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Country Gravy and Other Obsessions
The Musical Comedy touring production from Houston, Texas finds a home away from home in Tucson, Arizona.
All The Way Around LLC is proud to announce that their touring production of Country Gravy & Other Obsessions will be coming to the ZUZI! Theater in Tucson from July 31st - August 3rd, 2014.
Country Gravy & Other Obsessions is a musical comedy where its characters Mavis Applebee and Myrtle McGillicurdle, played by Julia Laskowski and Patti Rabaza, will come to your hometown rec center, hotel, church or bar to present the most valuable seminar of your life. That's right ... The only one you'll ever need.... A relationship seminar!
These two special ladies will fix relationships with husbands, wives, cars, food, bosses, relatives, can openers ... You name it! And yes, sometimes they'll show you how to dole out the tough love, like squirting your husband with a bottle of water if he goes to the fridge for one more hot dog. Listen and learn as Myrtle explains how to deal with difficult feelings in that chart topper, Stuff It. Then commiserate with Mavis while she sings about her favorite obsession in French Fry on the Floorboard!
Thru the course of the seminar, Mavis and Myrtle do a lot of healing (mostly on themselves) when they work thru the trauma of their childhoods with neglectful, druggie parents. Be amazed as they channel their opera diva mothers in a show stopping operatic fight scene!
Julia Laskowski (Mavis) has performed extensively throughout Europe and the United States. She has performed most notably in concert in Italy (Gubbio, Lazise, Tolentino, Pinzolo and Pavia) and Frankfurt, Germany; the Amato Opera and the Off Broadway production of Miss Lulu in New York; recitals at the Disney Hall in Los Angeles; and every prominent theater in Houston, including the two premiere Broadway theaters: Theatre Under The Stars and the Alley Theater. She sang the title role in Always...Patsy Cline for 18 months - the longest running musical ever in Houston!
Julia is a graduate of California Institute of the Arts, where she began her career as an opera singer. Her operatic experience includes Micaela, Queen of the Night, Zerbinetta, Donna Elvira, Amina and Rosina. She is also known for her impeccable comedic talent as seen in her performance of Zombina in the musical comedy, Zombies from the Beyond. She performed the title role in the Off Broadway production of Miss Lulu and has also performed in an Italian tour, Il Mito Di Broadway. Julia maintains a very busy voice studio.
Patricia Rabaza (Myrtle) has performed at Carnegie Hall, Vatican City and Notre Dame. She has performed leading roles with Theater Under the Stars, Opera in the Heights, Opera of the Ozarks, Nacogdoches Repertory Opera, Oklahoma Lyric Theater, Houston Theater LaB, and performed as a guest artist with the Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra and San Angelo Orchestra. She created the role of Araminty Brown in the world premier musical, Grand National, through the educational outreach program of Houston Grand opera.
Her favorite roles include Cio Cio San in Madama Butterfly, Fiordiligi in Cosi Fan Tutte and Hildy in On The Town. Her acting credits include work with Houston Theater LaB, Third Coast Comedy, The Strand Theater in Galveston. She also played the lead role of Agnes in the independent short film, Jim and Agnes. She sang the world premiere of Still We Dance and has performed with Winton Marsalis.
Daryl Banner (Mavis and Myrtle's Pianist Schworken Kabierbenbarben) is a composer, actor, and novelist. He graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in Theater and Psychology where he participated as an actor and writer in the Edward Albee Workshop studying under the great Lanford Wilson for three years.
He also wrote book, lyrics & music for "The Walker-Through-Walls" as part of the Stuart Ostrow Musical Collaboration. Since graduating, he has acted in the 10x10, performed as the Bellhop in the Country Playhouse's "Lend Me a Tenor." He composes music for video games, short films (including 48-hour film project) and iPhone apps. He has been a returning writer for MADcap-24 at the Country Playhouse for five years producing two plays and three 10-minute musicals.
All The Way Around (Producer) is a NYC based production firm focusing on theater and film projects that tell strong, engaging stories. It was created by Chandler Wild and Scott DelaCruz in late 2011 after a number of years of collaboration.
With backgrounds in production, development, post, and web driven content the two strive to bring stories to life that deserve to be told. In addition to this project, current works-in progress include the feature length documentary "Mount Lawrence", the short documentary "Changeover", the feature "In The Rubber Room", and Foreign Bodies a selection of plays from the playwright Charles Borkhuis.
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