The comedy Psycho Beach Party will be performed at the Morgan-Wixson Theatre in Santa Monica beginning Saturday, April 28 through May 20.
Performances are scheduled at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday at the theater, 2627 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. A midnight show will be held Saturday, May 12. Audience talk-backs will follow performances on Sunday, May 6 and Friday, May 11.
Written by Charles Busch, Psycho Beach Party, as its title implies, humorously combines the fear factors of the movies “Beach Party” and “Psycho,” with the surfer flick “Gidget” thrown in for good measure. The story follows the “virginal” Chicklet, a cute beach bunny who wants to be a true surfer girl, riding the waves along with the dudes, if she can overcome their opposition to a girl on a surfboard.
Her mom is very opposed to all this, and Chicklet has another problem – she has multiple personality disorder. She has, actually, a lot of company inside her head, but most especially, the manipulative, lustful femme fatale, Ann Bowman.
Meanwhile, a rising Hollywood starlet has chosen to hide out among the surfer crowd.
Psycho Beach Party made its debut off-Broadway in 1987.
The cast includes Heidi Appe, Natalia Barzilai, Sergio Christofalo, Joe Colajezzi, Taylor D’Andrea, Isaac Deakyne, Tim Herzog, Caitlin Jemison, A. Leslie Kies, Emily Kottler, Peter Kurzner and Nicole Marie White.
The show is directed by William Wilday and produced by Saul Saladow.
Tickets are $18 for general admission, or $15 for seniors and students. All seats for the May 12 midnight show are $10.
Information, (310) 828-7519, or www.morgan-wixson.org.