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World-Premiere Musical

TL;DR: Thelma Louise; Dyke Remix

May 9 - June 2, 2024

Book and lyrics by EllaRose Chary 
Music and lyrics by Brandon James Gwinn
Directed by Sherri Eden Barber
Co-Production with Moxie Theatre

Tickets are currently available via subscription only.

**Please note we are no longer requiring masks in our theater. Masks are still encouraged to help keep our performers and audience members safe, but they are not required.**

About the Show

Winner of the 2021 Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theatre Writing.

T and L drive their 1966 Ford Thunderbird Convertible off the edge of the Grand Canyon. Suspended in mid air, the two discover their authentic selves and embark on a queer odyssey that defies conventions and dares to ask: “Why do strong female characters always gotta die?” Aided by a kick-ass Riot Grrrl band, T and L attempt to sort out their new identities, how those identities impact their relationships with each other, and seek out the gay happy ending they’ve always deserved.

Show Details

Low-Cost Previews: May 9 – 17

First Friday for the Military: May 10, 8:00PM
Complimentary tickets for active duty and veterans.

GSA/Youth Nights: May 10, 8:00PM & May 17, 8:00PM
Free tickets for students.

Pre-Show Event Backstage Thursday: Director’s Happy Hour: May 16, 6:00pm
Join Director Sherri Eden Barber and other members of TL;DR: Thelma Louise; Dyke Remix artistic team in the Clark Cabaret for a chance to chat before the show! Pre-show event begins at 6pm, performance at 7pm.

Opening Night: May 18, 8:00PM

Pre-Show Event Backstage Thursday: Designer Spotlight:  May 23, 6:00pm
Join us in Clark Cabaret before the show to meet the Design Team and hear the influences and process involved. A fun pre-show experience! The pre-show event starts at 6:00pm before the 7pm performance

Pay What You Will & Industry Night: May 27, 7:00PM

Daily: Before and after performances
Come to the show early to enjoy our Clark Cabaret, open one hour before the show time and will remain open after the show.

Cast information coming soon.

EllaRose Chary – Book and Lyrics(she/hers) is a writer and advocate for inclusion in media. She likes telling stories with music and building community through artistic practice. She is a Richard Rodgers Award Winner, Drama League Nominee, Dramatists Guild Fellow, Ars Nova Uncharted resident, O’Neill NMTC Finalist/Incubator Resident, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat Triple R Resident, a New Georges Affiliated Artist and Jam Member, Relentless Award Honorable Mention, and recipient of the Anna Sosenko and multiple NAMT Frank Young Foundation grants. Diversionary Theater is producing the World Premiere of her musical TL;DR: THELMA LOUISE; DYKE REMIX in 2024. She has been a guest lecturer and production studio lead artist at Harvard University in the Theater, Dance and Media department. Her debut album, PLACE AND TIME was released in December 2021 and featured in “The Advocate.” She believes the future of theater is universal healthcare.

Brandon James Gwinn – Music and Lyrics(he/they) is a Drama League nominated and Richard Rodgers Award and Bistro Award winning composer-lyricist, performer, pianist and producer, and Winner of the Broadway World Award for Best Piano Bar Entertainer. A LiveNation artist, Brandon opened for Trixie Mattel’s North American Tour and appears in MOVING PARTS on Netflix. Solo albums: BULLIT (Queer Global Arts Festival Winner) & NOT TOO LATE Music producer: TWO BIRDS & ONE STONE (Billboard #1) by Trixie Mattel, LOVE FOOL by Alexis Michelle for Broadway Records, PLACE & TIME. Theatre: THE SEANCE MACHINE (The Tank, Obie-Award) TL;DR. THELMA LOUISE; DYKE REMIX (Richard Rodgers Award, Rhinebeck Writer’s Retreat, UArts Polyphone Festival, O’Neill, NAMT), COTTON CANDY & COCAINE (Theatre C), QUEER.PEOPLE.TIME. (Catwalk Residency), MATCHMAKER MATCHMAKER, I’M WILLING TO SETTLE (A.R.T., NYMF) SMALL TOWN STORY (Village Originals, Seattle. World Premiere: American Theatre Group) Residencies: Ars Nova, Dramatists Guild Fellow, Roundabout Space Jam, Catwalk. Proud Recording Academy Grammy Voter, Local 802 AFM and ASCAP. MFA NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. Represented by @brandojamesmusic

Sherri Eden Barber – Directoris a director, Artistic Director of Ricochet Collective, and Resident Director of Hamilton on the West Coast. Recent productions include Tiny Beautiful Things with Nia Vardalos (Pasadena Playhouse), To Let Go and Fall (Theater Latté Da), Esperanza Spalding’s Emily’s D+Evolution (Development on European Tour), Happily After Ever (Ricochet Collective – 59E59, Edinburgh Fringe), good friday (The Flea Theater), Only You Can Prevent Wildfires (Ricochet Collective – Teatro Circulo), Gordy Crashes (Ricochet Collective – IRT), Mr. Landing Takes A Fall (The Flea), Herman Kline’s Midlife Crisis (The Beckett), 24 Hour Plays on Broadway with Pablo Schreiber, Laverne Cox, and Melanie Griffith (American Airlines Theatre).

Erica R. GamezMusical Director – (they/she) is a music director and keyboardist based in NYC. While in San Diego, Erika music directed productions of LITTLE WOMEN and MISS YOU LIKE HELL and conducted collegiate wind ensembles year-round. Erika was also music director for the La Jolla Playhouse WOW Festival performances of ALLEGORY. Erika wrapped their first national tour as MD/Key 1 for SUMMER: THE DONNA SUMMER MUSICAL in 2022. After a successful run as MD/Key 1 for ON YOUR FEET! at the Engeman Theater, she was brought in to rehearse the 2nd national tour of ON YOUR FEET! with director Luis Salgado and music supervisor Miami Sound Machine’s Clay Ostwald. Erika was recently Off-Broadway as Associate MD/Keys 2 for the musical adaptation of THE HARDER THEY COME at The Public. Since then, they have music directed AIDA with STAGES St. Louis, NEXT TO NORMAL at Greenbrier Valley Theater, and LIZZIE at TheaterWorks Hartford. MM Conducting, San Diego State University; BA Music Education, Fresno State.

We are no longer requiring masks in our theater. Masks are still encouraged to help keep our performers and audience members safe, but they are not required.

NOTE: This policy is subject to change at any moment to reflect changing local, state, and federal regulations. Please return before your scheduled performance date to see our most recent policy.

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