Perseverance Theatre has announced the final production of their 2011-2012 mainstage season: the world premiere of “Bigfoot and Other Lost Souls: A Musical Fable,” by Mark Hollmann and Adrien Royce. “Bigfoot” will complete the five play subscription series that also includes Alfred Hitchcock’s “The 39 Steps,” “A Christmas Carol,” “Animals Out of Paper” and “A Raisin in the Sun.”
“Bigfoot and Other Lost Souls” will open on the Perseverance Theatre mainstage on May 4, 2012, for a four-weekend run. Set in 1981, the musical tells the story of Bernie Bernstein, novice scriptwriter and shoe-size 11 narrow, who is broke and, having been recently dumped by her cross-dressing boyfriend, brokenhearted. She takes the only job she can get: writing a Bigfoot documentary. Her quest into the woods to discover the truth about the creature includes a fugitive Weatherman, a Bigfoot expert and his wife, a pregnant Scottish cable-access camera crew, a former psychiatric nurse in Vietnam who has been elected sheriff of Mt. Shasta, two entangled FBI agents, and a couple of pothead paramedics. Bernie’s journey to learn the truth about the Sasquatch also uncovers the truth about her baby.
“Bigfoot and Other Lost Souls” is based on a true story.
According to Artistic Director Art Rotch, “This musical about a group of people who are at the end of their rope and searching the forest together for Bigfoot will be a big finale for our next season. Mark Hollmann sent us an early draft over two years ago, and I’ve wanted to stage it ever since. Bigfoot will be like taking a great hike into the wilderness with your funniest friends.”
Perseverance Theatre was founded in 1979 and serves 15,000 artists and audiences annually with classical, contemporary and world premiere productions. It has developed more than 65 new plays by Alaskan and national playwrights, including Paula Vogel’s 1998 Pulitzer Prize-winning play “How I Learned to Drive,” building a national reputation for excellence in leadership in the theatrical field.
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