Pagans on Bobsleds XXVII: Manger Zone presented by Red Octopus

Image may contain: 2 people, people standing and outdoorRed Octopus Theater’s Pagans on Bobsleds XXVII: Manger Zone! will run December 13, 14, 19, 20, 21 at The PUBLIC Theatre, located at 616 Center Street in downtown Little Rock. 

Doors will open at 7:15 PM and the show will start at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for senior citizens, military and students.  There are no reservations, tickets may only be purchased at the door before each show. The show is recommended for mature audiences, children under 18 will be charged $327. Cash, Credit and NFC payments accepted.

Red Octopus celebrates twenty-eight years of holiday fun and foolishness on stage this year with its newest sketch comedy show, Pagans on Bobsleds XXVIII: Manger Zone!  Santa’s elite school of reindeer pilots must duke it out to see who is “TOP BUCK”. Meanwhile, some old-time favorite sketches will be on display as well as some brand new holiday sketches that are sure to become audience favorites.  

The cast will showcase Courtney Beard, Alli Clark Howland, Josh Doering, Scott Dombroski, Sarena Dombroski, Drew Ellis, Anderson Penix, and Jason Willey with special guest, Luke “Ramthor” Rowlan.  

The show is recommended for adults and includes bawdy talk, adult deer situations and brief reindeer nudity.

Red Octopus Theater has been performing original, live sketch comedy for almost 30 years in Central Arkansas and beyond.  For more information please contact Red Octopus Theater at (501) 291-3896 or RedOctopusTheater@gmail.com. Red Octopus is also online at www.redoctopustheater.com.

Boo! Who?! as Red Octopus Theater returns to stage for Halloween Show

Red Octopus Theater’s new Halloween show, Boo! Who?! runs October 24 – 26, at The PUBLIC Theatre, located at 616 Center Street in downtown Little Rock, AR. Doors will open at 7:15PM and the show will start at 8:00PM.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for senior citizens, military and students. No reservations, tickets may only be purchased at the door before each show. If you wear a costume, you get $2 off your admission price. The show is recommended for mature audiences, children under 18 will be charged $199. Cash, Credit and NFC accepted.

Red Octopus will present another spooky, fun filled sketch comedy show concerning all things ghoulish and garish. The cast will showcase: Courtney Beard, Josh Doering, Drew Ellis, Jeremiah James Herman, Anderson Penix, and Jason Willey with special guest, Luke “Ramthor” Rowlan. The show is recommended for adults and includes bawdy talk, adult situations and spectral nudity.

Red Octopus Theater has been performing original, live sketch comedy for almost 30 years in Central Arkansas and the beyond. For more information please contact Red Octopus Theater at (501) 291-3896, or RedOctopusTheater@gmail.com. Red Octopus is also online at www.redoctopustheater.com.

Experience OCTOPI IN THE OUTFIELD with Red Octopus Theater

(L to R) Jeremiah Herman, Josh Doering, Sam Grubb and Anderson Penix of Red Octopus Theater are suited up for Octopi in the Outfield, an all new live sketch comedy show running May 16-18, 2019.

This weekend, Red Octopus Theater presents Octopi in the Outfield an all new, original, live sketch comedy show.

Octopi in the Outfield runs May 16, 17, 18 2019 at The PUBLIC Theatre, located at 616 Center Street, in downtown Little Rock, AR.

Doors will open at 7:15PM and the show will start at 8:00PM. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for senior citizens, military and students.  No reservations, tickets may only be purchased at the door before each show.

The show is recommended for mature audiences, children under 18 will be charged $914.

Red Octopus is excited to return for the 28th year with its first show of 2019,  Octopi in the Outfield, a loosely baseball themed sketch comedy filled with nostalgia and laughs.  The troupe will take a look at parents at t-ball, online dating, new parents and the struggles of public teachers.

The cast of candidates includes Courtney Beard, Alli Clark Howland, Josh Doering, Sam Grubb, Jeremiah James Herman, Anderson Penix, and Jason Willey with special guest, Luke “Ramthor” Rowlan.

Performances are open to all ages, but recommended for mature audiences due to adult language and situations. Again, child tickets are $914.

This Weekend only – Pagans on Bobsleds XXV! as only Red Octopus can bring it!

Red Octopus Theater presents Pagans on Bobsleds is XXV! A holiday tradition for many, Red Octopus theater is proud to present Pagans on Bobsleds XXV!

Pagans on Bobsleds XXV! will be performed December 8, 9, 10, 2016 at The PUBLIC Theater, 616 Center St., in downtown Little Rock. Shows will start at 8PM and doors will open at 7:30PM. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens, students & active military and veterans. No reservations are necessary and there will be refreshments available. The show is recommended for mature audiences, child tickets are $496.  (If you tell them Jason Willey sent you, you might get a kid in for a discounted price of $377.)

Pagans on Bobsleds started twenty-five years ago by a bunch of a actors, writers, artists and plain weirdos looking to do something that wasn’t happening in the local arts scene. Since then, this yearly cacophony of holiday themed sketch comedy has become a tradition not only for the members of Red Octopus, but for many of their fans. Through the years, the Pagans On Bobsleds cast has included over 100 different actors, writers, musicians and artists.

