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“Steambath”
Performing August 31st thru September 4th

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“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”
Performing October 7th thru 16th

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Disney & Cameron Mackintosh’s
“Mary Poppins the Broadway Musical”
Performing December 9th thru 18th

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GENESIUS THEATRE,
SHOW SPONSOR “LOOSE ENDS MAGAZINE”,
& SEASON SPONSOR “SWEET STREET DESSERTS” PRESENTS

“Steambath”

Show: August 31ST THRU September 4TH

Performances and Pricing

STEAMBATH – opens Wednesday August 31 and runs through Sunday, September 4 on a one week/weekend run. Curtain is at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday thru Saturday with a Sunday matinee performance offered at 3 p.m.   Season Subscription holders can reserve specific seats NOW. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door on the day of the event if not sold out. You may call ahead to check on the day of the event if you have not reserved to verify that there is seating. Performing at Genesius Theatre, 153 North 10th Street, Reading, PA 19601

RATED R - RESTRICTED

The play is Rated R recommended for audiences 18 years of age or older. There is brief frontal male nudity and a 15 minute duration of full frontal female nudity.

SYNOPSIS

STEAMBATH is a surreal dark comedy featuring some recently dead folk finding themselves in limbo, in this case a steam-room with an unlit exit. The steam-room attendant is actually God, who is bored and wants to keep a few sould around for a time before consigning them to the afterlife.

AUTHORS

STEAMBATH is written by Bruce Jay Friedman.

PARKING

We have parking adjacent to the theatre, and an overflow lot. We also have partnered with The DoubleTree Hotel in regards to parking; park in the parking garage at the Double Tree Hotel, go inside the Cheers restaraunt or bar for a purchase of some kind prior to the show, catch a FREE shuttle to the theater, get shuttled back to the hotel after the show! We also have cooperative lots within the vicinity. Please consult our parking lot attendant upon arrival for assistance with parking.

RUNTIME

Approximately 2 hours long, not including act breaks.

SNACK AND BEVERAGE

Dollar concession stand available containing chips, cookies, candy, canned soda and bottled water. A separate stand hosted by Starving Artist Winery will be serving wines by the glass or bottle, in a variety of reds and whites, dries and sweets.

ART GALLERY IN OUR LOBBY

Information on the featured artist or collection of art COMING SOON. Art gallery in our lobby is generously provided by LouisLong Gallery at the GAPS (The Gallery Above Penn Square) located at 128 North 5th Street Hwy.

ARRIVAL AND BOX OFFICE

All reservations must check in at the Box Office prior to seating. Box office will open approximately a half-hour prior to the start time of the show. The house will open for seating approximately a half-hour prior to show start.

FULL PRESS RELEASE

Genesius Theatre presents, Steambath, by Bruce Jay Friedman, a surreal dark comedy featuring some recently dead folk finding themselves in Limbo, in this case a steam-room with an unlit exit. The steam-room attendant is actually God, who’s bored and wants to keep a few souls around for a time before consigning them to the afterlife. The classic 70’s play opens Wednesday, August 31 and runs September 1, 2, 3, 4, (all shows 7:30 PM and Sunday at 3 PM). Life is a steam bath and we’re all just waiting for our turn in the stalls. The men’s area in a steam bath is a microcosm into which a girl walks, takes a public shower and then retires leaving the stage to two homosexuals who do a song and dance in lip sync. After this prelude, a offbeat female steam bath attendant gives orders to a scanning TV monitor which result in two car crashes, an act of incest and a theft in a bus terminal. Some of the wishes she projects are vindictive: giving one area more unwanted rain or throwing a dart into someone’s eye. Some are erotic. A new arrival does not believe that this person has so much power. He himself is a trickster hung up on whiskey sours. There is a scene of transfiguration with beautiful lighting and music to make the audience wonder whether or not this is God. Steambath is a story about shredding illusions and self-deceit about life. The characters are all dead in a waiting room for eternity that is a steam bath with a very off-beat and unlikely attendant who is more than she appears. One by one they understand the actual situation and all but the main character come to acceptance of the life he or she had and that it is time to move on. The main character is more deeply enmeshed in the self-deceptions of his life than the others. This fact provides the central thread and conclusion of the play. In the meantime the audience gets many pungent and humorous reflections of the characters. Anthony Perkins starred in the original Off-Broadway production at the Truck and Warehouse Theatre on East 4th Street in Manhattan. It also was a breakout role for Hector Elizondo! In addition, there was a TV adaptation in 1973, starring Bill Bixby, Valerie Perine.The play is being directed by Kelly Schmehl With sets by John Bigos and Betty Girstner, scenic art by Jessica and Kaitlyn Reber, lighting design by Spencer Moss Fecho and projections by Jordan Baylor. The Stage Manager is Steven George. The cast includes: Oldtimer – Mike Pardo ; Tandy – Taylor Clark ; Bieberman – Preston Schreffler ; Young Man – Nicholas Freer ; Gottlieb – Mamie Covell ; Steambath Worker / Young Girl – Rosanna Pereira ; Meredith – Dara Himes ; Broker – Paul Sullivan ; Attendant – Abby Hoy ; Longshoreman / Flanders – Steven George. Genesius Theatre, 153 North 10th Street, Reading, PA 19601 – FOR TICKETS – www.genesiusdifference.org; or call 610-373-9500 – Tickets $15.00 in advance and $17.50 at the door — credit card and Tix.com fees apply. The play is rated R-Rated – FULL FRONTAL NUDITY AND ADULT LANGUAGE. Genesius Theatre is handicapped accessible and there is free parking (limited spaces available) next to the theater. For more information, call the theater at 610-371-8151.

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“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”

Performing October 7th thru 16th

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Disney & Cameron Mackintosh’s

“Mary Poppins the Broadway Musical”

Performing December 9th thru 18th

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