Showbiz Chicago Spotlight: Hell in a Handbag’s World Premiere of SKOOBY DON’T

(left to right) Caitlin Jackson as Velva, Elizabeth Lesinski as Daffy, Josh Kemper as Scaggy, Will Kazda as Fredd and Christopher Wilson as Skooby in a publicity image for Hell in a Handbag’s world premiere of SKOOBY DON’T by David Cerda, directed by Derek Van Barham. Photo by Rick Aguilar Studios.

Just in time for Halloween, Hell in a Handbag Productions delivers a parody so dead-on, it’s frightening! Artistic Director David Cerda lampoons a cartoon classic in the world premiere comedy SKOOBY DON’T, directed by Derek Van Barham. Follow the adventures of four adults – Scaggy, Fredd, Velva and Daffy – who wear the same clothes everyday while driving around in a van with their talking dog, ‘solving mysteries.’ SKOOBY DON’T will play September 29 – November 4, 2016 at Mary’s Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood. Tickets are currently available at www.handbagproductions.org or by calling (800) 838-3006

SKOOBY DON’T will feature Christopher Wilson as Skooby, Josh Kemper as Scaggy, Will Kazda as Fredd, Caitlin Jackson as Velva, Elizabeth Lesinski as Daffy, Ed Jones as Cher, Caitlin Boho as Chaz Bono, David Cerda as Kris Jenner and Chazie Bly as Caitlyn Jenner with Jamie SmithRachel Hadlock and Grant Drager. *Denotes Handbag ensemble members  

When Velva’s aunt needs help, the gang comes to the rescue! Velva never mentions that her aunt is multi-platinum recording artist and Oscar winner, Cher (ensemble member Ed Jones). Cher is also joined by Chaz Bono and Kris and Caitlyn Jenner for a whacky mixed-up adventure you won’t forget – no matter how hard you try! SKOOBY DON’T is not only a parody of the classic Scooby Doo cartoon but also explores social and gender political correctness and inner and outer identity and appearances. The big mystery here is if Skooby and the gang can navigate social moors in this modern world.

The production team for SKOOBY DON’T includes Brad Caleb Lee (set design), Kate Setzer Kamphausen (costume design), Cat Wilson (lighting design), Kallie Noelle Rolison (sound design), Mealah Heidenreich (props design) and Sydney Genco* (make-up design).

 

About The Creative Team

David Cerda (Playwright) is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Hell in a Handbag Productions. He has written and appeared in POSEIDON! An Upside Down Musical, The Birds, Rudolph the Red-Hosed ReindeerSCARRIE The Musical, Caged Dames, Lady X, How Whatever Happened to Baby Jane Happened, TROGG! A Rock and Roll MusicalChristmas DearestScream, Queen! SCREAM!The Rip Nelson Halloween Spooktacular and Sexy Baby. His plays have been produced around the country. He has also worked as a songwriter/lyricist with Amazon Films on an animated project and as an actor with various theater companies throughout the city of Chicago.

Derek Van Barham (Director) is the Artistic Director of The Ruckus and an Artistic Associate with Pride Films & Plays. Directing: Miracle! (Hell in a Handbag), Angry Fags (PFP/Steppenwolf Garage), Some Men (with David Zak), Kill Your Boyfriends (an original piece), and Songs from an Unmade Bed (Jeff nomination). Movement: Coraline the Musical (Black Button Eyes), La Chingada (Inappropriate Theatre), Matawan (The Ruckus) and pieces for Salonathon. This year, Derek was named one of Windy City Times’ “30 Under 30,” honoring individuals from Chicago’s LGBTQIA communities. He currently improvises at iO Chicago with the team Baby Wine. He holds an MFA from CCPA/Roosevelt University.

About Hell in a Handbag Productions

Founded in 2002, Hell in a Handbag Productions is Chicago’s only theater dedicated to camp and the preservation, exploration, and celebration of works ingrained in the realm of popular culture via theatrical productions through parody, music and homage. Handbag is a 501(c)(3) Not for Profit Corporation.

 

For additional information, visit www.handbagproductions.org.

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