The show started long before any of the current cast was in Red Octopus and before a few of them were born. With timeless favorites like Santa-man, Fruitcake, Frosty, the Choirs and the Pagans on Bobsleds song, this show will also feature new material from The Old Lady, Hermes the Elf and a special tribute to Santa. So we invite everyone to come celebrate twenty-five years of Pagans on Bobsleds this holiday season!

The cast includes Alli Clark, Lesley Dancer, Josh Doering, Scott Dombroski, Drew Ellis, Sam Grubb, Jeremiah Herman, Anderson Penix, Evan Tanner, Jason Thompson and Jason Willey with special help from Michael Goodbar, Luke Rowlan and Christina Wang.

For more information please contact Red Octopus Theater at (501) 291-3896, or RedOctopusTheater@gmail.com. Red Octopus is also online at www.redoctopustheater.com. To contact The PUBLIC Theatre, call 374-PLAY.

Creative Class 2016: Jason Willey

cc16-willeyJason Willey often has people howling with laughter when he performs with Red Octopus Theater.

As one of the movers and shakers behind this troupe for the past decade or so, Jason often writes and produces and directs for this topical sketch comedy troupe in addition to acting in it.  He can also usually be found cranking out press releases for it and doing whatever needs to be done.

In addition to appearing with Red Octopus, Jason has been a fixture on the local theatre scene. He has appeared in many productions with The Weekend Theater as well as on other local stages.

Jason has also appeared in numerous Arkansas-based films over the past few years.  He has lent his talents on many film crews as well.  He is an avid supporter of local film festivals as well.

In short, if it comes to an aspect of the acting profession in Arkansas, Jason has probably been involved.

Documentary on David O. Dodd and play about him to be shown at MacArthur Museum tonight

Hanging of DODTonight, January 7, at 6:30 pm, the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History will host a screening of the film The Hanging of David O. Dodd.

The 2015 documentary The Hanging of David O. Dodd tells the story of 17 yr old confederate spy David Dodd who is remembered as a martyr of the confederacy. In cooperation with the Weekend Theater, a play written for the stage by playwright Phillip H. McMath. The film blends the two and looks at how he is remembered 150 years after his death.

The movie was directed by Xuixa Lu and Will Scott.  The cast features Johnnie Brannon, Will Koberg, Jason Willey, Alan Rackley, Michael Pere, Hannah Lackoff, Tracy Tolbert, Jeff Lewellen, Aron Long, William Moon, Ryan Hoyle, Jerry Rice and Libby Smith.

The event is free and open to the public.

Pagans on Bobsleds XXIV: One More Splash! pays tribute to late, great Sandy Baskin

ROT Pagans SandyPagans on Bobsleds XXIV: One More Splash! is newest installment in the long running holiday tradition for Red Octopus Theater. Pagans on Bobsleds XXIV: One More Splash! will run December 10-12, 2015 at The PUBLIC Theatre, located at 616 Center Street, in downtown Little Rock, AR.  Doors will open at 7:30PM and the show will start at 8:00PM. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for senior citizens, military and students.  Tickets are general admission, no reservations and there will be refreshments available.  The show is recommended for mature audiences, child tickets are $490.

Pagans on Bobsleds XXIV: One More Splash! a memorial to Sandy Baskin, long time head writer and director of Red Octopus Theater, who passed away earlier this year.  There is no adequate way to measure the influence Sandy Baskin had on the central Arkansas performing arts community and countless actors in her 3 decades of performing, writing and directing.  Sandy Baskin performed with Red Octopus theater for over 20 years and for much of that time was the head writer and director of countless live sketch comedy shows, short films and other performances.  Ms. Baskin may have left this plane of existence, but she will always be the head redhead in Red Octopus.

This year, Pagans on Bobsleds, the long running Red Octopu holiday tradition, will be a greatest hits of Sandy’s  favorites including Fauzio’s, The Nutcracker Suite, Elves What Woo, The Old Lady, They’re Having Eggnog, Devil Hound, Santaman, Fruitcake and many more. Unfortunately, due to her passing, Sandy really left the other Octopi in a lurch for a funny lady with a red bouffant that can cuss like a sailor.  That role is in a lot of these sketches, but  Red Octopus thought, the only thing to do without Sandy Baskin, was to make everyone try to fill her comedy shoes.  It will take a cast of 12 including Frank Butler, Alli Clark, Brian Chambers, Sarah Cunningham, Lesley Dancer, Michael Goodbar, Jeremiah Herman, Nichole Henry, Anderson Penix, Luke Rowlan, Brittany Sparkles, Evan Tanner, Jason Thompson and Jason Willey

Current Executive Director of Red Octopus, Jason Willey said, “Sandy loved hanging out with her people and often she’d say she was just going to have “one more splash” before we called it a night. That usually turned into another hour and a lot of laughs. Everyone in Red Octopus will miss having one more splash with Baskin.  We thought, that’s what this show should be for Red Octopus and our fans, one last splash, for Baskin.”

Red Octopus Theater looks forward to seeing all our friends and fans for Pagans on Bobsleds XXIV: One More Splash, a tribute to the one and only Sandy Baskin.

For more information please contact Jason Willey, Executive Director, Red Octopus Theater at (501) 291-3896, or RedOctopusTheater@gmail.com. Red Octopus is also online atwww.redoctopustheater.com.

To contact The PUBLIC Theatre, call 374-PLAY.