Point Break LIVE!!

Point Break LIVE!!

This sounds like the most awesome thing in the history of awesome things. rivetpepsquad and I are going to the 7:30 show on Sat May 3.

Point Break LIVE! is the absurdist stage adaptation of the 1992 Keanu Reeves/Patrick Swayze extreme-sports blockbuster that tells the story of former College football star, Johnny Utah, in pursuit of the surfing, bank robbing, skydiving, bare-hand-fighting adrenaline-junkie-cum-Zen-master Bodhi Sattva.

Point Break LIVE! features armed robbery, big-wave surfing, car chases, explosions, no less than two extended skydiving sequences and an indoor monsoon. This "action" play offers a true cathartic experience, putting you in the water with the surfers, throwing you out the door of an airplane and robbing you at gunpoint. Add in the hotness factor- surfer dudes and female stunt doubles and you have a night of live theater that rivals anything by Samuel Beckett in terms of pure excitement and energy.

The starring role of Johnny Utah is selected from the audience each night, and reads their entire script off of cue-cards. This method manages to capture the rawness of a Keanu Reeves performance even from those who generally think themselves incapable of acting. The fun starts immediately with the "screen test" wherein the volunteer Keanus (usually 5-15 men and women vie for the role) go through a grueling audition process. The part is then cast via applaus-o-meter.

Kathryn Bigelow- and Peter Iliff-approved!

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18 Responses:

  1. bdu says:

    Have you invented time travel and not told us?

  2. DUDES. YOU MUST JOIN US. My co-worker is going to audition for the part of Johnny Utah and she's GONNA MAKE THE CUT.

  3. cameo says:

    Awe - Sucks you'll be missing my party, but at least it's for something rockin'. I'm going to go next week on the 26th - I'm sure it'll be rad - I'll report back!

  4. zonereyrie says:

    Awesome - my boss at Sling Media is one of the actors in this. She's been really busting her ass to juggle work and the show. Unfortunately I work remotely - from MA - so I can't check out the show myself.

    • bluknight says:

      Arrange a site visit to the home office, it might be worth it.

      I'm trying to figure out how the hell I can afford to come out from Billings MT to see it.

      • zonereyrie says:

        I'm trying - I just started on the 7th and I haven't been to the home office yet, so I'd like to even for business purposes to meet everyone. (I've met my boss and several other people at CES at least.) Right now it is a 6 week contract, but response to my work has been positive so efforts are afoot to bring me on permanently. And if that happens I'll probably be moving (back) to the Bay Area to work out of the home office.

        But that won't help get me to the play - so I'm hoping for that site visit. :-)

  5. even from those who generally think themselves incapable of acting.

    FTFY, etc.

  6. lovingboth says:

    That's interesting - I was thinking of films that'd be good to attempt to stage live on Saturday, and this was one of them.

    Picking the Keanu Reeves out of the audience is genius at work.

    • pikuorguk says:

      > Picking the Keanu Reeves out of the audience is genius at work.

      I'm sure he reads his lines off cue-cards in the Matrix too ;)

  7. poon says:

    We had the same show in Seattle a couple years ago. They cast a different Johnny Utah for each night, the 'winners' were chosen by vote from a bunch polaroids of their abs. They were then taken out and filled with alcohol before the show to enhance the Johnny Utah Effect (at least on one occasion - I think all of them were, though).

    And the love interest was played by a 12-year-old.

    It was awesome. You must go.

  8. inoci says:

    between this and the difference engine, my trip to SF in a couple of weeks just got even better.

    the tragedy is that i'm missing this by a few days.

  9. chromebishop says:

    i was gonna go and get tix for the same day as you guys, but clearly IM DOING IT WRONG, cause i cant find xeno's site (its down?) or the place to buy tix. so, embarassingly, um, a little help, where do i go to get, you know, on the door, and stuff?