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La Jolla, CA — La Jolla Playhouse announces two special presentations of the acclaimed group Steam Powered Giraffe as part of its cabaret series on Sunday, March 24 at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm. The concerts will take place in the Playhouse’s specially-designed performance space in the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre, created by the Playhouse’s scene shop artisans for the theatre’s 2011, 2012 and 2013 Galas.
The artists behind Steam Powered Giraffe started street busking as their signature robot-like characters in January 2008 in Balboa Park and instantly drew the attention of Southern California. Since then they’ve performed at such venues as The San Diego Fair, The San Diego Zoo, Legoland and numerous Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Steampunk Conventions. Their act combines the visual of robot pantomime with sketches, pop culture references, improvised comedic dialogue, and of course, original music. From their heartwarming nostalgic melodies to their funky cabaret rock, Steam Powered Giraffe’s songs are memorable, infectious and as unique as the robots themselves. Trained in pantomime by Seaport Village mime Jerry Hager, with collective backgrounds in clown, theatre, music, and visual design, Sam Luke, and the Bennett twins Christopher and David, have sculpted a striking homegrown performance that will leave you tapping your feet and humming for days. The malfunctioning, joke-spewing metal men play a collection of original Vaudeville inspired tunes fused with modern flare and executed in a super-sleek, one-of-a-kind performance. More than just a band, Steam Powered Giraffe is an experience that must be seen and heard by the entire family.
Tickets for Steam Powered Giraffe are $20 and are currently on sale by calling the Playhouse Patron Services Office at (858) 550-1010 or online at http://www.lajollaplayhouse.org/steam-powered-giraffe
The 2013 cabaret series will also feature the previously-announced engagement of Chicago’s legendary sketch comedy theatre, The Second City’s Laughing Matters Tour running March 20 — 23 and Steppin’ Out Live with Ben Vereen, running March 29 - 31.
The nationally-acclaimed, Tony Award-winning La Jolla Playhouse is known for its tradition of creating the most exciting and adventurous new work in the theatre. Founded in 1947 by Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire and Mel Ferrer, the Playhouse is considered one of the most well-respected not-for-profit theatres in the country. Numerous Playhouse productions have moved to Broadway garnering 35 Tony Awards, including Jersey Boys, Memphis, Big River, The Who’s Tommy, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, A Walk in the Woods, Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays, the Pulitzer Prize-winning I Am My Own Wife, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Farnsworth Invention, 33 Variations, Bonnie & Clyde, Peter and the Starcatcher and Chaplin: The Musical. Located on the UC San Diego campus, La Jolla Playhouse is made up of three primary performance spaces: the Mandell Weiss Theatre, the Mandell Weiss Forum Theatre and the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Center for La Jolla Playhouse, a state-of-the-art theatre complex which features the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre. La Jolla Playhouse is led by Artistic Director Christopher Ashley and Managing Director Michael S. Rosenberg.