors Guild, Actors Equity Association and The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

About Ray of Light’s Cabaret Spotlight Series
Since its debut in December 2011, Ray of Light’s Cabaret Spotlight Series has partnered with Martuni’s Piano Bar to create a stage for new cabaret talent to reinvent and revitalize the form with a focus on intimacy and, above all, fun. The first Spotlight Series included Ellyn Marie Marsh, Jessica Coker and Alyssa Stone & Eliza Leoni.
The Fall 2012 series will feature Dyan McBride (Liner Notes: Songs From a Rock n’ Roll Adolescence, August 26, 7pm), Kit [formerly Sarah Kathleen] Farrell (Eat Your Heart Out, September 30, 7pm) and Emily Wade (Love Is Blind, October 28, 7pm).

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