THE EIGHT: REINDEER MONOLOGUES by Jeff Goode

Austrian premiere December 12th, at 7:30 pm at Spektakel Wien (Hamburgerstrasse 14, 1050 Wien). more shows on 18th and 20th

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A wickedly dark....dark comedy that gives you a glimpse into what happens when an institution of joy comes crashing down. Eight reindeer dish about the real Santa. All those rumors you've heard about him and the elves? About Rudolph's little secret? About Vixen's story that was leaked to the press? All true. Yes, the reindeer finally speak up and - believe us - they do not hold back!

"A dark, dark Christmas comedy. Scandal erupts at the North Pole when one of Santa's eight tiny reindeer accuses him of sexual harassment.
As mass media descends upon the event, the other members of the sleigh team demand to share their perspectives, and a horrific tale of corruption and perversion emerges, which seems to implicate everyone from the littlest elf to the tainted Saint himself.
With each deer's confession, the truth behind the shocking allegations becomes clearer and clearer. ...and murkier and murkier."
~Jeff Goode (Not suitable for children or the easily offended.)

 

opens December 12th 2018

more shows December 18th and 20th 2018 TICKETS


DIRECTOR

Robert G. Neumayr studied musical theater at Performing Arts Studios Vienna. After graduating, engagements took him to the Raimund Theater, Theater der Jugend, Opera Graz, Volkstheater and the off-theater scene in Vienna, Berlin, Munich, Bolzano and Ljubljana. For the past few years he’s been predominantly working as an author and director, and one of his latest directorial endeavors took him to the renowned Volksbühne Berlin. Directing credits include “The Right Job”, “The Turn of the Screw”, “A Christmas Carol”; the Austrian premieres of “The Timekeepers”, “Hypnosis”, “Brothers of Thunder”, and the world premiere of “Hochgeschätztes Tiefparterre”. Robert’s next big project is the direction of the European premiere of the off-Broadway hit “STRAIGHT” in March/April 2019. He is also Open House Theatre’s Artistic Director.


CAST

Blitzen - Suzanne Carey is originally from Missoula Montana, and received a bachelor’s degree in music performance from the University of Colorado. Some Highlights in her career include the one woman play “Bad Dates“,  „Sister Act“ (ensemble/Mother Superior),  world premiere of Frank Wildhorn’s  „The Count of Monte Cristo“,  Ms. Sherman in „Fame“, Aldonza in „The Man of Lamancha“, „I Love You, You’re Perfect now Change“, and was proud to be an original cast member of Roman Polanski’s „Dance of the Vampires“, and European premiere of „Beauty and the Beast“, just to name a few.  She also had the privilege of  participating in the workshop for Stephen Schwarz and Trevor Nunn’s original production of „Schikaneder“.


Cupid - Chicago born baritone Robert Chionis has performed in numerous operas and theatrical shows throughout the United States and Europe, and has authored several ‘jukebox musicals’ and revues. He made his professional debut with the Houston Grand Opera in the world premiere of The Passion of Jonathan Wade by Carlisle Floyd and then as a soloist with the Houston Symphony Orchestra. His European debut was with the Wiener Taschenoper as Tarquinius in Britten's The Rape of Lucretia. He is a co-author of the Burt Bacharach revue Magic Moments, which he directed for the IG Oper in Zofingen, Switzerland. His one-man show Suviving Love premiered in Vienna’s Rampenlichtheater in 2009 and has since been presented at the Midtown International Theatre Festival in New York, under the auspices of the American Embassy in Vienna at Amerika Haus, and at the Chicago Fringe Festival in 2013.


Hollywood - Tom Crawley is a Vienna-based actor, director, writer and translator. Born in London, he moved to Austria after graduating in English Language and Literature from the University of Leeds. He played a variety of roles in Open House Theatre’s 2015 and 2016 productions of A Christmas Carol and played Jack in that company’s 2016, 2017 and 2018 productions of The Importance of Being Earnest. Other stage credits include porcelainliving (Silver Tongue Theatre/etcetera theatre, London), Giles in The Mousetrap, Cliff in Look Back in Anger (International Theatre, Vienna), and Victor in Private Lives (Art4Charity/Vienna's English Theatre). TV includes Steiermark – Verbunden über alle Grenzen (ORF/Universum History). Directing credits include Iz by Oliver Emanuel and Bella and the Beautiful Knight by the same author at Theater Drachengasse.


