CHICAGO ( January 8, 2019 ) — Chicago's favorite drag seniors start 2019 with LOVE in Hell in a Handbag Productions' beloved parody THE GOLDEN GIRLS: The Lost Episodes — The Valentine Edition, written by Artistic Director David Cerda and directed by Jon Martinez. Dorothy, Blanche, Sophia and Rose return February 8 — March 10, 2019 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago. Tickets are currently available at www.handbagproductions.org or www.stage773.com, by calling ( 773 ) 327-5252. The press opening is Sunday, February 10 at 3 pm.
THE GOLDEN GIRLS: The Lost Episodes — The Valentine Edition will feature Adrian Hadlock* as Sophia, Ed Jones* as Rose, Michael Rashid and David Cerda as Dorothy and Grant Drager* as Blanche. The ensemble also includes Chazie Bly*, Miles Brindley, Casey Coppess, Steve Kimbrough, Ryan Oates, Ryan Tang and Danne W. Taylor as various characters.
Poor Dorothy can't find a date for the Sadie Hawkins dance at the Miami Senior Center. When Rose sets her up with a man with a colorful past, the evening takes a turn for the bizarre. Meanwhile Sophia locks horns with her arch rival, Sylvia Martinelli and the two engage in a steamy battle of wits.
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. Get your tickets early and bring a sweetheart!
The production team includes: Christopher Rhoton ( scenic design ), Danny Rockett ( sound design ), Keith Ryan* ( wig design ), Adrian Hadlock* ( props design ) and Si Squires-Kasten ( stage manager ).
*Denotes Handbag ensemble member.
Title: THE GOLDEN GIRLS: The Lost Episodes — The Valentine Edition
Written by: Artistic Director David Cerda
Directed by: Jon Martinez
Cast ( in alphabetical order ): Chazie Bly* ( Ensemble ), Miles Brindley ( Ensemble ), David Cerda* ( late night Dorothy ), Casey Coppess ( Ensemble ), Grant Drager* ( Blanche ), Adrian Hadlock* ( Sophia ), Ed Jones* ( Rose ), Steve Kimbrough ( Ensemble ), Ryan Oates ( Ensemble ), Michael Rashid ( Prime time Dorothy ), Ryan Tang ( Ensemble ) and Danne Taylor ( Ensemble ).
Location: Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago.
Dates: Previews: Friday, February 8 at 8 pm and Saturday, February 9 at 8 pm
Opening/Press performance: Sunday, February 10 at 3 pm
Regular run: Thursday, February 14 — Sunday, March 10, 2019
Curtain Times: Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm; Sundays at 3 pm. Please note: there will be an added Valentine's Day performances on Thursday, February 14 at 8 pm; there will be added late night performances on Saturday, February 23 at 10:30 pm, Saturday, March 2 at 10:30 pm and Saturday, March 9 at 10:30 pm.
Tickets: Previews: $22. Regular run $27 in advance, $31 at the door. Group rates $20 for 10 or more.Tickets are currently available at www.handbagproductions.org or www.stage773.com, by calling ( 773 ) 327-5252.
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 ), The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes: The Holiday Edition, The Halloween Edition, 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.
Jon Martinez ( Director ) is glad to be back on board after directing and choreographing Snowgirls — The Musical with Handbag. Other credits include: The Buddy Holly Story ( American Blues ); Crumbs From The Table of Joy ( Raven Theatre ); The View Upstairs ( Circle Theater ); In The Heights ( Civic Theatre );On A Clear Day… ( Porchlight Music Theater ); It's Only a Play, Priscilla Queen of the Desert ( Joseph Jefferson Award nomination ) ( Pride Films & Plays ); Rock of Ages ( Timberlake Playhouse ); Tonya & Nancy The Rock Opera ( Chicago Premiere ) ( Underscore Theatre ); 3C ( Red Orchid ); We're Gonna Die ( Haven Theater/Steppenwolf ); LIZZIE ( Firebrand Theatre ); Xanadu ( ATC ); Carrie, Murder Ballad ( Bailiwick Chicago ). His first ballet, Le Apache, premiered in 2016 at The Harris Theater in Chicago. Next up, he will be directing and choreographing the regional premiere of Be More Chill at Playhouse Square Cleveland. —From a press release
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 Prof