Rubicon Theatre Company, The Perry Brothers
The Perry Brothers, the ever-popular family duo from Ojai, return to their Ventura home at Rubicon Theatre Company for a one-night-only benefit concert on Saturday, October 6 at 7:30 p.m. John and Tony Perry will be backed onstage by a band of talented artists on guitar, bass, fiddle, flute, dobro, ukulele and vocals, performing a mix of folk, country, jazz and blues favorites such as "Ventura Highway" by America, "What in the World" by David Bowie, "Lyin' Eyes" by the Eagles and "These are the Days" by Van Morrison.
The performance is staged by Rubicon Theatre Artistic Associate Jenny Sullivan, and will feature comedian Cary Odes as emcee as well as numerous special guests, including Rubicon favorites Stephanie Zimbalist and Jeff Kober, who appeared together in both The Rainmaker and Defying Gravity and Justine Bennett of Lonesome Traveler. This evening of music and merriment will be in keeping with the Perry Brothers motto – "There will be fun!"
Proceeds from The Perry Brothers in Concert will benefit Rubicon's Education and Outreach program, which has provided more than 45,000 talented youth with a nurturing environment to grow and explore through acting classes; technical instruction; and performances of Shakespeare's classics, American dramas and popular musicals. The Education and Outreach program recently celebrated its 10th Anniversary this summer with productions of As You Like It, Captain Louie, and a special anniversary revival of Once on this Island.
During intermission, audience members will have the opportunity to bid on a number of auction items, generously donated by local Ventura businesses and community members. Audience members also have the option to attend an after-party with the Perry Brothers and have their name listed in the program with the purchase of a VIP Patron ticket. This party with a folksy Western flair will give attendees the opportunity to meet and mingle with the Perry Brothers and their special guests.
Currently residents of Ojai, John and Tony Perry have been a part of the Rubicon Theatre extended family since the early days, when they appeared in the theatre's landmark production of The Rainmaker together.
John Perry is familiar face to Rubicon audiences, having also appeared in Defying Gravity, The Little Foxes and other Rubicon productions. John's Broadway appearances include Mother Earth, Show Me Where the Good Times Are and Leonard Bernstein's Mass. He also appeared off-Broadway in The Baby Dance and in Los Angeles in Ad Wars, opposite Stephanie Zimbalist and directed by Jenny Sullivan in both productions. He has also appeared in several productions at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. John has been featured in the films "George of the Jungle," "Fools Rush In," "Independence Day" and "The Sweetest Thing." On television, John was a series regular on "Falcon Crest" and has appeared in numerous Movies of the Week and guest starred on shows such as "Jag," "Third Rock from the Sun" and "Friends."
Tony Perry studied drama at St. Laurence University and Florida State University before setting his sights on singing the standards of jazz and blues. He appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show" with his brother John and the Serendipity Singers in the brothers' early days; multimedia footage of their performance will be featured during the concert at Rubicon. Tony has returned to California after spending many years honing his singing style in County Kerry, Ireland.
Jenny Sullivan most recently directed the Ovation-nominated production of The Mystery of Irma Vep and Nazi Hunter – Simon Wiesenthal this season at Rubicon; other directing credits at Rubicon include Steel Magnolias, Trying, Spit Like a Big Girl, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, You Can't Take It With You (Indie Award), Hamlet (Indie award), as well as Defying Gravity and The Rainmaker (both featuring Stephanie Zimbalist and John and Tony Perry). Jenny has directed numerous productions for regional theatres across the country and Canada. Her World Premiere production of The Baby Dance began at Pasadena Playhouse and then moved to Williamstown Theatre Festival, Long Wharf Theatre (CT Critics' Directing Award) and the Lucille Lortel Theatre Off-Broadway. In six seasons at Williamstown, Jenny directed MACS (A Macaroni Requiem), Defying Gravity, Hotel Oubliette, Dirt and The Ferry Back. Jenny's film credits include "Access All Areas" and "The Next Best Thing" (in which she had the good fortune to direct her father Barry). Rubicon produced the World Premiere of Jenny's play J for J with Jeff Kober and the late great John Ritter. The production subsequently played at the Court Theatre in L.A. Jenny was appointed Rubicon's first Artistic Associate in 2003.
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