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Pygmalion Theatre kicks off season with ‘When Pygs Fly’

Pygmalion Productions begins its season with “When Pygs Fly,” directed by Lane Richins, one night only on Saturday, Sept. 17.

The event is an evening of miscast adventures and serves as the annual fundraiser for Pygmalion Theater Company. This year is all about celebrating Pyg’s history and alumni. “We’re setting it as a talent show comprised of past Pyg talent, under the guise of a faux awards show,” said Richins. “Think a parody of the Academy Awards mixed with a little vaudeville.”

“’When Pygs Fly’ 2016 is going to be really exciting,” Richins added. “This year, we are focusing on celebrating Pygmalion…all the people and shows that have made Pygmalion what it is over the years. As such, the show will be packed with alumni doing special talents.”

Local actors Dan Larrinaga and Brenda Sue Cowley will emcee the event, and performers include Barb Gandy, Dee Dee Darby Duffin, Tamara Howell, Jeanette Puhich, Jeremy Chase, Natalie Keezer, Michael Nielsen, Tracie Merrill and Richins himself. There will also be surprise guests added as the performance date gets closer.

“All integral members of the Pygmalion community, and all performers who have worked hard to keep the Pygmalion name going strong,” added Richins. “I won’t give away what the acts will be here. Let’s just say you won’t have seen anything like this before. There’s going to be a little something for everyone. And, of course, we will be raffling off some amazing prizes this year. And there will be beer!

“Pygmalion is the only theatre company in the valley with a dedicated mission of putting on quality plays that deal specifically with the female perspective. We are excited to celebrate that with ‘When Pygs Fly’!”

The event, which begins at 7 p.m., is pay-what-you-can at the door, with a recommended amount, and then money is raised on the opportunity drawings. Audience members are reminded to bring cash with them, but there will also be a Square reader available for credit and debit cards. “All the money raised is used to pay professional artists,” said Pygmalion artistic director Fran Pruyn.

Who: Pygmalion Productions Theatre Company
What: “When Pygs Fly”
When: Saturday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, Black Box Theatre, 138 W. 300 South
Tickets: Pay what you can on the door

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