Handbag Announces Next Season, Move to 773

Handbag Announces Next Season, Move to 773

(left to right) Danne Taylor, David Cerda, Ryan Oates, Grant Drager and Ed Jones in Hell in a Handbag Productions’ hit parody THE GOLDEN GIRLS: The Lost Episodes, Vol. 3. Photo by Rick Aguilar Studios.

Hell in a Handbag Productions has announced its 2020 Season, plus a move to Stage 773, where they are now a resident company for 2020.

“Our 2020 season is scheduled to begin on May 7, 2020,” said Artistic Director David Cerda.” “However, the safety and well-being and of our audiences, actors and theater staff is our top priority. In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we are closely monitoring state and local health guidelines in conjunction with Stage 773 and will adjust our performance dates as necessary.”

The season is scheduled to begin in May with an extended return of Chicago’s favorite drag seniors in “The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes, Vol. 4,” written by Artistic Director David Cerda and directed by Spenser Davis. Dorothy, Rose, Blanche, Sophia and their whacky friends and relatives are back for two brand new lost episodes. David Cerda, Grant Drager, Ed Jones, and Ryan Oates reprise their roles as the geriatric Fab Four.

This winter, Handbag favorite”Christmas Dearest” – a musical adaption of “A Christmas Carol” returns, starring Miss Joan Crawford as the most glamourous Ebenezer Scrooge ever, featuring book and lyrics by David Cerda, music by Cerda with Scott Lamberty and direction by Derek Van Barham. Cerda and Ed Jones return to their roles as Joan Crawford and Carol Ann.

The 2020 season will also include a soon-to-be-announced fall production.

Stage 773 is located at 1225 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood. Tickets for THE GOLDEN GIRLS: The Lost Episodes, Vol. 4 are currently available at stage773.com or handbagproductions.org.

Hell in a Handbag Productions’ 2020 Season (descriptions from a press release):

May 7 – August 1, 2020*
The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes, Vol. 4
By Artistic Director David Cerda
Directed by Spenser Davis
Featuring: David Cerda, Grant Drager, Ed Jones, Michael Miller, Ryan Oates, Michael Rashid, Tyler Anthony Smith and Danne Taylor with Lori Lee as Mistress of Ceremonies.

*Performance dates are subject to change as Handbag continues to monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Handbag’s long-running parody of the classic TV sitcom returns with two new original episodes:

Episode 1: The girls are thrilled to be a part of the local community theater’s productions of A Streetcar Named Desire. Everybody except Blanche, who feels like she was robbed of the part she was born to play.

Episode 2: The girls’ favorite game show – Password – is coming to Miami and they all want to be on it, but will the audition process tear them apart? And who’s going to tell Rose nobody wants her as a teammate?

November 27 – December 27, 2020
Christmas Dearest
Book and Lyrics: Artistic Director David Cerda
Music by David Cerda with Scott Lamberty
Directed by Derek Van Barham
Featuring Alexa Castelvecchi, David Cerda, Caitlin Jackson, Ed Jones and Nicky Mendelson. Additional casting to be announced.

Handbag is getting to ready to deck the halls with all things JOAN. In this Handbag adaptation of A Christmas Carol, Joan Crawford (David Cerda) is starring in an MGM musical adaptation of the life of the Virgin Mary, ‘Oh, Mary!’, and she desperately needs a hit to revitalize her stalled career. Ever the perfectionist, she demands the same of those she works with including her daughter Christina. Joan’s outlandish behavior even tests her loyal maid and secretary, Carol Ann (Ed Jones). After canceling rehearsal and demanding the cast and crew work on Christmas Day, Joan is visited by three spirits (besides Smirnoff), and is forced to face herself! Christmas Dearest originally premiered in 2013 and turned into a Handbag favorite for those who prefer a little more in their stocking for the holidays.

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