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December 2016

MOUNTAIN MELODY

December 3, 2016
Black Bart Playhouse, 580 S. Algiers Street
Murphys, CA 95222 United States
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$10

Mountain Melody: Womens Chorus of Calaveras presents Winter's Child   Suggested donation $10 per person Enjoy the sounds of the season with friends and family at Murphys Creek Theatre!  

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January 2017

Third Annual ‘Sourdough Slim’s Wild & Wooly Revue’ Concert

January 7 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm PST
Black Bart Playhouse, 580 S. Algiers Street
Murphys, CA 95222 United States
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$20 - $25

Sourdough Slim - Last Of The Vaudeville Cowboys

"There's no one else out there like Sourdough Slim. An accordion playing, yodeling, tongue-in-cheek, cowboy-dressed entertainer deluxe. Catchy, uplifting, irresistible, jolly fun." says Cowboy Magazine editor Darrell Arnold. One of the most original and beloved Western entertainers of our time, Sourdough Slim is a hoot to say the least. The moment this award winning Western showman steps into the spotlight, it's apparent to everyone that they're in for a rollicking good time. Ten gallon funny-man Sourdough Slim, transports us to a whimsical world where vaudevillian camp and cowboy lore intermingle to produce grins galore.

Slim, aka Rick Crowder, is a well traveled veteran of stages ranging from The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering to The Lincoln Center's Roots of American Music Festival and the Carnegie Hall Folk Festival. His fast-paced stage show finds him crooning Western classics, playing accordion, guitar and harmonica, dancing a jig, dishing out hilarious comedic sketches and letting loose with some absolutely mind boggling yodeling. His truly astounding yippie-ti-yi style won him the Academy of Western Artists 2001 Will Rogers Award for "Yodeler of the Year" and 2009, 2010 and 2011 nomination for "Entertainer of the Year" from the Western Music Association.

The Allentown Morning Call proclaims him to be a "One-man Western extravaganza!" The East Bay Express calls him "The most entertaining cowboy singer-yodeler-accordionist extant!" The Newport News Review brandishes him "The W. C. Fields of Western Entertainment" and Via Magazine heralds him "Entertainer extraordinaire!"

Born in Hollywood, California, Rick Crowder spent much of his childhood on a family cattle ranch in the Sierra foothills. But as he explains, "my true calling as a cowboy was not on the range but rather, on the stage." A childhood cut-up, he developed his comic character, honed his musical and yodeling skills and garnered the nick name "Slim" while performing in several traveling western bands in the 1970's and 80's. Sourdough Slim emerged in 1988 when he came up with the idea to meld his experiences into a solo act based on a comical accordion playing yodeling cowhand. He has never looked back.

His seasoned gift for connecting with audiences from the Autry Museum to The Kennedy Center is a true testament to the irrepressible talent and dedication of this unique entertainer.

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In the Blue of the Evening

January 27 @ 8:00 pm - January 29 @ 8:00 pm PST
Black Bart Playhouse, 580 S. Algiers Street
Murphys, CA 95222 United States
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$20

In the Blue of Evening playing at Murphys Creek Theater. San Francisco’s company Bad, Bad Bunny presents a captivating, heart-wrenching, hilarious journey of physical theatre : In the Blue of Evening. San Francisco based, award-winning international clown and actor/creator Amelia Van Brunt embarks on an international tour with her solo show In the Blue of Evening: a stunning and risky comedy that will take you on an epic and unforgettable adventure, guaranteed to leave you wonderstruck and asking: Who are…

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February 2017

The Elephant Man directed by Don Bilotti

February 17 @ 7:00 pm - March 5 @ 2:00 pm PST
Black Bart Playhouse, 580 S. Algiers Street
Murphys, CA 95222 United States
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$10 - $22

February 17-March 5 with performances Friday and Saturday night at 7, Sunday at 2 pm. The season begins with The Elephant Man directed by Don Bilotti and starring Matt Hobgood. The 1977 play by Bernard Pomerance is based on the life of the Victorian Era man Joseph Merrick who lived with extreme deformities.  “Sometimes I think my head is so big because it is so full of dreams.” These are the words of John Merrick, the ‘Elephant Man’, the horrific…