Donner - Born in Ireland and raised in New Zealand, Owen Lindsay trained as an actor at Auckland University and Drama Centre London. Previous dramatic work include Sherlock Holmes: A Study in Scarlet, Brothers of Thunder, Much Ado About Nothing (all Open House Theatre), Someone Who'll Watch Over Me (Human Compass Theatre), King Lear (National Theatre London), 1984 (Selladoor Theatre), Dracula (Catford Broadway Theatre), Daniel Deronda (Traffic of the Stage), Of Mice and Men (C'est Tous Touring Theatre), Macbeth, Othello (The Venue Theatre, Ratoath), Romeo and Juliet (Archipela Productions, Auckland).


Dancer - Alix Martin was born and raised in Los Angeles. She started her artistic career at a young age, attending the Lee Strasberg Theater & Film Institute and graduating from the prestigious L.A. County High School for the Arts. Alix continued her education at the UCLA School for Theater, Film & Television and the Professional Theater Training Program at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. She has worked with Obie-Award winning Theatre X, the Milwaukee Chamber Theater, Bialystock & Bloom and Open House Theatre, among others. Her favorite roles include Inez in No Exit (Nevermore), Malali in The Afghan Women (InTandem), Sorel in Hay Fever (Chamber Theater), Molly in Line (Theater X) and the title role of Miss Jessel in the world-premiere production of Quint and Miss Jessel at Bly (Theater X). Alix works as an actress and producer for theater and film, a TV presenter, and  as a voice-over artist.

www.alix-martin.com

Dasher - Dave Moskin grew up in NYC appearing in numerous Theater and Television productions including Oliver, Gypsy, the national company of The Rothchild’s and The Grassharp and Seesaw on Broadway. He has just returned from the Schloßfestspiele in Zwingenberg, Germany where he played Eddie/Dr. Scott in Rocky Horror. Other Musical Theater credits include Berger in Hair, Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar, The Big Bopper in Buddy the Musical, Schrank in West Side Story at the Salzburger Festspiele, Vince Fontaine/Teen angel in Grease Tommy, Footloose, Jekyll & Hyde, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, Charlie in Over the Threshhold, the Rock Tenor in Bernsteins Mass with the Tonkünstler Orchester, Dr. Scott/Eddie in The Rocky Horror Show, Johnny Strauss in Wiener Blut at Bronsky & Grünberg. Theater Productions include Jamie in Territory, Ben in IZ, Leon/Nick in Speaking In Tongues, Frank in How the Other Half Loves, Winston in 1984, Isaac in Disgraced, Nick in The Invisible Hand, Richard Ehrlich in Time Stands Still, Martin Sterneck in Gabriel Barylli’s Chickenshit(Butterbrot), Yvan in ART, Eli in The Who & the What, Rick in Building the Wall.Film credits include Tootsie, The Godfather, Manhattan, Im weißen Rössl – Wehe du singst!, Thank You For Not Bombing. In 1999 and 2000 he represented Austria at the Eurovision Song Contest as the composer of the songs Reflection and All To You. He is also the Producer of, and plays “Jake” in the touring show “The Blues Brothers Are Back”. Dave studied acting in New York with Jack Waltzer and plays piano, guitar, and percussion.

 

 


Vixen - Verena Müller was born and raised in Vienna. During a stay at an international language school in California she had a chance to persue her long craved passion for acting . She starred in school plays and started her acting training. Back in Vienna, Verena finished her acting studies at the Actors Workshop Vienna. Ever since she's been acting in different theater- and filmproductions. She was seen as 'Buhlschaft' at a production of 'Jedermann' of Bühne Weinviertel at Brandlhof in Radlbrunn. Just recently she performed in the Bretterhaus Wien production of "Faust III" stationtheater at Castle Schleissheim near Munich. She is touring the Austrian Winequarter with Franz Josef Weiss with a rehearsed reading and songs  „Wein, Weib & Gezank“.

www.verenamueller.at


Comet - Richard Youman is from London, England and is a professional actor, opera tenor, acting teacher, voiceover artist, English voice and speech coach, writer and theatre director, He trained at Guildhall School of Music and Drama graduated with BA Hons in Acting, and as singer at the Royal College of Music, whilst exploring further new acting approaches at the Michael Chekhov Studio London. As an actor and singer he has performed in Shakespeare, new plays, musicals and opera in various theatres in USA, Spain, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, The Royal Danish Opera House in Copenhagen Denmark and Royal National Theatre of Great Britain.