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THE BOHEMIAN ART LOFT – 3304B Bechelli Ln. Redding, 229-7818 Spoken Word Night at the Loft An evening for serious poets, writers, playwrights, storytellers, comedians, and actors of all genres. No censorship. Audience welcome. Wednesday (Sept. 14) at 7 p.m. Donations, refreshments. Repeats second Wednesday each month.
• It’s A Wonderful Life. Based on the Frank Capra film. Riverfront Playhouse, Sept. 18 & 19 at 6 p.m. 12 men, 10 women, 2 boys, 2 girls. Director: Maria Drake.
REDDING IMPROV PLAYERS
Redding Improv The players are up to their monthly shenanigans Sept. 17 (and every 3rd Saturday) at Old City Hall. $5 will get you about 120 minutes of live improvisational comedy, 130 minutes if you behave nicely. Theater games with audience input in the style of “Whose Line Is It, Anyway?” Hosted this month by Russell Piette. Show starts at 8, doors open at 7:30. 1313 Market St., Redding.
“Masquerade Murders,” written and directed by Bill and Lisa Collins. Runs Sept. 17 through Oct. 15. This murder mystery/comedy was adapted exclusively for the Riverfront stage by the authors. Plays Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Call 221-1028 for recorded information. Riverfront’s new ticket outlet is the Cascade Theatre. Call 243-8877 to charge by phone. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.cascadetheatre.org
SHASTA COLLEGE THEATER
Shasta College presents the Pulitzer Prize winning play August: Osage County by Tracy Letts. Directed by Robert Soffian. This modern epic play is both funny and tumultuous, will lift you out of your seat with laughter one moment and stun you into silence the next. August: Osage County is also the 2008 Tony winner for best play. Evening performances Oct. 20-22 & 27-29. Matinee on Oct. 23 at 2 p.m.
An actor, director, and artist, Dean Williams has appeared on Shasta County stages for over 25 years in nearly 100 different roles. He has collaborated with many theater groups and is co-founder of The Root Theatre Company. He has also voiced characters for Sega and Playstation video games, and acted for a number of radio, televison and independent film projects. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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