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Rat Race: The Secret Life of ThemePark

by Margaret Eginton and Eric Paul Jakobsen

Come get a behind the scenes look at life in the ThemePark!  Enjoy an original production performed by Eric Paul Jakobsen,
written by Margaret Eginton and Eric Paul Jakobsen, and directed by Margaret Eginton.   Presented by Sublingual Productions.

About "Rat Race"

"Rat Race: The Secret Life of ThemePark" transports audiences behind the theme park facades to another side of these "magical" worlds: one populated with puppets who talk back to their puppeteers, dancers who are stalked by theme park groupies and their taxidermied dogs, and women who will never be thin or white enough to be a princess. Based on the real experiences of more than sixty theme park workers and guests, "Rat Race" is a fast-paced physical exploration of the hilarious, dangerous, and disheartening sides of this reality, as well as the complications inherent in such an attempt at representation. 

Preview performance Thursday Dec. 3 @ 7:30 pm

Opening Night Friday Dec. 4 @ 8:00 pm

Additional performances Dec. 5 @ 8:00 pm and Dec 6 @ 5:00 pm

Admission : Pay What You Can

About the Actor

Eric Paul Jakobsen's acting credits include: The Frame Master in the premier workshop of Charles L. Mee's Under Construction, Player in Living and Dead: The Gettysburg Project, Garcin in No Exit, Buff in SubUrbia, Ivan in Gogol's The Nose, David in hOurs, William in Sons for Leaving, Young Transgendered Woman in The Apple, Father in love! Love!! LOVE!!!, Prince/Raven in Die Sieben Raben, Bobby in Cabaret, Jeffrey in Godspell, and Phillipe in Dissident, Goes Without Saying for the International Institute for Performing Arts. Eric is a member of VICE Theatre Collective, Ricochet International Theatre, and has trained with Atlantic Theater Company and Anne Bogart/SITI Company.

About the Director

Margaret Eginton is Head of Movement and Dance at FSU/Asolo Conservatory, and teaches acting at New College of Florida. She is the Associate Director of the International Institute for Performing Arts/Paris and a Master Teacher for Atlantic Theater in New York. Directing credits include: Boston Marriage (FSU/Asolo Conservatory, Foire St. Germain, Paris, Weekly Planet Best Direction pick); The Shape of Things (FSU/Asolo Conservatory, Sarasota Herald Tribune Handy, Weekly Planet Best Direction); Parsifal (Seattle Opera, assistant director and movement coach/choreographer); The Importance of Being Earnest, Sarita, Sore Throats, Syringa Tree, Sure Thing (ART, FSU/Asolo). World Premieres: Bulgakov/Moliere adaptation,Cher Moliere (American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theater Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University, Vevey-Switzerland, Forli-Italy, Moscow Art Theater Studio); Goldoni adaptation Escape to the Country/Return to the City (American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theater Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University, Forli-Italy, Vevey-Switzerland, Moscow Art Theater Studio); Requiem for a Dead Europe, original adaptations from Heiner Mueller and Marguerite Duras (American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theater Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University); Modi, (The University of Iowa Playwrights Workshop ‘Iram” best direction Award); The Black Monk (world premiere, Wendy Kesselman’s music theater adaptation, University of Iowa Second Stage); Who, or Andreyev Slapped, original adaptation (The University of Iowa Playwrights Workshop ‘Iram’ best direction award); The Life of Stalin, Part II (Komar and Melamid at the Kitchen Center for Dance and Music, NYC); original Commedia dell’ Arte one act Tartaglia Takes a Vacation and Receives a Letter; ( one act (Ringling Museum).

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