Coronado Playhouse will present “Hands on a Hardbody”

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Coronado Playhouse heads into the summer sunset with the fun and unique musical, Hands on a Hardbody! Bringing a bit of Lone Star State to the West Coast, this country and soul production will have audiences cheering, even if the contestants – the actors – can’t.

For ten unlucky Texans, a new breath is so close they can touch it. Under a scorching sun for days, armed with nothing but hope, humor and ambition, competitors fight to keep at least one hand on a brand new truck in order to win it. In this hilarious and fierce contest, only one winner can walk away with the American Dream. Inspired by the real events of the acclaimed 1997 documentary which was adapted into a musical commissioned by La Jolla Playhouse.

Hands on a Hardbody received three Tony Award nominations, nine Drama Desk Award nominations including Outstanding Musical, and won the Outstanding Sound Design category. The musical also received three Outer Critics Circle Award nominations, including Outstanding New Broadway Musical.

This production marks Teri Brown’s return to Coronado Playhouse as a director. She previously led aerial combat in 2019. She last directed The last five years at the Lamplighters Theater. Brown was artistic director of OnStage Playhouse for over 15 years and appeared there as Frankie in Frankie & Johnny at Moonlight, which earned him a 2019 Craig Noel Award nomination for Best Lead Performance. At OnStage Playhouse, his directing credits include: Carrie the Musical, Xanadu, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (2017 SDACT Winner – Best Director of a Musical) and spring awakening (2018 SDACT Winner – Best Director of a Musical and Best Musical plus a 2017 Craig Noel Award nomination for Outstanding Resident Musical).

An actual 1995 Nissan Hardbody pickup truck is featured on stage in this production at the Coronado Playhouse. Named after the director’s beloved Texan grandmother, Margaret, the truck sports license plate frames from Longview, Texas, and resulted in additional theater fees. Sourcing, securing and transporting “Margaret” took extra effort and fundraising is now covering much of that cost.

During the race, the production offers a photo session with “Margaret”. For $5 or more, customers can have their picture taken with the truck on stage. Profits are used to cover production costs.

Hands on a Hardbody contains adult language and themes. It addresses mature, often distressing situations such as racism, misogyny, xenophobia, suicide and war – and contains adult, racist language. The cast and production crew vehemently oppose racism in all its forms and present the material, not to allow racist behavior, but to show the characters who exhibit such behavior in their ugliness and frailty.

Featured Community Partner

Coronado Playhouse is committed to giving back to the local community beyond quality entertainment and to using its public platform to help those in need. During the race, the flagship partner of the Playhouse community is the San Diego chapter of Survivors of Suicide Loss (SOSL). SOSL reaches out and supports those who have lost a loved one to suicide. It is devastating and confusing to lose a spouse, child, sibling, parent, friend to suicide, and they are here to help people deal with the consequences of such a loss. They provide support services that offer hope, comfort and healing to those grieving from loss by suicide and we promote suicide awareness and prevention. To donate or learn more about their services, visit: www.soslsd.org.

The cast includes: Andra Caston, Diego, Jamie Feinstein, David Janisch, Gabriela Jentzsch, Jay Keener-Welsch, Connor Kinzer, Cheryl Livingston, Emerson McMurtry, Eric Peterson, Fatima Pimienta, Lee Price, Vivian V. Schmitz, James Tarbert and Kyle Winnick.

The production team includes: Teri Brown (director), Jerrica Ignacio (music director), Patrick Mayuyu (choreographer), Rebecca Leigh (producer), Patrick O’Connor (assistant director), Christopher T. Miller (assistant musical director, Gabriela Jentzsch (Dance Captain), Dani Ucman (Stage Manager), Bob Brum (Scenic Designer), Bertha Tsai (Costume Designer), Pam Everett (Prop Designer), Jared Jacobs (Lighting Designer), Carla Nell (Sound Designer), Jesamyn Golding (Light Operator), Vanessa Provencio (Sound Operator), Bob Brum (Master Carpenter), Bob Brum, Karl Bunker, Dale Goodman, Barron Henzel, Stan Soth (Set Construction), Barron Henzel (Charge Artist), Thomas Fitzpatrick, Barron Henzel (Set painting).

For more information on ticket prices and discounts or sponsorships, contact the box office at 619-435-4856 or visit our website at CoronadoPlayhouse.org.

Hands on a Hardbody runs September 2-25, Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m.


About Coronado Playhouse Coronado’s oldest arts organization, Coronado Playhouse, is San Diego County’s oldest community theater and, according to the LA Times, is the oldest performing arts venue on the West Coast. the company is currently thriving in its 76th season. The intimate 100-seat cabaret-style theater overlooks beautiful Glorietta Bay and is part of the Coronado Community Center. The venue opened in 2006 with state-of-the-art amenities and a full-service bar. Season subscribers can reserve tables a year in advance for each show. Coronado Playhouse proudly stands among the best in San Diego’s community theater world and constantly strives for excellence in its productions. The Playhouse is dedicated to providing quality entertainment, with a mix of classic and modern comedies, dramas and mysteries, dazzling musicals, colorful free classics, theater for young audiences, concerts and cabarets. These programs, along with our educational activities, acting classes and other community events, are only possible because of your continued support and charitable donations. They diligently strive to select diverse creative and production teams who will deliver intelligent and enlightening productions to CPH audiences. (CoronadoPlayhouse.org).

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