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March 2017

Chris Webster & Nina Gerber

March 11 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm PST
Black Bart Playhouse, 580 S. Algiers Street
Murphys, CA 95222 United States
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$20

Music fans know Chris Webster & Nina Gerber as two of the most skilled and artful musical talents. Webster's voice is uniquely compelling while Gerber's guitar is beautiful and powerful. Together they're magic. With originals, tasteful covers-soulful ballads, jazzy tunes and sweet folk, a great show! Buy your tickets at: chriswebsterninagerber.brownpapertickets.com  Biography Chris Webster: A career that began nearly two decades ago as a teen-aged lead singer for one of California's best know regional acts (Mumbo Gumbo), Chris Webster boasts a…

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April 2017

Speed the Plow directed by Traci Sky Sprague

April 28 @ 7:00 pm - May 14 @ 2:00 pm PDT
Black Bart Playhouse, 580 S. Algiers Street
Murphys, CA 95222 United States
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$10 - $22

  The first-ever “Community Choice” performance debuts on April 28 and plays until May 14, directed by Traci Sky Sprague. Audience and community members were polled  in Fall 2016 as to which of four performances they’d prefer seeing on-stage. Fast-talking, quit-witted satire of Hollywood written by Mamet- whose work is a genre of itself. In this hilarious dramatic-comedy, the play spotlights the American movie business: Charlie Fox and his friend Bobby Gould have a new script that they both see…

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July 2017

Over The River And Through The Woods directed by Maryann Curmi

July 14 @ 7:00 pm - July 30 @ 2:00 pm PDT
Black Bart Playhouse, 580 S. Algiers Street
Murphys, CA 95222 United States
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$10 - $22

Joe DiPietro’s Over the River and Through the Woods, directed by Maryann Curmi, takes center stage from July 14 to July 30. The sentimental comedy follows Nick, a New York marketing manager, as he tells his Italian-American grandparents in Hoboken that he’s moving to Seattle. Nick Cristano visits his wacky grandparents every week for dinner. "My grandparents firmly believed in the three F's of life," Nick confides, "family, faith and food." He takes viewers on a sweet and sentimental journey…

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October 2017

Last Of The Red Hot Lovers

October 6 @ 7:00 pm - October 22 @ 2:00 pm PDT
Black Bart Playhouse, 580 S. Algiers Street
Murphys, CA 95222 United States
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$20 - $22

Curmi returns in October as director of Last of the Red Hot Lovers, written by Neil Simon and starring David Barbaree from October 6 to October 22. Last of the Red Hot Lovers follows the story of Barney Cashman, a seafood restaurateur who is deep in the throes of a mounting midlife crisis. It’s 1969 and the sexual revolution is passing him by with alarming speed. But Barney is determined to catch up to the times, so he borrows his…

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Rocky Horror Frank-N.-Furter-Fest

October 28 @ 9:00 pm - October 29 @ 2:00 am PDT
Black Bart Playhouse, 580 S. Algiers Street
Murphys, CA 95222 United States
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$20

Rocky Horror Frank-N.-Furter-Fest Rocky Horror Picture Show Fundraising Event Saturday, October 28th brings the Rocky Horror Picture Show to The Black Bart Playhouse. This annual fundraising event is a raucous fun-filled evening that supports our efforts to create outstanding performances that engage our audiences as well as providing a chance to throw toast.  Prop bags will be available along with instructions on how to interact. There will also be a Halloween costume contest and raffle baskets to win! Tickets are…

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November 2017

MCT Playfest

November 3 @ 7:00 pm - November 5 @ 2:00 pm PDT
Black Bart Playhouse, 580 S. Algiers Street
Murphys, CA 95222 United States
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Presentation of new works at MCT.

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Murphys Creek Theatre is a small, professionally oriented theatre company located in the charming and historic goldrush-era town of Murphys, in Calaveras County, California.