Jennifer Thal with her husband Guns N' Roses guitarist Bumblefoot, Penthouse Pet Victoria "Dr. Z" Zdrok, CALIGULA MAXIMUS director and co-writer Alfred Preisser, Penthouse Pet Ryan Keely and castmembers Lady Circus Troupe aerialist Anya Sapozhnikova, and Justine Joli at the closing night party of CALIGULA MAXIMUS at the Ellen Stewart Theatre on April 17, 2010. Photo by Lia Chang
Guns N’ Roses guitarist Bumblefoot and his wife Jennifer Thal, Penthouse Pets Victoria “Dr. Z” Zdrok (Pet of The Year, 2004, clinical psychologist, PhD Drexel University) and Ryan Keely (October 2009), and Fetish model Darenzia partied with the cast of CALIGULA MAXIMUS after the closing night performance at the Ellen Stewart Theatre on April 17th. Special thanks to Lainie Speiser of Penthouse and V2 Vodka.
The outrageous theatrical extravaganza, combining elements of a circus, a play with music, and a nightclub installation, co-written by Alfred Preisser (ARCHBISHOP SUPREME TARTUFFE) and Randy Weiner (THE DONKEY SHOW) and directed by Preisser, is set on the last night of the notorious emperor’s life.
CALIGULA MAXIMUS director and co-playwright Alfred Preisser celebrates with his cast after the closing night performance at the Ellen Stewart Theatre on April 17, 2010. Photo by Lia Chang
Ryan Knowles starred as Caligula, adult film star and Penthouse Pet Justine Joli as his wife Caesonia, Lady Circus troupe aerialist Anya Sapozhnikova as his sister Drusilla, Luqman Brown as Sulla, the Peanut Vendor and JerZ Short as circus master Helicon. The show featured award-winning competitive bodybuilders Myra Adams and Roxanne Edwards, Coney Island Sideshow tattooed muscleman Tim DAX and an outrageous collection of over two-dozen circus performers, wrestlers, showgirls and freaks.
Alexandra Bernard, Greg Bornstein, Angela Buccinni, Claire Buckingham, Alicia Giangrisostomi, Jeff Goldfisher, Raheem Green, Sarah Hassan, Naima Yetunde Ince, Tracy Jack, Bill Johnson, David King, Jessica Krueger, Andrews Landsman, Elinor Lerner, Channing McKindra, Alexandra Petrova, Charletta Rozzell, Alicia St. Louis, Tricia Storie, Aaron Strand, Miriam Tabb, Jenny Weinbloom and Elian Zach rounded out the cast.
Ryan Keely, Victoria Dr. Z. Zdrok, Darenzia and Justine Joli at the closing night party of CALIGULA MAXIMUS, at the Ellen Stewart Theatre in New York. Photo by Lia Chang
CALIGULA MAXIMUS has sets and rigging by Evan Collier, costumes by Laura Clarke, lighting by Christopher McElroen, musical direction and lead guitar by Joe Shavel, musicians Kareem Clarke (bass), Jeremy O’Brien (drum/mayhem), Brendan Scharen (rhythm guitar), Joel Siegel (drums/conga), whip consulting by Chris McDaniel, stage management by Mike Yrigoyen, and press by Lia Chang.
A commercial run of Alfred Preisser and Randy Weiner‘s CALIGULA MAXIMUS is in the works, and will be produced by Stephen Pevner, Hammerstein & Weiner, LLC, Christopher McElroen, Alfred Preisser and Kingsize, USA. Stayed tuned to www.caligulamaximus.com.
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