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The Theatre Guild is combining genres in its upcoming production of “Point Break Live “ this month. It is an adaption of the 1991 film “Point Break”, starring Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves in which an FBI agent (Johnny Utah, played by Reeves) goes undercover to catch a gang of bank robbers who fund their endless summer by holding up banks while donning plastic masks that depict the faces of world leaders like Ronald Regan. This production, however, has a twist – one that requires audience participation.
On each night, a different member of the audience will be selected to play Johnny Utah. This volunteer actor will be led throughout the production with the help of a personal assistant. Acting coach Melanie Lee will be “feeding” lines to the Johnny Utah character using flashcards and her signature on-stage antics.
“Basically we are making fun of the movie,” says director Giancarlo Benedetti, “this is not a serious film interpretation like audiences saw last year with Reservoir Dogs.”
The audience will select the Johnny Utah character from the volunteers who come up on stage to “try out” for the part by subjecting themselves to the “audition techniques” prepared to select the nightly victim.
Point Break Live runs from Thursday, June 20 to Sunday, June 23 and from Thursday, June 27 to Saturday, June 29. Curtain is at 8:00 p.m.
Tickets cost $15.
Reservations can be made writing