CHICAGO ( October 30, 2019 ) — Celebrate the season in sunny Miami as Dorothy, Rose, Blanche and Sophia return for brand new holiday episodes in THE GOLDEN GIRLS: The Lost Episodes — The Holiday Edition, Vol. 2. Written by Artistic Director David Cerda* and directed by ensemble member Stevie Love*, the latest installment of Hell in a Handbag Productions' long-running parody of the beloved TV sitcom will play November 27 — December 28, 2019 at Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood. Tickets are currently available through Brown Paper Tickets at goldengirlsxmas.bpt.me or by calling or by calling ( 800 ) 838-3006. The press opening is Saturday, November 30 at 7:30 pm.
THE GOLDEN GIRLS: The Lost Episodes — The Holiday Edition, Vol. 2 features ensemble members Ed Jones* as Rose, David Cerda* as Dorothy and Grant Drager* as Blanche with Ryan Oates as Sophia. The cast also includes ensemble members Lori Lee*, Michael Miller* and Michael Rashid* with Steve Kimbroughand Tyler Anthony Smith.
THE GOLDEN GIRLS: The Lost Episodes series began in 2017 and has been going strong ever since. Chicago loves Handbag's long-running parody of the classic TV sitcom with original scripts.
The production team includes David Cerda* ( costume design ), Liz Cooper ( lighting design ), DJ Douglass ( sound design ), Pamela Parker ( prop designer ), Keith Ryan* ( wig design ), Sydney Genco* ( make-up design ) and Jeremy Hollis( technical director ).
*Denotes Handbag ensemble member.
Title: THE GOLDEN GIRLS: The Lost Episodes — The Holiday Edition, Vol. 2
Written by: Artistic Director David Cerda*
Directed by: ensemble member Stevie Love*
Cast ( in alphabetical order ): David Cerda* ( Dorothy ), Grant Drager* ( Blanche ), Ed Jones* ( Rose ), Steve Kimbrough ( Ensemble ), Lori Lee* ( Ensemble ), Michael Miller* ( Ensemble ), Ryan Oates ( Sophia ), Michael Rashid* ( Ensemble ) and Tyler Anthony Smith ( Ensemble ).
Location: Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St., Chicago
Wednesday, November 27 at 7:30 pm ( preview )
Friday, November 29 at 7:30 pm ( preview )
Saturday, November 30 at 7:30 pm ( press opening )
Thursday, December 5 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 7 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 8 at 4 pm
Wednesday, December 11 at 7:30 pm
Thursday, December 12 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 15 at 4 pm
Wednesday, December 18 at 7:30 pm
Thursday, December 19 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 21 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 22 at 4 pm
Monday, December 23 at 7:30 pm
Friday, December 27 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 28 at 7:30 pm
Tickets: Previews: $20. Regular run $27 in advance, $31 at the door. VIP reserved and group rates $20 for 10 or more. Tickets are currently available through Brown Paper Tickets at goldengirlsxmas.bpt.me or by calling or by calling ( 800 ) 838-3006.
About the Artists
David Cerda ( Playwright ) is the Artistic Director and co-founder of Hell in a Handbag Productions. Cerda has written or collaborated on POSEIDON! An Upside Down Musical, Caged Dames, Sexy Baby, Lady X: The Musical, Christmas Dearest, Rudolph the Red-Hosed Reindeer, SCARRIE-The Musical, The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes ( Volumes 1, 2 & 3 ), The Drag Seed, and many others. He has also worked as a songwriter with Amazon Studios and as an actor around Chicago. In 2016, Cerda was in inducted into the Chicago GLBT Hall of Fame and in 2017 he received a Lifetime Achievement Jeff Award for his contributions to the Chicago theater community and philanthropic efforts.
Stevie Love ( Director ) most recently played Nonnie in Poseidon! ( Handbag ) and Annie/Shelly in Evil Dead The Musical ( Black Button Eyes Productions ), which earned a 2019 Jeff Award nod for Supporting Actor. Other credits: ( directing, choreography, acting ) Disney Cruise Lines, Steppenwolf Garage, Northlight Theatre, Ensemble Theatre Company, Pride Films and Plays, National Pastime Theater, Red Tape Theater, The New Colony, and many Handbag shows ( notably: Helen in MIRACLE!, which garnered Jeff and Broadwayworld Award nominations ).
About Hell in a Handbag Productions
Hell in a Handbag is dedicated to the preservation, exploration, and celebration of works ingrained in the realm of popular culture via theatrical productions through parody, music and homage. Handbag is a 501( c )( 3 ) Not for Profit.
—From a press release