Theatre Department at CSU Stanislaus
HOLY CROSS SUCKS!
(A Comedy about the Tragedy of School)
Winner Top Ten Broadway/off-Broadway Shows, 2005
Time Out New York Magazine
'HOLY CROSS SUCKS!' Rob Nash's infectious solo show, based on his years at a Jesuit high school in Texas, mines the 1980's for pop-culture references
and for John Hughes-style narrative devices. But the nostalgia goes deeper than Izod and "Purple Rain" in this unexpectedly rich coming-of-age tale,
made all the warmer by Mr. Nash's cool, unflappable demeanor.
-New York Times
Nash clearly loves his wannabe rebels. As a performer and writer,
his virtuosic peaks come when the boys share private moments, and
he flickers between them with impeccable precision. "Holy Cross Sucks" may be the perfect vehicle for Nash's undeniable acting talent... Nash... up there alone, displaying his prowess to the world.
WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY ROB NASH
DIRECTED BY JEFF CALHOUN
Thursday and Friday, March 22 and 23; 8:00 PM
CSUS Mainstage Theatre
One University Circle Turlock, CA 95382
Playwright/Performer, Rob Nash in conjunction with Tony Award Nominated Director, Jeff Calhoun present HOLY CROSS SUCKS!, a comic journey through those unforgettable years of high school, starring Rob Nash as an ensemble cast that includes "the punk", "the homo", "the fat kid", "the virgin", "the nerd" and "the slut." Welcome back to the 80's version of those formative years that traumatized us all!
In the spirit of teen film classics Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club and Fast Times At Ridgemont High, HOLY CROSS SUCKS! follows three best friends as they navigate those painful, life-defining, and humiliating years of high school. We're never as vulnerable and as vicious, as beautiful and as ugly, as idealistic and apathetic, and as vain and as humble as when we're adolescents. Playing a full cast of beloved and reviled characters, Nash explores these paradoxes with biting humor, insight, and a killer soundtrack.
"A comic escapade, with a teeming cast of richly detailed characters engaged in a breakneck series of amusing rites of passage."
ROB NASH has performed internationally at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreal Comedy Festival. Nash's work has been produced at regional theaters including Stages in Houston, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Carolina Theater in Durham, VORTEX in Austin, The Cable Car in San Francisco, and Velvet Elvis Arts Lounge in Seattle.
JEFF CALHOUN'S Disney production of Newsies is in previews and on Broadway right now. Jeff directed and choreographed the Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of Big River (for deaf and hearing audiences!) and Grease! (Tony nomination Best Choreography). He staged the original Broadway smash hit, Grey Gardens he produced and directed the original Broadway musical Brooklyn which begins its national tour in May 2006. Calhoun made his Broadway directing debut with Tommy Tune Tonight and his collaboration with Tommy Tune on The Will Rogers Follies led to the 1997 Tony Award for Best Choreography. Calhoun directed and choreographed the Deaf West production of Oliver! (Ovation Award- Direction), and both the Deaf West and Mark Taper Forum productions of Big River (Ovation and L.A. Drama Critics Circle Awards for both Direction and Choreography). Recently Calhoun co-directed the world premiere of Himself and Nora with Joseph Hardy at the Old Globe Theater. He co-choreographed the Tony-winning revival of Annie Get Your Gun with both Bernadette Peters and Reba MacIntire. Calhoun received the L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award for his choreography in Bouncers.