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God Save Gertrude
by Deborah Stein, music by David Hanbury, lyrics by Stein & Hanbury
directed by Michael Michetti
October 10 - November 08, 2009

Angry crowds gather outside an abandoned theater as Queen Gertrude takes the stage to riff on Patti Smith and sing about her many loves and her many mistakes, while her country simmers in a volatile state of transition.  As the bombs rain down and her coked-up son sells out to MTV, Gertrude hopes to incite one more riot before she goes. 





Featuring Steve Coombs, Lily Holleman, James Horan, Jill Van Velzer

Musical Direction and Sound Design Rob Oriol

Scenic Design Susan Gratch

Costume Design Soojin Lee

Lighting Design Steven Young

Video Design Jason H. Thompson

Prop Design Nick Santiago

Assistant Director Courtney Harper

Casting Michael Donovan, CSA

Key Art Christopher Komuro

Publicist Aldrich & Associates

Production Stage Manager Susan Coulter

Production Photographer Ed Krieger 

“Jill Van Velzer is a remarkable Gertrude…Steve Coombs is also excellent as Mama's Boy…this World Premiere is an energetic, frenzied tragedy that examines people in the throes of conflict using rock music to underscore the angst that drives the characters.”

“Dynamically effective.”   -LA Times

“Van Velzer is magnificent.”   -Back Stage

“The product created by this team, as orchestrated by director Michael Michetti utilizing an impressively talented cast, takes one all sorts of places at once…Come ready for a nonstop sensory experience.”   -Pasadena Star News

“True risk-taking, true creative bravado”   -LA Stage


Winner of the Garland Award

Best Performance in a Musical: Jill Van Velzer


Garland Award Critics’ Lists:

Musical Score: David Hanbury

Lighting Design: Steven Young

Performance in a (Primarily) Musical Production: Steve Coombs

Performance in a (Primarily) Musical Production: Lilly Holleman

Video Design: Jason H. Thompson

Makeup Design: Leah Piehl

Music Direction: Rob Oriol


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