“This is a once in a lifetime project where we get to tell the story about a real figure in our City’s history in the same place that he once lived so many years ago,” says West Hollywood Mayor John J. Duran. “Eugene’s story encapsulates so much of the change and challenges of this city that are still very much a part of our modern lives.”
Señor Plummer’s Final Fiesta commemorates the 75th anniversary of the publication of the book ‘Señor Plummer: The Life and Laughter of an Old-Californian’ first published in 1942, which documents interviews with Eugene Plummer by John Preston Buschlen.
Rogue Artists Ensemble differs from other theater companies in that it’s run by a collective of multidisciplinary artists and designers rather than by actors, writers or directors. By combining ancient storytelling techniques (music, dance, masks, puppetry) with modern technology (digital media, special effects and theatrical illusions), the Rogues cultivate a unique style of live performance unlike any other. They define the combined use of these and other underrepresented art forms as Hyper-theater. Since 2002, the Rogues have created nearly twenty original new works and collaborated with hundreds of artists and community members. Past Rogue Artists Ensemble Hyper-theatrical productions include Zen Shorts, adapted from the book by Jon J. Muth, last seen in Tears of Joy Theatre and the Pasadena Playhouse; D is for Dog, produced at South Coast Repertory and designated one of the top-rated productions of 2011 by Bitter Lemons; Gogol Project, adapted by Kitty Felde from three Gogol short stories (Los Angeles Times “Critic’s Choice”; Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards for adaptation and design; LA Weekly Award for design); and the acclaimed immersive site-specific theatrical experience based on Japanese ghost stories, Kaidan Project: Walls Grow Thin, produced in partnership with East West Players. In spring of 2018, the Rogues partnered with the Garry Marshall Theatre to remount their original reimaging of The Adventures of Pinocchio – Wood Boy Dog Fish – to critical acclaim. The original production won the Honorary Puppet Design Ovation Award for its 2015 production, as well as garnered Ovation Nominations for Costume Design and Video Design. In the fall of 2018, the Rogues are launching their first writers’ group and development lab – an incubator for new Hyper-theatrical works by LA-based writers.
Señor Plummer’s Final Fiesta runs October 19 through November 4, with performances on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 7:30 p.m. Preview performances take place October 12–14. Tickets range from $35-$55, which include options for performance with drinks provided by Angel City Brewery. In addition, there are a minimum of two $20 community discount tickets available to each performance. In order to be considered, please fill out the ‘Community Ticket Survey’ on the Rogue Artists website. Plummer Park is located at 7377 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069. For reservations and information go to RogueArtists.org.