The VORTEX in Austin, Texas presented a performance of Rob Nash’s Holy Cross Sucks!, livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Friday 15 December at 9 p.m. EST (New York) / 8 p.m. CST (Chicago) / 6 p.m. PST (Los Angeles).
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Rob Nash returns to The VORTEX with his Off-Broadway hit, Holy Cross Sucks! Playwright/Performer, Rob Nash in conjunction with Tony Award Nominated Director, Jeff Calhoun present Holy Cross Sucks!, a comic journey through those unforgettable years of high school, starring Rob Nash as an ensemble cast that includes “the punk”, “the homo”, “the fat kid”, “the virgin”, “the nerd” and “the slut.” Welcome back to the 80’s version of those formative years that traumatized us all!
In the spirit of teen film classics like Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, and Fast Times At Ridgemont High, Holy Cross Sucks! follows three best friends as they navigate those painful, life-defining, and humiliating years of high school. We're never as vulnerable and as vicious, as beautiful and as ugly, as idealistic and apathetic, and as vain and as humble as when we're adolescents. Playing a full cast of beloved and reviled characters, Nash explores these paradoxes with biting humor, insight, and a killer soundtrack.
“A comic escapade, with a teeming cast of richly detailed characters engaged in a breakneck series of amusing rites of passage”.
“HOLY CROSS SUCKS!' Rob Nash's infectious solo show, based on his years at a Jesuit high school in Texas, mines the 1980's for pop-culture references and for John Hughes-style narrative devices. But the nostalgia goes deeper than Izod and ‘Purple Rain’ in this unexpectedly rich coming-of-age tale, made all the warmer by Mr. Nash's cool, unflappable demeanor”.
-New York Times
“Nash clearly loves his wannabe rebels. As a performer and writer, his virtuosic peaks come when the boys share private moments, and he flickers between them with impeccable precision. Holy Cross Sucks may be the perfect vehicle for Nash's undeniable acting talent… Nash… up there alone, displaying his prowess to the world”.
ROB NASH has performed internationally at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreal Comedy Festival. Nash’s work has been produced at regional theaters including Stages in Houston, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Carolina Theater in Durham, The VORTEX in Austin, The Cable Car in San Francisco, and Velvet Elvis Arts Lounge in Seattle.
JEFF CALHOUN (Director) Disney's Newsies (Tony Award Nomination for Best Director), Bonnie & Clyde, Jekyll & Hyde, Grey Gardens, Deaf West's Big River (Tony Award Nomination for Best Revival of a Musical), Brooklyn, Annie Get Your Gun, Grease (Tony Award Nomination for Best Choreography), Tommy Tune Tonite, and The Will Rogers Follies. On tour and internationally, Jeff directed Dolly Parton's 9 to 5 and Disney's High School Musicals 1 & 2. Jeff is an associate artist at the Fords Theater. He loves to hear your thoughts on Twitter at @thejeffcalhoun.
Holy Cross Sucks! is funded and supported in part by VORTEX Repertory Company, a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts, and by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.
Photo by Errich Petersen- Austin, TX
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