2016: Celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare's legacy!

The Mystery of
Irma Vep

AUGUST 12 – SEPTEMBER 6

Charles Ludlam's absolutely, frighteningly, fabulous comedy—which marks Jonathan Moscone's final show as Artistic Director of Cal Shakes—takes place at a sinister English estate, where Lord Edgar and his nervous new wife, Enid, find themselves haunted by werewolves, ghosts, a vampire, and Edgar’s mysterious ex-wife, Irma Vep.

Cal Shakes favorites Danny Scheie and Liam Vincent will make 35 costume changes to play eight different characters—ranging from a nobleman to an Egyptian princess—in this pioneering work in gay, and drag theater. Irma Vep is a hilarious send-up of a medley of different styles and sources, specifically, Hitchcock’s thriller, Rebecca, Brontë’s dark romance, Wuthering Heights, and Noël Coward’s otherworldly comedy Blithe Spirit, resulting in a gender- (and genre)-bending tour-de-force.

The Mystery of Irma Vep runs two hours and 10 minutes with one intermission.

Note for patrons: The Mystery of Irma Vep is a raucous, fast-paced production with the use of many effects including loud noises throughout, fake gun shots both on and off stage, strobe lights, and fog machines. There is very mild sexual content, a few instances of violence, profanity and the depiction of drinking liquor in this production.

  • WHO'S WHO
  • Events
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  • PRESS
  • Program
  • INFORMATION FOR PARENTS

CREATIVE TEAM
Director- JONATHAN MOSCONE
Scenic Designer- DOUGLAS SCHMIDT
Costume Designer- KATHERINE ROTH
Lighting Designer- ALEX NICHOLS
Sound Designer- CLIFF CARUTHERS
Text/Dialogue Coach- DOMENIQUE LOZANO
Resident Fight Director- DAVE MAIER
Stage Manager- LAXMI KUMARAN
Assistant Director- THOMAS CHAPMAN
Assistant Lighting Designer- HAMILTON GUILLÉN
Resident Dramaturg- PHILIPPA KELLY

CAST (in order of appearance)
Jane Twisden- LIAM VINCENT
Nicodemus Underwood- DANNY SCHEIE
Lady Enid Hillcrest- DANNY SCHEIE
Lord Edgar Hillcrest- LIAM VINCENT
Alcazar- DANNY SCHEIE
Ensemble- LIAM VINCENT AND DANNY SCHEIE

All actors and stage managers in this production are members of Actor's Equity Association.

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS
Ellen & Joffa Dale
Michael & Virginia Ross
Jean Simpson
Sharon Simpson
Jay Yamada

PRODUCERS
Nancy & Jerry Falk
Meyer Sound
Shelly Osborne & Steve Tirrell
Michele & John Ruskin
Julie Simpson

ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS
Wai & Glenda Chang
John Kemp & Mary Brutocao
Walter Moos & Susan Miller
Alan Schnur & Julie Landres
Debbie Sedberry & Jeff Klingman
Charles & Heidi Triay

PUBLICITY

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(L to R) Liam Vincent as Lord Edgar and Danny Scheie as Lady Enid in Cal Shakes’ production of The Mystery of Irma Vep, directed by Jonathan Moscone; photo by Kevin Berne.


PRODUCTION

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(L to R) Danny Scheie as Nicodemus and Liam Vincent as Jane Twisden in California Shakespeare Theater’s The Mystery of Irma Vep, directed by Jonathan Moscone; photo by Kevin Berne.


(L to R) Danny Scheie as Nicodemus and Liam Vincent as Jane Twisden in California Shakespeare Theater’s The Mystery of Irma Vep, directed by Jonathan Moscone; photo by Kevin Berne.


Danny Scheie as Lady Enid Hillcrest in California Shakespeare Theater’s The Mystery of Irma Vep, directed by Jonathan Moscone; photo by Kevin Berne.

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(L to R) Danny Scheie as Lady Enid Hillcrest and Liam Vincent as Jane Twisden in California Shakespeare Theater’s The Mystery of Irma Vep, directed by Jonathan Moscone; photo by Kevin Berne.


(L to R) Danny Scheie as Lady Enid Hillcrest and Liam Vincent as Lord Edgar Hillcrest in California Shakespeare Theater’s The Mystery of Irma Vep, directed by Jonathan Moscone; photo by Kevin Berne.


(L to R) Danny Scheie as Lady Enid Hillcrest and Liam Vincent as Jane Twisden in California Shakespeare Theater’s The Mystery of Irma Vep, directed by Jonathan Moscone; photo by Kevin Berne.

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Danny Scheie as Lady Enid Hillcrest in California Shakespeare Theater’s The Mystery of Irma Vep, directed by Jonathan Moscone; photo by Kevin Berne.


Danny Scheie as Lady Enid Hillcrest in California Shakespeare Theater’s The Mystery of Irma Vep, directed by Jonathan Moscone; photo by Kevin Berne.


(L to R) Danny Scheie as Nicodemus and Liam Vincent as Lord Edgar Hillcrest in California Shakespeare Theater’s The Mystery of Irma Vep, directed by Jonathan Moscone; photo by Kevin Berne.

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(L to R) Danny Scheie as Alcazar and Liam Vincent as Lord Edgar Hillcrest in California Shakespeare Theater’s The Mystery of Irma Vep, directed by Jonathan Moscone; photo by Kevin Berne.


(L to R) Liam Vincent as Jane Twisden and Danny Scheie as Nicodemus in California Shakespeare Theater’s The Mystery of Irma Vep, directed by Jonathan Moscone; photo by Kevin Berne.


Danny Scheie as Nicodemus in California Shakespeare Theater’s The Mystery of Irma Vep, directed by Jonathan Moscone; photo by Kevin Berne.

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(Danny Scheie as Lady Enid Hillcrest in California Shakespeare Theater’s The Mystery of Irma Vep, directed by Jonathan Moscone; photo by Kevin Berne.


(L to R) Liam Vincent as Jane Twisden and Danny Scheie as Lady Enid Hillcrest in California Shakespeare Theater’s The Mystery of Irma Vep, directed by Jonathan Moscone; photo by Kevin Berne.


(L to R) Danny Scheie as Lady Enid Hillcrest and Liam Vincent as Lord Edgar Hillcrest in California Shakespeare Theater’s The Mystery of Irma Vep, directed by Jonathan Moscone; photo by Kevin Berne


Information for Parents

We believe in opening young minds to the power and magic of live theater. However, we understand that not every production may be appropriate for every child or family, as we frequently address mature issues, ideas, and themes. We encourage you to consider whether any particular Main Stage production is appropriate for your child, and to be in dialogue with us and your children about the content and/or artistic expression therein.

The Mystery of Irma Vep is a raucous, fast-paced production with the use of many effects including loud noises throughout, fake gun shots both on and off stage, strobe lights, and fog machines. There is very mild sexual content, a few instances of violence, profanity and the depiction of drinking liquor in this production.

Children under four are not permitted in the Amphitheater as a courtesy to our patrons and artists.